Caringbah South, New South Wales

Caringbah South is a suburb located on the Port Hacking coastline in southern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is located 25 kilometres south of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of the Sutherland Shire.

Caringbah South
SydneyNew South Wales
Port Hacking estuary 1.JPG
Port Hacking, Caringbah South
Population12,242 (2016 census)[1]
Location25 km (16 mi) south of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)Sutherland Shire
State electorate(s)Cronulla
Federal Division(s)Cook
Suburbs around Caringbah South:
Caringbah Caringbah Burraneer
Miranda Caringbah South Dolans Bay
Yowie Bay Lilli Pilli Port Hacking

Caringbah South sits on a peninsula, on the north shore of the Port Hacking estuary. The suburb forms the eastern border of Burraneer Bay and the western border of Yowie Bay. Caringbah is the only northern adjacent suburb, whilst Lilli Pilli, Dolans Bay and Port Hacking are adjacent southern suburbs.


Caringbah is an Aboriginal word for a pademelon wallaby. The suburb was originally called Highfield, but it is unclear whether this was a position description or whether it was named after an early resident. Caringbah was used from 1911, after the steam trams began operating between Cronulla and Sutherland.[2]

Thomas Holt (1811–88) owned most of the land that stretched from Sutherland to Cronulla in the 1860s. Most of the area around Miranda and Caringbah was used for market gardening from the 1880s. Caringbah was still used for orchards and farming until after World War II.[3]

Caringbah South was once part of Caringbah but was declared a separate suburb in 2008.[4]

There is a memorial fountain to Elizabeth Batts Cook, the wife of Captain James Cook, in the E. G. Waterhouse National Camellia Garden in Caringbah South.

Heritage listingsEdit

Caringbah South has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Commercial areaEdit

Caringbah South is a small district made up mostly of small businesses specialising in professional services.

A small group of cafés and restaurants are located on Port Hacking Road South opposite Caringbah Public School. Another small group of shops is located even further south, close to the border of Lilli Pilli.


According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 12,242 residents in Caringbah South.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 1.1% of the population.
  • 82.4% of people were born in Australia. The most common other countries of birth were England 3.9% and New Zealand 1.1%.
  • In Caringbah South, 89.0% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Greek 1.6% and Italian 0.9%.
  • The most common responses for religion in Caringbah South were Catholic 34.6%, Anglican 22.8% and No Religion 21.7%.
  • The median weekly household income in Caringbah South was $2,180, a substantially significant inflation of 32% in comparison to the New South Wales average of $1,486.[1]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Caringbah South (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 October 2017.  
  2. ^$file/shire_placenames_20041008.pdf Archived 19 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine History of Sutherland Shire Placenames
  3. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, p51
  4. ^ "Caringbah South". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales.  
  5. ^ "Fernleigh". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00302. Retrieved 18 May 2018.

Coordinates: 34°02′43″S 151°07′18″E / 34.0452°S 151.1218°E / -34.0452; 151.1218