Cattai, New South Wales

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SydneyNew South Wales
Cattai national park arndells cottage.jpg
Arndell's cottage
Cattai is located in New South Wales
Coordinates33°33′22″S 150°54′43″E / 33.55611°S 150.91194°E / -33.55611; 150.91194Coordinates: 33°33′22″S 150°54′43″E / 33.55611°S 150.91194°E / -33.55611; 150.91194
Location63 km (39 mi) north-west of Sydney CBD
State electorate(s)Hawkesbury
Federal Division(s)
Suburbs around Cattai:
Ebenezer Maroota South Canoelands
Wilberforce Cattai Glenorie
Pitt Town Maraylya Maraylya

Cattai is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Cattai is located 63 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district in the local government areas of The Hills Shire and City of Hawkesbury.[3]

Cattai is bounded in the north-west by the Hawkesbury River and is traversed by Cattai Creek to its confluence with the river. Apart from the natural endowments of the area, one of the outstanding landmarks is the brick farmhouse known as Cad-Die, located at the junction of Cattai Creek and the Hawkesbury River. This Georgian house was built in 1821 by Thomas Arndell, with further additions being made in the 1860s. It is now listed on the Register of the National Estate.[4]



At the 2016 Census, there were 790 people in Cattai. The median age was 41.[1]

Culture and language[edit]

The majority of people from Cattai were born in Australia (85.0%).[1] The most common responses for religion was Anglican (28.0%), followed closely by Catholicism (24.5%) and No Religion (21.1%).[1]

The majority of people spoke only English at home (91.1%). The second most spoken language was Urdu (1.4%).[1]


Cattai is an affluent suburb in the growing north-west of Sydney. The median weekly household income is A$2,318, which is 133.7% greater than the national average.[1] In 2018, Cattai had a median house sale price of A$1.9 million.[5] Over 30% of the households have an income greater than A$3,000 per week.[6]


Cattai was originally thought to have derived from an Aboriginal word with an unknown meaning. However, it is more likely that it was named by the First Fleet Assistant Surgeon, Thomas Arndell. He built a homestead called 'Caddie' which resides in the now named Cattai National Park.[7] Cattai has been considered a nomenclature mistake of 'Caddie'.[8]

Cattai Post Office opened on 26 November 1906 and closed in 1994.[9]

Cattai Public School was established in 1886, and is situated in the Hills District of Sydney, Australia.[10] Arndell Anglican College was originally established in Cattai in 1990, until it moved to its current site of Oakville in 1994.[11]

Heritage listings[edit]

Cattai has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


Parks and recreation[edit]

Arndell's cottage
View from Cattai wharf

Education Facilities[edit]

  • Cattai Primary School is located on 487 Cattai Rd, Cattai, and 'is a happy and safe rural school' that 'overlooks the Cattai Creek in a picturesque setting.'[1] Campus facilities;
    • 4 classrooms with interactive whiteboards
    • Computers, including a specialised computer room with access to the internet and classes that allow for more individualised tuition
    • School Library
    • 1 Administration Building
    • An upgraded playground with rubber based Soft Fall and mini goal posts for students use
    • Sports oval, with complementary large grass areas
  • Arndell Anglican College was originally established in 1990 at Threlked Drive, Cattai. It has since been relocated to Oakville, New South Wales. The school is of Anglican denomination.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Cattai". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 19 October 2018. Edit this at Wikidata CC-BY icon.svg Material was copied from this source, which is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.<
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Cattai". 2011 Census QuickStats. Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ Gregory's Sydney Street Directory, Gregory's Publishing Company, 2007
  4. ^ The Heritage of Australia, Macmillan Company, 1981, p. 2/12
  5. ^ "Market Trends for Cattai NSW". Property Value. March 2018. Retrieved 28 Oct 2018.
  6. ^ "2016 Census QuickStats: Cattai". Retrieved 2018-10-28.
  7. ^ McHardy, Cathy. "Baulkham Hills City Council Origin of Suburb Names". 300 Purple Toasters. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Cattai, NSW - Aussie Towns". Aussie Towns. Retrieved 2018-10-28.
  9. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Archived from the original on 19 August 2008. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
  10. ^ Cattai Public School. "About Us". Cattai Public School. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  11. ^ Arndell Anglican College. "History and Culture". Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  12. ^ "Cattai Estate". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00982. Retrieved 18 May 2018.