Randwick located 6 kilometres south east of Sydney’s Central Business District is the local government’s administrative centre. It is one of Australia’s most populated suburbs. It is named after the village of Randwick, Gloucestershire, England, the birthplace of the Mayor Simeon Henry Pearce who was nominated its mayor six times.
Over 50% of the residents are Australian born. English is the only language spoken by 67.5% of the population and 27.4% of the population are Catholic with 33.7% being atheists.
Randwick is home to the Coastal Walkway, Randwick Racecourse, Coogee and Maroubra Beaches, Botany Bay National Park, Centennial Parklands including Queens Park and Moore Park, and several golf courses.
The City of Randwick was previously known as the ‘Sports Coast’ because of its 29 km of coastline, 10 beaches and bays and major recreation facilities. Randwick City is one of the most visited tourist areas outside of Sydney, and attracts over 13 million visitors each year.
Primary schools in the area include Our Lady of Sacred Heart, Coogee Public School, Claremont College, Randwick Public School, Coogee Preparatory School, The Joseph Varga School and Rainbow Street Primary. Secondary schools include two Catholic Schools, Brigandine College and Marcellin College, a Jewish day school Emanuel School and three state schools, Randwick Boys High School, Randwick Girls' High School, and the Open High School. Randwick North High School was closed in 2001 and the site was divided between the Open High School and Randwick Public School.
The University of New South Wales and the Sydney Institute of TAFE are located on King Street, between the Racecourse and Centennial Park.
Belmore Road is the main commercial area that has a range of retail stores two shopping centres (Royal Randwick Shopping Centre and Randwick Plaza). Avoca Street has the 150-year-old Coach and Horses Hotel. A kilometre away in Coogee is another retail precinct that offers good food services and provides views of the beach. The Spot at the Perouse and St Paul’s Road Junction are also famous for restaurants, cafés and recreational facilities. Randwick's main entertainment district, located in the suburb's south-east, it is home to the Randwick Ritz cinema, a famous art deco cinema dating back to the 1930s and includes numerous cafes, bars and restaurants.
Until recently Randwick was only served by buses. The main bus corridor is Belmore Road with buses going to Bondi Junction, Coogee, Eastgardens, Maroubra, Sydney Airport and Sydney CBD. However, the NSW Government announced a commitment to build the CBD and South East Light Rail from Circular Quay down George Street to Central Station, then across to Moore Park and down Anzac Parade. South of Moore Park the line separates into two. A bus/tram interchange is planned for Randwick and many of the bus routes that currently pass through Anzac Parade to the city will connect to the light rail.
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