The suburb of Croydon Park is a hidden gem nestled amongst some of the busier suburbs of the inner west, but it should not be outshone! It is situated between the commercial centres of Ashfield, Burwood and Campsie and is only ten kilometres southwest of the Sydney CBD. The streets of the suburb could be described as clean and green, with garden beds planted on street corners to brighten the shared urban space. The village like atmosphere of the shopping strip reflects the civic pride and friendly attitude that pervades the suburb. A wide range of housing options are available in the area, with many older homes boasting larger sized blocks.
The architecture is a mix of Californian bungalows, modern houses and duplexes with a smattering of grand Victorian residences. The wide, leafy streets also ensure plenty of on street parking. Croydon Park has a rich history and has been home to a vibrant and multicultural population since its settlement in the 1800’s. Amongst the first residents were builders, slaters, joiners and market gardeners who enjoyed the rich and fertile plains that surround the Cooks River. Today the suburb remains a culturally rich area that boasts a mixed demographic of people who have come from all over the world to make Croydon Park their home.
Young professionals find its proximity to the city appealing whilst growing families appreciate the scholastic infrastructure. There are two local primary schools within walking distance; Croydon Park Public School and St Francis Xavier’s Catholic School. The area also has two great childcare facilities, one on either end of the suburb. Another benefit of Croydon Park’s multicultural personality is the fantastic range of restaurants and specialty shops that comprise the thriving commercial area along Georges River Rd.
Many stores are proudly family owned and you can stop in for a haircut or sample some Italian, Thai, Indian, or Lebanese delicacies. Larger shopping complexes are also located nearby at Westfield Burwood and Ashfield Mall. Croydon Park is a suburb on the go. Seven bus services operate within the suburb; most are easily accessible along the Georges River Rd and make commuting to nearby suburbs and the city simple. If you fancy a stroll instead it is only around a twenty-minute walk to Burwood and Ashfield, where you can hop on a fast train that runs along the Western and Inner West lines. This reliable service links Parramatta, Homebush and many other inner west hubs such as Newtown, to the city. Nearby to the south there is also Campsie station that connects to the Bankstown line. With a friendly community that makes it shine, Croydon Park really is a relatively undiscovered treasure of the inner west.