Newlands, Cape Town

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View of upper Newlands and Devil's Peak from Bishops Court
View of upper Newlands and Devil's Peak from Bishops Court
Street map of Newlands
Street map of Newlands
Newlands is located in Western Cape
Newlands is located in South Africa
Newlands is located in Africa
 Newlands shown within Western Cape
Coordinates: 33°58′45″S 18°27′0″E / 33.97917°S 18.45000°E / -33.97917; 18.45000Coordinates: 33°58′45″S 18°27′0″E / 33.97917°S 18.45000°E / -33.97917; 18.45000
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
Municipality City of Cape Town
 • Total 3.48 km2 (1.34 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 5,100
 • Density 1,500/km2 (3,800/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 8.9%
 • Coloured 5.9%
 • Indian/Asian 3.8%
 • White 77.0%
 • Other 4.4%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • English 85.7%
 • Afrikaans 7.4%
 • Xhosa 1.5%
 • Other 5.3%
Postal code (street) 7700
PO box 7725
Area code 021

Newlands is an upmarket suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. It is located at the foot of Table Mountain in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town, and is the wettest suburb in South Africa due to its high winter rainfall.[2] It is home to a number of schools, notably the South African College Schools (SACS) Junior and High Schools, as well as the Newlands Forest.

It is best known for Newlands Cricket Ground and Newlands Stadium, a rugby union and football venue. It is also the original home of Ohlsson's Cape Breweries, which is still located next to the rugby grounds. The original Ohlsson's Anneberg Brewery site is now location of the SACS schoolgrounds. The only remainder of the original brewery is the Josephine Mill, which used a water wheel to grind the grain for the brewery. This is now a historic monument.

The pipeline from the Table Mountain spring which supplies the Newlands Brewery runs under the historic Cardiff Castle Building which is located in Newlands Village.

The Liesbeek River runs through Newlands, past the Vineyard Hotel, and was the original water source used to make the first European-style beer in southern Africa. Friends of The Liesbeek maintain a walk along the river bank, past landmarks in the area.

The distinctive southern half of Newlands, bordering the suburb Bishopscourt, is known as Fernwood, after a farm estate which used to occupy this area. The original manor house of this estate still exists, but is now used as a parliamentary sports club.[3]

Newlands Forest[edit]

Newlands Forest is incorporated within the Table Mountain National Park. The forest is a popular outdoor recreation area which includes surviving remnants of indigenous afro-temperate forest and endangered Granite Fynbos, as well as extensive pine plantations. There are also historic sites including the Woodcutter's Cottage and Lady Anne Barnard's Path. Newlands is home to the indigenous frog species called sandellia, a tiny frog that lives in the waters of the Liesbeek river.