Lindfield, New South Wales

Coordinates: 33°46′36″S 151°10′16″E / 33.77674°S 151.17119°E / -33.77674; 151.17119
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SydneyNew South Wales
Waimea Road
Population10,943 (SAL 2021)[1]
Elevation106 m (348 ft)
Area5.17 km2 (2.0 sq mi)[2]
Location13 km (8 mi) north-west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)Ku-ring-gai Council
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s)Bradfield
Suburbs around Lindfield:
Killara Killara East Killara
Macquarie Park Lindfield East Lindfield
North Ryde Roseville Roseville Chase

Lindfield is a 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 to the east, sharing 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.


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 nineteenth 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]

Today Lindfield is a leafy suburb with a set of maintained real-estate residential houses in combined styles of California bungalow and Federation architecture.[citation needed]

Heritage listings[edit]

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

Infrastructure and development[edit]

Ku-ring-gai municipality

Lindfield railway station is on the North Shore railway 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 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.

Places of worship[edit]

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). Killara High School is also close by, in Killara.

The University of Technology Sydney, Kuring-gai Campus, (formerly The William Balmain Teachers College and then The Kuring-gai College Of Advanced Education,) operated at a campus on Eton Road from 1971 to 2015.[8] It offered courses in business, nursing and midwifery, education and travel.[9] The site was then closed in 2015 while an extensive interior fitout was undertaken. It was reopened ahead of the 2019 school year as The Lindfield Learning Village, an unconventional K-12 public school.[10][11]


Commercial developments in Lindfield are situated along the Pacific Highway, Lindfield Shopping Village and nearby Tryon Road.

Lindfield Arcade was demolished in 2016 in order to facilitate the construction of residential apartments.



Strickland Avenue


At the 2016 census, Lindfield recorded a population of 9,791. Of these:[12]

Age distribution
Lindfield residents' median age was 39 years, higher than the national median of 38. Children aged under 15 years made up 20.3% of the population (national average is 18.7%) and people aged 65 years and over made up 16.0% of the population (national average is 15.8%).
Ethnic diversity
56.6% of people were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth were China 7.8%, England 4.5%, Hong Kong 3.9%, South Korea 2.5% and India 1.7%. 64.2% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 9.7%, Cantonese 7.9%, Korean 2.9% and Japanese 1.3%.
The median weekly household income was $2,513, higher than the national median of $1,438.
Stand-alone houses accounted 59.7% of occupied private dwellings, while 37.4% were flats, units or apartments. The average household size was 2.8 people.
The most common responses for religion in Lindfield were No Religion 32.8%, Catholic 20.6% and Anglican 16.8%.

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Lindfield (suburb and locality)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Basic Community Profile (spreadsheet)". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e f 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. ^ Phoenix Auctions History. "Post Office List". Phoenix Auctions. Retrieved 17 January 2021.
  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. ^ "Tryon Road Uniting Church". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Department of Planning & Environment. H01672. Retrieved 18 May 2018. Text is licensed by State of New South Wales (Department of Planning and Environment) under CC-BY 4.0 licence.
  8. ^ V. Barry, Suburban Brutalist: the last days of UTS Kuring-gai, Mirror Sydney, 21 Oct 2015; History of the UTS site Archived 28 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine, STEP Inc.
  9. ^ A. Smith, UTS campus becomes innovative public school, Sydney Morning Herald, 28 July 2014.
  10. ^ 'Unlearning what school is': Why this public school is like no other Sydney Morning Herald 22 November 2020
  11. ^ "Cool school emerges from UTS's Kuring-gai campus". University of Technology Sydney. 19 March 2019. Retrieved 17 January 2021.
  12. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Lindfield (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 September 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  13. ^ "Icehouse still gorgeous". Adelaide Review. October 2011. Archived from the original on 25 March 2012.
  14. ^ "Songlines". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2 November 2005. p. 4. Archived from the original on 16 February 2017.
  15. ^ 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 15 July 2010.
  16. ^ Ku-ring-gai Historical Society newsletter, p. 5.
  17. ^ Wood, Stephanie (27 October 2011). "Cereal offender". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 16 January 2012.

External links[edit]

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