North Rocks, New South Wales
Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children
|Population||7,239 (2006 census)|
|Location||26 km (16 mi) north-west of Sydney CBD|
|LGA(s)||The Hills Shire|
|State electorate(s)||Baulkham Hills
North Rocks is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. North Rocks is located 26 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of The Hills Shire, in the Hills District.The residents have given the suburb a livability rating of 94% on real estate.
The name "North Rocks" dates back to the beginning of the settlement at Parramatta and is older even than the name of the city itself, which at first was called Rosehill. In 1789 Governor Phillip reserved large areas to the north and west of Rosehill for the use of Government stock - the present Northmead and Westmead. The reserve to the north was described as extending as far as 'the North Rocks'. The area was also known as Jerusalem Rocks.
The North Rocks were a massive sandstone outcrop, which terminated the ridge on the south side of Hunts Creek. These rocks so dominated the landscape and were such prominent features that they gave their name to the locality but were not preserved. In 1841 when it was decided to build a new gaol at Parramatta, a shrewd contractor bought the Rocks as they consisted of the best sandstone in the district - and were very conveniently situated. His tender was accepted, and much of the North Rocks became gaol walls and flagstones in 1844. Further inroads were made on what was left when the wall of masonry was erected in 1855-56 which held back the waters of Lake Parramatta. Much stone was needed for the dam, as the wall is about 240 feet (73 m) long and is fifteen feet through at the base.
Westfield North Rocks and the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children school are located around North Rocks Road. The shopping centre features a SuperIGA (formally Franklins) and a Coles Supermarket and Kmart discount department store and specialty shops. Beside the shopping centre is a new development featuring an Aldi supermarket, Reject Shop,First Choice Liquor and Nando's Restaurant. A small group of shops is also located on the opposite side, around the intersection of North Rocks Road and Lawndale Avenue.
The M2 Hills Motorway runs through North Rocks, and there is access to the motorway from Pennant Hills Road in Carlingford and Windsor Road in Baulkham Hills. Public transport to, from and throughout the area is provided by bus.
North Rocks does not have a railway station. However, train services are accessible from nearby Carlingford, Epping and Parramatta railway stations. Limited services run on the former, while the latter two stations enjoy a very frequent service throughout the day.
The Barclay Road M2 Bus Station provides fast, frequent services to the City and Castle Hill 7 days a week, as well as services to Macquarie Park, Blacktown and Norwest Business Park. Sydney Buses provides links from Parramatta railway station to Epping railway station through different parts of North Rocks, although both converge at Westfield North Rocks shopping centre. There are also very limited services to Beecroft railway station running on weekdays.
Sydney Buses operates through North Rocks:
- 549 - Parramatta to Epping via North Rocks Rd and Carlingford North
- 546 - Parramatta to Epping via Oatlands, Carlingford Station and Carlingford Court
- 553 - Beecroft to Westfield North Rocks via Oakes Road M2 bus stop, Carlingford
Hillsbus operates routes both via Westfield North Rocks and along the M2 Motorway. M2 services operate from the Barclay Rd bus stop and are very frequent.
- 602 - Rouse Hill to North Sydney via North-west T-way
- 607X - Rouse Hill to Railway Square Express via North-west T-way
- 610 - Rouse Hill Town Centre to Railway Square via Castle Hill
- 610X - Rouse Hill Town Centre to Railway Square Express via Castle Hill
- 611 - Blacktown to Macquarie Park via Seven Hills and Macquarie Centre
- 612 - Kellyville/Baulkham Hills to Milsons Point
- 613X - Bella Vista to Railway Square Express
- 614X - Crestwood to Railway Square Express
- 615X - Kellyville to Railway Square Express
- 616X - Kellyville Ridge to Railway Square via Glenwood Express
- 617X - Rouse Hill Town Centre to Railway Square via Beaumont Hills, Glenwood and Stanhope Gardens
- 618 - Norwest Business Park to Railway Square via Windsor Rd
- 619 - Castle Hill to Macquarie Park via Baulkham Hills
- 630 - Macquarie Park to Blacktown via Westfield North Rocks, Carlingford and Epping station
- M61 - Castle Hill to Railway Square Metrobus
- North Rocks Public School(which has an Opportunity Class);
- Burnside Public School;
- Muirfield High School  is a comparatively small high school with around 700 students.A defining feature of the school is its agricultural program run out of the Barclay farm. Muirfield has run an agricultural display at the Castle Hill Show since 1992. In 2006 the school won the award for "Best School Display". Issues arising from drought resulted in the School withdrawing from the show in 2007. In 2010 Muirfield High School was invited to participate in the first Sydney Royal Easter Show Schools Fruit and Vegetable Display, where the school was awarded 2nd place.
- United Theological College.
- Liberty Baptist Church 
- North Rocks Anglican Church [Anglican Church] 
- Christ the King [Catholic Church] 
- North Rocks Community Church [Uniting Church] 
Sport and recreation
Public services in the suburb include a number of large reserves, sporting facilities, a community centre, and a number of schools, and an active Rotary and Lions clubs as well as Scout & Girl Guide groups. North Rocks also boasts an 18 hole competition Golf Course and club facilities. The North Rocks Softball Club which is part of the Hornsby District Softball Association. There is also a local soccer and rugby club.
Australian Bureau of Statistics data from the 2006 census records the population of North Rocks as 7,234 residents, with 3,525 males and 3,709 females. The median age of people in North Rocks was 40, compared with 37 for the whole of Australia.
Country of birth In the 2006 Census, 90% of people living in North Rocks were Australian citizens. 67.4% of people were born in Australia, with 3.8% born in China, 3.4% in England, 2% in Hong Kong, 1.7% in the Republic of Korea, and 1.6% in New Zealand.
Religion In the 2006 Census, 31% of people identify themselves as Catholic, 20.1% of people are Anglican, 14.6% have no religion, 7.6% belong to the Uniting Church and 3.7% belong to the Presbyterian and Reformed Church.
- The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 189
- The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 201
- Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 11 April 2008
- North Rocks Public School
- Burnside Public School
- Muirfield High School
- Christ the King School
- United Theological College
- Liberty Baptist Church
- North Rocks Anglican Church
- Christ the King Church
- North Rocks Community Church
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "North Rocks (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 8 September 2007.
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