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Caringbah
SydneyNew South Wales
Caringbah.jpg
The Kingsway, Caringbah
Population 11,658 (2016 census)
Postcode(s) 2229
Elevation 39 m (128 ft)
Location 24 km (15 mi) south of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) Sutherland Shire
State electorate(s)
  • Cronulla
  • Miranda
Federal Division(s) Cook
Suburbs around Caringbah:
Sylvania Waters Taren Point Woolooware
Miranda Caringbah Dolans Bay Port Hacking
Yowie Bay Caringbah South Lilli Pilli
Caringbah memorial
Caringbah memorial

Caringbah is a suburb in southern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Caringbah is 24 kilometres (15 mi) south of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of Sutherland Shire.

Caringbah once stretched from Woolooware Bay on the Georges River to Yowie Bay and Burraneer Bay on the Port Hacking estuary. A number of Caringbah localities have been declared as separate suburbs but still share the postcode 2229. These suburbs include Taren Point to the north on the Georges River, and Port Hacking, Lilli Pilli, Dolans Bay and Caringbah South, located on the Port Hacking River to the south.

History

Caringbah is an Aboriginal word for a pademelon wallaby. The suburb was originally called Highfield, but it is unclear whether this was a position description or whether it was named after an early resident. Caringbah was used from 1911, after the steam trams began operating between Cronulla and Sutherland.

Thomas Holt (1811–88) owned most of the land that stretched from Sutherland to Cronulla in the 1860s. Most of the area around Miranda and Caringbah was used for market gardening from the 1880s. Caringbah was still used for orchards and farming until after World War II. The railway line to Cronulla opened in 1939.

Transport

Caringbah is a central suburb of the Sutherland Shire, considering some of the main roads intersect here. President Avenue and the Kingsway both run from Sutherland via Miranda in the west, to the popular beachside suburb of Cronulla in the east. Taren Point Road leads north to the Captain Cook Bridge, St George area and further north to the Sydney CBD.

Caringbah railway station is on the Cronulla branch of the Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line T4 on the Sydney Trains network.

Transdev NSW runs buses to such places as Bankstown (weekends only), Lilli Pilli, South Cronulla, Hurstville, Sutherland, Cronulla and Dolans Bay and Sydney Buses operates one school route. For full route details see Caringbah Station.

Demographics

According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 11,658 people in Caringbah.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 1.4% of the population.
  • 73.9% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were England 3.7%, New Zealand 2.2%, China 1.6%, India 1.1% and Philippines 1.0%.
  • 80.1% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 1.8%, Cantonese 1.3%, Greek 1.3% and Russian 0.9%.
  • The most common responses for religion were Catholic 28.9%, No Religion 26.5% and Anglican 19.6%.

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