Guide To Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs for Expats Moving to Australia

by | Jan 20, 2018 | Sydney Suburbs

Sydney's Eastern Suburbs

This post will look at different areas within the area of Sydney known as the Eastern Suburbs. This region is roughly located to the east of the city all the way to the coast and offers a variety of distinct features that make it one of the premier regions of the city.

If the first thing you think about when you think of Sydney's beaches, then this is the region for you. The beaches of the Eastern Suburbs include the famous Bondi and Coogee, as well as half a dozen or so more. Whilst there are beaches elsewhere, none can claim the close proximity to the city and therefore most of the jobs, as the eastern suburbs.

The beaches of the eastern suburbs

The already mentioned suburbs of Bondi and Coogee are the major beachside villages of Sydney. On one side of the road, you’ll find sand, surf, and sea whilst on the other a cosmopolitan array of cafes, restaurants, fashion stores, and bars. The one drawback of these suburbs is that the public transport options are limited to bus, and whilst the buses are good once you learn the System, it is not as straightforward as a train.

If the hustle and bustle of big main streets is not your thing but you still love the idea of living by the beach, there are a few smaller beachside suburbs available in the East. Bronte, Clovelly, and Tamarama each have a much small beach and nearby town center, each with its own charm and character. You will still be able to find a coffee or restaurant nearby, but the options will be much more limited when compared to the bigger hubs of Bondi and Coogee.

What if living right on the beach is not your thing?

There are many suburbs in the east that boast quiet leafy streets, are closer to the city, and possess a range of big family homes and newer apartments. Generally the closer to the city you go, the smaller the houses get, so if you want to stay in a big house with a backyard you should be concentrating your search on suburbs such as Randwick, Woollahra, Waverley, and Kensington. These suburbs boast some great schools, and a blend of properties as either more traditional, family homes and contemporary apartments. Be warned though, these suburbs are highly desirable amongst Sydneysiders, so expect to pay more if you want to live here.

City life in Sydney

If you like city life, the East has something for you as well. Suburbs like Paddington, Darlinghurst, Kings Cross, Potts Point, and Surry Hills all have their own character but have in common the ‘bohemian’ cosmopolitan aspects of inner-city living. The properties here are generally a mix of apartments or Victorian style terraces, so space is at a premium, but if you are living in one of these suburbs you will most likely be out enjoying the abundance of cafes, restaurants, bars, clubs, and shopping that will be right on your doorstep. Being close to the city, public transport in these suburbs is really good, which is lucky because you will have a hard time finding a car spot, especially if you are in a terrace house with no off-street parking.

The Advantage of Short Term Accommodations

The different regions of Sydney offer a wide variety of lifestyles, costs, advantages, and disadvantages. If you are moving to Sydney from another country you might not have an intimate knowledge of these regions and which is most suitable for you.

For this reason it is often recommended that you find a temporary, short term accommodation as your first place in Sydney. With all the different pressures and difficulties of moving to a new city in a foreign country, having a comfortably furnished home to move straight into off the plane can be a great relief and is a great way to get a foothold in Sydney whilst working out what region is perfect for you to make your own.

Sydney has a large selection of short term rentals

There is plenty of short-term accommodation available, and a furnished place is really a great idea for the first month or two whilst you are getting settled, waiting for your furniture to arrive and exploring your new city.

Once you work out which areas suit your tastes and desires the most, you can confidently find something more permanent, and not be stuck in a property or suburb that is the wrong fit for your lifestyle.

With Sydney being such a big place, there really is something for everybody and maybe the eastern suburbs won't be for you, but as a temporary launch pad whilst you settle into your new life, it really is a fantastic option worth exploring.

About the Author: Your Home Away From Home is a short-term accommodation provider that specializes in a short stay, furnished property of executive quality. Visit their website to see their range of properties in the eastern suburbs of Sydney.

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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