Silverwater, New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales
|Location||20 km (12 mi) west of Sydney CBD|
Silverwater sits on the southern bank of the Parramatta River.
The origin of the suburb's name is unknown. It may have been a reference to the nearby Parramatta River which could have provided silver reflections of light off the water.
Silverwater is home to many small to medium enterprises such as Reddi diamond tools, seeking the expediency of having warehouse space and a sales area in the one industrial unit. Large companies, such as Rebel Sports (which have their Head Office in the industrial area), Røde Microphones and Optus, also have a presence in the area. Winning Appliances and Appliances Online both share a large warehouse space in Silverwater. Though the suburb was initially developed as a medium/heavy industrial area, it has been redeveloped into a premier light industrial/commercial haven with some tracts of residential areas.
There are cafes and restaurants scattered throughout Silverwater, and these are generally small in size. Just south of Silverwater is Red Yard, which has numerous commercial and restaurant complexes. This includes the first Costco in New South Wales, Reading Cinemas which is the largest of its type in Australia, Domayne, Harvey Norman, a large McDonalds and Krispy Kreme, as well as numerous clothes/shoes shops.
The M4 Western Motorway runs along the southern border of Silverwater with entry and exit ramps to Silverwater Road. Silverwater Bridge crosses the Parramatta River north into Ermington and Rydalmere.
Trains do not run through Silverwater but are accessible by a short trip to Auburn.
- Silverwater Correctional Centre sits on the Parramatta River. The complex contains a number of heritage-listed buildings. The Administrative Block, Newington Chapel and the former Superintendent's House are all listed on the Register of the National Estate.
- Silverwater is close to Olympic Park.
- Chanka memorial
Silverwater's has a mean annual temperature of 24.2 degrees Celsius. However, in summer, temperatures often soar over 30 degrees.
- The Heritage of Australia, Macmillan Company, 1981
- The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Frances Pollen, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8
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