Regional Knowledge

The Sutherland Shire

Sylvania Waters is a suburb in the Sutherland Shire that is unique in that many of its residential buildings are set on artificial islands. One of these was used in the filming of Superman Returns. The area became infamous when a reality TV series about a family living there was screened internationally. Apart from that, there is a state of the art athletics track used to host many national events, a Tennis Court Complex and it is the home of the Southern Districts Rugby Club.

The tiny suburb of Waterfall marks the southern border of the Sutherland shire. At 200 metres, it is the highest place above sea level in the shire. With only 6 streets and one, two-roomed school, Waterfall is bound on the east and west sides by national parks, giving it a distinctly rural flavour. There are many beautiful waterfalls near to the railway station there.

Rather larger with at least 6 schools is the suburb of Engadine. It has a heated outdoor aquatic centre, a skate park and other sporting fields. The names of many streets – eg, Tobruk – reflect the fact that many ex-soldiers settled there after World War 1. There are many beautiful native trees in the area.

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