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SydneyNew South Wales
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Padstow War Memorial
Population 12,717 (2011 census)
Postcode(s) 2211
Location 22 km (14 mi) south-west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) Canterbury-Bankstown Council
State electorate(s) East Hills
Federal Division(s) Banks
Suburbs around Padstow:
Condell Park Bankstown Punchbowl
Revesby Padstow Riverwood
Revesby Heights Padstow Heights Peakhurst

Padstow, a suburb of local government area Canterbury-Bankstown Council , is located 22 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district, in the state of New South Wales, Australia, and is a part of the South-western Sydney region.

Padstow is a mostly residential suburb bounded on the north by Bankstown and on the east by Salt Pan Creek, which is a stream feeding into the Georges River. The M5 South Western Motorway traverses the northern end of the suburb, which is also the location of a number of light industrial facilities.

A number of the streets in the vicinity of Padstow railway station have Egyptian themes as names, including Arab Road, Cairo Avenue, Pyramid Avenue and Sphinx Avenue. To the west of Padstow, on the border with Revesby there is also a group of streets with outer space related names, such as Uranus Road, Mars Street, Neptune Street, Hydrae Street and Vega Street.


Howard Road shopping centre, Padstow, 1955 (19338266104)
Howard Road in 1955

Padstow was first named Padstow Park Estate after the town of Padstow in Cornwall, England. The Cornish Padstow's name means "the holy place of St Petrock" (not to be confused with St Patrick, as they are spelled and pronounced differently), an important Cornish saint. The estate included the grants of Simon McGuigan (130 acres), Joseph Cunningham 50 acres (20 ha) and Michael Conroy 40 acres (16 ha) . Timber-getting and farming were the main activities here. The Padstow Park post office opened in 1927 and the first school opened in January 1929. The railway station opened on 21 December 1931, which encouraged development in the area, especially after World War II. The suburb’s name was changed to Padstow in 1939.


Padstow railway station is on the Sydney Trains Airport, Inner West & South Line, west of Riverwood and east of Revesby. There are several bus routes that pass through Padstow, all operated by Transdev NSW. These services developed from routes established by McVicar's Bus Services, which was dissolved in 1978. The 927 travels from One Tree Point (the easternmost tip of Padstow Heights) to Padstow. The 962 travels from Bankstown to Miranda through Padstow, Illawong, Menai and Sutherland. The S5 travels from Milperra to Padstow. Two Metrobus routes travel through Padstow: M91 and M92. M91 travels from Parramatta to Hurstville, via Granville, Chester Hill, Bankstown, Padstow and Peakhurst. M92 travels from Parramatta to Sutherland via Lidcombe, Bankstown, Padstow and Menai.


According to the 2011 census, there were 12,717 residents in Padstow. 61.9% of residents were born in Australia. The most common other countries of birth were China (excluding SARs and Taiwan) 5.6%, Vietnam 3.7%, Lebanon 2.0%, India 2.0% and New Zealand 1.7%.. 55.7% of residents spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Arabic 6.7%, Cantonese 6.3%, Greek 4.7%, Vietnamese 4.6% and Mandarin 4.1%. The most common responses for religion in Padstow were Catholic 27.9%, Anglican 16.3%, No Religion 14.1%, Eastern Orthodox 8.9% and Buddhism 5.5%.

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