Sydney, New South Wales
|Population||2,134 (2016 census)|
|Elevation||30 m (98 ft)|
|Location||55 km (34 mi) NW of Sydney|
|LGA(s)||City of Penrith|
Berkshire Park is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It covers 19.3 square kilometres (7.5 sq mi) within the local government area of City of Penrith. The suburb has a diverse range of activity, including a pet cemetery, correctional facility, nature reserve, waste management centre and a racehorse education centre.
Origin of name
The suburb's name is believed to have come from the English county of Berkshire. The land was given to Richard Rouse as a land grant in 1838. Rouse may have chosen this name because he had been married in North Hinksey, which was then part of Berkshire.
Berkshire Park Post Office opened on 1 May 1936 and closed in 1961.
There is a large recreational area located on 6th Rd, Berkshire Park. Part of this area is a reserve for public use, with seating areas and a children's playground. There is also a public hall and the station of the Berkshire Park Rural Fire Brigade, a brigade of the NSW Rural Fire Service.
On 4 January 2020, a heat logger registered a temperature of 52.0 °C (125.6 °F) in the suburb, making it the hottest temperature ever registered in the Sydney basin, albeit being an unofficial record.
According to the 2016 census, there were 2,134 people in Berkshire Park.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 12.5% of the population.
- 76.0% of people were born in Australia and 41.2% of people only spoke English at home.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Berkshire Park (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
- Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
- "Penrith City Council - Berkshire Park Hall". Archived from the original on 21 June 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
- New data shows Sydney suburbs reached temperatures over 50C last summer by Anton Nilsson from News.com.au. Retrieved 26 November 2020
- The Sydney suburbs that hit 50C last summer by Angus Thompson from The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 November 2020