The leafy, peninsula suburb of Kareela is located on the southern banks of the Georges River in the Sutherland Shire just 24km south of the CBD.
Overlooking Oyster Bay and first established in 1968, the streets are named after winning yachts in past Sydney to Hobart races. It is now fully developed with around 1,200 homes. 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 ‘place of trees and water’. The suburb is serviced by private bus transport with regular links to nearby Jannali railway station and another route travels to Miranda. A recently developed shopping centre caters for daily needs with a Coles supermarket, selection of speciality stores and various medical and dental providers. Kareela Primary School is well regarded with a high percentage of out of area children attending and there is a wide choice of public high schools nearby. Kareela playing fields is popular for a variety of sporting activities including soccer, cricket and football.
Some of the homes in Kareela overlook the lush greenery of Kareela Golf course, which is a public course offering a Club Bistro that is well patronised by locals. Other homes have water views and some have tidal water frontages. Solveig Crescent has the honour of being Sutherland Shire’s first ‘green street’.
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 typically done within the suburb’s confines.