Cromer v Cromer: Where would you rather live?
PUBLISHED: 08:05 14 September 2018 | UPDATED: 08:18 14 September 2018
Cromer is a family favourite, a beautiful spot famed for its laid-back pace of life and easy access to beautiful beaches.
And what’s true in Norfolk seems to also hold true on the other side of the world.
Did you know Cromer has a namesake Down Under, whose sights and thoroughfares (well, some at least) bear a striking similarity to the so-called Gem of the North Norfolk Coast?
But how does Cromer in the Australian state of New South Wales stack up against the original? Take a look at the side-by-side photo comparisons and decide for yourself!
The Australian Cromer is a suburb of Sydney in the enviable Northern Beaches area. Though it has no sea frontage itself, it’s a quick kangaroo hop from there to the strands of Collaroy and Dee Why.
It does, however, sit on the Narabeen Lagoon, which has a few nice barbecue spots and a golf course on its banks.
Cromer in Australia has a population of around 7,600 (in 2016), so about the same as our Cromer, which recorded 7,683 in the 2011 census.
The average age of UK Cromerians is 49, while the Australian version is slightly sprightlier at 42.
Cromer, Australia is an active place, and its parks host activities including football, rugby union, touch football, baseball, softball and cricket. There’s also a long-standing archery club called the Warringah archers.
The area is also home to the Dee Why West Recreation Reserve, a large forested area popular with bush walkers and trail bikers.
So, what do you think? How does the Cromer in this green and pleasant land compare to the sunburnt country’s?