Did you know the Australian anthem as we know it today was only officially signed off in 1984? That means that only 36 years ago, someone still thought the word ‘girt’ deserved a go, despite absolutely nobody really knowing what it means or using it in a normal sentence. But today, we’re going to give it the flex it deserves. Because it’s true, Australia is girt by sea—and we all want to live with a view of it.
But in Sydney, beach and harbourside abodes come with a hefty price tag. But widen your definition of ‘water view’ to include rivers and bays and look to seaside suburbs south of the city, and you’ll discover a host of affordable options offering picturesque properties girt by water views. From Bonnet Bay to Abbotsford, here are the best places to look.
Perched upon the Woronora River, Bonnet Bay offers a family friendly lifestyle on the riverfront, about a 45-minute drive from the CBD. Despite its close proximity to Sutherland train station and Miranda’s retail hub, Bonnet Bay feels completely removed from the hustle and bustle of other Shire suburbs, boasting leafy neighbourhoods surrounded by nature. Here, the median family house price is around $1,295,000.
A close neighbour of Bonnet Bay, Como is where the Woronora River and Georges River meet. As such, you’re privy to some pretty stunning water views, with mangroves and wooded headlands in the distance. Again, it’s another Shire suburb that feels more remote than it is, with a train station running on a regular timetable to the city. Here, a 2-bedroom home goes for around 903K, and a 3-bedder at $1.175m.
If you’re looking for views that stretch far beyond the waterfront, your best bet is Woronora. With the Woronora River running through the suburb, there’s a small-town, rustic kind of vibe to the area, which is about a 5-minute-drive to Bangor shops or a ten-minute-drive to Sutherland Station. 3-bedroom homes have been selling here for an absolute steal recently, at a median price of around $830,000.
Accessible via a scenic drive through the Royal National Park or a 20-minute ferry ride from Cronulla, Bundeena boasts all the pros of beachside living without the cons of a hefty price tag. Despite its natural beauty and desirable proximity to the beach and picturesque hiking trails, Bundeena continues to fly under the radar. Offering family homes for under a million, it’s perhaps Sydney’s most overlooked and underrated beachside suburb. Meanwhile, if you’re in the market for an apartment, Bundeena’s more popular sister suburb,
Cronulla, offers beachfront options for the median price of $800,000—daily fish and chip run not included.
We’ve made it out of the Sutherland Shire and found ourselves in the inner west. Picturesque water views mightn’t be the first thing that come to mind when you hear ‘Abbotsford’, but here you’ll find sweeping views of the Parramatta River. There’s a real ‘village’ vibe to this waterside suburb filled with young families and professionals, with the median price for a family home sitting at around $1.6m.
Heading north of Hornsby, for the median price of around $840,000, you can wake up to the scenic sights of the Hawkesbury River as a resident of Brooklyn. Offering a remote riverside lifestyle that makes you feel like you’re perpetually on holidays, Brooklyn locals pride themselves on their strong sense of community and unparalleled fishing skills. Clocking in at about a 50-minute-drive from Sydney’s CBD, the price of a waterfront property here beats Sydney’s harbourside suburbs by the millions.