Sydney is Australia's largest and oldest city and provides many options for living and recreation. Built on the shores of the stunning Port Jackson, it is a spectacular setting for a city.

Suburbs of Sydney

There are three main areas of Sydney where Defence members tend to live:

  • Liverpool/Wattle Grove
  • Richmond, and
  • areas close to the city.
Real estate websites for Sydney


Sydney has a wide range of public and private schools. It is important that you decide on your housing arrangements before finalising schools. Remember that it may prove impossible to locate suitable housing in particular suburbs, and Defence does not regard a choice of school as grounds to limit your search for a property. For further information, visit the Department of Education website.

Sydney is home to five main universities:

  • University of Sydney
  • University of NSW
  • Macquarie University
  • University of Technology
  • University of Western Sydney.

Each have a variety of campuses located across the city. There are also a large number of other tertiary institutions.

Child care

There are a number of child care facilities in Sydney. The resources below may help you locate the right child care service for your family.

Bases nearby

  • City to Liverpool - 40km
  • City to Glenbrook - 60km
  • City to Richmond - 62km
  • Richmond to Liverpool - 53km
  • Richmond to Glenbrook - 33km
  • Glenbrook to Liverpool - 50km

Public transport

Sydney is Australia's largest city; it may take 90 minutes or more to cross by car and sometimes longer by public transport.

The NSW Transport Info website can help you plan your public transport trips through Sydney.


Sydney caters for almost all sport and recreational activities. Visit the local government website of the area you're interesting in to learn more about the local sports facilities and activities.


The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has comprehensive advice on health care in Sydney.