Fairy Meadow was named to describe the area, with grassed open meadow and stream of fresh water, noted for its 'fairy-like' beauty. Just 5km from the centre of Wollongong, Fairy Meadow is popular with tourists with its beach having fantastic southerly views towards Wollongong and two light houses. The main shopping area along Princes Highway includes Woolworths, Aldi, bottle shops and other assorted shops. For the kids there is a skate park, tennis court, 14 parks and of course, the beach. A local historical site is the Northern Illawarra Council Chambers.
Located to the southeast is Puckey's Estate Reserve which is open to the public and is a bush reserve well known for bird watching and coastal environment protection. Once the site of a salt works, the area adjoins a long beach which stretches from Towradgi Point in the north, to Wollongong in the south and is interrupted only by the rocks at the Fairy Lagoon entrance.
Fairy Meadow’s beach is located just east of the town and north of Puckey’s Reserve. Upgraded in 2007 with new picnic facilities, playground and toilet blocks. The beach is patrolled in summer and its surf lifesaving club was founded in 1951.
Brandon Park greyhound racing track is located west of Puckey’s Reserve, and the Science Centre and Planetarium complex is here as well as some university property. The planetarium is famous for its ‘laser concerts’ and was opened on the 15th May 2000 by MP Colin Markham. A white building, it is clearly visible from some of Wollongong’s more elevated points.
At the entrance to the Centre is the ‘Southern Cross’ sculpture, depicting our Southern Cross constellation with poles and graphics. Spread over two levels, the centre includes a laser theatre, observatory, dinosaur and fossil exhibit, electronics exhibit and other attractions such as a solar power demonstration with a model railroad and a forest logging game.
Fairy Meadow is on the South Coast line, part of the CityRail network. The station is entered via steps which climb to the road bridge on Elliot's Road which runs from Puckey's Estate and Fairy Meadow Beach Surf Lifesaving Club to the Princes Highway.
Churches in Fairy Meadow include the historic 1928 Anglican Church, Crossroads Christian Community, St John Vianney's Catholic Church, and Wollongong Christian Reformed Church.
The suburb of Fairy Meadow has a population of 5,801 with the majority being in the 20-29 year old age group.
The surrounding suburbs include North Wollongong, Towradgi and Balgownie.
The largest sector of the population is not in the labour force, and the majority of those in employment are professionals who mainly travel to work by car.
There are approximately 2,400 residences, of which 61% are single family houses. 36.6% of properties in the area are fully owned, with 20.9% of the properties being purchased and 61% being owner occupied.
62% of the population are married and households in Fairy Meadow are mainly couples with no children.
The median sale price of Houses, Units and Vacant Land in Fairy Meadow is $368,216 compared to $387,055 for the Local Government Area of Wollongong.
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