Menai Community Guide and Business Directory

Welcome to Menai


Menai is a suburb in southern Sydney, located 29 km south of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of the Sutherland Shire. Menai is a newer developed  suburb. Nearly all homes are new, about 70% of home ownership are owner occupier.


Overdevelopment of housing and a lack of existing through-roads in this bushland suburb led to traffic congestion. The completion of the  first stage of Bangor bypass in 2005 has reduced the problem.


Menai contains a bustling shopping centre around Menai Road with many retail stores and fine restaurants. The two major retail developments are called Menai Central and Menai Marketplace. Menai Marketplace is located beside the Menai Community Buildings and features a Woolworths supermarket, Big W discount department store and many specialty shops including an Electronics Boutique, Bakers Delight, Michel’s Patisserie and Gloria Jean’s. The restaurants include Caesars Gourmet Pizza Restaurant, Rocksalt, Timeout Cafè, Palace Garden Chinese restaurant and Bua Thai.















Menai Anglican Church, Holy Family Catholic Parish Church, Menai Baptist Church, Shire West Christian Church.


Sport and Recreation

An indoor sporting complex is adjacent to the Menai shopping centre. Menai is home to the Menai Junior Rugby League Football Club who are known by the rhyming couplet "Menai, head high", in a reference to their tough playing style by other Rugby League juniors throughout the Sutherland Shire.

Large outdoor playing fields, including a championship golf course and a state-of-the-art athletics field, are found in the nearby suburb of Barden Ridge, just a few minutes away. These will be accompanied by hockey fields and a world class BMX facility.

Schools (See Detailed List of Schools in The Shire)

Menai's schools include Menai Primary [K-6], Aquinas College (Catholic, 7-12) and Holy Family (Catholic, K-6). Residents also use   schools in neighbouring suburbs such as Alfords Point Primary (Public, K-6) in Alfords Point, Menai High (Public, 7-12), Tharawal    (Public, K-6) and Illawong Primary (Public, K-6) in Illawong and Bangor Primary School (K-6) and Inaburra High School (K-12) in Bangor.


Menai is not, as many people first guess, an Aboriginal name, but is named after Menai Bridge, a town on the Menai Strait in Wales, Great Britain.

The area now known as Menai was originally called Bangor in 1895 by the land's owner, a farmer named Owen Jones, after his birthplace Bangor in Wales. To avoid confusion with Bangor in Tasmania, the Postmaster General's Office changed the suburb name to Menai in 1910. Menai Bridge in Wales lies opposite Bangor on the Menai Strait. When Menai expanded, the eastern section became Bangor again.

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