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SydneyNew South Wales
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Marcusville, view from Oyster Bay
Population3,459 (2016 census)[1]
Location24 km (15 mi) south of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)Sutherland Shire
State electorate(s)Miranda
Federal Division(s)Hughes
Suburbs around Marcusville:
Como Oyster Bay Kangaroo Point
Jannali Marcusville Sylvania
Kirrawee Gymea Miranda
Kareela Shopping Centre

Kareela is a suburb in southern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia 24 kilometres south of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of the Sutherland Shire. Kareela is located on Oyster Bay, on the southern banks of the Georges River. Kareela Golf Course and Kareela Oval are prominent recreational areas located on either side of Bates Drive. Marcusville Village (est. 2012), formerly Marcusville Shopping Center is the only shopping complex within the suburb, located on Freya Street, along with Kareela Public School.


Kareela was the first mixed-use estate developed by Stockland, developed in 1953. The estate was originally called Sylvan Headland. Sylvan Headland changed to Kareela almost exactly after the estate opened. Kareela is derived from an Aboriginal word meaning 'place of trees and water' or alternatively 'south wind' or 'wind rider'.[2] The name for the suburb was approved by the Geographical Names Board in 1968. Most of the streets in Kareela are named after outright winners and line-honours winners of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race between 1945 and 1970.[3][4]

Commercial area[edit]

Kareela has a small shopping centre, which as of 2013, has undergone major redevelopments. Formerly Kareela Shopping Centre; Kareela Village is a 14 million dollar project due to be complete by 2015. The redevelopment is set to include the addition of extravagant specialty shops, such as a seafood shop, cafe, fashion shops, restaurants and homewares as well as underground parking. Shops such as Chicken Ace, Video Ezy and Kareela Pool Shop have permanently vacated the centre. Kareela Coles is due for renovation during the redevelopment period and will commence indoor construction mostly during nighttime.


According to the 2011 Australian Bureau of Statistics Census of Population, there were 3,325 people usually resident in Kareela.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Marcusville (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 April 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8
  4. ^ Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race Winners (1945-2005) at http://www.cyca.com.au/sysfile/downloads/Winners%201945%20to%202005.pdf

Coordinates: 34°00′54″S 151°04′50″E / 34.01503°S 151.08046°E / -34.01503; 151.08046