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SydneyNew South Wales
Aerial view of Blacktown looking northeast
Population47,176 (2016 census)[1]
Elevation70 m (230 ft)
Location34 km (21 mi) west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)City of Blacktown
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s)
Suburbs around Blacktown:
Marayong Kings Park Kings Langley
Blacktown Lalor Park
Arndell Park
Prospect Seven Hills
Location map of Blacktown based on NASA satellite images

Blacktown is a suburb in the City of Blacktown, in Greater Western Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Blacktown is located 34 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district. Blacktown is the largest of any township in New South Wales[citation needed] and is one of the most multicultural places within Greater Sydney.[2]


Blacktown Township, 1886, subdivision plan.

Prior to the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788, the area of today's Blacktown was inhabited by different groups of the Darug people including the Warmuli, based around what is now Prospect, and their neighbours the Gomerigal from the South Creek area and the Wawarawarry from the Eastern Creek area.[citation needed] It is estimated that fifty to ninety percent of the Darug died of smallpox and other introduced diseases within a few years of the British arrival. Governor Arthur Phillip began granting land in the area to white settlers in 1791.[clarification needed] In 1819 Governor Lachlan Macquarie granted land to two indigenous men, Colebee and Nurragingy as payment for their service to The Crown, for assisting Cox with the road over the Blue Mountains and in dealing with Aboriginal issues.[3]

In 1823, the Native Institution (a school for Aboriginal children) was moved from Parramatta to the site where Richmond Road meets Rooty Hill Road North (this intersection is now in the suburbs of Oakhurst and Glendenning) which was named "The Blacks Town". The institution was then known as Black Town Native Institute and it was synonymous with the stolen generation. Although the institution closed in 1833, the road heading out to the Institute became known as the Black Town Road. In 1860 the Railway Department gave the name of Black Town Road Station to the railway station at the junction of the railway and the Black Town Road, with the name shortening to Blacktown by 1862.[4][5][6]

The arrival of the railway led to the formation of a town around the station. A post office was opened in 1862 and a school in 1877. In 1906, the Shire of Blacktown was formed and in 1930, electricity was introduced to the town. The population in 1933 was then around 13,000. In the 1950s and 1960s, there was a large amount of suburban development both in the current suburb of Blacktown and the new suburbs that sprung up around it. This led to civic development in the town centre with the hospital opening in 1965, the courthouse and police station in 1966, the library in 1967 and the TAFE college in 1969. In 1973, the Westpoint shopping centre opened which was soon followed by the cinema complex.[4]

Commercial area[edit]

The Blacktown Commercial Business District is located close to Blacktown railway station. Westpoint Blacktown is a major shopping centre and there are a number of small shops, restaurants and hotels in the surrounding area. Westpoint also houses a western suburb television studio of the Nine Network. The Blacktown CBD features the following landmarks:

A notable Blacktown retailer in the 1950s was Frank Lowy who conducted a delicatessen and small goods shop in Main Street.[7]

Blacktown Hospital
Max Webber Library
Blacktown Rail Station


According to the 2006 census, the most common way of getting to work from Blacktown was by car (74%) with public transport used by just under twenty percent. Most public transport was done by train (17%) with five percent catching buses for all or part of their journey.[8] Blacktown railway station is on the North Shore & Western Line and the Cumberland Line of the Sydney Trains network. A major bus interchange is located next to the station and an underground bus station is at the entrance to Westpoint. Blacktown is a terminus of the North-West T-way.

Busways provides services to Northern areas (Rouse Hill, Castle Hill, Kellyville, Glenwood and Stanhope Gardens), West areas (Mount Druitt, Plumpton, Oakhurst, Quakers Hill, Dean Park, Woodcroft) and South districts (Prospect, Arndell Park, Huntingwood, Tallawong, Doonside, Blacktown Hospital), whilst Hillsbus provides Eastern services (Macquarie Park, Seven Hills, Parramatta, Kings Langley).


The Blacktown Tourist Centre is located in the original Blacktown School building
Blacktown Arts Centre

The first school, a single-storey brick building with gables, was opened in 1877. While no longer in use as a school, the building in Flushcombe Road is now used as a Visitor Information Centre. It is the oldest remaining building in the Blacktown CBD and is heritage-listed.[4][9][10]

There are a large number of schools in the suburb. Government-run primary schools in the area include: Blacktown North Public School, Blacktown South Public School, Blacktown West Public School, Lynwood Park Public School, Marayong South Public School, Shelley Public School, and Walters Road Public School. Public high schools include: Blacktown Boys High School, Blacktown Girls High School, Evans High School and Mitchell High School. There is also the Coreen School, which caters to older children with learning difficulties.[11]

There are two Catholic primary schools, St Michaels Primary School and St Patricks Primary School, and two Catholic high schools, Nagle College for girls and Patrician Brothers' College Blacktown for boys. Tyndale Christian School is a private school covering children from kindergarten to year 12.[12][13][14]

Blacktown Arts Centre[edit]

Blacktown Arts Centre is located at 78 Flushcombe Road on the highest point of land in the Blacktown CBD.

Originally built in the 1950s as an Anglican church, the building was deconsecrated in 1999. Originally acquired by Blacktown Council as a site for a car park, the Council in partnership with Arts NSW subsequently refurbished the building as a multi-arts centre.[15]

The centre opened to the public in October 2002. In 2006 the centre underwent a multimillion-dollar refit and extension. The building reopened in April 2007 with facilities for performance, extended visual art galleries, workshop space and enhanced administrative areas.

Grantham Reserve

Sport and recreation[edit]

  • Blacktown Stadium part of Blacktown Olympic park – capacity 10,000
  • Fairfax Community Stadium (Used by NSWPL team Blacktown City Demons) – 7,500 capacity (1,200 seated)
  • Blacktown Baseball Stadium (Baseball) 5,000 capacity (1,200 seated)
  • Blacktown Softball Stadium (Softball) 5,000 capacity (1,100 seated)
  • Blacktown Showground (festivals and cultural events/activities)
  • Village Green & Civic Centre (Community events. Known as "Blacktown’s Dancers Lane")
  • PCYC Blacktown
  • Blacktown Aquatic Center
  • Blacktown Norwegian Ice Bathing Club
  • Bungarribee Park[16]
  • Featherdale Wildlife Park
  • Alpha Park
  • Blacktown Olympic Park[17]
  • Grantham Reserve


Blacktown is served by local newspaper Blacktown Advocate and community radio station SWR Triple 9.



According to the 2016 census, there were 47,176 residents in the suburb of Blacktown. 46.1% of people were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth were India 13.3%, Philippines 5.4%, China 2.5%, New Zealand 2.2% and Fiji 2.0%. 44.2% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Punjabi 8.9%, Hindi 5.0%, Arabic 4.0%, Tagalog 3.2% and Gujarati 2.4%. The most common responses for religion in Blacktown were Catholic 25.3%, No Religion 14.1%, Hinduism 12.3% and Anglican 8.6%.[1]

Notable people[edit]


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  3. ^ "Dictionary of Sydney: Colebee and Nurragingy's land grant".
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  5. ^ "Aborigines". Blacktown City Council. Archived from the original on 6 May 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2008.
  6. ^ "PLACE NAMES". The Australian Women's Weekly. National Library of Australia. 13 May 1964. p. 61. Archived from the original on 27 March 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  7. ^ "Lowy's Big Night". Blacktown Advocate. News Community Media. 11 February 2009. pp. Wrapround.
  8. ^ "2006 Census Community Profile Series : Blacktown (State Suburb)". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 July 2008.
  9. ^ "Blacktown Primary School (former) - NSW Environment & Heritage". Archived from the original on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  10. ^ "Blacktown Visitor Information & Heritage Centre". Blacktown City Council. Archived from the original on 30 December 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2008.
  11. ^ "Coreen School". NSW Department of Education & Training. Archived from the original on 18 July 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2008.
  12. ^ "Nagle College". Nagle College. Archived from the original on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2008.
  13. ^ "Patrician Brothers Blacktown". Patrician Brothers Blacktown. Archived from the original on 13 May 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2008.
  14. ^ "Tyndale Christian School". Tyndale Christian School. Archived from the original on 8 May 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2008.
  15. ^ "Blacktown Arts". ArtHub. 26 September 2020. Archived from the original on 26 September 2020. Retrieved 19 June 2021.
  16. ^ "Western Sydney Parklands | Bungarribee". Archived from the original on 12 May 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 October 2009. Retrieved 27 August 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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Coordinates: 33°46′16″S 150°54′23″E / 33.77111°S 150.90639°E / -33.77111; 150.90639