Bilgola Plateau, New South Wales

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Bilgola Plateau
SydneyNew South Wales
Bilgola Plateau - South East facing view.jpg
View from Bilgola Plateau
Bilgola Plateau
Population3,518 (2016 census)[1]
Elevation150 m (492 ft)
Location34 km (21 mi) NE of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)Northern Beaches Council
State electorate(s)Pittwater
Federal division(s)Mackellar
Suburbs around Bilgola Plateau:
Clareville Avalon Beach Avalon Beach
Clareville Bilgola Plateau Bilgola Beach
Newport Newport Newport

Bilgola Plateau is a suburb in Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia.[2][3]

The suburb is mainly residential, with two small rows of shops, a small park and a primary school located on the top of the plateau. Bilgola Beach on the eastern side features a surf club and kiosk. Rising to an elevation of 150m above sea level, the suburb has views of the beach and the ocean on the eastern side, and views of the body of water, Pittwater on the western side. To the north are the suburbs of Avalon Beach, Whale Beach, and Palm Beach, with Careel Bay being a minor bay in between the latter two, as well as Clareville to the North West. To the south are Newport, Mona Vale and Narrabeen.

The plateau was previously named Mount Loftus,[4] after governor of NSW Lord Augustus Loftus. Given its modest elevation, designating it as a plateau is more appropriate, and is now named for the Aboriginal derived name of Bilgola (derived from the local aboriginal language meaning "swirling water"),[5] likely describing Bilgola Beach to the east.


According to the 2016 Australian Census,[1] 3518 people live on Bilgola Plateau. The majority (71.1%) were born in Australia, with those born in England (11.1%), New Zealand (1.8%), South Africa (1.7%), Germany (1.3%) and the USA (1.3%) making up a large portion of the residents. Given this, a large majority (90.7%) of households speak only English. The median age is 44 years old.

The population of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals is low, at 0.7% of the total residents.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Bilgola Plateau (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 15 March 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Bilgola Plateau". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 30 May 2013. Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ "Notice to Discontinue a Geographical Name" (PDF). NSW Government Gazette. Vol. 71. 6 July 2012. p. 3287. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 April 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Pittwater Online News". Retrieved 26 October 2021.
  5. ^ "Pittwater Online News". Retrieved 26 October 2021.

Coordinates: 33°38′S 151°19′E / 33.633°S 151.317°E / -33.633; 151.317