Epping is perhaps the major centre in Sydney's North-West; as such it constitutes a bridge of sorts between the poorer but incredibly culturally diverse Western Suburbs from the more salubrious North. The greater West includes centres such as Vietnamese Cabramatta, Arabic speaking Lakemba and Bankstown, the busy centres of Parramatta and Liverpool, and the hippy Blue Mountains. The wealthier North, on the other hand, is tree-lined/mansions country on its Upper North Shore, while more densely populated suburbs are to be found on the Lower North, along with a long string of stunning beaches, arguably Sydney's best. In particular, keep a look out for Dee Why and Palm Beach.
Epping itself is a shopping and services centre in a region mostly residential. It is the kind of place where people raise families. Further out, the area become more rural, with paddocks and horses starting to appear amongst the detached houses.