A GUIDE TO HELP YOU IN YOUR SEARCH FOR A PLACE TO LIVE, OR INVEST, IN NEWCASTLE, LAKE MACQUARIE OR MAITLAND
Bordering suburban areas like New Lambton, Adamstown and Garden Suburb, Kotara is about nine kilometres from the Newcastle CBD. Much of its northern border is taken up by Blackbutt Reserve, which encourages a lot of native wildlife into the area.
Kotara sits south-west of Newcastle.
“When the area was originally established, it was a garden suburb that produced avocados.”
The opening of the Kotara train station in 1924 bought many new residents to the area. When the area was originally established, it was a garden suburb that produced avocados. The area built up slowly until the 1940s when it underwent a development boom. Nowadays, it still has a large suburban feel about it and attracts many residents who intend to stay for the long term. Statistically, much of Kotara’s population has lived in their current residence for five or more years.
Why rent in Kotara?
One of Kotara’s largest attractions is the Westfield Shopping Centre and adjacent Homemakers Centre. Westfield Kotara offers a range of nationally and internationally recognised brands, high-end boutiques and convenient discount shopping. Its recent expansion added a rooftop dining and entertaining plaza that includes a cinema. Upcoming developments will see more international stores added to the retail mix at the centre. The Homemakers Centre across the road provides a variety of stores covering everything from home and hardware needs to pet stores and large factory outlets.
There are a number of parks spread throughout Kotara. Nesbitt Park and Lugar Park both have full-size soccer fields and are nestled in Kotara’s south-western corner. Kotara Park is located near the train station and has children’s play equipment as well as Kotara’s tennis courts.
St James Primary School and Kotara South Public School are the only schools located in Kotara; however, the neighbouring suburb of Adamstown is home to Kotara High School, St. Pius X High School and Belair Public School.
Kotara is a popular place for families looking for convenience and comfort. Housing in the suburb is a mixture of family homes, units and townhouses.