Sydney Suburb Profile: Randwick
A Little bit of History
In 1859 Randwick was a picturesque rural village, described by a visiting journalist as a woodland paradise. The Municipality of Randwick, the oldest municipality in NSW, was proclaimed in February 1859 and encompassed Randwick, Coogee, Maroubra and Frenchmans Bay. Today it is home to Sydney Children’s and Prince of Wales Hospitals, University of New South Wales and Australia’s longest standing racecourse, the Royal Randwick Racecourse.
Something to Eat
Exploring Randwick you’ll discover some great cafes and restaurants offering cuisines from all over the world. Randwick has more bars and restaurants than you could ever count on a dozen hands and there’s no shortage of choice from casual to fine dining. A local favourite is Arthur's Pizza, they have been serving up great pizza, pastas, salads and gelato since 1989.
Back to Nature
Randwick is minutes from one of Sydney’s largest parks, the Centennial Parklands. It is made up of three parks covering 360 hectares and are historically significant holding Australia’s Federation Monument. It is home to over 15,000 trees, ponds, native wildlife and flower beds. Here there’s plenty of room to stretch out your legs and have some family fun with horse riding or bike riding top of the list of popular activities. Prefer the beach? Then Coogee Beach is an immediate neighbour accessible by bus, car or foot.
A Spot of Shopping
Have a walk around Belmore Road, Perouse Road and Avoca Street to explore on of the most vibrant local centres in Sydney and find plenty of shops and cafes and major supermarkets to keep you busy. And with a major Westfield just moments away at Bondi Junction, there’s plenty of shops to choose from.
Many of the Sydney buses go through Randwick connecting to the city and Bondi Junction, where you have access to Bondi Junction train station and the city train stations. All you need is an Opal Card to travel on the transport network. Plus, the NSW Government is currently spending billions of dollars on a new light rail network that will run through Randwick and surrounding areas into the city, scheduled to open in 2019.
Home to one of the two remaining original art deco cinemas in Sydney which is now heritage listed, the Ritz Cinema plays all the latest blockbuster movies as well as some indie flicks. And the best part is that they have some of the cheapest ticket prices around. Or for something completely different, don’t miss a chance to dress up and be fancy for a day at the races at the historical Royal Randwick Racecourse.
A Bit of Me Time
Take some time out of your busy day and head down to Centennial Parklands where you can soak up the rays and enjoy some people watching all while enjoying a coffee from one of the cafes or restaurants located in the park. Even better, Randwick is just minutes from Coogee Beach and surrounding beaches along the coast line and a great spot to visit in summer or cooler winter months.
The vibrant village style suburb of Randwick is home to more than 35 bars and restaurants. ‘The Spot’ is dotted with trendy bars that serve up a tasty selection of wines, craft beers and some of the most antithetically pleasing cocktails around that taste as amazing as they look. And with El Topo only minutes away in Bondi Junction where you can listen to some great beats and have some Mexican.
Don’t miss out on the only public medical pathology collection at the museum of Human Disease. And catch a block buster or classic movie at the heritage listed art-deco Ritz Cinema a beloved Randwick landmark with an upstairs bar and an old-school vibe.
You’ll Be Surprised
Randwick is home to several historic buildings including the Gothic-style Nugal Hall at the University of New South Wales and National Institute of Dramatic Art, Newmarket House and stables.
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