The Strathfield district is located in Sydney’s Inner West, about 11 kilometres from the Sydney CBD. It is often said that Strathfield is the geographical heart of Sydney, which is no longer the case given the constant expansion of the Sydney Metropolitian Area but it is true that Strathfield is highly accessible to nearly anywhere in Sydney due to a highly connected rail system and proximity to major roads and motorways. Strathfield Rail Station is one of the largest and busiest railway stations in NSW. It is estimated that 120,000 people access Strathfield Rail Station each week.
Strathfield is a major centre for education and many public and private schools and universities are located in this area. Some of which include the Australian Catholic University in Barker Road Strathfield, St Patrick’s College, Meriden Ladies College, Trinity Grammar Preparatory School, Homebush Boys High School, Strathfield Girls High School, South Strathfield High School as well as a host of public and Catholic primary schools.
Strathfield is renowned for its built and natural heritage which contributes to Strathfield’s distinctive streetscape character. Strathfield’s streetscapes feature large nature strips and street trees, which were first established by 19th century boulevarding programs. Heritage is represented by a number of architectural styles dating from the 1870s including Victorian, Federation, Californian Bungalow and Post War styles. There are a number of heritage conservation areas throughout Strathfield. Natural areas are represented and include Mason Park Wetlands, which is regionally and nationally recognised as a significant natural heritage site. This area features significant numbers of parks and reserves. The Cooks River flows from Botany Bay through Strathfield and creeks such as Powell’s Creek and Saleyards Creek flow into the Parramatta River.
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