Lindfield, New South Wales

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SydneyNew South Wales
Waimea Road, Lindfield, New South Wales (2011-04-28) 04.jpg
Waimea Road
Population 8,657 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 1,674.5/km2 (4,337/sq mi)
Established 1815
Postcode(s) 2070
Area 5.17 km2 (2.0 sq mi)[2]
Location 13 km (8 mi) north-west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) Ku-ring-gai Council
State electorate(s) Davidson, Ku-ring-gai
Federal Division(s) Bradfield
Suburbs around Lindfield:
Killara Killara East Killara
Macquarie Park Lindfield East Lindfield
North Ryde Roseville Roseville Chase

Lindfield is an affluent suburb on the Upper North Shore of Sydney in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is 13 kilometres north-west of the Sydney Central Business District and is in the local government area of Ku-ring-gai Council. East Lindfield is a separate suburb, although they share the postcode of 2070.

This suburb of 5.17 square kilometres contains residential housing of California bungalow and federation style, in double brick and tile construction. Australian native bushland in Garigal National Park and Lane Cove National Park borders the suburb. The suburb is known for its leafy surrounds and relaxed suburban lifestyle.[3]


Lindfield was originally the home of the Kuringgai indigenous people.[3]

Europeans first became active in the area in around 1810, when the colonial government set up a timber gathering camp staffed by convicts.[3] By the 1840s, fruit growing and farming became the suburb's primary industries.[3] Settlement began to increase in the latter half of the eighteenth century. The Lindfield railway station opened in 1890,[4] and Lindfield Post Office opened on 5 January 1895.[5] Land values increased in the area around the railway and more professionals moved into the area.[3]

The name "Lindfield" means a clearing in the lime forest, and derives from the name given by an early landowner, Francis List, to a cottage he built in the area in 1884.[3] List likely named his cottage after Lindfield, Sussex, England.[3] When a railway line came through the area in 1890s, the name of the property was used to identify the station and neighbourhood.[6]

During the years after World War II the suburb experienced significant growth.[6]

Double Town Centre[edit]

  • Coles
  • IGA (reopens late 2017)
  • Harris Farm (opens late 2017)
  • 2 Chinese Restaurants (Chan's and West Lindfield)
  • KFC
  • Subway

Infrastructure and development[edit]

Ku-ring-gai municipality
Holy Family Catholic Church

Lindfield railway station is on the North Shore, Northern & Western Line of the Sydney Trains network and is about 30 minutes by train from the Sydney central business district. The Pacific Highway is the main arterial road through Lindfield. Lindfield has a small commercial area on both sides of Lindfield railway station on the Pacific Highway and Lindfield Avenue. The former Commonwealth Bank is an art deco style building on the Pacific Highway.

Lindfield has five places of worship: St Albans Anglican Church, Holy Family Catholic Church, Lindfield Uniting Church (with church buildings on Tryon Road and the Pacific Highway) and the North Shore Synagogue.

Schools in the suburb comprise: Lindfield Public School, Lindfield East Public School, Newington College Preparatory School, Holy Family Catholic Primary School, and Masada College (K-6).

The University of Technology, Sydney, Kuringai Campus (formerly William Balmain Teachers College) operated at a campus on Eton Road from 1971 to 2015.[7] It offered courses in business, nursing and midwifery, education and travel. The site will be developed as Lindfield Learning Village public school, to open in 2017.[8]

Lindfield Library is a branch of the Ku-ring-gai Municipal Library Network. There are two community halls: East Lindfield Community Hall at Crana Avenue and West Lindfield Community Hall at Moore Avenue. There are two tennis courts at Lindfield Community Centre (behind the library) and a further two courts at Lindfield Park in Tryon Road.


Lindfield Avenue shops 
Pacific Highway shops 
Pacific Highway Tudor revival building 
Lindfield Uniting Church 


Federation House, Trafalgar Avenue 
Federation house, Strickland Avenue 
Federation house, Middle Harbour Road 
Federation house, Nelson Road 
California bungalow house, Northcote Road 
Arts & Crafts Bungalow house, Waimea Road 
Arts & Crafts Bungalow House, Northcote Road 
Federation home, Waimea Road 


Strickland Avenue


At the 2011 census, Lindfield recorded a population of 8,657. Of these:[1]

Age distribution 
The distribution of ages in Lindfield was similar to the country as a whole. Lindfield residents' median age was 40 years, similar to the national median of 37. Children aged under 15 years made up 21.6% of the population (national average is 19.3%) and people aged 65 years and over made up 14.6% of the population (national average is 14.0%).
Ethnic diversity 
Over half (60.4%) of Lindfield residents were born in Australia; the next most common countries of birth were England 5.0%, China 4.5%, Hong Kong 3.6%, South Korea 2.4%, and New Zealand 2.0%. More than two-thirds (69.8%) spoke English at home; others spoke mostly Cantonese, Mandarin, or Korean.
The median weekly household income was $2,414, nearly double the national median of $1,234.
Stand-alone houses accounted for two-thirds (67.6%) of residences, while 27.8% were flats, units or apartments and just 4.4% were semi-detached (mostly townhouses). The average household size was 2.9 people.
In the 2011 Census, the most common responses for religion in Lindfield were Catholic 23.8%, No Religion 23.3%, Anglican 21.3%, Uniting Church 5.5% and Presbyterian and Reformed 3.6%.

Notable residents[edit]

Peter Garrett, former Midnight Oil singer and later Australian Labor Party (ALP) politician, lived in Lindfield during his teenage years.[9]

Karl Stefanovic, co-host of the Today show and 60 Minutes presenter lives in Lindfield.[10]

Singer Iva Davies from the band Icehouse, lived in Lindfield during the 1970s to early-1980s whilst he was part of the ABC Sinfonia (orchestra) and started the band there.[11][12] The song "Icehouse" was written about the house Iva lived in at 18 Tyron Road and also a dishevelled old house across the street, which Davies later learned was a half-way house for psychiatric and drug rehab patients.

Former Sherbet guitarist Clive Shakespeare operated the Silverwood recording studio in Hobart Avenue.

Wallaby captains Stirling Mortlock and Nick Farr-Jones have lived or do live in Lindfield, as did sports commentator and "the Voice of Rugby" Gordon Bray.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Lindfield (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 November 2012.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Basic Community Profile (spreadsheet)". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Edwards, Zeny; Rowland, Joan (2008). "Lindfield". Sydney Journal. 1 (3) – via UTS ePress. 
  4. ^ "Lindfield Railway Station Group". New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  6. ^ a b The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 154
  7. ^ V. Barry, Suburban Brutalist: the last days of UTS Kuringai, Mirror Sydney, 21 Oct 2015; History of the UTS site Archived 28 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine., STEP Inc.
  8. ^ A. Smith, UTS campus becomes innovative public school, Sydney Morning Herald, 28 July 2014.
  9. ^ Bye, Clarissa; O'Rourke, Jim (13 June 2004). "The night a man woke up to mortality, love and civic duty". The Sun-Herald. Archived from the original on 12 January 2012. 
  10. ^ Wood, Stephanie (27 October 2011). "Cereal offender". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 12 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Icehouse still gorgeous". Adelaide Review. October 2011. Archived from the original on 12 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "Songlines". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2 November 2005. p. 4. Archived from the original on 12 January 2012. 

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Coordinates: 33°46′36″S 151°10′16″E / 33.77674°S 151.17119°E / -33.77674; 151.17119