Named after James Mario Matra (1745-1806), a midshipman who was part of the first European exploration party to discover Botany Bay, Matraville is conveniently located 6km from Sydney Airport and 4km along Bunnerong Road from Kingsford town centre. It is recognised by locals as offering great shopping opportunities, a variety of dining experiences, activities for all ages and as a starting point for sightseeing that takes in the history of both European and indigenous Australians.
The area itself has three schools and has predominately low-rise housing, giving a quiet relaxed suburban feel to all who visit the centre.
Wander along Bunnerong Road and take some time to browse through Matraville town centre. The range and variety of shops is extensive. Arts and crafts are wonderfully supported with flower stores, gift shops and the renowned Kim’s Art and Framing Gallery (Ph 02 9661 1004) inviting your custom. Services are well provided with three medical centres, an optometrist, physiotherapist and pharmacies. Another service not found in every neighbourhood centre is complete pet care, with a veterinarian on duty, an animal transport facility and a pet shop stocking everything your pet needs.
Dining facilities in Matraville cater to just about every taste preference. There are cafes such as Poppy’s and Munchkins, fresh seafood, an award winning pie shop (House of Pie), Chinese, Italian, Turkish, chicken shops and even authentic Indian at Matraville Chickens. Of course if you are looking for a night out there is always the Matraville Hotel or the Matraville RSL both offering excellent contemporary Australian cuisine as well as live entertainment.
Heffron Park bounded by Bunnerong Road, Jersey Road, Robey Street and Fitzgerald Avenue comprises many sporting facilities including The Matraville Sports Centre with its squash and tennis courts. The Des Renford Aquatic Centre has an indoor heated pool, an outdoor Olympic sized pool and 2 pools for juniors. The Heffron Park sporting fields are set in extensive grasslands with a bicycle track that weaves through the entire park. In addition nearby Matraville RSL provides activities such as lawn bowls, social golf, tennis, darts and snooker with visitors being very welcome.
A number of places of interest are but a short distance from Matraville. La Perouse and Bare Island are situated near the southern end of Bunnerong Road providing stunning views of Botany Bay. There is also the Prince of Wales Drive that takes you out to Molineaux Point where one can see all the historical locations around Botany Bay on a large compass-type platform that provides explanations for each location.