Gymea, New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales
Gymea Bay Road, Gymea
|Population||7,589 (2016 census)|
|• Density||2,857/km2 (7,400/sq mi)|
|Area||2.3 km2 (0.9 sq mi)|
|Location||26 km (16 mi) south of Sydney CBD|
Gymea / / is a suburb in southern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Gymea is located 26 kilometres south of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of the Sutherland Shire. The postcode is 2227, which it shares with adjacent suburb Gymea Bay.
The Gymea Lily, Doryanthes excelsa is a 6m tall perennial that is prevalent in the area. It was named by the local Eora people and became the inspiration for the suburb's name, by government surveyor W.A.B. Geaves in 1855. The Gymea Lily has been adopted as a symbol of the area and features on the crest of many local organisations. Development in the area has eradicated most of the lilies but many can still be found, a few kilometres south, in the Royal National Park.
In the 2016 Census, there were 7,589 people in Gymea. 75.7% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were England 4.2%, China 1.6% and New Zealand 1.6%. 83.1% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 1.6%, Greek 1.5% and Cantonese 1.3%. The most common responses for religion in were Catholic 29.5%, No Religion 25.5% and Anglican 21.1%.
Gymea is primarily a low density, residential suburb. Located close to Gymea railway station, the suburb's shopping strip is known as Gymea Shopping Village. Over the last decade it has become a popular shopping and 'café culture' district with many cafés, restaurants, boutiques and gourmet food shops opened along Gymea Bay Road. The Gymea Hotel is also located on Gymea Bay Road. It was opened in 1959 and was originally called the Gymea Rex Hotel.
Gymea railway station is on the Cronulla branch of the Illawarra railway line, part of the Sydney Trains network, which provides regular rail services to the city. Gymea railway station is on Gymea Bay Road, in the middle of the main shopping area. Adjacent stations are Kirrawee and Miranda. Private buses, principally operated by Transdev NSW also service the local area and provide school student transport.
The suburb has one public primary school, Gymea North Public School; a Catholic primary school, St Catherine Labouré Primary; a secondary school, Gymea Technology High School; and the Sydney Montessori School for pre-primary, primary and secondary students. Many children in Gymea attend schools in Gymea Bay, especially Gymea Bay Public School(the largest primary school in the Sutherland Shire), and Kirrawee. Gymea is also home to a campus of the Sydney Institute of TAFE.
- St Paul's and St Barnabas Anglican Church 
- St Catherine Labouré Catholic Church
- St Stylianos Greek Orthodox Church (officially known as St Stylianos, Saints Peter and Paul, St Gregory of Palamas) 
- Gymea Baptist Church 
- Gymea People's Church 
Gymea is home to the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, which features art galleries, art studios, a theatrette, gardens, meeting rooms, gallery shop and cafe. A number of special events are held at the gallery throughout the year.
Like many suburbs in the Sutherland Shire, Gymea maintains an active culture of youth sport and has well-established cricket, rugby league, swimming (Gymea Bay Amateur Swimming Club), football (Gymea United FC, which is currently the largest club in the Oceania region), and netball clubs.
- The Gymea Village Fair is held every year in the last Sunday in October. The streets are closed for stalls, arts and crafts, rides and music.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Gymea (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 March 2019. Material was copied from this source, which is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
- http://www.sutherland.nsw.gov.au/ssc/rwpattach.nsf/viewasattachmentPersonal/shire_placenames_20041008.pdf/$file/shire_placenames_20041008.pdf Archived 19 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine History of Sutherland Shire Placenames
- The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 51
- Roberts M, 22 November 2014. The Rex Hotels. Time Gents: Australian Pub Project. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
- "Plant Nursery - Sutherland Shire Council". www.sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
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