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Doonside is a suburb in Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Doonside is located 40 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Blacktown and is part of the Greater Western Sydney region. Featherdale Wildlife Park and the Nurragingy Nature Reserve are popular local tourist attractions.
Doonside’s population was 13,451 in the 2016 Australian census. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 5.3% of the population.
There was a mix of housing tenures in the suburb with 21.6% of properties owned outright, 30.6% being purchased and 43.6% being rented. The median household income of $1,340 per week was slightly lower than average and while the median rent ($310 per week) was also lower than average, the median mortgage repayment of $1,950 per month was higher. The most common industry of employment was hospitals (4.3%).
52.8% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were Philippines 9.3%, India 4.6%, Fiji 3.3%, New Zealand 2.9% and England 1.3%. The most common ancestries were Australian 18.2%, English 15.4%, Filipino 9.2%, Indian 6.2% and Irish 4.0%. 52.8% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Tagalog 6.1%, Arabic 4.1%, Hindi 3.9%, Filipino 2.6% and Punjabi 2.3%. The most common responses for religion were Catholic 31.4%, No Religion 14.3% and Anglican 10.1%.
Notable residents include:
Robert Crawford (1868–1930), poet
Henry Kater (1841–1924), chairman of CSR Limited from 1901-1920
V8 Supercars Ford driver Mark Winterbottom was brought up in Doonside.
Fatso the Wombat (A Country Practice), was a resident of Featherdale Wildlife Park
Craig Moore (Socceroos and Glasgow Rangers Captain) played for the Doonside Hawks Soccer Club and went to Crawford Public School and Doonside High School.
Doonside railway station is on the North Shore, Northern & Western Line of the Sydney Trains network. It provides direct links east to Blacktown, Parramatta and Sydney CBD and west to Mount Druitt and Penrith. The Great Western Highway runs along the southern border and the M4 (Sydney) is just to the south. Busways offers a number of bus services in the suburb including:
route 753 from Doonside station to Blacktown Interchange through the north of the suburb;
routes 725/726 from Doonside to Blacktown through the south of the suburb.
route 756 from Blacktown to Mount Druitt, passing through the north of Doonside and providing connections with suburbs such as Woodcroft, Glendenning, Plumpton and Rooty Hill.
On the western edge of Doonside lies the Nurragingy Reserve, which is situated in the Western Sydney Regional Parklands. The Reserve is a 90ha park featuring picnic grounds and original bushland. It was established a nature reserve in 1981 and named after Nurragingy, a Darug man given a land grant in the Blacktown area in 1819. Just south of the railway line is the Featherdale Wildlife Park, a private zoo established in 1953 and specialising in Australian native animals and birds.
Across the railway line from Nurragingy is Kareela Reserve, a sporting complex, home to a number of local sporting teams including the Doonside Roos rugby league team, Doonside Cricket Club and Doonside Little Athletics. The Doonside Hawks soccer club, the junior club of former Socceroos Captain Craig Moore, plays out of Glendenning Reserve in neighbouring Glendenning while the Doonside Diamonds Netball Club play all their games (home and away) at the Blacktown City Netball Association complex in Blacktown. All these clubs use maroon and white as their colours.
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