WAVERLEY At A Glance
Bordered by beaches and Bondi Junction, Waverley is the best of both worlds. Its village feel makes it a perfect place for families and professionals, who whiz to the city on trains and buses before coming home to a suburb known for its charm and community.
The location. Shopping centres, train stations and the ocean are just minutes away from Waverley.
Bronte Road has a selection of unique homeware stores and Ruby’s Diner is the local brunch destination – it’s pet-friendly too.
Waverley is fit for a princess – literally! Princess Michael of Kent called it home during her childhood years.
Nestled between Bondi Junction and the beaches of Bronte, Tamarama and Clovelly, Waverley is the king of convenience. It’s also pretty in its own right, thanks to the tree-lined streets and lush, family-friendly parks. On any given day, you’ll spot locals taking their puppies to the park (dogs are free to roam around the eastern end of Varna Park), striding to the beach to soak up the sun and do the scenic coastal walk, or popping in and out of the shops.
Charing Cross Village is a local gem. It’s bustling with boutiques, niche shops, supermarkets, fruit and vegetable markets, hair salons, fitness studios, cafés and restaurants, so residents don’t need to go far to get what they need. Otherwise, the multi-level Westfield is 15 minutes away by foot, and barely five by car. The centre has an array of shops and department stores, as well as a cinema. It’s also a major transport hub, with regular trains and buses to the city, airport and surrounds.
When the sun sets, residents spill into restaurants and pubs, or head to neighbouring suburbs like Bondi and Clovelly for even more options.
Waverley attracts a mix of young singles, couples and families. There are a number of parks and schools in the catchment, so families have choices and plenty of room for their kids to play. Trendy professionals adore the area, and not just because there’s a major transport hub up the road. They love escaping to Waverley’s quiet, tree-lined streets, exploring the cafés, restaurants and bars on their doorstep, and wandering down to the beach.
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Locals love getting outside and taking advantage of the suburb’s parks. There are four (Marlborough Reserve, Varna Park, Macpherson Park and Simpson Park), and all have playground equipment for the kids to enjoy. Varna Park also has off-leash dog areas, and you’ll often see neighbours chatting while watching their pets play.
Waverley’s main hub is buzzing with activity. Keen shoppers stroll down the strip of boutiques and homewares stores, while others catch up at the many cafés and restaurants or stock up on supplies at gourmet food markets. The village also boasts a couple of pubs, including the Art Deco-style Charing Cross Hotel.
With several primary and high schools in the catchment, Waverley is ideal for raising a family. The village vibe and quiet streets make it a peaceful place and everything you need is at your fingertips – supermarkets, cheap and cheerful restaurants, parks, beaches, sporting fields and studios.
Strolling the streets of Waverley is like taking a walk through history. There are charming Victorian terraces scatted around the suburb – in the past Waverley was a prestigious place to settle down in. The terraces sit next to modern apartments and townhouses occupied by professionals and couples, and sprawling homes to suit bigger families. The tree-lined backstreets are in hot demand, especially those on the Bronte and Tamarama Beach side.