Hillsdale, New South Wales

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SydneyNew South Wales
Hillsdale from Eastgardens.jpg
View of Hillsdale from Eastgardens Shopping Centre
Population4,977 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density7,100/km2 (18,400/sq mi)
Area0.7 km2 (0.3 sq mi)
Location6 km (4 mi) south-east of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)Bayside Council
State electorate(s)Maroubra
Federal Division(s)Kingsford Smith
Suburbs around Hillsdale:
Pagewood Eastgardens Maroubra
Banksmeadow Hillsdale Maroubra
Banksmeadow Matraville Matraville

Hillsdale is a suburb in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Hillsdale is located 6 kilometres south-east of the Sydney central business district in the Bayside Council. The suburb is named after Pat Hills, former Deputy Premier of New South Wales.


Hillsdale has a shopping centre called Southpoint on Bunnerong Road, which is a high-rise complex with commercial and residential space (including 50m swimming pool and tennis courts) and is opposite the road of the large Heffron Park. Southpoint is anchored by TK Maxx, Woolworths and a large Australian Post office.


Heffron Park, at 44 hectares it is the largest sporting reserve in Randwick City. A range of sports are played in the park through winter and summer including netball, rugby league, soccer, touch football, oz tag, cricket, cycling, tennis and gymnastics. Located on the south-east corner of the park is the Des Renford Leisure Centre, a local government enterprise.[2]

The park is also very popular with local residents for walking, jogging and cycling. The Hensley Athletic Field is located on Wentworth Avenue, close to Botany and the Westfield Eastgardens shopping centre. Matraville Public School is located in Hillsdale at the corner of Bunnerong and Beauchamp Roads.


Hillsdale was part of the suburb of Matraville until the 1960s. Matraville was originally reserved for the Church and Schools Corporation with income generated intended to support clergy and teachers. It reverted to the crown in 1917 and was allocated for a settlement for soldiers returning from World War I. The suburb was split between Randwick and Botany Councils. When problems arose from the division in 1961, Botany Council decided to rename its portion Gilmore, to honour Australian poet Dame Mary Gilmore (1864–1962). After the post masters general office pointed out that there already was a Gilmore, New South Wales, the council chose Hillsdale to honour Patrick Darcy Hills, who was the New South Wales minister for local government. It was a controversial choice since most residents believed that a name should have been chosen that reflected Australia's history.[3]

Many homes were built in Hillsdale after World War II including some by the Housing Commission.


At the 2011 census, there were 4,977 residents in Hillsdale. The majority of people were born inside Australia, with the top other countries of birth being Bangladesh 9.6%, China 5.1%, Iraq 3.8%, Philippines 3.2% and India 2.8%. Most people spoke a language other than English at home. These other languages included Bengali 9.4%, Spanish 5.0%, Cantonese 4.9%, Assyrian Neo-Aramaic 4.3% and Mandarin 3.6%. The top responses for religious affiliation were Catholic 28.2%, Islam 15.3% and No Religion 14.7%. The majority of dwellings were units or apartments and there were few separate or semi-detached houses in the suburb.[1]


Matraville Public School is a primary school in Hillsdale, drawing its students predominantly from the surrounding suburbs of Hillsdale, Banksmeadow and Matraville. In 2007 the school had approximately 300 students from kindergarten to Year 6. The school opened as Cross Road Public School in 1903, named after the school's location at the intersection between Beauchamp and Bunnerong Roads. It was renamed as Matraville Public School in 1904.[4]


Housing in Hillsdale is divided fairly evenly between single-storey, detached homes, and blocks of home units. The latter are typically brick buildings of three to four storeys; there is no high-rises besides Southpoint. More than half the households in Hillsdale are rented, significantly higher than the Sydney average.[5]



  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Hillsdale (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 May 2013. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ http://www.randwick.nsw.gov.au/planning-and-building/council-works-and-upgrades/major-projects/heffron-park-plan-of-management
  3. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, p.123, ISBN 0-207-14495-8
  4. ^ "Matraville Public School". NSW Department of Education and Training. Retrieved 2007-10-30.
  5. ^ "Hillsdale Profile". Retrieved 2011-11-23.

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Coordinates: 33°57′18″S 151°13′43″E / 33.95493°S 151.22875°E / -33.95493; 151.22875