The leafy, peninsula suburb of Kareela is located on Oyster Bay on the southern banks of the Georges River and is 24km south of the CBD in the Sutherland Shire.
Established in 1968, with streets named after winning yachts in past Sydney Hobart races, it is now fully developed with around 1,200 homes. Population in 2007 was 2417. The homes comply to an all brick/no front fence covenant and most are landscaped to enhance the hilly terrain.
Originally named Sylvan Headland the name Kareela was later adopted, an aboriginal word meaning ‘south wind’. The suburb is serviced by private bus transport with regular links to nearby Jannali railway station and another route travels to Miranda. Jannali to the CBD by train is approx 40 minutes. An excellent shopping centre caters for day to day needs with supermarket, newsagency, fruit market, deli, butcher, chemist etc and there is a medical practice, dentist, pathologist and optometrist service. Kareela primary school is highly regarded with a percentage of out of area children attending and a wide choice of public high schools is available at Gymea, Jannali, Kirrawee, Miranda and Caringbah.
Some homes overlook the greens of Kareela Golf course, which is a public course and the popular Golf Club bistro is well patronised by locals. Joseph Banks Native Plants garden flanks Bates Drive and is open daily for enjoyment of bush walking surrounded by our native flora and fauna. Other homes have water views and some have tidal waterfrontages. Solveig Crescent has the honour of being Sutherland Shire’s first ‘green street’.
Kareela playing fields cater for a variety of sporting activities including soccer, cricket and football.
Being a peninsula suburb, Kareela has a village-like quality, low crime rate and good community spirit. There is a trend to long ownership of property and up-sizing or down-sizing is done within the suburb’s confines.
Sutherland Shire Council