Miranda Community Guide and Business Directory

Welcome to Miranda

Location

Miranda is a suburb in southern Sydney, located 24 km south of the Sydney central business district, in the Sutherland Shire.

Miranda has a mixture of low, medium and high density residential and is known as a commercial centre for the southern suburbs. Miranda attracts many shoppers from the Sutherland Shire, the St George area and as far away as Wollongong.

Transport

The Kingsway, Port Hacking Road, The Boulevarde and Kiora Road are the main roads through Miranda. Until 2002, Miranda featured  a landmark that was labelled as "the number one black spot in the State for minor accidents." This was the five-ways roundabout which intersected The Boulevarde, Kiora Road and Port Hacking Road. An AUD$8m project was completed from 25 February 2002 -                    20  November 2002 to remove the roundabout and implement a series of traffic lights at the intersection. Statistics indicate that the number   of collisions at the intersection fell from 222 in 2002 to 13 in 2003.

Miranda railway station is on the Cronulla branch of the Illawarra line on the City Rail network. The railway station gives easy access to Cronulla beach.

 

Miranda is served by the following bus routes

474 Ramsgate Sydney Buses, 477 Rockdale Sydney Buses, 478 Rocjdale Sydney Buses, 961 Barden Ridge Veolia 962  Bankstown Veolia, 968 Bonnet Bay Veolia, 969 Sutherland Veolia, 970 Hurstville Veolia, 971 Hurstville Veolia, 972 Kangaroo Point Veolia, 973 Yowie Bay Veolia, 974 Gymea Bay Veolia, 975 Grays Point Veolia, 977 Lilli Pilli via Caringbah Station; Caringbah Bus Service, 978 Port Hacking via Caringbah Station; Caringbah Bus Service, 984Cronulla Station via North Caringbah Bus Link, 985 South Cronulla via Cronulla Station Bus Link, 987 Kurnell via Cronulla Station Bus Link, 992 Engadine Veolia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commercial

Miranda is most noted for its large Westfield shopping centre, adjacent to Miranda railway station. The shopping centre runs parallel to The Kingsway, and is built on three blocks, crossing over Kiora Road and Wandella Road. This shopping centre was once notable, for being the largest shopping centre in Australia. Originally known as ‘Miranda Fair’, the last extension and renovation was completed in 1994,   providing 107,000 square metres of retail space. Westfield Miranda was soon eclipsed in size by Parramatta's Westfield extension. Miranda Fair is currently the 8th largest in Australia. The current largest in Australia is the Knox City Shopping Centre in Wantirna South, Victoria.

Miranda also has a shopping strip, running along The Kingsway and Kiora Road. Numerous commercial developments are also located on these roads and surrounding streets. A smaller shopping centre containing a supermarket and various grocery shops is located nearby in Wandella Road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

History

Thomas Holt (1811-88) owned the land that stretched from Sutherland to Cronulla. James Murphy, the manager of the Holt estate named the area after Miranda, a character in the William Shakespeare play The Tempest. In an extract from a letter from James Murphy in 1921 he said: 'The name Miranda was given to the locality by me as manager of the Holt Sutherland Company which I formed in 1881. I thought it a soft, euphonious, musical and appropriate name for a beautiful place.' It is believed that the character in the play was named after Miranda de Ebro, a town in Spain.

Originally, land was promised to Gregory Blaxland for discovering the Blue Mountains in 1813. He sold the promise to merchant John Connell for 250 pounds in 1816. Blaxland did choose the site of his land until 1831 and when he chose this area Connell claimed it. After the dispute was settled in the courts, Connell was recognised as the owner. The land was sold in the 1860s to Thomas Holt (1811-88), who planned a sheep and cattle farm. The plan failed but the fertile ground was leased by market gardeners instead.

By the 1920s, steam trams operated between Cronulla and Sutherland, via Miranda. The trip from Miranda to Sutherland took fifteen minutes and cost three pence. In 1923 there were five shops in Miranda, including a post office and butcher, at the intersection of the main road from Sutherland and Port Hacking Road. Settlements of returned soldiers from World War I were well established in Miranda at this time and the area was considered to be one of the best fruit-growing and poultry farming areas.

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