Burwood is in Sydney’s inner-west, about 12km from the CBD, and is the administrative centre for the Burwood Council local government area. Covering just 7sq km and looking after 27,000 residents, the Burwood Council is one of the smallest in the Sydney metropolitan region.
Because most of the subdivision that transformed the area from semi-rural and market gardens to residential took place over the turn of the 19th century, Burwood is characterised by large family-style Federation and post-Federation homes.
The suburb has a mixture of residential, commercial and light industrial developments. The main shopping strip runs along Burwood Road beside the railway station. Westfield Burwood is a large regional shopping centre north of the railway line on Burwood Road, opposite Burwood Park. Burwood Plaza is a smaller shopping centre on Railway Parade, south of the railway line.
High rise residential and commercial buildings are also in surrounding streets and along the railway line. Commercial and light industrial developments are along Parramatta Road.
Burwood railway station is on the Inner West line, Northernline and Western line of the CityRail network. Sydney Buses provide many services to Burwood from Hurstville, Rockdale, Bondi Junction, Strathfield, Homebush, Campsie and Ryde and other Sydney locations. Sydney Buses has two terminuses, Burwood station and Westfield Burwood.
There are several schools in the area. Nearby hospitals include Strathfield Private, Royal North Shore, Sydney Private and Canterbury.
According to 2006 census data more than 11,000 people lived in Burwood, with the vast majority born overseas. Only 31.9% were born in Australia with the other countries of birth being mainland China (21.5%), South Korea(4.8%), India (3.8%), Hong Kong (3.0%) and Italy (3.0%). The area had a high number of apartments (51.3%) and a high number of renters (42.6%).