Drummoyne occupies an Inner West peninsula between Iron Cove and Five Dock Bay, 6km west of Sydney’s CBD. Surrounded by the Parramatta River on three sides, its homes enjoy some of Sydney’s most panoramic waterfront views.
Victoria Road runs through the heart of Drummoyne and is where most of its retail and services can be found, along with another group of shops along Lyons Road. You can also snap up major brand clothes, shoes and homewares at a fraction of their full price at the recently revamped Birkenhead Point outlet, where there are hundreds of on-site parking spots and a bus stop just outside.
Drummoyne’s many cafes, bakeries and gourmet grocery stores make it an excellent place for foodies, as does the range of international cuisines on offer in the local restaurants. The area around Harris Farm Markets on Victoria Road is popular for a bite to eat or to pick up the perfect ingredients for a home-cooked meal.
Whether you’re an established exercise junkie or merely aspiring to be healthy, living in Drummoyne will provide you with all the fitness inspiration you need. There are several gyms, some stunning family-friendly parks and lots of outdoor fitness facilities and events like the famous Bay Run circuit and the 7 Bridges Walk. Team sports and swimming also get a look in – Drummoyne Swimming Centre has a heated saltwater Olympic swimming pool and shaded children’s splash pool, and Drummoyne Oval is a popular fixture for all kinds of ball games.
Yachties and water sports fans are spoiled for choice with the Drummoyne Sailing Club on St Georges Drive, Drummoyne Rowing Club on Henley Marine Drive and numerous other marina facilities. Get out on the harbour or kick back with a cold beer or glass of wine and enjoy a meal at one of the on-site waterfront dining facilities.
Historical homes from different eras, designer-style mansions, terrace houses and units of all sizes exist side by side in Drummoyne. The major roads generate their fair share of traffic noise but there are plenty of quieter streets away from the main thoroughfares and by the water.
Although it’s a pricier choice for renters than some other Inner West neighbourhoods, Drummoyne’s rents are skewed to an extent by some of the larger and more valuable properties on offer. On the plus side, it has a good mix of houses and units and offers great value for money considering its many attractions.
If renting here is high on your wish-list, patience, persistence and a more flexible budget could quite realistically deliver your dream home.
Current average rents in Drummoyne are $1000 pw for a three-bedroom house and $700 pw for a two-bedroom unit.
There are super-frequent bus services into the city along Victoria Road (dedicated bus lanes make for a quick trip even in peak hour traffic) or you jump on the ferry from Wolseley Street Wharf for a scenic trip to Circular Quay via Cockatoo island.
For drivers, Victoria Road can be chaotic and slow at peak travel times but it does offer a conveniently direct route to both the city and the north shore/ North Sydney business district.
Drummoyne has something to offer everyone whether you’re renting solo, as part of a double income no kids couple or an established or growing family. In fact, it’s the perfect location for anyone who values a great lifestyle and proximity to the city.
Growing or established families will love its outdoor attractions and professionals will be drawn to the fast city commute and exceptional lifestyle.
Drummoyne also provides a great option for downsizers and retirees wanting a relaxed lifestyle without sacrificing the amenities, top-notch dining and shopping they’re accustomed to.
Local primary schools are Drummoyne Public School and St Mark’s Catholic Primary School. For high schools, Drummoyne is in the catchment area for Sydney Secondary College Balmain and Blackwattle Bay Campuses. Independent high schools nearby include Rosebank College and Domremy College at Five Dock and the International Grammar School at Ultimo.