Cheltenham, New South Wales

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SydneyNew South Wales
Cheltenham corner house-1w.jpg
House opposite Cheltenham Station
Population2,243 (2016 census)[1]
Location21 km (13 mi) NW of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)Hornsby Shire
RegionNorthern Suburbs
State electorate(s)Epping
Federal Division(s)Berowra
Suburbs around Cheltenham:
Beecroft Pennant Hills Pennant Hills
Beecroft Cheltenham North Epping
Carlingford Epping Epping

Cheltenham is a suburb of northern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Cheltenham is 21 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of Hornsby Shire. Cheltenham is considered to be part of the Northern Suburbs.

Cheltenham is small residential suburb with a distinctive English atmosphere, with a number of 19th Century mansions on tree-lined streets. Cheltenham shares its postcode of 2119 with Beecroft and has sometimes been viewed as simply part of that suburb. Most residents of Cheltenham see themselves as distinct from Beecroft, although local issues are addressed together in the Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust.


Cheltenham takes its name from a house built by William Chorley, a Sydney tailor and men’s outfitter, who acquired the land when it was released from the Field of Mars Reserve. He named the house after his birthplace of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. Chorley asked the government to build a station here and to name it after his property when it opened in 1898. Sutherland Road was named for John Sutherland, Minister for Public Works from 1887 to 1889.[2]

Heritage listings[edit]

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


According to the 2016 census, there were 2,243 residents in Cheltenham. 67.0% of people were born in Australia. The next most common country of birth was China at 8.2%. The most common ancestries in Cheltenham were English 23.0%, Australian 21.1%, Chinese 15.5%, Irish 7.6% and Scottish 7.4%. 69.3% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 8.5% and Cantonese 7.1%. The median age was 43 years, five years older than the national median of 38. Children aged under 15 made up 18.2% of the population and people aged 65 and over made up 16.3% of the population. The median weekly household income in Cheltenham was $3,170, more than double the national median weekly income of $1,438. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 34.2%, Anglican 16.6% and Catholic 14.4%.[1]


Cheltenham railway station is on the one Northern Line of the Sydney Trains network. It is one of the few stations with no surrounding business district, due to William Chorley placing covenants on the surrounding land.

The M2 Hills Motorway runs along the southern border of the suburb. For many years, Sutherland Road ran through both Beecroft and Cheltenham, and acted as a short cut between Beecroft Road and Epping Road. This road ran to the east of the Railway line and, during peak hour, was quite busy.With the opening of the M2 Hills Motorway in 1997, Sutherland Road was closed at the Devlins Creek bridge - where the M2 enters a tunnel under North Epping. The result of this closure is that the areas east of the railway line are now very quiet and the house values have benefitted.


Cheltenham Girls' High School, a government school is located along Beecroft Road and The Promenade. Beecroft Public School and Arden Anglican School are primary schools in nearby Beecroft[citation needed].

Commercial area[edit]

From its early days, Cheltenham was almost exclusively a residential suburb with no shopping area developed at all in its planning. Residents of Cheltenham often shop in Beecroft, Pennant Hills or Epping. The nearest shopping mall is in Carlingford.


Ahimsa (an Indian word meaning non-violence) is the name of a bush retreat located in Cobran Road. It was originally the home of the environmentalist Marie Byles, who died in the house in 1979. It can be accessed at the rear of Day Road and Cobran Road (both roads are cul-de-sacs). The site is administered by the National Trust of Australia. The house is leased privately but the bush area is open to the public within certain restrictions.[4]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Cheltenham (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 August 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollen, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8
  3. ^ "Ahimsa". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01494. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  4. ^ National Trust Site Archived 13 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine

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Coordinates: 33°45′30″S 151°04′32″E / 33.75839°S 151.07569°E / -33.75839; 151.07569