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Merrylands
SydneyNew South Wales
Holroyd-NSW-CouncilChambers-1.jpg
Chambers of the City of Holroyd Council
Population: 26658
Postcode: 2160
Location: 25 km (16 mi) west of Sydney CBD
LGA: Cumberland Council
State District:
  • Granville
  • Auburn
Federal Division:
Suburbs around Merrylands:
Mays Hill Parramatta Granville
Merrylands West Merrylands Holroyd
Guildford West Guildford South Granville

Merrylands is a suburb in western Sydney, Australia. Merrylands is located 25 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district and is in the local government area of the Cumberland Council.

History

Merrylands was named after the former English home of Arthur Todd Holroyd (1806–1887), who acquired land in this area in 1855 and who gave his name to the adjoining suburb of Holroyd.

Transport

The Merrylands railway station is serviced by the Airport, Inner West & South Line and the Cumberland Line of the Sydney Trains network. There is limited parking for commuters. It is on the bus route from Liverpool to Parramatta. Main transport corridors of Woodville Rd (Parramatta-Hume Hwy, Western Motorway M4 (Mountains to the sea). Other main roads include Coleman St (to Westmead Hospital), Hawkesview Rd (rail overbridge to Woodville Rd), Neil St (rail overbridge to Woodville Rd), Pitt St (to Parramatta), Lois St and Excelsior St (to Granville).

Parks

Central Gardens

With an entry Merrylands Road and Paton Street along the Cumberland Highway this nature reserve has kangaroos, emus, birdlife and waterfalls around the lake. Pinnaroo (Paton Street) and Yarrabee (Merrylands Road) can be hired for the day from Cumberland Council for a fee. Access is by road or bus from Merrylands Station and is a route of the Liverpool to the Parramatta Transitway.

Ted Burge Reserve

Bounded by Centenary Road, Hollywood, Richmond and Fairmount Streets. Is used as a sporting field for cricket, soccer, softball and netball.

Merrylands Park

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Merrylands Swimming Pool

On the corner of Merrylands Road and Burnett Street this complex has sporting fields, tennis courts, barbecue areas and a swim centre which has several outdoor pools and a grassed areas with a barbecue.

Merrylands Swimming Centre

Merrylands Swimming Centre was opened in 1968 and is owned and operated by Cumberland Council. The Swimming Centre was heated in 2004 and consists of 3 pools. An 8 lane 50m competition pool, a training pool and a babies pool. The water in the competition and training pools is heated to 27 °C. The centre is the home of the Merrylands Amateur Swimming Club – the second largest swimming club in the City of Cumberland and one of the largest in the South West of the Sydney Metropolitan Area.

Granville Park

Bounded by Merrylands Road (east of the railway line), Claremont Street, Montrose Avenue and Woodville Road the park is approximately 13.2ha in area. McDonald's has a restaurant on the corner of the park with access from Merrylands Road and Woodville Road. It has several sporting fields, a barbecue area, basketball court, cricket and nets, and playground equipment. When the circuses arrive they stay here.

During WWII Granville Park was used as US Naval Base Hospital No 10.

Cycleways

Several main cycle routes pass through Merrylands and surrounding suburbs and linking up to Liverpool, Penrith and Sydney Harbour. M4 has an exit in Crown Street, Parramatta for Parrmatta, Merrylands and Holroyd access.

Climate

Merrylands has a temperate climate, with hot summers and mild winters. The average summer maximum temperature is 27.9 °C, but hot north-westerly winds can cause temperatures to rise to +40 °C. The highest temperature recorded in the Merrylands area was 45.5 °C on 18 January 2013. The average winter maximum temperature is 18.1 °C, however, +27 °C days have occurred, mostly in August. The coldest temperature recorded was −1.0 °C on 12 July 2002. The average yearly rainfall is 830.5mm.

Population

Demographics

At the 2011 census, Merrylands had a recorded population of 26,658. Of these people:

  • 46.6% were born in Australia; the next most common countries of birth were Lebanon 8.4%, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan) 3.8%, India 3.7%, Afghanistan 3.2% and Philippines 1.9%.
  • 32.2% of people only spoke English at home; other languages spoken at home included Arabic 22.6%, Mandarin 3.3%, Turkish 2.9%, Cantonese 2.8% and Dari 2.5%.
  • The most common religions were Catholic 34.7%, Islam 19.3%, No Religion 7.4%, Anglican 6.5% and Eastern Orthodox 5.2%.
  • The median age was 32 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 21.6% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 10.9% of the population.

Notable residents

Some of the current and former residents of Merrylands include:

  • Betty CuthbertAthlete. Born in Merrylands.
  • Liam Fulton – rugby league player. Resides in Merrylands.
  • Rick Springfield – Singer, musician and actor. Born in Merrylands.
  • Matthew Gardiner – Trade Unionist. Raised in Merrylands
  • Paul Nakad – Musician and actor. Resides in Merrylands.

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