Mount Kuring-gai, New South Wales

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Mount Kuring-gai
SydneyNew South Wales
Calna Creek.jpg
Cascades along Calna Creek
Population1,708 (2016 census)[1]
Elevation210 m (689 ft)
Location31 km (19 mi) from Sydney CBD
LGA(s)Hornsby Shire
State electorate(s)Hornsby
Federal division(s)Berowra
Suburbs around Mount Kuring-gai:
Berrilee Berowra Heights Berowra
Hornsby Heights Mount Kuring-gai Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Hornsby Heights Mount Colah North Turramurra

Mount Kuring-gai is an outer suburb of Northern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Mount Kuring-gai is located 31 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Hornsby Shire. Mount Kuring-Gai is often referred to as “Far Northern” or Upper North Shore.


The name "Kuring-gai" derives from the Guringai Aboriginal people who were thought to be the Traditional Owners of the area. More contemporary research suggests that this was not the case.[2][3][4]

The railway station opened on 5 October 1901 and was named Kuring-gai. The current station was constructed in 1909. The Mount was added to the name on 1 August 1904.

Kuring-gai Post Office opened on 27 January 1908 and was similarly renamed Mount Kuring-gai in 1933.[5]

Mount Kuring-gai Public School opened in 1957.


In the 2016 Census, there were 1,708 people in Mount Kuring-Gai. 73.9% of people were born in Australia and 83.0% of people spoke only English at home. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 30.1%, Anglican 19.0% and Catholic 18.3%.[1]

Commercial areas and transport[edit]

The suburb is divided in two by the Pacific Highway, Main Northern railway line and the Pacific Motorway.

The eastern side is home to a primary school, community hall and sports oval. The western side has a shopping centre, Mount Kuring-gai railway station and a Telstra telephone exchange. The east and west sides are connected by a road bridge and a pedestrian bridge.

In 2010, the existing shopping centre was demolished and an Aldi store was built in its place, along with a variety of other stores.

Mount Kuring-gai also has an industrial area which is home to many diverse businesses such as a hot air balloon manufacturer, electronics companies, a school paint manufacturer, a book publisher and one bus depot of Transdev NSW.


Mount Kuring-gai is located approximately 7 km north of Hornsby. Its neighbouring suburbs are Berowra to the north, and Mount Colah to the south. Surrounded by bushland, it is bordered by Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park on the eastern side and by Berowra Valley Regional Park on the western side. There are several bushwalks starting in the suburb including the Great North Walk and a path to Apple Tree Bay. Mount Kuring-gai varies in altitude from about 57 m to 214–221 m above sea level.[6][7]

See also[edit]

"Shania" (N720HT) dumping water at Mount Kuring-gai in April 2007
Rock shelter in Lyrebird Gully, where lyrebirds are occasionally seen


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Mount Kuring-gai (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 12 April 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Attenbrow, Val (2002). Sydney's Aboriginal past: investigating the archaeological and historical records. Sydney: UNSW Press. pp. 22–35. ISBN 9781742231167.
  3. ^ Aboriginal Heritage Office (2015). Filling A Void: A review of the historical context for the use of the word 'Guringai'. Sydney.
  4. ^ John, Morecombe (20 February 2015). "Misunderstanding: The historical fiction of the word Guringai that has filled a void in our knowledge of the original inhabitants". Manly Daily. Retrieved 23 September 2021.
  5. ^ Phoenix Auctions History. "Post Office List". Phoenix Auctions. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  6. ^ Mount Kuring-gai // bonzle
  7. ^ Mount Kuring-gai // dictionary of Sydney


  • The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollen, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8

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Coordinates: 33°38′44″S 151°07′52″E / 33.64543°S 151.13115°E / -33.64543; 151.13115