Duffys Forest, New South Wales

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Duffys Forest
SydneyNew South Wales
Duffys Forest
Population474 (2016 census)[1]
Location28 km (17 mi) north of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)Northern Beaches Council
State electorate(s)Pittwater
Federal division(s)Mackellar
Suburbs around Duffys Forest:
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Duffys Forest Terrey Hills
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Duffys Forest is a suburb of northern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Duffys Forest is 28 kilometres north of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of Northern Beaches Council. Duffys Forest is considered to be part of the Northern Beaches region and the Forest District.


Duffys Forest is named after Patrick Duffy, who received a land grant there in 1857. He became a timber cutter and cleared a road through the bush to Cowan Creek, where he built a stone wharf for transporting timber. The wharf is still known as Duffys Wharf and the road is Duffys Track.[2]

Heritage listings[edit]

Duffys Forest has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


In the 2016 Census, there were 474 people in Duffys Forest. 76.7% of people were born in Australia and 86.1% of people only spoke English at home. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 32.0%, Catholic 25.9% and Anglican 21.1%.[1]


Waratah Park Earth Sanctuary (33°40′34″S 151°10′38″E / 33.6761°S 151.1772°E / -33.6761; 151.1772 (Waratah Park Earth Sanctuary)) was a popular tourist attraction in Duffys Forest, famous as the film set of the popular television series Skippy the Bush Kangaroo. Much of the set and props are still there, although since being closed in August 2009 all of the animals including descendants of the kangaroos used in the series have now been removed.[4]

The 'Duffys Forest Ecological Community' is an endangered ecological community of the Sydney basin[5]


Duffys Forest is home to Two schools:

AGBU Alexander Primary School

Mimosa Public School


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Duffys Forest (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 August 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Pollen, Frances, ed. (1990). The Book of Sydney Suburbs. Australia: Angus & Robertson. ISBN 0-207-14495-8.
  3. ^ "Waratah Park". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01944. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  4. ^ Sydney travel guide in pictures and art prints and toys store
  5. ^ Department of Environment and Climate Change NSW Archived 7 September 2006 at the Wayback Machine

Coordinates: 33°40′31″S 151°11′52″E / 33.67525°S 151.19789°E / -33.67525; 151.19789