Image: Lavender Bay is one of Sydney's favourite suburbs | Source: Real Estate

Superior Suburbs: The Best Suburbs in Sydney

There’s no doubt that Sydneysiders are living well. The lifestyle mecca that we know as Sydney offers buyers some of the best elements of the modern Australian lifestyle. Whether you’re looking for a laid-back beachside neighbourhood, a family-friendly street or a vibrant city atmosphere, you can find it all in Sydney. While you might find it challenging to narrow down the perfect Sydney suburb when the city is home to over 650 of them, we’ve done the hard work for you and compiled the ultimate list of Sydney’s most popular suburbs.


This inner-city suburb is an exciting place to live. Filled with vintage stores, small bars, street art, theatres and plenty of other cultural attractions, creatives will feel right at home in Newtown. With a lively dining scene and character architecture, the suburb appeals to both young and old alike. One surprising element of Newtown is that it’s also ranked as one of the best suburbs for access to education in Sydney. Situated nearby a selection of good schools, Newton might just offer the ideal urban neighbourhood to relocate your family.

Image: Townhouses in the vibrant suburb of Newtown Source: Real Estate


Kirribilli sits beside the Sydney Harbour with views over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. This premier location attracts a population of wealthy residents seeking first-class views and properties. The neighbourhood’s location also means that its residents benefit from a high walkability rating, with many giving up their cars and taking advantage of the convenient public transport and a short walk to the city. The suburb is also the officially Sydney home of the Prime Minister when he’s in town. If you want to be brush shoulders with the elite then Kirribilli is the suburb for you.

Image: The window view from a home in Kirribilli Source: Domain


This northern beaches suburb is ideal for families seeking a laid-back neighbourhood to call home. With significantly fewer crowds than its busy neighbours, Queenscliff boasts a low crime rate, cute cafes, large open spaces and of course, access to the coast. With the popular Manly and Freshwater suburbs next door, residents only have a short stroll to access the shops and culture of the neighbouring suburbs with a peaceful haven to come back to on return.

Image: the ocean views from a home in Queenscliff Source: Domain

Lavender Bay

Lavender Bay is an inner-city suburb with plenty to offer. Being only three kilometres away from the city centre, the suburb boasts high walkability, great public transport options and a vibrant high-end dining scene. With views over the harbour, the suburb is home to a competitive property market. Lavender Bay particularly appeals to residents who work in the city centre who get to avoid a long commute while still living in a picturesque area. With shopping, dining and natural beauty on the doorstep, Lavender Bay is undoubtedly one of the best suburbs to live in Sydney.

Image: The view from a Lavender Bay home Source: Real Estate


Waverton is an upmarket suburb located just four kilometres from the Sydney CBD. The suburb is highly ranked for its access to employment with a local train station taking commuters to the CBD in just three stops. With plenty of cafes and eateries, Waverton is also home to the beautiful Balls Head Reserve. Boasting views of the harbour, walking trails and a nature fix right in the city, it’s one of the best places to spend a sunny afternoon. With a mix of character and contemporary homes, it’s hard to go past this gorgeous suburb.


If you want to be near the beach without the crowds of Bondi or Bronte then you might want to start looking at Clovelly. This eastern beaches suburb is a quiet and sunny paradise for Sydneysiders. With clifftop parklands, a lagoon-like beach with a swimming pool and a vibrant expat community, Clovelly appeals to anyone in search of the sun, sand and sea. While the property market can be expensive for buyers, renters will find a great selection of units and apartments right in the heart of the sunny suburb.

Image: Clovelly Beach Source: Can Too Foundation

If you enjoyed reading about the best suburbs in Sydney, you might enjoy reading about our favourite neighbourhoods in PerthBrisbane, Canberra and the Gold Coast while you’re here.

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