Located in Sydney's Outer West, Blacktown is an up-and-coming (some might say it already came) suburb. At one point Blacktown had a reputation for crime, but with property costs skyrocketing around Sydney there has been an influx of people moving here, changing the suburb for the better. It now has an average crime rate for the city and, ironically, is no longer the affordable haven it once was. Like many of Sydney's western suburbs this is a diverse neighborhood, with 180 (!) nationalities living here. It's unique among all of the towns in New South Wales in that it has the largest urban Aboriginal population.
The main shopping hub here is Westpoint mall and features department stores, supermarkets, boutiques, medical services, a gym, cinema, bowling alley, and video arcade. Westpoint also hosts a monthly Twilight Food Market, which attracts a range of food trucks and stalls (and foodies). Just south of Blacktown is a nature reserve, water park for kids, and a motorsport park.
Blacktown is well situated for access to transit and highways. It's got its own train station and several major roads heading north, south, east, and west come near its borders.
For those with children, Blacktown has a number of public schools, including some well-rated ones.
Blacktown is bordered on the north by Marayong and Kings Langley, on the east by Lalor Park and Seven Hills, on the south by Prospect and Huntingwood, and on the west by Arndell Park, Doonside, and Woodcroft.
CBD: 36.4 km / 45-75 minutes by car / 50-55 minutes by transit
Chatswood: 30.1 km / 35-55 minutes by car / 70-75 minutes by transit
Liverpool: 16.8 km / 25-45 minutes by car / 50 minutes by transit
Parramatta: 21.3 km / 30-50 minutes by car / 60-70 minutes by transit
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