Are you a greenie at heart, or struggling to see how you could possibly enjoy life in the concrete jungle of Sydney – one of our biggest, busiest and most built-up cities? Never fear: there’s more to this diverse city than meets the eye. We’ve done the hard work for you and found the lushest, leafiest locales in the big smoke, which offer the best of both worlds.
Here’s our pick of the best suburbs for nature lovers in Sydney:
If you can afford it, leafy Balmain is awash with gorgeous parks and river views. It’s also just 5km from the CBD, making it ideal for commuters. The kids will love the numerous playgrounds, and there are plenty of spots where you can let your four-legged friends off-leash for a run around.
It’s the ideal suburb for nature lovers, but be prepared to pay a hefty price for this little slice of tree-lined paradise – the median house price is a touch over $2 million. We think its excellent value though; where else in the country could you be a stones’ throw from a major metropolis and still enjoy a clean, green lifestyle?
In the Greater Western Sydney region, Wetherill Park is a lush patch of green amidst the suburban sprawl. It’s an affordable spot, with a median house price of just $893,000, located 34 km west of the city. Wetherill Park Nature Reserve is the suburb’s crowning glory, a 6.5-hectare spot including an open woodland area, bushland and recreational facilities. Native flora abounds, and there are plenty of sulphur-crested cockatoos, eastern rosellas and galahs galore for nature lovers in Sydney.
It’s the perfect suburb for nature lovers, and sports enthusiasts aren’t left out either, with the Emerson Street Reserve boasting tennis, skateboarding, cricket, basketball and soccer facilities.
Pymble, on the North Shore, is a family-friendly suburb 16km from the central business district. In neighbouring West Pymble there’s the beautiful Lane Cove National Park, while within Pymble itself you’ll find Pymble Park, complete with tennis courts and an enclosed playground, and Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve, home to majestic tall blue gums, king parrots and lorikeets.
If you’re a keen harrier, you’ll love walking along the paths in Sheldon Forest, taking in the views of the natural beauty native to the area. With a median house price of $2.34 million it’s an affluent area, and is made up predominantly of detached homes, including many Heritage-listed properties.
Terrey Hills, 25km north of the CBD, is considered part of the Forest District – so that’s a good start for any nature lover! Kuring-gai Chase National Park borders the suburb on two sides, and in some areas you could even describe Terrey Hills as semi-rural. With two golf courses, tennis centres and several BMX tracks, it’s a sport-lovers paradise, and is also the perfect suburb for nature lovers to call home.
There’s even a twenty-one kilometre horse riding trail, the Perimeter Trail, if that’s more your cup of tea. The median house price in Terrey Hills is $1.6 million, which is sadly quite reasonable by Sydney standards, and many would agree it’s well worth it for the escapism offered in this lush suburb just a short drive from the city.
Nature lovers in Sydney, don’t forget to check out the winner of regional properties vs the suburbs.