Bayview, New South Wales

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SydneyNew South Wales
Bayview is located in New South Wales
Coordinates 33°39′29″S 151°17′17″E / 33.65806°S 151.28806°E / -33.65806; 151.28806Coordinates: 33°39′29″S 151°17′17″E / 33.65806°S 151.28806°E / -33.65806; 151.28806
Population 3,093 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2104
Location 31 km (19 mi) north of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) Northern Beaches Council
State electorate(s) Pittwater
Federal Division(s) Mackellar
Suburbs around Bayview:
Church Point Scotland Island Clareville
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Bayview Newport
Ingleside Mona Vale Mona Vale

Bayview is one of the wealthiest and sought-after suburbs in northern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia 31 kilometres north of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Northern Beaches Council and is part of the Northern Beaches region.

A hilly suburb, bounded to the north by Broken Bay and Mona Vale on the East and South and Church Point and Kuringai Chase and Ingleside to the west.

Famous in the region for his piers and marinas with thousands of boats and luxury yachts scattered all around its coastline.


Bayview takes its name from a description of its location, providing a "view" across "Pittwater". Governor Arthur Phillip took a short journey of exploration from Manly to this area in March 1788 and named it Pitt Water after William Pitt, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom at the time. Captain John Hunter prepared a map showing the bays and inlets in 1792.

One of the first settlers was Patrick Bryan, who built a house in 1821 on the current site of the Bayview Golf Links.[2]

A number of tetrahedron tank traps can be found off Pittwater Road on the water side in Bayview. These tank traps are a little-known remnant of WWII defence along Sydney's Northern Beaches.

Demographics and housing[edit]

According to the 2011 census of Population, there were 3,093 residents in Bayview, making Bayview one of the least populated suburbs in the Northern Sydney.[citation needed] 71.0% of residents were born in Australia. The most common other country of birth was England (10.7%). 91.1% of residents spoke only English at home. The most common responses for religious affiliation were Anglican 33.3%, Catholic 21.3% and No Religion 20.7%.[1]

Bayview holds a vast array of different housing including heritage houses with acreage, cottages, and strong modern waterfront blocks attracting some of the highest prices in Northern Sydney. As of 2017, there is currently very limited number of apartment blocks in Bayview.[3]

The suburb can be ideally divided into "Bayview Marina" which comprises the exclusive waterfront homes along Pittwater Road and "Bayview Heights" which includes multimillion dollar houses with spectacular views across the bay.


  • St Luke's Grammar School (formerly Loquat Valley Anglican Preparatory School) — Anglican Co-educational day school for children from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6[4]

Commercial and Marinas[edit]

Bayview is primarily a residential area with limited commercial space.

Sitting at 15 nautical miles north of Sydney Harbour, Bayview is home to Australia's largest yacht importer, and largest yacht share fleet and Pittwater's largest yacht charter fleet.

There are currently two privately owned state of the art floating marinas (Gibson Marina[5] and Bayview Anchorage Marina[6]) with attached yacht selling/renting companies and NSW Maritime offices. On the marinas there are a few kiosks and restaurants.

Between the marinas is Bayview Yacht Racing Association (BYRA),[7] used commonly by local school students for their popular learn-to-sail programs, boasting a proud history of producing state, national and world champions.


Bayview is a pet friendly neighbourhood and is home to a number of parks among the most loved in the Northern Beaches:

  • Bayview Baths (which features a Swimming Enclosure)
  • Bayview Park
  • Bimbimbie Place Reserve
  • Ilya Avenue Reserve
  • Kamilaroi Park
  • Kennedy Park
  • Minkara Reserve
  • Pindari Park
  • Riddle Reserve
  • Rowland Reserve

The most famous being Roland Reserve, an open field dog park for dog owners. It is made of a large tidal sand flat where dogs and humans can swim and play completely off leash.[8]

The importance of parks within the Bayview is the preservation of Spotted Gum Forests considered to be of nature conservation significance at State level and provides habitat for the threatened Glossy Black-cockatoo as well as provides habitat for birds, frogs, mammals, reptiles and acts as a stepping stone between larger areas of habitat due to its diversity.

Boat Ramps[edit]

Bayview boasts the following boat launching:

  • Rowland Reserve two concrete ramps 14.4m x 20m.
  • Bayview Park one concrete ramp 10.8m x 4m.
  • Riddle Reserve one concrete ramp 3m x 10m near dinghy storage and one concrete ramp 3m x 11m beside BYRA Yacht Club.
  • Maybanke Cove one concrete ramp 3m x 10m near dinghy storage.

Golf Clubs[edit]

Bayview is home to the newly renovated (2013) Bayview Golf Course, a picturesque privately wholly owned 18 hole course with a clubhouse in Mona Vale nearby to Pittwater and Broken Bay.[9]