Engadine, Australia

27 Apr, 2009

Engadine – From National Park Lands to Suburb

Engadine, Australia

Engadine, now a suburb, was originally meant to be part of Australia’s national park lands. It was actually set aside for that use from 1879 until 1890. Charles McAlister found some way around that and was able to purchase the land creating McAlister’s Estate in 1890. McAlister’s Estate was eventually renamed to Engadine because it reminded the McAlister family of the Engadin Valley in Switzerland. The natural beauty that inspired the name change can still be seen in the local National parks. There is the Royal National park on the East side, and on the west side Heathcote National Park.

The change from open lands started when the land was subdivided by Charles McAlister in the early 1900’s. The area was then mainly used for grazing lands, but did become a popular place to escape from the inner-Sydney suburbs for camping and day-trips. Being located only 33 kilometres south of Sydney made it a quick get-away from the city. The shift from being a place to go and get away from the suburbs, to becoming a suburb began in 1920. The building of the railway station was largely responsible for that change. More people came to visit the area, fell in love with it and moved in.

This once beautiful land destined to be a park is now an enjoyable residential area. There is a light mix of commercial and light industrial areas. The Princess Highway and the railway station have the most concentration of the commercial areas located by them. That leaves most of this Southern Sydney suburb for living. Though there are expectations that the shopping centre will be expanding to better meet the needs of the areas residence. Like every successful residential area, it is growing and changing as it prospers. Nothing stays the same, not even as wonderful a place as Engadine. A place that started to be a park that now has parks within it.

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