Updated: Sep 6, 2018
Rhodes is famously home to Sydney’s first Ikea and ideally located next to the beautiful Parramatta River. It’s a suburb of the City of Canada Bay and is 16km west of the Sydney Central Business District.
With its residential appeal increasing over the years due to a bloom in new property developments and its stunning parklands, Rhodes has a lot to offer for those looking to settle in.
We’ve compiled a brief guide for those who have just moved into the area (welcome!) - as well as long-time residents looking for interesting local finds.
We are lucky enough to have our very own train station (Rhodes Train Station) that runs right to the Macquarie University, Macquarie Shopping Centre, Milsons Point and the centre of Sydney using the T1 North Shore, North & Western Line. Other suburbia central hubspots such as Parramatta or Chatswood are easily accessible by changing trains at Strathfield or Epping respectively.
Want to get to Top Ryde in under 10 minutes? Take the M41, 459 and 533 busses along Concord Road and Rider Boulevard.
To Chatswood and the city – 533 bus.
To Macquarie Uni, Macquarie Centre, Hurstville, Bextley North, Campsie, Burwood, Concord and North Ryde – M41 bus.
Catch a ferry to the city or Parramatta using the Meadowbank Ferry Wharf. Only a 6-minute walk from Meadowbank Train Station (One stop over from Rhodes Train Station).
To keep track of updated timetables, plan your daily trips with the planner here: https://transportnsw.info/trip or alternatively download TripView on your iPhones or Androids!
If you are experiencing any other transport difficulties, the Canada Bay Council provides a community bus that operates on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Bookings are essential and can be found here.
If you’d like to incorporate a bit of exercise into your journey, consider using one of the cycleways that run through Rhodes. Cycleways run predominantly along the Llewellyn and Walker Streets, joined by Leeds Street and an underpass under Ryde Bridge, as well as west to Silverwater Bridge and on to Parramatta on both sides of the river. John Whitton Bridge, joining Rhodes and Meadowbank, has a cycleway and pedestrian walkway. There are also links to the cycleway running along the Cooks River to Botany Bay.
If you’re part of the brunch scene, or want to experience the cultural phenomena that is brunch, you need not travel the world for it. Here are some local gems that we have found.
Left of the Field
Eat some brunch with beautiful bay views (and maybe go for a Bay Run after!) at this Instagram-worthy café. Huge plus: The food and coffee are amazing. Don’t forget your camera!
Monday - Friday 7am–4pm
Saturday - Sunday 8am-4pm
3/7 Gauthorpe St, Rhodes NSW 2138, Australia
(02) 9752 7729
A five-minute train ride from Rhodes Station, catch a train to Concord West and walk 200m down the road to experience brunch that is truly OTT. We recommend bringing a friend (or even a few) for this one!
Monday – Friday: 6am-3pm
Saturday – Sunday: 830am-3pm
82 Queen St Concord West, 2138, NSW
(02) 9743 0002
Not a fan of brunch? Here are some other local restaurants we thought you might love.
Corbett and Claude
Enjoy your fix of Italian Pizzas and Pastas with cocktails to enjoy by the waterside bay.
Open every day 11am until late.
Rhodes Waterside Shopping Centre
83/1 Rider Blvd Sydney, 2138
(02) 9743 6213
Fancy some yumcha and tea? Get your dumpling fix at Phoenix Rhodes.
Mondays – Saturdays and Public Holidays: 11am – 3pm
Sundays: 10am – 3pm
A La Carte
7 days a week from 5.30pm – 10.30pm
Level 5, Rhodes Shopping Centre
1 Rider Blvde Rhodes NSW 2138
(02) 9739 6628
Rhodes Waterside Shopping Centre
Enjoy your local shopping centre at Rhodes Waterside Shopping Centre! Right by the bay, you can enjoy the beautiful views and also shop at your major department stores. Also located here is our infamous Ikea store, and your local cinema The Reading Cinemas.
In Rhodes, we are lucky enough to be placed right on the Parramatta river! Being close enough to walk down to great walking tracks and an amazing view definitely has its perks. Walking around the river is a fun and relaxing activity to do by yourself or in a group, or you can use the jog around the river for exercise. A personal favourite of the staff at Rhodes Self Storage is the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway!
There are also a number of great fishing locations situated across Parramatta River. Check out this handy guide by Kaydo Fishing World to find the best spots that you can go to fish!
If you’ve just moved into our little area, here’s a little list of local trade services within the area that you may need! And of course, if you need to store excess belongings that may not fit within your new home, you can always call Rhodes Self Storage!
Electrician: Service Today
1300 859 383
Plumber: SPS Plumbers
(02) 9002 7332
Mechanic: Bert’s Automotive Services
(02) 9743 2115
9 Marquet Street,
Rhodes, NSW, 2138
Dean Matts Carpentry
0405 332 362
We love the Rhodes area, and we hope everyone else does too! We’re more than happy to talk with local Rhodes residents to point them in the right direction, and make sure to drop into Rhodes Self Storage while you’re in the area!
Need boxes to help you move? Want to secure a storage unit for your excess belongings? Get in touch with Rhodes Self Storage today!
Call us on 02 8765 1888 or Contact us via our website.