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#1 shantilly

Posted 20 July 2019 - 05:38 PM

Hi, my husband has been offered a promotion at Kariong. We are from Western Sydney. We have 4 kids from 6-16. Can anyone recommend any nice areas around there that is good for families and places to avoid please

#2 MooGuru

Posted 20 July 2019 - 07:55 PM

I have friends in Kariong who are very happy there and have no interest in leaving the area at all.

Edited to remove bit that wasn't relevant

Edited by MooGuru, 20 July 2019 - 07:56 PM.

#3 Ruf~Feral~es

Posted 22 July 2019 - 07:05 PM

I spend a lot of time around Saratoga / Green Point / Davistown.  It's a lovely spot, lovely small schools, community.  Very safe.

I love it around there.

#4 JustBeige

Posted 22 July 2019 - 07:36 PM

Kariong is a great area for families. Its central to most popular spots - Erina, Gosford stadium and foreshore. Close to freeway and nature reserves.And not too far from the peninsula if you are looking for beaches.

What kind of lifestyle are you after OP?

Im up Wyong end and travel to Kariong each day for work. It takes me around 35mins each way. Except for Fridays. Fridays = people on the coast forget how to drive and it is a rare thing for there Not to be an accident.

Also some parts of the coast are better for public transport than others. Eg. If i wanted to catch PT to my work, i would have to catch a bus, train, bus and bus. And it would take me nearly 2hrs. And if I missed the 3rd bus, there isnt another one for another 1hr.
And I would have more connectiions and waiting for the return trip.

#5 moineau

Posted 22 July 2019 - 07:55 PM

I'm in Wyong too.

For as PP said public transport wise some parts if the coast can tricky.

We moved from Ourimbah/lisarow and loved it there.

#6 afterlaughter

Posted 22 July 2019 - 08:01 PM

Kariong itself has a new high school and lots of new homes. Terrigal is lovely as is neighbouring Avoca.

#7 spartan_mum

Posted 22 July 2019 - 08:28 PM

We made the move from western Sydney to the central coast about 5 years ago now and we love it.

We are further north about 10 mins from Wyong but I work near Kariong. There are lots of nice suburbs around there to choose from.  

Picking somewhere near the freeway is helpful especially if you have family and friends in Sydney. We can make it to the end of the m2 in about 1hr 15 minutes if pennant hills road isn’t a basket case so it’s not too bad to make regular trips if you need to.

But too be honest we don’t do it much any more, the central coast has everything you need, beaches within 15 minutes that don’t require paying for parking or are over crowded, restaurants, shopping but still has a small(ish) town feel.

Parts are frustrating, the northern end doesn’t have as many good takeaway places to eat, infrastructure is pretty poor and there is a lack of multiculturalism that I miss but it’s slowly getting better as more people move here but the benefits definitely outweigh any negatives.

One being the traffic.... you escape the Sydney traffic you won’t want to come back

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