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SydneyNew South Wales
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View from Oyster Bay
Population 3,459 (2016 census)
Established 1953
Postcode(s) 2232
Elevation 44 m (144 ft)
Location 24 km (15 mi) south of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) Sutherland Shire
State electorate(s) Miranda
Federal Division(s) Hughes
Suburbs around Kareela:
Como Oyster Bay Kangaroo Point
Jannali Kareela Sylvania
Kirrawee Gymea Miranda
Kareela Shopping Centre

Kareela is a suburb in southern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia.


Kareela was the first mixed-use estate developed by Stockland, developed in 1953. The estate was originally called Sylvan Headland. Sylvan Headland changed to Kareela almost exactly after the estate opened. Kareela is derived from an Aboriginal word meaning 'place of trees and water' or alternatively 'south wind'. The name for the suburb was approved by the Geographical Names Board in 1968. Most of the streets in Kareela are named after outright winners and line-honours winners of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race between 1945 and 1970.


According to the 2011 Australian Bureau of Statistics Census of Population, there were 3,325 people usually resident in Kareela.

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