Berowra, New South Wales

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SydneyNew South Wales
Berowra Park.jpg
Looking north over Berowra Regional Valley Park
Population12,000 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,380/km2 (3,570/sq mi)
Postcode(s)2081, 2082
Elevation215 m (705 ft)
Area8.7 km2 (3.4 sq mi)
LGA(s)Hornsby Shire
State electorate(s)Hornsby
Federal division(s)Berowra
Suburbs around Berowra:
Berowra Heights Berowra Heights Cowan
Berrilee Berowra Brooklyn
Mount Kuring-gai Mount Kuring-gai Cottage Point

Berowra is an outer suburb of Northern Sydney located in the state of New South Wales, Australia 36 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 means place of many shells, referring to the many shell middens on Berowra Creek.

Commercial area[edit]

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 located on the Pacific Highway. The Pacific Motorway runs to the east, between Berowra and the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. In January 1960 a heavy vehicle checking station opened.[2] In December 1968 the Pacific Motorway opened from Berowra to the Hawkesbury River.[3][4] As it was a toll road, toll booths were installed at Berowra adjacent to the heavy vehicle checking station. This closed when the Pacific Motorway was extended south to Wahroonga in March 1989.[5]

Berowra railway station is located on the Main Northern line. It is served by Sydney Trains North Shore & Western Line and NSW TrainLink Central Coast & Newcastle Line services to Sydney, Hornsby, the Central Coast and Newcastle.


Berowra is an Aboriginal word that means place of many shells.[citation needed] The Berowra area has many Aboriginal carvings.

British settlement[edit]

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.[6] 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.[7]

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 and Berowra Heights share four primary schools:

  • Berowra Public School (Berowra).
  • Berowra Christian School (Berowra).
  • Wideview Public School (Berowra Heights).
  • St Bernard's Catholic Primary School (Berowra Heights).


Berowra and Berowra Heights share four churches:

  • St Mark's Anglican Church (Berowra).
  • Berowra Baptist Church (Berowra).
  • St Bernard's Catholic Church (Berowra Heights).
  • Berowra Uniting Church (Berowra Heights).



At the time the 2016 census was conducted, the population of Berowra was 4,721, consisting of 2,353 (49.9%) males and 2,365 (50.1%) females. 73.3% of residents were born in Australia, while the next most common country of birth was England at 7.1%. 85.2% of residents only spoke English at home. The most common responses for religion were No Religion (29.9%), Anglican (21.5%) and Catholic (20.8%). Of the 1,493 occupied dwellings in Berowra, 94% were freestanding houses. The median weekly household income is A$2,355 and the mean household size consists of 3.1 individuals. [1]

Notable residents[edit]


Every year on the 2nd Sunday of August Berowra hosts the Annual Woodchop Festival. Running since 1995, this festival attracts thousands of people every year.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Berowra (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 12 April 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Checking Station Open October 3 Truck & Bus Transportation October 1960 page 5
  3. ^ New Sydney - Newcastle Expressway Section Opened Railway Digest December 1968
  4. ^ Additional Toll Work Truck & Bus Transportation December 1968 page 127
  5. ^ Motorists Rejoice as Bypass Opens Sydney Morning Herald 23 March 1989
  6. ^ Phoenix Auctions History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  7. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 27

Coordinates: 33°37′32″S 151°8′48″E / 33.62556°S 151.14667°E / -33.62556; 151.14667

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