Clontarf, New South Wales

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SydneyNew South Wales
Population1,737 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density2,170/km2 (5,600/sq mi)
Area0.8 km2 (0.3 sq mi)
Location13 km (8 mi) north-east of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)Northern Beaches Council
State electorate(s)Manly
Federal division(s)Warringah
Suburbs around Clontarf:
Seaforth Balgowlah Seaforth
Seaforth Clontarf Balgowlah Heights
Mosman Mosman North Harbour

Clontarf (Irish: Cluain Tarbh, meaning "meadow of the bull") is a suburb of northern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Clontarf is located 13 kilometres north-east of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of Northern Beaches Council, in the Northern Beaches region.

Clontarf Beach from the Spit to Manly Walk.jpg


Clontarf's landmarks are Clontarf Beach, Sandy Bay, Castle Rock and Grotto Point.


Clontarf is named after the Clontarf district in Dublin, Ireland.

The son of Queen Victoria, Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, visited Clontarf in 1868 where he was shot in the back by an Irishman, Henry James O'Farrell. Alfred was saved because the bullet struck him at a point where his India-rubber braces, holding his trousers up, crossed over. The bullet was deflected around his rib-cage and did no major harm.

Name legacy[edit]

In February 2021 Transport for NSW advised that one of the series 2 Emerald-class ferries to commence service on the Manly ferry service, around the middle of 2021, would be named Clontarf after Clontarf Beach.[2]


According to the 2016 census, there were 1,737 residents in Clontarf. Sixty-three per cent of people were born in Australia. The next most common country of birth was England at 11.9%. Eighty-one per cent of people only spoke English at home. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 31.5%, Catholic 23.4% and Anglican 21.4%.

The median age was 44 years, compared to the national median of 38 years, while children aged under 15 years made up 21.1% of the population (national average is 18.7%) and people aged 65 years and over made up 16.1% of the population (national average is 15.8%). The median household income in Clontarf was $3,744 per week, which is more than double the national median of $1,438. With high incomes, Clontarf residents also have high housing costs. The median mortgage payment was $4,333 per month compared to $1,755 for all of Australia. The story is similar for rented properties—the median weekly rent was $1,200 compared to $335 for all of Australia.[1]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Clontarf (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 August 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ New ferries to be named after popular harbour beaches Transport for NSW 3 February 2021


  • The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollen, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8

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Coordinates: 33°48′30″S 151°15′12″E / 33.80834°S 151.25342°E / -33.80834; 151.25342