Regions of Sydney

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The metropolis of Sydney is informally subdivided into a number of geographic regions. These areas do not always correspond directly to official boundaries of suburbs, or local government authorities, but instead refer to broader, and occasionally less well defined areas. The regions themselves are not used as a formal jurisdiction, and do not have legislative bodies.

Regional areas[edit]

Blue Mountains[edit]

The region is mainly composed of the City of Blue Mountains, which borders on Sydney's metropolitan area, its foothills starting about 50 kilometres (31 mi) west of the state capital. Major towns in this local government area include Katoomba, Blackheath and Springwood.[1]


The City is composed of the inner parts of the local government area of the City of Sydney.[2] Suburbs within the City of Sydney include the Sydney CBD, The Rocks, and Pyrmont.[2]

Eastern Suburbs[edit]

Sydney's Eastern Suburbs are composed of the local government areas of the Randwick, Waverley, Bayside Council (part), Woollahra and the eastern parts of the City of Sydney.[3] Suburbs located within the Eastern Suburbs include Bronte, Bellevue Hill, Point Piper, and the inner suburbs of Paddington, Surry Hills and Darlinghurst.[3]

Forest district[edit]

Sydney's Forest district is located within the Northern Beaches Council local government area and is also often included in the Northern Beaches or Upper North Shore regions. Suburbs include Frenchs Forest, Terrey Hills and Belrose.

Greater Western Sydney[edit]

Broad and encompassing many other subregions (as listed below), the Greater Western Sydney area includes the 12 local government areas covered by the New South Wales government's Office of the Minister for Western Sydney and the Greater Western Sydney Economic Development Board. These are Blacktown, Camden, Canterbury-Bankstown, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Parramatta, Penrith and Wollondilly. It therefore is made up of the Western Sydney and Macarthur regions as defined above. Some suburbs of the Hills District may be included, namely those that lie in the City of Parramatta LGA.


The suburbs of the Canterbury-Bankstown region are not specific to the City of Canterbury-Bankstown local government area, yet are approximately north-west of southern Canterbury, south-west of Lidcombe and north-east of Bankstown.

Hills District[edit]

Suburbs in the Hills District are generally located within The Hills Shire local government area and parts of the City of Parramatta Council and Hornsby Shire are also included in the area. Suburbs include Castle Hill, West Pennant Hills, Glenhaven, Kenthurst, Annangrove, Dural, Kellyville, Baulkham Hills, and Rouse Hill .


The Macarthur region is located to the south-west of Sydney that includes the City of Campbelltown, Camden Council and Wollondilly Shire local government areas.

South Western Sydney[edit]

South Western Sydney can be used to describe the suburbs found in the Canterbury-Bankstown, Liverpool, Fairfield, Campbelltown and Camden local government areas.

Western Sydney[edit]

Western Sydney is composed of the councils which are members of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils and comprising the City of Blacktown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Parramatta and the Penrith local government areas. Suburbs include Granville, Lakemba, Doonside, Cabramatta, Windsor, Wentworthville, Liverpool, Glenorie, Westmead, St Marys, Kellyville and Edmonson Park.

Inner West[edit]

The Inner West is composed of the Inner West Council, Burwood Council, Municipality of Strathfield, and the City of Canada Bay local government areas. Suburbs include Ashbury, Ashfield, Balmain, Dulwich Hill, Hurlstone Park, Leichhardt, Lilyfield, Newtown, Marrickville, Earlwood, Rozelle, Burwood, New South Wales and Strathfield.

Northern Beaches[edit]

Sydney's Northern Beaches are composed of the Northern Beaches Council local government area. Suburbs include Manly, Palm Beach and Seaforth.

Lower North Shore[edit]

The Lower North Shore is composed of the local government areas of the City of Willoughby, North Sydney Council, Municipality of Mosman and Municipality of Lane Cove. Suburbs include Mosman and Cremorne Point.

Upper North Shore[edit]

The Upper North Shore is composed of the local government areas of the Ku-ring-gai Council and the Hornsby Shire. Suburbs include Killara and Pymble.

Northern Suburbs[edit]

Sydney's Northern Suburbs includes suburbs in the local government areas of Hornsby Shire, City of Ryde, City of Parramatta Council and the Municipality of Hunters Hill. Suburbs include Epping, Ryde and Macquarie Park.

South-Eastern Sydney[edit]

South-Eastern Sydney can be used to describe the suburbs found in the City of Sydney, Bayside Council and Randwick local government areas.

Southern Sydney[edit]

Southern Sydney is composed of the Bayside Council (part), Georges River Council and the Sutherland Shire local government areas. Suburbs include Kyle Bay, Kangaroo Point and Cronulla.

St George[edit]

The St George area includes all the suburbs in the Georges River Council and part of the Bayside Council government areas.


  1. ^ Gregory's New South Wales State Road Map, Map 220, 11th Edition, Gregory's Publishing Company
  2. ^ a b sydney Australia is home to the Falcons .au/council/our-responsibilities/areas-of-service website]
  3. ^ a b National Regional Profile : Eastern Suburbs (Statistical Subdivision).