Drummoyne, New South Wales

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SydneyNew South Wales
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Apartments on the Parramatta River, Drummoyne
Drummoyne is located in New South Wales
Coordinates33°51′13″S 151°09′14″E / 33.85352°S 151.15402°E / -33.85352; 151.15402Coordinates: 33°51′13″S 151°09′14″E / 33.85352°S 151.15402°E / -33.85352; 151.15402
Population11,950 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density5,173/km2 (13,400/sq mi)
Elevation33 m (108 ft)
Area2.31 km2 (0.9 sq mi)
Location6 km (4 mi) W of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)City of Canada Bay
State electorate(s)Drummoyne
Federal division(s)Reid
Suburbs around Drummoyne:
Huntleys Point Hunters Hill Cockatoo Island
Abbotsford Drummoyne Balmain
Five Dock Russell Lea Rozelle

Drummoyne is a suburb in the Inner West[2] of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Drummoyne is six kilometres west of the Sydney central business district and is the administrative centre for the local government area of the City of Canada Bay.

Drummoyne sits on the peninsula between Iron Cove and Five Dock Bay. It is surrounded on three sides by the Parramatta River and, as such, has some of Sydney's best waterfront views. Drummoyne neighbors the similarly historic Five Dock and Abbotsford.


William Wright, a merchant, whaler and sealer bought land in the northern part of the area in 1853. The property was bounded by present-day Lyons Road and Victoria Road.[3] Drummoyne House was built in the Georgian Classical style. It was rectangular in plan with a hipped roof with a concave verandah across the entire front and returned along each side.[3] He named it Drummoyne Park after his family home at Drummoyne on Clyde in Scotland. In Gaelic, Drummoyne means flat topped ridge.[4]

Heritage listings[edit]

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



In the 2016 census of population and Housing, the population of Drummoyne stood at 11,950 people, 53.0% females and 47.0% males, with a median age of 40 years. 63.5% of people were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth were England 4.3%, Italy 2.4%, New Zealand 2.3%, China 1.9% and Greece 1.1%. 71.1% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Italian 3.8%, Greek 3.1%, Mandarin 1.9%, Cantonese 1.5% and Spanish 1.2%. The most common responses for religion in Drummoyne (State Suburbs) were Catholic 31.3%, No Religion 26.8% and Anglican 11.9%.[1]

Drummoyne's population is wealthier than the Australian average, with a median weekly household income of $2,353, compared with $1,438 in Australia. 65.3% of the suburbs occupied private dwellings were family households, 27.9% were lone person households and 6.8% were group households.[1]

Notable residents[edit]



Drummoyne is now part of the City of Canada Bay, a municipality formed in 2000 by the amalgamation of the municipalities of Drummoyne and Concord. It is part of the NSW Legislative Assembly electoral district of Drummoyne whose current member is John Sidoti MP. It is in the Federal electorate of Reid and is represented in Federal parliament by Sally Sitou. Drummoyne's polling places typically return Liberal Party of Australia majorities.[8]

Iron Cove Bridge duplication looking towards Drummoyne


Drummoyne is linked to Rozelle by the Victoria Road and Huntleys Point by the Gladesville Bridge. Victoria Road, one of Sydney's busiest roads, cuts through the heart of Drummoyne en route to the Sydney central business district. Victoria Road's presence makes the CBD transport hub extremely accessible, as numerous and frequent Busways and Transit Systems bus routes from Sydney's west merge in Drummoyne. However, it also leads to a bottleneck during the morning and evening peaks.

Regular Sydney Ferries Parramatta River ferry services from Drummoyne ferry wharf also provide a transport option for Drummoyne residents, servicing the Parramatta-City route.[9]

Afternoon traffic on Victoria Road

Commercial area[edit]

Drummoyne is mostly residential with some commercial developments, and still retains some of its industrial heritage. The main shopping strip is located along Victoria Road and the intersecting Lyons Road featuring Australia's largest party store, The Party People as well as restaurants, home improvement stores and specialty shops. There is also a small shopping plaza at this point. The Birkenhead Point Outlet Centre, featuring a Coles supermarket, specialty shops and factory outlet stores is located at Birkenhead Point. The Canada Bay Civic Centre, the administration building for the City of Canada Bay, is located in Marlborough Street.


Drummoyne Rowing Club, formed in 1919, is one of four rowing clubs on Iron Cove in Sydney Harbour. It has occupied its current site at Sister's Bay, Drummoyne since its foundation.

Drummoyne is home to Drummoyne Oval, situated on the banks of the Parramatta River. In 1931, as a depression project, Drummoyne Oval was constructed on the site of a small oval which the Glebe and Balmain Rugby Union Clubs had used for junior matches since 1892. To ensure longevity of tenure, because there were not enough sporting grounds in Sydney, the Glebe Balmain Club decided to change its name to the Drummoyne District Rugby Football Club. It did so without giving up its long-held traditions, the scarlet jumpers of Glebe and its tag, "The Dirty Reds" and the black and gold of Balmain, colours still worn by today's players on their socks. The Drummoyne Rugby Club still plays at Drummoyne Oval as it has done for many years and is its permanent home.[10]

Drummoyne Oval is also a permanent home to Sydney first grade cricket side Balmain-UTS during the summer and occasionally hosts the NSW Blues Cricket side in the Australian domestic limited-overs cricket tournament. With a carpet-like playing surface and large capacity (approximately 8,000), the oval is often used for cricket, Australian rules football and Rugby Union.

Drummoyne Olympic pool is located on the banks of Iron Cove. Filtered chlorine is separated from open water by 3 meters of poolside deck.

The Bay Run is a popular route for runners and walkers.

Drummoyne Presbyterian


Schools and colleges[edit]



  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Drummoyne (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 14 August 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Australian Suburb Guide: Sydney Inner West Archived 26 December 2012 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  3. ^ a b Drummoyne Municipal Council Drummoyne Heritage Study Specialist Report, pp. 9-10
  4. ^ Frances Pollon, The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Angus & Robertson, 1990, pages 86-88
  5. ^ "Drummoyne Reservoir". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Department of Planning and Environment. H01625. Retrieved 18 May 2018. CC BY icon.svg Text is licensed by State of New South Wales (Department of Planning and Environment) under CC-BY 4.0 licence.
  6. ^ "Gladesville Bridge". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Department of Planning and Environment. H01935. Retrieved 18 February 2020. CC BY icon.svg Text is licensed by State of New South Wales (Department of Planning and Environment) under CC-BY 4.0 licence.
  7. ^ "Australian Dictionary of Biography". adb.anu.edu.au. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Warwick Williams - Warwick Williams Real Estate, Drummoyne and Homebush Bay, Real Estate Agents, Property Managers and Property Advisors". Archived from the original on 18 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-10.
  10. ^ The Dirty Reds Est. 1874

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