Middle Cove, New South Wales

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Middle Cove
SydneyNew South Wales
View of Sugarloaf Bay from Harold Reid Reserve
Population 1,271 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 398.4/km2 (1,031.9/sq mi)
Established 1958
Postcode(s) 2068
Area 3.19 km2 (1.2 sq mi)
Location 9 km (6 mi) from CBD
LGA(s) City of Willoughby
State electorate(s) Willoughby
Federal Division(s) North Sydney
Suburbs around Middle Cove:
Roseville Castle Cove Castle Cove
Chatswood Middle Cove Seaforth
North Willoughby Castlecrag Castlecrag
Willoughby Municipality

Middle Cove is a suburb on the Lower North Shore of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia 7 kilometres north of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Willoughby.

Middle Cove is bounded to the north, east and south by Middle Harbour and to the west by Eastern Valley Way. Middle Cove shares its postcode, 2068, with the surrounding suburbs of Castlecrag and Willoughby North.


Middle Cove takes its name from its location between two coves, Castle Cove and Crag Cove.[2] The suburb was undeveloped bushland until 1957 when Dick Dusseldorp bought most of the land from the NSW government and subdivided Middle Cove as we know it today. Dusseldorp was the founder and the largest share holder of Lend Lease, GPT and MLC. The Dusseldorp's lived in Middle Cove until the patriarch death in 2000, the house which Dusseldorp built in Middle Cove is one of the top five house designs in Australia: it is based on Frank Lloyd Wright's inspirational honeycomb house design and is a good example of Organic Architecture. In 2004 the Dusseldorp's property was sold for a record $4.5 million.

Aboriginal culture[edit]

Before European settlement, this area was populated by the Aboriginal tribe Cammeraygal, which lends its name to the nearby suburb of Cammeray. Governor Phillip in a dispatch of 1790 reported: "...About the north-west part of this harbour there is a tribe which is mentioned as being very powerful, either from their numbers or the abilities of their chief. This district is called Cammerra, the head of the tribe is named Cammerragal, by which name the men of that tribe are distinguished. Of these Bands, we know more about the Cammeraygals. They are recorded as being a very powerful people and by far the most numerous. They were also the most robust and muscular and had the extraordinary privilege of extracting a tooth from the natives of other Bands and Tribes inhabiting the sea-coast."

Commercial area[edit]

Middle Cove has a small shopping centre on Eastern Valley Way that features small businesses. however Middle Cove's proximity to Chatswood, makes the suburb one of the best serviced suburbs in Australia.


Harold Reid Reserve is a large park overlooking Sugarloaf Bay, and brings many visitors to the area. It is named in honour of Harold J. Reid (1896-1984), a town clerk for the Municipality of Willoughby for over 50 years. The park includes lookouts, walking trails and picnic facilities. It has also been declared a protected area for wildlife, which includes goannas, sugar gliders, buff-banded rails, swamp wallabies, snakes and eastern spinebills.


Bus routes through Middle Cove go via Castlecrag or Northbridge to Wynyard bus stop in the Sydney CBD include the 207, 209, and the 208. A bus stop is located at the major intersection Eastern Valley Way. Middle Cove has the bus service 275 to Chatswood railway station which is on the North Shore line.



  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Middle Cove (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 November 2012.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8

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Coordinates: 33°47′38″S 151°12′31″E / 33.7938°S 151.2086°E / -33.7938; 151.2086