In recent years Botany has undergone a transformation from a commercial hub to a thriving community of first-home buyers and young families. Beyond the shipping containers and warehouses that traditionally come to mind, you’ll find residential areas tucked away in quiet leafy streets with a combination of low-rise historic housing and new apartment complexes. Located in Sydney’s south-east, Botany’s enviable location just 11 kilometres from the CBD, 5 minutes from the airport and close to some of Sydney’s best beaches, has contributed to it becoming a sought after location for young people, many of them priced out of Sydney’s eastern suburbs. According to, as of January 2022 the median unit price was $853,000, with an annual capital growth of 20.6 per cent and an average weekly rent of $550.

A Family’s Playground
A waterfront suburb sandwiched between Mascot and Banksmeadow, Botany is a neighbourhood on the rise. One of the reasons it’s growing in popularity with young families is its impressive range of parks and sporting facilities. The jewel in its crown is Sir Joseph Banks Park, which is part of the 28 hectares of bushland established on reclaimed land from historic Botany Bay. The foreshore park provides an idyllic community space with duck ponds, wetlands, walking trails, cycle paths, a playground and picnic facilities. There are even life-size animal sculptures that nod to its beginnings as a private zoo in the 1850s. Popular with birdwatchers, the park provides a rare urban habitat for a variety of native flora and fauna. And along with the suburb’s burgeoning status and exciting new development, comes new facilities for everyone. Next to the new Pemberton on the Park apartments there is a 3200 square-metre public park with barbecue facilities and landscaped gardens. Another much-adored local facility is the Botany Aquatic Centre with its three outdoor pools, ample lawns and picnic areas. And if you prefer to feel the sand between your toes, Botany is just a 10 minute drive to nearby beaches, such as Yarra Bay and Maroubra.

Cosmopolitan Living
Botany has a self-contained, village- like atmosphere, which belies its central location. It’s just 20 minutes to the CBD with nearby Mascot train station providing easy public transport access. Locally, there is a growing café scene accommodating local coffee lovers with their daily fix, as well as providores and boutique shops. Cementing Botany’s reputation as the new Redfern are boltholes like the trendy bakery Son of Baker, their flaky pastries attracting local devotees. And if you need a more serious dose of retail therapy or a trip to see the latest Marvel movie, Westfield Eastgardens is just a short drive away.

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