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 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 Georges River Council and partly in Bayside 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 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 1950 acres (789 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 (101 hectares) to the north was granted after Townson complained about the quality of about 300 acres (121 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 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 Railway 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, and the local pub and bottle shop, the Allawah 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. ^ 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, pg. 3.

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