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St George Region

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for St George Region is 269,168, with a population density of 40.47 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

The St George Region is located in Sydney's southern suburbs - between 12 and 17 kilometres from the Sydney CBD. The St George Region is bounded by the City of Canterbury Bankstown, Wolli Creek, the Cooks River and the Inner West Council area in the north, Botany Bay and the City of Botany Bay in the east, the Georges River in the south, and Salt Pan Creek in the west.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from 1804 when the first land grants were made, with land being used mainly for farming and timber getting. Population was minimal until the 1840s, spurred by improved access, the clearing of land and the establishment of market gardens, orchards and vineyards. Growth took place during the 1880s and 1890s, spurred by the opening of the Illawarra railway line in 1884. Rapid development occurred in the early 1900s, particularly during the 1920s and 1930s, aided by the opening of the East Hills railway line. Significant development occurred during the post-war years, through to the 1960s. Gradual growth took place from the early 1990s, with the population of the Region increasing from about 194,000 in 1991 to over 231,000 in 2011. Much of the recent growth has been from the construction of high and medium density housing. The population is expected to continue to increase.

Land use

The St George Region is predominantly residential, but also has substantial industrial, commercial and recreational areas. The St George Region encompasses a total land area of about 70 square kilometres.


The St George Region is served by the Princes Highway, the South Western Motorway (M5), the Sydney International Airport and the Airport and Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra railway lines.

Major features

Major features of the Region include Sydney International Airport (Terminal 1), Westfield Hurstville Shopping Centre, the Kogarah Town Centre, Rockdale Plaza Shopping Centre, St George Hospital, Hurstville Entertainment Centre, Hurstville Museum & Gallery, Johnny Warren Indoor Sports Centre, Hurstville Aquatic Leisure Centre, Bexley Swimming and Leisure Centre, Sydney TAFE (St George College), Bardwell Valley Golf Club, Beverley Park Golf Club, Bexley Golf Club, Hurstville Golf Club, Kogarah Golf Club, Barton Park, Hurstville Oval, Kogarah Park, Oatley Park, Poulton Park, Riverine Park, Scarborough Park, UOW Jubilee Oval (Kogarah Oval), Brighton-Le-Sands Beach, Lady Robinsons Beach, Georges River National Park, Carss Bush Park, Moore Reserve & Wetlands, Rockdale Wetlands and Recreation Corridor, Georges River Cruises and the Georges River.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of the St George Region were the Cadigal and Biddegal Aboriginal people.

Included areas

The St George Region encompasses two local government areas; the Georges River Council area and Rockdale City. The St George Region includes the suburbs of Allawah, Arncliffe, Banksia, Bardwell Park, Bardwell Valley, Beverley Park, Beverly Hills (part), Bexley, Bexley North, Blakehurst, Brighton-Le-Sands, Carlton, Carss Park, Connells Point, Dolls Point, Hurstville, Hurstville Grove, Kingsgrove (part), Kogarah, Kogarah Bay, Kyeemagh, Kyle Bay, Lugarno, Mascot (part), Monterey, Mortdale, Narwee (part), Oatley, Peakhurst, Peakhurst Heights, Penshurst, Ramsgate, Ramsgate Beach, Riverwood (part), Rockdale, Sandringham, Sans Souci, South Hurstville, Turrella and Wolli Creek.