I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics.
I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Published December 12th 2014
Westfield Miranda, which is also known as Miranda Fair, is a large shopping centre situated in the Southerland Shire suburb of Miranda which is approximately 59 metres above sea level. Miranda Fair was originally opened in 1964 as a Myer shopping centre and it was built on the former site of Fowler's brick pit. The complex was then purchased by Westfield in 1969.
There have been two major renovations and extensions since 1964. The first was in 1971, which made it the largest shopping centre in Australia for its time. Miranda Fair was easily distinguishable as it had a large eight-pointed, slowly revolving star on its rooftop. Part of the heritage of the centre, and somewhat of a local landmark, the star was lit at night and unique to any Westfield shopping centre. The star was knocked of the top of the tower in late July 2013 during the centre's 2013 – 2014 re-development as the office tower it sat upon was demolished.
The old Miranda Fair courtesy of Westfield Miranda
Early in 2009, Sutherland Council approved plans to further upgrade the complex, which included demolition of the office tower and adding 100 additional specialty shops at a cost of A$435 million. Demolition of the areas around the office tower began in July 2013, with the first stage of the redevelopment consisting of the first floor opened on Thursday 16/10/14. 2014. About 80 more shops/restaurants opened on Thursday 20/11/14 while the official opening took place on Thursday 27/11/14.
My family has lived in the Sutherland Shire for over thirty four years and I wouldn't know how many times that I have been to Westfield Miranda, but I would say that my wife would average a visit about once a week. So over thirty four years that would be around 1768 times. Some of these visits would include me tagging along while Leanne would go either clothes shopping, picking out birthday presents for the family or just recently Christmas shopping.
Having not been over to Westfield Miranda since the official opening on the 27th of November 2014 I joined Leanne for just less than three hours (so we didn't have to pay for parking). It wasn't long before I was left to my own devices to look around the centre while Leanne was off doing the last of the Christmas shopping.
Not being a frequent visitor to Westfield Miranda I was amazed that with all the changes that had gone on with the renovations that I only got lost once and ended up coming out on the Event Cinema side, when I was actually wanting to come out near the front entrance. Like all major shopping centers, Westfield Miranda has those touch screen information stations where you can find out where you are if you happen to get lost.
The changes have included more open spaces and new decor
I am not quite sure how many shops are at Westfield Miranda, but what I do know there are a number of shops that are no longer there, plus many existing shops have stayed and the amount of new ones that have popped up, plus more on the way. It will keep even a visitor like me (not a favourite of shopping) busy for a few hours.
So if you are not an avid shopper, what has Westfield Miranda got for you? Well, there are (at the time of writing) 64 dining, 12 book, 20 computer and 24 fresh food shops. Shops like Fish Fair who have been operating for 25 years in the centre, 23 of which have been at their existing place, the new-look Myer, refurbished David Jones and Big W, plus a new full-line Woolworths supermarket, Target, Rebel, Toy's R Us, Shoes and Sox, The Athletes Foot and Rubyniks Cafe, to name a few.
Fish Fair have been operating at Westfield Miranda for 25 years. 23 years in the same place they are now
While walking around I noticed kids and adults standing in front of a support column waving their arms around. Intrigued I stood nearby and watched what they were doing. They were playing a pinball game that was on four sides of the column, much like a Wii, but without something in your hand.
The new parking system "Plan, Park, Go" operates on a license plate recognition system where a camera on entry and exit of the car park captures your license plate. On entry to the car park there will be a digital clock displaying your time of entry. This is where you will need to remember your time of entry, as it will not be issued with a ticket. This can be a problem if you forget the time that you entered. To overcome this you could register at www.parkwestfield.com.au where you can choose to receive a free SMS notification letting you know the time you entered the car park and reminding you of your licence plate number.
But if your visit to the car park is over 3 hours you will need to head to one of the many pay stations, enter your license plate number and pay the parking fee. Drive to the exit where the system will recognise your parking payment and the boom-gate will open automatically. Alternatively, you can register at www.parkwestfield.com.au to have your parking fee automatically deducted from your credit card.
If you are not quite sure what to do when paying for your parking, just ask someone I am sure they will help you out.
Overall I was very impressed with the design and layout of the new Westfield Miranda and I am sure it won't be too long before I am back there having a coffee or smoothie and I am sure that my wife will be back there very soon even if the Christmas shopping is done as there is always birthdays, anniversaries, father and mothers days, plus more shopping.
Westfields Miranda extending their trading hours.
17th Dec 9am to 9pm
18th Dec 9am to midnight
19th Dec 9am to 9pm
20th Dec 8am to 6pm
21st Dec 9am to 6pm
22nd Dec 9am to 9pm
23rd Dec 8am to 9pm
24th Dec 8am to 5.30pm
Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day
Information coutesy of St George and Shutherland Shire Leader.