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Suburb Profile: Payneham, SA

If you’re looking to move somewhere with community spirit and city feel, Payneham in South Australia might be the suburb for you. Just 6 KM northeast of Adelaide’s city centre, Payneham is a getaway, while still being a 16-minute drive from city living. It’s exceedingly close to Adelaide Zoo, Adelaide Showgrounds and offers plenty of green spaces. The area dates back to 1839, when Samuel Payne and his family arrived in Australia from London, on the ship Lord Goderich. Keep reading for our comprehensive guide on this area.

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The Neighbours
The estimated population of Payneham is just 2,293, making it a tight-knit suburb, perfect if you’re looking for a friendly community. The average resident age is 37, followed by children 0 to 14, with a family size of 3.5, making it perfect for young and established families alike.

The Commute
The best way to get around Payneham and the surrounding area would be by car, but public transport is a great secondary option. It takes just 39 minutes to travel to the city centre or Adelaide Railway Station via the 174 or 178 bus lines. The Adelaide Station is the terminus and departing station for all regional trains, with interstate lines run from the Adelaide Parklands terminal.

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Image: Adelaide University gardens and building

The School Run
If you’re looking for fantastic schools close by, Payneham has you covered. St Joseph’s preschool is right in the middle of the suburb, which also doubles as a catholic primary school. Felixstow Community School is a government-run primary school just four minutes from Payneham’s centre and is another great option for primary aged kids. As your family grows up, Marden Senior College or Open Access College are both close by picks for secondary education. As you’d be so close to Adelaide’s centre, you’ll have your pick of universities. The University of Adelaide and Flinders University are just two of the best spots for higher education in the area, with options for standard university and TAFE.

Shopping For The Family
If you’re wondering where all of your shopping can be done, Marden shopping centre has everything you could need. Banking, post offices, health services, food and clothing stores can all be found in this centre, just a quick drive from home. If you want a wider variety, head into Adelaide’s central shopping strip for more, including a renowned fresh food market held every day except Monday.

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Image: The Upsider

What’s Going On?
Payneham also has plenty of options for community events whilst in close proximity to Adelaide’s larger-scale events. If you want entertainment that also brings you closer to your neighbours, the local library has weekly movie nights, or you could join the Payneham Norwood Union AFL club. As for Adelaide, there are countless arts and sports events during the year. Catch the biggest concerts at the Adelaide Oval, moving plays at the Queens Theatre or the world’s second-largest fringe festival.

Looking to build a new house in Payneham? Get in touch with our team on 1800 184 284 or book a call for free, expert advice on building the home that’s right for you.

Ella McEwan

Ella is currently studying a Masters of Journalism at Monash University. She is passionate about interior design and eco-friendly housing.


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