Balgowlah, New South Wales

Coordinates: 33°47′47″S 151°15′31″E / 33.79645°S 151.25854°E / -33.79645; 151.25854
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SydneyNew South Wales
North Harbour, Balgowlah
Population7,961 (2016 census)[1]
Established1832; 192 years ago (1832)
Elevation43 m (141 ft)
Location12 km (7 mi) north-east of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)Northern Beaches Council
State electorate(s)Manly
Federal division(s)Warringah
Suburbs around Balgowlah:
North Balgowlah Manly Vale Manly Vale
Seaforth Balgowlah Fairlight
Clontarf Balgowlah Heights North Harbour

Balgowlah is a suburb of northern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Balgowlah (or Bulgowlah) said to be an Aboriginal name for "North Harbour".[2] The area now known as Balgowlah was known to the Aboriginals as Jilling.

Balgowlah is located 12 kilometres north-east of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of Northern Beaches Council, in the Northern Beaches region. Balgowlah shares the postcode 2093 with the adjacent suburbs of Manly Vale, Balgowlah Heights and North Balgowlah.


Balgowlah was named in 1832 after an Aboriginal word meaning north harbour in reference to its position from Port Jackson. In the early days of European Settlement it had been known as Little Manly.[3] Sir Edmund Barton, Australia's first prime minister, resided in the building known as Whitehall in White Street. Since 2004, Whitehall has been the site of the Norwegian Seamen's Church.

Heritage listings[edit]

Balgowlah has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


According to the 2016 census of population, there were 7,961 residents in Balgowlah. 63.3% of residents were born in Australia. The most common other countries of birth were England 9.5%, New Zealand 3.0% and South Africa 1.8%. 81.4% of residents spoke only English at home. The most common responses for religious affiliation were No Religion 37.4%, Catholic 23.7% and Anglican 17.1%.[1]

Commercial area[edit]

Balgowlah's main commercial area is located on Condamine Street and Sydney Road. Major businesses in Balgowlah are Harvey Norman and Bunnings Warehouse. Stockland Balgowlah is a shopping centre located on Condamine Street. The centre opened on 15 July 2009. Its main majors are Coles, Fitness First and 62 other retailers. Stockland Balgowlah is built on the site of the historic Totem Centre, which opened in 1959. The name Totem was based on the North American model. The centre had 33 shops, a bowling alley and a huge Woolworths store.[5] In 2007 the Totem Centre was demolished, the centre was run down at the time of its demolition and the Totem name was not continued.[6] However, the centre is still colloquially referred to as "the Totem" or the "Totem Shopping Centre" in the area. The nearest major shopping centre is Westfield Warringah Mall, located 2 kilometres north of the suburb.

There are a few smaller shopping areas in Balgowlah, some of them the remnants of the traditional "corner shop" prior to the 1960s.


Balgowlah is one of the destinations for the Hop-Skip-Jump[7] free bus service operated by Northern Beaches Council. Numerous public buses operated by Keolis Downer Northern Beaches also operate in the area, the majority coming through Balgowlah en route to Manly, Westfield Warringah Mall, Seaforth and the city.


Schools in the Balgowlah region include:

Parks and reserves[edit]

The North Harbour Reserve on Condamine Street, south of the shopping centre, is a popular picnic spot for large groups. The reserve is also on the scenic walk that runs from Manly through Fairlight, Balgowlah, Balgowlah Heights and Clontarf to The Spit, near the Spit Bridge.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Balgowlah (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 19 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "The names of Sydney: Aboriginal".
  3. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 14
  4. ^ "Substation". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Department of Planning & Environment. H00936. Retrieved 18 May 2018. Text is licensed by State of New South Wales (Department of Planning and Environment) under CC-BY 4.0 licence.
  5. ^ "Balgowlah". Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  6. ^ Stockland Balgowlah, Retrieved 28 August 2021.
  7. ^ Hop-Skip-Jump
  8. ^ "Balgowlah Heights | the Dictionary of Sydney". Retrieved 27 January 2021.

External links[edit]

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