Grays Point, New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales
|Population||2,796 (2011 census)|
|Location||29 km (18 mi) S of Sydney CBD|
Grays Point is an affluent neighbourhood in southern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia 29 kilometres south of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the Sutherland Shire.
Grays Point is a small riverside enclave with picturesque views of the Port Hacking estuary. It is regarded as a desirable area due to its location on the North shore of the waterway and impressive residences. Grays Point is adjacent to the Royal National Park and the suburbs of Gymea Bay and Kirrawee. There is only one road available for vehicular access however multiple walking and mountain bike tracks link it with locations such as Audley in the Royal National Park, Engadine and Heathcote.
There is a small shallow boat ramp located at Swallow Rock Reserve for launching trailer boats, canoes and kayaks. Swallow Rock is a wetland area. A large variety of wildlife resides in Grays Point, including possums, sugar gliders, morepork owls, deer (an introduced species), wallabies, magpies and kookaburras.
The origin of the Grays Point name is unclear. It has been suggested that it was either named after Samuel William Gray, who owned land on the point or John Edward Gray, who was a well-known resident ranger in the Royal National Park in the 1880s.
At the 2011 census, there were 2,796 residents in Grays Point. The majority of people were born in Australia and the most common ancestries were English, Australian and Irish. The top responses for religious affiliation were Anglican 28.8%, Catholic 26.7% and No Religion 21.9%. The median household weekly income of $2,285 was substantially higher than the national median of $1,234. The majority of occupied dwellings were separate houses and these tended to be large properties, with 56.2% having 4 or more bedrooms.
Grays Point is largely residential, with a small group of shops located at Grays Point Road, near the intersection of Swallow Rock Drive. A fish and chip shop known locally as Jim's, a hairdresser, a restaurant, a bottle shop, a convenience store that used to act as the post office. Most residents rely on the rest of the Sutherland Shire for their services.
Grays Point Public School is located in Angle Road. The school lies next to the Grays Point ovals and is cut out of the Royal National Park. The school serves local children from kindergarten to year 6 with around 400 students. It focuses on positive student well being programs and advancing technology skills. Grays Point also has a preschool and a child care centre.
Grays Point Soccer Club located next to the Public School, the club has Junior and Senior teams. The club has two playing fields.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Grays Point (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
- "Swallow Rock Reserve". Retrieved 6 May 2013.
- The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 115
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