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Rockdale

Location

Rockdale is located just 13 km from the heart of Sydney's CBD and is only minutes from Sydney Airport. Getting to Rockdale is easy with direct access by train, plane or automobile and is the gateway to the southern suburbs of Sydney.

Snapshot

Rockdale Town Centre is home to a diverse range of commercial, residential and natural landscapes. It has an extensive shopping precinct where local meets international, beautiful bushland, parks and numerous eateries offering a great range of cuisines. It is also home to a vibrant mix of people making it a great place to live, shop or visit for a day or two.

The main shopping strip runs along the Princes Highway, near the Rockdale railway station, and is jammed packed with family-run boutiques and major department stores. Just off the Highway, the revamped King Street has developed into an eclectic strip of vibrant cafes, eateries and grocery stores.

Landmarks

King St Mall, Rockdale Plaza Shopping Centre, Cameron Street Lookout, Rockdale Park and White Oak Reserve.

History

The traditional owners of what became the City of Rockdale include the Cadigal, the Gwegal and the Bidjigal tribes. Known as 'Water People', these tribes inhabited the area for thousands of years before white settlers arrived.
 
Development of the area dates from the early 1800s, and was first known by Europeans as Frog Hollow, then White Gum Flat and West Botany. Finally the name Rockdale was suggested by pioneer and tollgate keeper, Mary Ann Geeves because of the rocky landscape surrounding the area, and was officially adopted in 1887.

Residential development began with the opening of the railway in 1884 and until 1949, an electric tramway operated between Rockdale station and Brighton Le Sands. Significant development occurred in the 1930s, especially around the railway station. Growth continued in the post-war years and in more recent year’s growth has occurred largely due to an increase in high density housing.

Rockdale Town Hall and the St George Tavern are examples of some of the original Art Deco architecture in the area.

Who lives here now?

These statistics are provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics latest Census for the suburb of Rockdale.

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