With a lively dining and nightlife scene, and convenient location, Randwick is one of Sydney’s best kept secrets. The historic neighbourhood is ideally positioned close to some of Sydney’s best beaches, the luscious greenery of Centennial Parklands, and is within easy reach of the CBD.
Probably most famous for the Royal Randwick Racecourse, Randwick also houses several major hospitals and medical facilities, including The Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney Children’s Hospital, The Royal Hospital for Women and the Nelune Cancer Centre. The UNSW campus is also nearby in the neighbouring suburb of Kensington.
Randwick has regular public bus transport to both Sydney’s CBD and Coogee beach, and the new Sydney Light Rail will take you through to major highlights such as Circular Quay, The Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
With so much on its doorstep, it is not surprising that Randwick attracts such a broad mix of locals.
The LOCAY team have put together this guide to Randwick’s top highlights:
Royal Randwick Racecourse
Sydney’s longest standing racing venue dates back to 1860. The Australian Turf Club hosts some of Australia’s premier thoroughbred races and is an integral part of Sydney’s social scene. There is really nothing like getting dressed up in your most glamorous outfit and spending the day at the races.
The famous Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) and the Entertainment Quarter at Moore Park can be reached from Randwick by foot or a short bus, light rail or taxi ride. This makes it the perfect place to stay if you are coming to watch the football, cricket, or perhaps see a live a concert.
Several major hospitals and medical institutions are located in Randwick. Prince of Wales Hospital, Prince of Wales Private Hospital, Sydney Children’s Hospital, the Royal Hospital for Women, the Nelune Comprehensive Cancer Centre, the Sydney Surgical Centre, and the Eastern Suburbs Private Hospital.
At 360 hectares in size, it is one of the world’s largest urban parklands, making it a beautiful place to relax in nature and get some fresh air. The parklands incorporates Centennial Park, Moore Park and Queens Park.
The lively hub of bars and restaurants is a favourite with Randwick locals. It is also the home of the historic Ritz cinema. The Ritz is one of only two Art Deco cinemas left in Sydney. It offers a varied program of arthouse, festival, classic and mainstream movies across 6 screens.
Calm surf and a wide stretch of soft sand, plus several ocean pools, make Coogee the ideal family friendly beach. An easy walk down the hill from Randwick (a little harder on the legs on the way back up), Coogee also offers a diverse range of bars, cafes, restaurants and pubs, making it a great option for a day or night out.