Burwood is only 12 kilometres or a 20-minute drive from Sydney’s Central Business District. 25% of its 16,500 residents are born in Australia, and 35% are Chinese migrants. 20% of the population only speak English with 34% speaking Mandarin. Nearly half of the population have no religious affiliation. Catholics make up 16% of the population with 34% belonging to other religious denominations.
Burwood is best known for the shopping centres and for the Chinese community. Almost everyone who lives on the western side of inner Sydney will transit through the suburb because of its well-serviced train station and public transport facilities.
Burwood Westfield is the main attraction with its multi-level shopping centre that houses several restaurants with over 50 specialty stores and almost every retail brand one could desire. As the suburb is dominated with the Chinese community the restaurants are mostly Asian and you can find some of the finest Chinese cuisine in this area, but the downside is that you will be hard pressed to find any other cuisine here.
Although it is a family-friendly suburb with the crime rate being relatively low, it sits just under the flight path, so the noise levels are high especially so when you add the general traffic chaos that comes with its proximity to the city. The volume of traffic that passes through via the Parramatta and Burwood Roads don’t help.
Apart from being a shopper’s delight, the area is rather ordinary with Burwood Park its only saving grace. The Park was established in 1882 and was formerly known as Edrop’s Paddock. The park is in the heart of Burwood with only a five-minute walk to the shops and Westfield Shopping Centre. The original design of the park was based on the Union Jack and was later modified to include a cricket oval. It features World War I and Sandakan memorials, a rotunda, playgrounds with shaded shelters, dog off leash areas, outdoor fitness stations, a large sporting field, outdoor chess boards, BBQs, picnic areas, cafes, rotunda, cricket pitch and an outdoor chess board, a lake and an obelisk.
Transport and Educational Facilities
Burwood railway station is a heritage-listed railway station located on the main suburban line in this Sydney suburb. The station is served by Sydney Trains T9 Northern line and T2 Inner West and Leppington line services. 16 train routes operate via Burwood Station so there is no shortage of public transport.
Transdev NSW and Transit Systems also service the suburb. Bus services to Burwood, include Hurstville, Rockdale, East Gardens, Kingsford, Strathfield, Homebush, Campsie, Ryde, Bankstown, Liverpool as well as other locations across Sydney. There are two terminuses, Burwood station and Westfield Burwood. Transit Systems' Burwood Bus Depot is located on the corner of Shaftesbury and Parramatta Roads.
The suburb’s educational needs are met by the many schools which include:
Burwood Public School
Enfield Public School
Holy Innocent’s Primary School
MLC Junior School
Presbyterian Ladies College
St Joseph’s Primary School
Burwood Girls High School
St Patrick’s College
Santa Sabina College
Southern Cross Vocational College
Strathfield Girls High School
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