Berowra, New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales
Looking north over Berowra Regional Valley Park
|Population||4,623 (2011 census)|
|• Density||531.4/km2 (1,376/sq mi)|
|Area||8.7 km2 (3.4 sq mi)|
|Location||38 km (24 mi) N of Sydney CBD|
Berowra is a suburb of northern Sydney located in the state of New South Wales, Australia 38 kilometres north of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Hornsby Shire. Berowra is south-east of the suburbs of Berowra Heights and east of Berowra Waters. The name 'Berowra' traces significance of the Guringgai tribe, a Sydney Aboriginal Clan of the area. The word was thought to be a derivative interpreting 'place of many winds' however it actually means 'place of many shells' referring to the many shell middens on Berowra Creek.
Berowra is largely residential with a small retail precinct lining the Pacific Highway near the train station. In May 2007 a new shopping complex opened on Turner Road in Berowra Heights; this was a landmark development for the future prospects of the area.
Berowra is easily accessed by road as the Pacific Highway runs through it and it also sits alongside the M1 Pacific Motorway, contributing to easy access to the major roads which traverse all areas of Sydney. Berowra is also easily accessed by frequent trains which stop at Berowra railway station. Trains on both the North Shore, Northern & Western Line and the Newcastle and Central Coast railway line provide services to Sydney, Hornsby, the Central Coast and Newcastle.
Berowra is an Aboriginal word that means place of many winds. The Berowra area has many Aboriginal carvings and is the site of the world’s oldest living amphibian fossil.
One of the early land grants in the Berowra area was to John Crumpton in 1867. George Collingridge was granted 88 acres (360,000 m2) in 1880 and played a part in having the Main Northern railway line extended, so that a station was opened at Berowra in 1887. He also supported the building of a post office in 1900 and a road to Berowra Waters which opened in 1902. Berowra Post Office opened on 1 April 1897. Mary Wall was granted 60 acres (240,000 m2) of land near Goodwyn Road off the Pacific Highway in 1887. Part of her grant meant she had to be there once a week and so she would walk at night through the bush from Surry Hills and tend to her farm.
The area grew when the Pacific Highway and railway were built and settlers loved the fishing and surrounding bush. Mainly living in tents, the original settlers lived a tough existence and helped everyone. The first school was set up in Mary Wall's house before it was moved to what is now the Berowra District Hall on the corner of Berowra Waters Road and Crowley Road roundabout.
Berowra has four primary schools:
- Berowra Public School
- St Bernards Catholic Primary School
- Berowra Community Christian School
- St Mark's Anglican Church
- Berowra Baptist Church
- St Bernard's Catholic Church
- Berowra Uniting Church
At the 2011 census, the population of Berowra was 4,623, 50.3% (2,327) males and 49.7% (2,296) females. 74.7% of people were born in Australia. The most common other countries of birth were England 7.9%, New Zealand 1.8%, Philippines 0.9%, India 0.7% and Ireland 0.7%. 89.6% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Persian (excluding Dari) 0.6%, Mandarin 0.5% and Spanish 0.4%. The most common responses for religion in Berowra were Anglican 25.6%, Catholic 23.3% and No Religion 22.4%. Of the 1,449 occupied dwellings in Berowra, 96.3% were freestanding houses with the remainder consisting of townhouses or units. The median weekly household income is A$2,091 and the mean household size consists of 3.1 individuals. 
- Matt Dunning, rugby union player
- Margaret Preston, (former resident) artist
- Rolf de Heer, (former resident) film director
- Mel Gibson, (former resident) actor
- James Fry, author
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- Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 1 June 2012.
- The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 27
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Berowra (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
- Berowra Community Home Page and Directory
- The Bush Telegraph: Local newsletter for Berowra and surrounding areas
- "Berowra". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales.