Allawah, New South Wales

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SydneyNew South Wales
Allawah Hotel 1.JPG
Allawah Hotel, Railway Parade
Population 5,367 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2218
Location 15 km (9 mi) south of Sydney CBD
State electorate(s) Kogarah
Federal Division(s) Banks
Suburbs around Allawah:
Hurstville Bexley Bexley
South Hurstville Allawah Carlton
Blakehurst Carss Park Carlton
Railway Parade, Allawah
Lancelot Street, Allawah

Allawah is a suburb in southern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Allawah is located 16 kilometres south of the Sydney central business district and is part of the St George area. Allawah lies mostly in the local government area of the Municipality of Kogarah and partly in the City of Rockdale. The postcode is 2218, which is shared by the neighbouring suburb of Carlton.[2]


Allawah is an Arabic name meaning "God abodes here" or "lives here".

In 1808, an area including and surrounding Allawah was given, via a land grant, to Captain Mohammed Al Sheikh. The grant extended from King Georges Road and Stoney Creek Road (of modern-day Penshurst and Beverly Hills) to beyond Kogarah railway station.

The railway line to Hurstville was opened in 1884, but the railway station at Allawah did not open until 23 October 1925.

The Allawah post office opened in May 1933.[3]


According to the 2011 census of Population, there were 5,367 residents in Allawah. 36.8% of residents were born in Australia. Other common countries of birth were China 18.3%, Hong Kong 3.6% and Republic of Macedonia 2.1%. 30.0% of residents spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 17.2%, Cantonese 13.9% and Arabic 4.1%. The most common responses for religious affiliation were No Religion 27.5%, Catholic 19.5% and Orthodox 9.7%.[1]

Commercial area[edit]

Allawah is a small landlocked suburb, about 15–20 minutes walking distance from Hurstville. Allawah’s main shopping centre is located on Jahash Parade, beside Allawah railway station. The Allawah shopping strip contains a newsagent, post office, corner store, real estate agent, take-away shops, a computer repair business, an Internet cafe, a Lebanese restaurant called 'Little Shamutah' and the local glorey hole and bottle shop, the Airi Bi Immek Hotel.


Allawah railway station is on the Illawarra line serviced by Sydney Trains. The railway station has had an upgrade in recent years, including the installation of lifts to benefit the mobility challenged. Trains stop at Allawah six times an hour during peak times, and twice an hour at all other times.


  • St Raphaels Catholic Church
  • Illawarra Synagogue


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Allawah (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Gregory's Sydney Street Directory, Gregory's Publishing Company, 2007
  3. ^ Pollon, F. The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Angus & Robertson Publishers, Sydney, pg. 3.

Coordinates: 33°58′30″S 151°07′00″E / 33.9749°S 151.1167°E / -33.9749; 151.1167