Allawah, New South Wales

Coordinates: 33°58′30″S 151°07′00″E / 33.9749°S 151.1167°E / -33.9749; 151.1167
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SydneyNew South Wales
Allawah Hotel, Railway Parade
Population5,706 (2016 census)[1]
Elevation53 m (174 ft)
Location15 km (9 mi) south of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)Georges River Council
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 16 kilometres south of the Sydney central business district and is part of the St George area. Allawah lies in the local government area of the Georges River Council. The postcode is 2218, which is shared by the neighbouring suburb of Carlton.[2]


The name "Allawah" is Aboriginal in origin, from a local term meaning "make your abode here" or "remain here". It is thought that the Aboriginal clan of the Tharawal people most prominent in the St George area, the Gameygal or Kameygal – the people of Kamay (Botany Bay), lived in and around the area.

The first land grant was made in 1808 to Captain John Townson by Major George Johnston after he had briefly deposed Governor Bligh in 1808, consisting of 1,950 acres (790 hectares), which became known as Townson's Farm. The grant extended from King Georges Road and Stoney Creek Road (of modern-day Penshurst and Beverly Hills) to beyond Kogarah railway station. Later, an additional 250 acres (100 hectares) to the north was granted after Townson complained about the quality of about 300 acres (120 hectares) of this grant (in what was later to become Bexley, Carlton and Allawah).[3]

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.[4]


According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 5,706 residents in Allawah. 34.7% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were China 21.7%, Nepal 6.9%, Philippines 2.9%, Hong Kong 2.8% and India 2.5%. 27.1% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 18.7%, Cantonese 11.6%, Nepali 7.1%, Arabic 3.7% and Macedonian 2.6%. The most common responses for religious affiliation were No Religion 31.6%, Catholic 17.0% and Hinduism 9.0%.[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 Railway Parade, beside Allawah railway station. The Allawah shopping strip contains a newsagent, post office, corner store, Nepalese/Indian grocery store, real estate agency Belle Property Allawah, take-away shops, a hairdresser, and the local pub and bottle shop, the Allawah Hotel. The Allawah Hotel was purchased by Justin Hemmes' Merivale Group in 2019.[5]


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 to Bondi Junction and to Hurstville stop at Allawah six times an hour during peak times, and 4 times an hour at all other times except weekends. Weekends run 2 train services an hour in both directions. Allawah is approximately a 25 minute commute to the CBD via public transport. [6]


  • Allawah Hotel
  • Little Italy restaurant
  • Meade Park
  • PJ Ferry Reserve Community Hall
  • Southern Sydney Synagogue


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Allawah (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 January 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Gregory's Sydney Street Directory, Gregory's Publishing Company, 2007
  3. ^ Alison Grellis (2008). "Allawah". Dictionary of Sydney. Dictionary of Sydney Trust. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  4. ^ Pollon, F. The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Angus & Robertson Publishers, Sydney, p. 3.
  5. ^ "Allawah Hotel sells for $34 million". The Leader. 15 October 2019. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  6. ^ MattH (23 January 2021). "Allawah Suburb Review & Profile". Sydney Suburb Reviews. Retrieved 11 May 2023.

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