Randwick is a suburban, mainly residential, area in the south-east of Sydney, just 6 kms from the CBD but in many ways, could not be further from the throb of city life. Randwick has 29 km of coastline with 10 separate beaches, which has earned it the name 'The Sports Coast.'
Established by the English settler Simeon Henry Pearce in 1842, Randwick has a historical heart and boasts a wealth of period architecture. It also renowned for its nightlife and The Spot part of town is on the pulse of all things hip and modern. This small city comfortably manages to house these polar opposite passions, catering for the culturally-minded, the trendsetter and the sports enthusiast.
Of course, being so close to Downtown Sydney and the iconic sights of the harbour area, Randwick is the ideal choice for anyone wanting the best of everything that the city and its environs offer.
For the history-lover there are architectural delights aplenty. The wide streets and grand Victorian houses hark back to a bygone era of carriages and crinoline. Randwick has no less than 18 properties on the Register of National estates. Most prominent amongst these is St Jude's church, which was designed by Edmund Blacket in 1865. Blacket was also responsible for the design of St Andrew's Cathedral in Sydney and the University of Sydney. Another striking building is the very-Victorian Randwick Town Hall.
The Spot is located at the crossroads between Perouse Road and St Paul's Street. It is the entertainment hive of Randwick, and the place to be if you are looking for music, theatre, cosmopolitan cafes and movies. At the heart of The Spot is the Ritz Cinema. Built in 1937, this cinema encompasses the decadence and extravagance of the Art Deco period. Saved from demolition in 1993, a Permanent Conservation Order was placed on the building to ensure its continued presence in Randwick. The cinema originally only housed one screen but it has been carefully restored and extended in order to compete with modern cinema complexes. Nothing can beat a trip to the Ritz to get a taste of life when movies were in their heyday.
With its outstanding beaches and facilities to cater for every kind of water sport, there is no wonder 13 million people visit Randwick's coastline every year. Coogee Beach, Maroubra Beach and Botany Bay are the most famous shorelines in Randwick and offer surf and sunbathing at its best. There are a whole host of watersports schools for the uninitiated, from kite surfing to diving and windsurfing. For the more experienced, there are pro schools, and equipment hire for those wanting to go it alone.
If you are looking for some gentle exercise and to take in the spectacular views, the Coastal Walkway is ideal. Stretching from Clovelly Beach to Maroubra Beach, the path is wheelchair accessible and can be accessed and exited at many points along the way, allowing you to make your walk as long or as short as you like, and to get refreshments when needed. To help you along your way are signs noting areas of interest but also filling you in on the area's culture and history. There are many shipwrecks off the coast, which are pointed out on these signs, as well as information about famous Randwick residents and events. In order to protect the precious flora of the region, timber boardwalks are raised above the vegetation in some areas so that you can appreciate the plant life and peat bogs.
Home of the Australian Derby, Royal Randwick is one of the most significant racecourses in Australia and the home of racing in NSW. There's a veritable fest of prime horseflesh running in the Easter Racing Carnival and visitors can enjoy excellent state of the art facilities as well as the elegant and heritage listed grandstand whilst enjoying the races.
Visit Randwick to enjoy the diverse activities that it has to offer; it certainly has something for everyone!