Castle Cove, New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales
Innisfallen Castle as seen from Middle Cove
|Population||2,523 (2011 census)|
|• Density||1,097/km2 (2,840/sq mi)|
|Area||2.3 km2 (0.9 sq mi)|
|Location||11 km (7 mi) from CBD|
|LGA(s)||City of Willoughby|
Castle Cove is an upscale suburb on the lower North Shore of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Castle Cove is located 11 kilometres north of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Willoughby. Castle Cove is situated on the western side of Middle Harbour which provides spectacular views.
It is believed that Castle Cove was named after the estate of Henry Hastings Willis, a prominent member of the Parliament of New South Wales at the time. Innisfallen Castle is his Gothic style house built over 18 months from 1903–1905 using sandstone quarried on the estate. Situated on the ridge of Castle Cove, the building overlooks Sugarloaf Bay and is a landmark that can be seen from various places in the area.
During the mid-1980s, a plan by the NSW Roads and Traffic authority to extend the Warringah Freeway along the north edge of Castlecrag was abandoned following an outcry from local residents. This would have extended the Warringah freeway to the area of its name, and bypassed the heavily congested Military Road and Warringah Road links to the Northern Beaches of Sydney. The plan involved the construction of a bridge from the eastern end of Castlecrag over Middle Harbour to Seaforth. Following this, a plan to route the Warringah Freeway through Castle Cove, was rejected for the same reasons as above.
Around 1985, the descendants of Henry Willis attempted to subdivide the land around the Castle, to be used for construction of several town houses, and turn the Castle into a wedding reception centre. As the land earmarked for the town houses was previously donated to the Castle owners by the government to enhance the Castle grounds, it was felt that profiting from this was inappropriate. As a result, Willoughby Council rejected the rezoning required to build the townhouses. Permission to run a business from the Castle was also rejected. The Castle owners then sold the property for approx $4 million, via an onsite public auction.
According to the 2011 census, there were 2,523 residents in Castle Cove. 59.4% of people were born in Australia. The most common other countries of birth were China 5.4%, England 4.7%, Hong Kong 3.7%, South Africa 1.9% and Italy 1.2%. In Castle Cove 68.0% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Cantonese 9.2%, Mandarin 3.5%, Armenian 3.1%, Japanese 1.8% and Italian 1.2%. The most common responses for religion in Castle Cove were Catholic 27.8%, No Religion 22.7%, Anglican 19.6%, Judaism 4.1% and Uniting Church 3.7%.
- The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollen, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8
- Castle Cove/Middle Cove, Willoughby City Council – community profile
- Castle Cove Public School
- New South Wales Department of Education and Training School Locator – Castle Cove Public School
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