About the Village

Independent living, secure gated community, pet friendly complex

Why the name… Donington Gardens?

The site of Donington Gardens holds a special historical significance and a close link to early colonial NSW.

The village is located on the last remaining piece of land that was granted to Matthew Flinders in 1800 by the second Governor of NSW, John Hunter as a reward for his exploration of the Georges River.

Although his exploration was mostly made in unsuitable, leaky or rotten ships, Matthew Flinders has always been considered to be one of the world’s most accomplished navigators and hydrographers.

The son of the son of a surgeon, and named for his father, Matthew Flinders (1774-1814) was born and educated in Donington, Lincolnshire, England. Resisting family pressure to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather before him and inspired by his boyhood hero, the literary character Robinson Crusoe he entered the navy where he trained as a navigator. He served with diligence as midshipman under William Bligh on a voyage to Tahiti in 1791 and after returning to England saw action in H.M.S. Bellerophon at the naval battle of the Glorious First of June 1794. The next year he sailed on H.M.S. Reliance from England for Port Jackson, with George Bass as surgeon. Upon his arrival, he accompanied Bass on two hazardous trips in small open boats, as they explored Botany Bay and George’s River.

The name ‘Donington’ reflects our admiration of the achievements of Flinders, while the word ‘gardens’ has been included to highlight the importance we place upon setting the village amidst extensive park-like gardens.

Feel secure living in a gated community!

  • solar panels to decrease electricity charges
  • extensive maintained gardens with a
    rainwater fed irrigation system
  • two well appointed Community centres. Drop in for a cup of tea or a glass of wine. Watch a film or hold your next party here!
  • care assistance if required
  • close to public transport with bus at the front gate.

25 apartments designed by award winning architects Calder Flower:

  • 2 bedrooms plus study
  • ceasarstone kitchen benchtops
  • semi frameless shower screens
  • each apartment has an ensuite and main bathroom with laundry
  • large balconies or generous terraces
  • oversized car spaces and storage cages
  • underground and secure parking
  • split system air conditioning
  • dishwasher
  • electric cooktop and oven
  • microwave
  • ample power points
  • access to Foxtel
  • internet access points.

What is Included?

All inclusions are supplied and maintained by Bankstown City Aged Care

You will only need to bring and maintain your own:

  • refrigerator
  • washing machine & dryer.

If required you will need to sign up for your own:

  • personal plan for phone, internet and Foxtel with your provider.

Your monthly recurrent fee ensures that all equipment supplied by us, fees and charges, rates, lawns, gardens maintenance and repairs are managed by us.

Bankstown City Aged Care will administer and look after your:

  • land rates
  • insurances (building only)
  • gardening fees
  • general electricity and water usage for the village (not including your personal metered usage)
  • community centre
  • general maintenance.

Community Centres

A special inclusion in Donington Gardens is the provision of two individual Community Centres, the original one named ‘Tom Thumb’ after the tiny boat in which Bass and Flinders explored and charted the coastal inlets and rivers around Port Jackson.

Both centres provide residents with attractive and spacious venues for parties, movies, functions, craft classes or other activities that the management committee may initiate.

The new Community Centre offers a large television, fully equipped kitchen and lounge areas where residents may meet, socialise and relax, while ‘Tom Thumb’ Community Centre includes a fireplace, a screen for movies, fully functioning kitchen as well as a small library and memorabilia display cabinet. Both Community Centres open via folding glass doors to a generous paved patio and BBQ area.