Miranda is a suburb in the Sutherland Shire, about 24km south of Sydney’s CBD. It has a mix of low, medium and high density residential and is known as a commercial centre for the southern suburbs. The population was almost 13,000 at the 2006 census.
Miranda's Westfield shopping centre is adjacent to the railway station, running parallel to The Kingsway. Built over three blocks, it was once notable for being the largest shopping centre in the Southern Hemisphere. Originally known as ‘Miranda Fair’, the last extension and renovation was completed in 1994, providing 107,000 square metres of retail space.
Miranda also has a shopping strip running along The Kingsway and Kiora Road. Numerous commercial developments are located on these roads and surrounding streets. A smaller shopping centre containing a supermarket and various grocery shops is nearby in Wandella Road.
Miranda railway station is on the Cronulla branch of the Illawarra line on the CityRail network. The station gives quick access to Cronulla Beach by train. Bus services are provided by Sydney Buses, Veolia and Caringbah Bus Service.
There are many attractions nearby including beaches stretching from Cronulla to Wanda, the Royal National Park (Australia’s oldest), historic Kurnell (the birthplace of Modern Australia), the Bundeena Ferry, Sydney Tramway Museum at Loftus and the E.G. Waterhouse National Camellia Gardens.
Popular activities include surfing, fishing, bushwalking, cycling, bird and whale watching, and picnicking. There is fine dining at nearby Cronulla, Gymea and Bundeena.
There is a wide variety of schools in and around Miranda, as well as several large hospitals nearby.