Turramurra, New South Wales

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SydneyNew South Wales
(1)Hillview guesthouse Turramurra-2.jpg
Hillview guesthouse, part of the heritage-listed Hillview estate which later became the Hillview Community Health Centre
Population 11,083 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 1,808.0/km2 (4,683/sq mi)
Established 1822
Postcode(s) 2074
Area 6.13 km2 (2.4 sq mi)
Location 17 km (11 mi) north of Sydney
LGA(s) Ku-ring-gai Council
State electorate(s) Ku-ring-gai, Davidson
Federal Division(s) Bradfield
Suburbs around Turramurra:
Wahroonga Warrawee North Turramurra
Warrawee Turramurra St Ives
South Turramurra West Pymble Pymble
Turramurra Library, Ray Street

Turramurra is a suburb on the Upper North Shore of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is located 17 kilometres (11 mi) north of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Ku-ring-gai Council. It shares the postcode of 2074 with the adjacent suburbs of North Turramurra and South Turramurra.


Turramurra is an Aboriginal word which is thought to mean either high hill, big hill, high place,[2] or small watercourse.[3] The aboriginal reference of high hill covered the range from Pymble to Turramurra.[4] Early European settlers referred to the area as Eastern Road.[citation needed]

The name Turramurra was adopted when the railway station was built in 1890.[citation needed]

One of the early local landmarks was Ingleholme, a two-storey Federation home in Boomerang Street. It was designed by John Sulman (1849–1934) as his own home and built circa 1896. The house was part of the Presbyterian Ladies College (now the Pymble Ladies' College) until 1977 and is now on the Register of the National Estate. It is notable as an example of John Sulman's style.[5]

Turramurra Post Office opened on 16 August 1890.[6]

St Andrew's in Kissing Point Road is an example of the Federation Carpenter Gothic style. In 1932, Lewy Pattinson, founder of Washington H. Soul Pattinson, gave the Presbyterian Church in NSW the land for Mission Hall, at what is now 106 Kissing Point Road.[4] In 1936, ownership was transferred by Pattinson to St Margaret's Presbyterian Church, Turramurra.[7]

A Turramurra East Post Office opened on 1 May 1959 and closed in 1993. The Turramurra North Post Office opened on 1 September 1953.[6]

North Turramurra[8] and South Turramurra[9] became separate suburbs on 5 August 1994.


The Hillview estate, situated on the Pacific Highway, started circa 1890 with a modest Federation cottage facing the highway. Later, the owner realized the commercial potential of the site, with its sweeping views, and built a grand, two-storey Federation home at the rear, to be used as a guesthouse, circa 1913. A large, six-car garage with a dwelling above it was added at the western end of the site in 1915. The estate was later leased out to Ku Ring Gai Hosptal, Hornsby, to be used as the Hillview Community Health Centre. The entire estate is heritage-listed.[10]


The Pacific Highway (A1) is a major arterial road in Turramurra. Turramurra railway station is on the North Shore, Northern & Western Line of the Sydney Trains network. Transdev NSW buses run services from the railway station to local residential areas.

Commercial area[edit]

The largest commercial area in Turramurra is located along the Pacific Highway and Rohini Street, beside Turramurra railway station. This shopping precinct includes real-estate agents, fruit-markets, banks, bakeries and a petrol station. There are two supermarkets in this vicinity. An IGA supermarket is located in Turramurra Plaza with other shops, such as shoe-repairs, a fruit shop and a newsagent. A Coles supermarket is located behind Turramurra Station, on Ray Street, near the public library.

Princes Street shops are located in East Turramurra, on the corner of Princes Street and Bannockburn Road, near to Pymble Public School. Princes Street shops include a fine wine store, veterinary hospital, gift shop, delicatessen, butcher and grocer. Street renovations were completed in late 2013 and opened by Ku Ring Gai Mayor Jennifer Anderson during the annual community fair.

There are shops at South Turramurra on Kissing Point Road including a newsagent, bakery, post office, BP petrol station and other services.

There is also a shopping village in North Turramurra on Bobbin Head Road which has an IGA supermarket, bakery, post office, newsagent and other facilities.

Ku-ring-gai area
Ingleholme, Boomerang Street, is an example of the Federation Queen Anne style and the former home of architect John Sulman
St Andrew's, Kissing Point Road.


Turramurra is a hilly suburb approximately 170 metres above sea level. On the south-eastern boundary, bordering with Pymble is Sheldon Forest, which has some of the best preserved examples of blue gums and turpentine high forest.

North Turramurra is a separate suburb, north of Burns Road. Bobbin Head Road runs in a north-south direction through North Turramurra and then into the Ku-ring-gai National Park. The North Turramurra shops are located next to North Turramurra Public School. Further north are Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and Ku-ring-gai Creative Arts High School.

South Turramurra is a separate suburb, south of the Commenarra Parkway and centred on Kissing Point Road. South Turramurra is bordered by Lane Cove National Park start of the Great North Walk. Turramurra High School is in South Turramurra.

East Turramurra is an unofficial urban locality of Turramurra. It is situated in the area of Turramurra east of Bobbin Head Road. It has a small shopping area called Princes Street shops.


According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Turramurra was the wettest suburb in Sydney in the years 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.[11][12][13][14][15][16]

Sport and recreation[edit]

Ku-ring-gai Council has several sporting fields in the area, including a large tennis and netball facility at the end of Canoon Road and Kent Oval which has children's play equipment and tennis courts. Tennis courts and a basketball court are located at Hamilton Park. Irish Town Grove is a pleasant park located behind Princes Street shops in East Turramurra.

Comenarra Park on the Comenarra Parkway has cricket and a soccer field. It also has bushwalking tracks leading into the Lane Cove National Park.

Notable residents[edit]


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  2. ^ "Turramurra". Kur-ing-gai Historical Society. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  3. ^ McCarthy; 1963, cited in "Turramurra". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Cook, Kerrin Margaret (1991). The railway came to Ku Ring gai. Genlin Investments. ISBN 064605113X. 
  5. ^ The Heritage of Australia, Macmillan Company, 1981, p.2/33
  6. ^ a b Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "St Andrews Uniting Church, S Turramurra / History of St Andrews". pbworks.com. 
  8. ^ "North Turramurra". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "South Turramurra". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Hillview Garages & Precincts". nsw.gov.au. 
  11. ^ Bureau of Meteorology. "Extremes in 2007". Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  12. ^ Bureau of Meteorology. "Extremes in 2008". Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  13. ^ Bureau of Meteorology. "Extremes in 2010". Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  14. ^ Bureau of Meteorology. "Extremes in 2011". Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  15. ^ Bureau of Meteorology. "Extremes in 2012". Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  16. ^ Bureau of Meteorology. "Extremes in 2014". Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  17. ^ "Biography - Eric Campbell - Australian Dictionary of Biography". anu.edu.au. 
  18. ^ "Stuart Gerald Inder obituary". Sydney Morning Herald. 2015-02-05. Retrieved 2015-03-01. 
  19. ^ "Ku-ring-gai - NSW Votes 2011". ABC News. Archived from the original on 18 February 2012. 
  20. ^ Marr, David (29 August 2009). "Out of the ordinary". Brisbane Times. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  21. ^ Nicholls, Sean (24 March 2012). "Out of the ordinary". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  22. ^ National Library of Australia Retrieved 30 April 2014
  23. ^ "SOCIAL ITEMS.". The Evening News (Sydney: National Library of Australia). 26 December 1908. p. 14. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 

External links[edit]

  • The Turramurra Passion is a passion play performed annually in and around the grounds of the historic Turramurra Uniting Church.
  • Turramurra and Kissing Point Rover Crews, both based in Turramurra, are active groups of young people aged 18~25, who are into a wide range of outdoor, social and community service activities.
  • 1st Turramurra Scout Group is one of the oldest and strongest Scout Groups on the northside, with active programs for boys and girls aged from 8-11 (Cub Scouts), 11-15 (Scouts) through to young men and women 15-17 (Venturer Scouts) and 18-25 (Rovers).

Coordinates: 33°44′02″S 151°07′48″E / 33.7338°S 151.1301°E / -33.7338; 151.1301