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Mona Vale

    Mona Vale, Sydney (northern beaches)

Vibe: Beach walk

Location: Beach, outer suburb/neighbourhood

Rent: apartment rents are in themid range, house rental prices are higher

Mona Vale is suburbia by a surf beach! It's got great surf, a rock pool for swimming laps a kids' pool and it's a popular beach for snorkelling. This suburb has a relaxed feel to it, plenty of brick family sized homes, a few apartments, and a large village shopping centre with a handful of good cafes. It's definitely family territory where swimming, and hanging out on the beach are a regular part of every day life. Generally, rents here a little bit cheaper than those closer in to the city. Mona Vale has very good public transport (buses), a golf course, and a public hospital. The only drawback to Mona Vale is it is a fair way from the city centre. A bus trip from Mona Vale into the city centre will take about one hour.

Parking: usually fine but can get hard around the beach on hot days. Shoe equivalent: thongs and Nine West. Post code: 2103. Distance: 35km from the city centre. Direction: North East. (More info below...)

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Every suburb on this website is compared to a shoe or two.
(Find the Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth equivalent of a particular suburb, area or neighbourhood.)


ADIDAS - all is not as it seems, a mainstream looking suburb with a bit of edge. A suburb in transition where arty types are slowly moving in:

Sydney: ASHFIELD, DULWICH HILL

Melbourne: COBURG, FAIRFIELD, PRESTON

Brisbane: COORPAROO, INDOOROOPILLY, KEDRON, KELVIN GROVE, TOOWONG

Perth: MIDLAND


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AQUILA AND SHINY BLACK WORK SHOES - professional type suburb with confident people - some like to work hard and play hard.

Sydney: BONDI JUNCTION, CREMORNE, EDGECLIFF ELIZABETH BAY, KIRRIBILLI, MILSONS POINT, NEUTRAL BAY, NORTH SYDNEYPOTTS POINT, PYRMONT, WOOLLAHRA, WOOLLOOMOOLOO

Melbourne: ALBERT PARK, DOCKLANDS, ELWOOD, HAWKSBURN, PORT MELBOURNE, SOUTHBANK, SOUTH MELBOURNE, SOUTH YARRA

Brisbane: ASCOT/HAMILTON, AUCHENFLOWERBULIMBA, FORTITUDE VALLEY, KANGAROO POINT, MILTONNEW FARM, RED HILL, SOUTH BRISBANE/SOUTH BANK, TENERIFFE, WILSTON

Adelaide: NORTH ADELAIDE, 

Perth: EAST PERTH
 

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BALLY / LLOYDS - conservative area with plenty of upper middle class families and people over 50 who like napkins and classical music at dinner, and can probably use the six degrees of separation rule to establish a link to the Queen:

Sydney: HUNTERS HILL, MCMAHONS POINT, MOSMAN, ROSE BAY, TURRAMURRAVAUCLUSEWAHROONGA

Melbourne: ARMADALE, CAULFIELD, KEW, MT ELIZA, MALVERN, TOORAK

Brisbane: ASCOT & HAMILTONMILTON

Adelaide: ST PETERSWALKERVILLE

Perth: APPLECROSS, FLOREAT

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BIRKENSTOCKS / CAMPERS - a socially and environmentally aware, creative, arty, inner city suburb with a neighbourhood or village feel and an alternative bent. The 'fair trade' coffee sipping type.

Sydney: ANNANDALE, BALMAIN, DULWICH HILL, ELIZABETH BAY, ERSKINEVILLE, GLEBE, LEICHHARDT, MARRICKVILLENEWTOWN, POTTS POINTREDFERN, ROZELLE, SUMMER HILLSURRY HILLS

Melbourne: BALACLAVA,  BRUNSWICK, CLIFTON HILL, COBURG, FITZROY NORTH, FLEMINGTON, KENSINGTON, NORTH MELBOURNE, NORTHCOTE,  PRAHRAN, RICHMOND, ST KILDASOUTH MELBOURNE, YARRAVILLE

Brisbane: BULIMBA, GRACEVILLE, PADDINGTON, RED HILL, ST LUCIATOOWONG, WEST END

Adelaide: CROYDON, GOODWOOD, NORWOOD, PROSPECT,

Perth: FREMANTLE,  LEEDERVILLE
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BIRKENSTOCKS AND SOCKS - an earthy outer suburb with environmentally conscious people who still have dream catchers and macrame hanging baskets on their front verandah. Om!

Sydney: AVALON, FRENCHS FOREST

Melbourne: ELTHAM
 
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CANVAS SNEAKER- a relaxed beachside suburb, mainstream, family oriented

Sydney: BRIGHTON-LE-SANDS

Melbourne: WILLIAMSTOWN

Brisbane: MANLY, SANDGATE


Adelaide: HENLEY BEACH

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CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN  - a suburb that attracts highly paid professionals who understand art, uber designer clothes, like to party, have hundreds of gorgeous friends.

Sydney: WOOLLAHRA

Perth: SUBIACO
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COLORADOS  - a family oriented middle class suburb with a mainstream bent and good access to parks, rivers, beaches, harbour etc - where kids can burn off their energy and save their parents from going psycho.

Sydney: ARTARMON, BALGOWLAH, BURWOOD, CHATSWOOD, CROWS NEST, DRUMMOYNE, FRENCHS FOREST, HABERFIELD, HORNSBY, LANE COVE,  NEUTRAL BAY, NORTH RYDERANDWICK, SANS SOUCI, ST IVES

Melbourne: ASCOT VALE, BOX HILL, CAULFIELD, DONCASTER, ELSTERNWICK, ESSENDON, IVANHOE, MARIBYRNONGMOONEE PONDS, WILLIAMSTOWN

Brisbane: BARDON, CAMP HILL, GRACEVILLE/CHELMER , CLAYFIELD, INDOOROOPILLY, KEDRON, RED HILL, ROSALIE

Adelaide: ATHELSTONE, MARION, MAGILL, MAWSON LAKES, PROSPECT, ST PETERS,

Perth: DUNCRAIG, INGLEWOOD,  MT HAWTHORN,
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CONVERSE - grungey inner city, gay friendly suburb with a kaleidoscope of people, where creativity is KING or er um QUEEN.

Sydney: DARLINGHURST, ERSKINEVILLE, NEWTOWN, SURRY HILLS

Melbourne: BALACLAVA, COLLINGWOOD, FITZROY,  PRAHRANYARRAVILLE

Brisbane: FORTITUDE VALLEY

Perth: NORTHBRIDGE


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COUNTRY ROAD - a wealthy middle class suburb with a bit of bling, 4WDs, big houses, and cafes full of yummy mummies.

Sydney: HUNTERS HILL, MOSMAN,

Melbourne: ARMADALE, BRIGHTON, CAULFIELD, ESSENDON, HAWTHORN, IVANHOESANDRINGHAM

Brisbane: ASCOT/HAMILTON, CLAYFIELD, ROSALIE

Adelaide: BURNSIDE, STIRLING, UNLEY

Perth: APPLECROSS, CLAREMONT, KARRINYUP,  MT HAWTHORN,

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DESIGNER SLIPPERS - a wealthy middle class suburb with intellectual types who spend their money on art, wear black clothes, drink good coffee and tend to be libertarian in their politics.

Melbourne: EAST MELBOURNE

Brisbane: BARDON, ST LUCIA

Adelaide: NORWOOD, 

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FERRAGAMO - stylish conservative suburb with money and a lot of bling. Great for people over 50. Darrrling.


Sydney: DOUBLE BAY, WAHROONGA

Melbourne: KEW, MALVERN, TOORAK

Brisbane: ASCOT/HAMILTON

Adelaide: HYDE PARK

Perth: MOUNT HELENA

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FLIPPERS - a beach suburb full of happy people and families.

Sydney: CLOVELLY

Melbourne: SANDRINGHAM

Adelaide: SEMAPHORE

Perth: SORRENTO
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FLIP FLOPS - see "thongs" below. A thong in Australia is not a G-string. It is a shoe.

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FLUEVOG - super cool, creative, arty and cafe suburb that shuns the mainstream, and dances to its own beat. 

Sydney: DARLINGHURST, SURRY HILLS

Melbourne: PRAHRAN, ST KILDA

Perth: MOUNT LAWLEY
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GUMBOOT - semi rural.

Melbourne: SUNBURYELTHAM

Adelaide: ALDINGA, STIRLING

Perth: MOUNT HELENA, MUNDARING
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HUSH PUPPIES (old style) - a down to earth, family type suburb with plenty of heart.

Sydney: FIVE DOCKHABERFIELD

Melbourne: AVONDALE HEIGHTS, COBURG, ELSTERNWICK, FAIRFIELD, PRESTON

Brisbane: KEDRON

Adelaide: BROADVIEW, CROYDON, MARION, PROSPECT, SALISBURY

Perth: DIANELLA
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JIMMY CHOO -  Sex in the City sort of place.

Sydney: PADDINGTON

Melbourne: SOUTH YARRA

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KENNETH COLE - a suburb with plenty of fashion savvy people but not so Sex in the City.

Sydney: MILSONS POINT, WOOLLAHRA

Melbourne: HAWKSBURN

Brisbane: PADDINGTON,  SOUTH BRISBANE/SOUTH BANK, TENERIFFE

Adelaide: NORTH ADELAIDE, 

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LOAFERS WITH NO SOCKS: A wealthy upper middle class suburb where a premium is placed on leeeeeezure.

Sydney: McMAHONS POINT

Melbourne: BRIGHTON, CAMBERWELL

Brisbane: KANGAROO POINT, ST LUCIA,

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NINE WEST - mainstream area.

Sydney: BURWOOD, GLADESVILLE, MONA VALE, NORTH RYDE

Melbourne: ALTONA, AVONDALE HEIGHTS, BOX HILL, MARIBYRNONG

Brisbane: AUCHENFLOWER,  COORPAROO, MT GRAVATT

Adelaide: MAWSON LAKES
  
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PUMA - an inner city suburb with edge, students, alternative type professionals, and public housing.

Sydney: REDFERN, WOOLLOOMOOLOO

Melbourne: CARLTON, COLLINGWOOD, FITZROY, FLEMINGTON, FOOTSCRAY, KENSINGTON, NORTH MELBOURNE, RICHMOND

Brisbane: FORTITUDE VALLEY, WEST END


Adelaide: BROMPTON/BOWDEN

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RUNNING SHOES (no name/no brand) - the burbs.

Sydney: PARRAMATTA

Melbourne: FRANKSTON

Brisbane: MT GRAVATT

 

Adelaide: PORT ADELAIDE

Perth:
CANNINGTON, MIDLAND

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STILETTOS -  an image conscious suburb with plenty of well paid professionals who don't really eat much but like spending money on goats cheese, sugar cubes from France, expensive wine, and hanging out at hip bars with their fab, beautiful, friends.

Sydney: MILSONS POINT, POTTS POINTWOOLLAHRA

Melbourne: SOUTHBANK, SOUTH YARRA

Brisbane: KANGAROO POINT, NEW FARM, TENERIFFE, WILSTON
 
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STRAPPY SANDALS - stylish, relaxed beach side suburb where the professional to hoon ratio is 10,000:1

Sydney: BRONTE, FAIRLIGHT

Perth: COTTESLOE
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THONGS - beach or bay suburb, yoga, surfing, wind surfing, health food, exercise, sunshine, good times....

Sydney: AVALON, BONDI, BRONTE, CLOVELLY, COLLAROYCOOGEE, CRONULLA, DEE WHY, MANLY, MAROUBRA, MONA VALE

Melbourne: ALBERT PARK, ALTONA, BRIGHTON, ELWOOD, FRANKSTON, PORT MELBOURNE,  ST KILDASANDRINGHAMWILLIAMSTOWN

Brisbane: MANLY, SANDGATE

Adelaide: ALDINGA, GLENELG, GRANGE, HENLEY BEACH, SEMAPHORE

Perth: COTTESLOE, FREMANTLE,
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