Arcadia, New South Wales

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Population 1,305 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2159
Location 42 km (26 mi) north-west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) Hornsby Shire
State electorate(s) Hornsby
Federal Division(s) Berowra
Suburbs around Arcadia:
Glenorie Fiddletown Berrilee
Glenorie Arcadia Berrilee
Galston Galston Berrilee

Arcadia is a semi-rural suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia 42 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of Hornsby Shire. Arcadia is in the Upper North Shore region.[2]


Arcadia is derived from Arcadia, a region in Greece and in Greek mythology was a pastoral retreat.[3]

Arcadia Post Office opened on 1 December 1895 (renamed from an earlier Upper Galston office) and closed in 1974.[4]

Aboriginal culture[edit]

The original inhabitants of the area were the Darug people.

European settlement[edit]

The name Dooral appeared on Surveyor James Meehan’s map of April 1817 and originally covered the whole area which includes present day Arcadia, as well as Dural, Glenorie and Galston.[5]

Timber cutters opened up the area from 1817 and the early settlements were originally known as Upper, Middle, Lower, North and Little Dural. The name Arcadia was given to a public school that opened in this area in 1895 and was later adopted for the suburb.[6]


According to the 2011 census of Population, there were 1,305 residents in Arcadia. 79.3% of residents were born in Australia. The most common other countries of birth were England 5.4%, Italy 2.0% and New Zealand 1.9%. 89.4% of residents spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Italian 2.1%, Arabic 1.6% and German 1.0%. The most common responses for religious affiliation were Catholic 29.1%, Anglican 22.8% and No Religion 19.2%.[7]

Commercial areas[edit]

Arcadia is a semi-rural suburb, whose only retail is the small cafe/local store called Andy's takeaway. Other commercial developments are restricted to stables, 'pet nannies' and fruit produce.


Arcadia Road is the main road through the suburb that provides access from Galston and leads north into Bay Road to Berrilee and Berowra Waters. Arcadia Road also links to Cobah Road which leads north to Fiddletown.


  • St Benedict's Monastery
  • Vision Valley Conference and Recreation Centre
  • Glenacres Nursery
  • Arcadia Community Centre
  • Arcadia Public School


Arcadia Public School is the local primary school in Arcadia. Northholm Grammar School uses an Arcadia address, however geographically it is actually situated in Fiddletown.

In Media[edit]

Arcadia Road and houses on Roscommon Road were featured in the Australian movie Tomorrow, When The War Began.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Arcadia (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Gregory's Sydney Street Directory, Gregory's Publishing Company, 2007
  3. ^ Oxford Companion To Classical Literature, M.C.Howatson (Oxford) 1989
  4. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Book of Sydney Suburbs, Frances Pollon (Angus and Robertson) 1990, p.5
  6. ^ Book of Sydney Suburbs, p.5
  7. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Arcadia (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 

Coordinates: 33°37′27″S 151°02′40″E / 33.62429°S 151.04455°E / -33.62429; 151.04455