Middle Dural, New South Wales

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Middle Dural
SydneyNew South Wales
Middle Dural is located in New South Wales
Middle Dural
Middle Dural
Coordinates33°39′20″S 151°1′15″E / 33.65556°S 151.02083°E / -33.65556; 151.02083Coordinates: 33°39′20″S 151°1′15″E / 33.65556°S 151.02083°E / -33.65556; 151.02083
Population1,008 (2016 census)[1]
Elevation181 m (594 ft)
Location37 km (23 mi) north-west of Sydney CBD
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s)Berowra
Suburbs around Middle Dural:
Kenthurst Glenorie Arcadia
Kenthurst Middle Dural Arcadia
Dural Dural Galston

Middle Dural is a semi-rural suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia 37 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district in the local government areas of Hornsby Shire and The Hills Shire. Dural is a separate suburb to the south.


Dural is derived from Dooral-Dooral, an Aboriginal name meaning a smoking hollow tree. The original inhabitants of the Dural area were the Darug people. The name Dooral appeared on Surveyor James Meehan's map of April 1817 and originally covered the whole area including present day Glenorie, Galston, Arcadia and Dural. Timber cutters opened up the area in the early 19th century and the settlements were originally known as Upper, Middle, Lower, North and Little Dural.[2] Located on the Old Northern Road, a historic road built by convicts between 1825 and 1836 to link early Sydney, in the Colony of New South Wales, with the fertile Hunter Valley to the north. In 1831 George Best established the Half-Way Inn at Middle Dural.[3]


At the 2016 census, the suburb of Middle Dural recorded a population of 1,008 residents. Of these:[1]

  • The age distribution was older than the country in general: the median age was 45 years, compared to the national median of 37 years. Children aged under 15 years made up 18.2% of the population (national average is 19%) and people aged 65 years and over made up 22.7% of the population (national average is 14%).
  • 72.4% were born in Australia, similar to the national average of 70%; the next most common countries of birth were England 5.2%, Italy 4%, and Lebanon 1.4%. 45.5% of people had both parents born in Australia.
  • 77% only spoke English at home; other languages spoken at home included Italian 5%, Arabic 2.1%, and Mandarin 1.8%.
  • The median household weekly income was $2,576, compared to the national median of $1,428. The median monthly mortgage repayment was $2,500.
  • 87.8% of households were family households, 27% were single-person households and 8% were group households. The average household size was 3.0 people.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Middle Dural (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 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
  3. ^ "History of Dural | Dural and Round Corner". 19 November 2013.

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