The name Randwick comes from the English village of the same name that was the birthplace of Simeon Pearce, who was Randwick’s first Mayor and became prominent in the development of the suburb. Randwick is a mix of purposes with its famous racecourse, Prince of Wales Hospital, thriving commercial centre, and quiet residential streets. It is the geographical centre of the east and its closeness to the city and the beach has made it one of Sydney’s most affordable and desirable suburbs.
Some of the grand Victorian and Federation mansions still remain, though in varying states of repair. There are the semi detached and terrace style houses from earlier in the 20th century, both old and modern apartments, and newer town house style developments.
The wedge of retail stores bounded by Alison and Belmore Roads are the heart of Randwick shopping. Here, you’ll find all your food, clothing and business needs along with an excellent range of specialty asian food stores. There is a small local shopping centre in Frenchman’s Road, and down at the Spot there are all the basics plus the Randwick Ritz cinema complex.
You can watch the horses and the jockeys breaking into a sweat from the comfort of the stands at Royal Randwick, or try your own equestrian skills with a canter around Centennial Park. Fitness First have a well equipped gym here, and the beaches are just down the hill.
Randwick is 6km east of the CBD, and is well serviced by buses to Circular Quay and Railway Square.
On the northern border are the rolling acres of grass and woods that is Centennial Park, and to the south, the campus of the University of New South Wales and the adjacent Prince of Wales Hospital. But perhaps the most famous landmark is Royal Randwick Racecourse, where Sydney’s colourful racing identities rub shoulders with high society and the average punter.
Randwick has plenty of interesting ethnic eateries that reflect the diverse culture of the suburb and its neighbours. Randwick’s many local hotels serve hearty pub food in the great Sydney tradition.
All manner of schools can be found in this family oriented suburb. There is Randwick High, Randwick Primary, Marcellin, Brigidine College, Emmanuel School, Claremont College and Our Lady of the Sacred heart, as well as numerous day care and preschool centres.
The campus of the University of New South Wales covers a large piece of Randwick real estate.