North Epping, New South Wales

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North Epping
SydneyNew South Wales
North epping village-1w.jpg
North Epping retail area
Population4,526 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,970/km2 (5,100/sq mi)
Area2.3 km2 (0.9 sq mi)
Location19 km (12 mi) from Sydney CBD
LGA(s)Hornsby Shire
State electorate(s)Epping
Federal Division(s)Bennelong
Suburbs around North Epping:
Pennant Hills Wahroonga South Turramurra
Cheltenham North Epping South Turramurra
West Pymble
Epping Marsfield Macquarie Park
Whale Rock formation, on the Boundary Road Fire Trail
North Epping shops

North Epping is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia 19 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of Hornsby Shire. North Epping is in the Northern Sydney region, and is simply referred to as part of the North Shore. Epping is a separate suburb to the south and under the Parramatta City Council, which shares the postcode of 2121.

North Epping is a leafy suburb, surrounded by bushland of the upper section of Lane Cove National Park.

North Epping is an enclave of Hornsby, geographically cut off from the bush land shire by the Lane Cove National Park. North Epping relies on nearby Epping for much of its infrastructure, including transport, libraries, and public swimming pools.

There are many walking trails, including the Great North Walk which also links residing suburbs such as South Turramurra, Marsfield and West Pymble. One of the well known landmarks is Whale Rock.


Aboriginal culture[edit]

The Wallumedegal Aboriginal tribe lived in the area between the Lane Cove River and Parramatta River, which was known as Walumetta.[3]

European settlement[edit]

In 1792 Governor Phillip began the granting of parcels of lands to marines, and the area was referred to on Phillip's maps as the Field of Mars, named after the Roman Field of Mars probably because of the military link. It contained the area of what is now Epping and North Epping. The name Epping is derived from Epping Forest in Essex, England.[4] The land was broken up into farms and orchards, and after World War II it started to convert to residential use. Areas which had previously been reserved as part of the green belt scheme became available for residential development in 1948. North Epping post office was established in 1954 and the public school in 1960.[5]

Becoming a separate suburb[edit]

North Epping was split off from Epping as a separate suburb on 1 December 1995.[6]

Lin family murder[edit]

In the early hours of 18 July 2009, the Lin family, consisting of Min Lin, Yun Li Lin, her sister Yun Lin, and the parents' two children Henry and Terry Lin, were all murdered at their home on Boundary Road, North Epping. Robert Xie was arrested at his home in North Epping on 5 May 2011 at 9.00am for killing the family. He is currently on trial. Brenda Lin, the last living member of the family, lived with the alleged killer and his wife for 22 months. A funeral was held for the family at Sydney Olympic Park, New South Wales on 8 August 2009.[7]

Parramatta Council Amalgamation[edit]

Following the amalgamation of Epping into the City of Parramatta in 2016, North Epping became a pene-exclave of Hornsby Shire. The Parramatta Council has previously planned to expand to North Epping.[8]

Commercial area[edit]

North Epping has a small shopping centre located on the corner of Roma Street and Malton Road. It features a number of specialty shops, cafes and restaurants. North Epping also has a small school - Epping North Public School. North Epping has many parks, many community areas and gatherings.


The M2 Hills Motorway runs along the southern border to the Sydney CBD. North Epping is connected to adjacent Epping by a single road, Norfolk Road. Norfolk Road runs south towards Epping Road, a major arterial road in the area that runs east to the Pacific Highway. Almost all areas of the suburb are serviced by Sydney Buses route 295. The route is a loop and only goes clockwise around the edge of the suburb - the only place where it runs in both directions is Norfolk Road south of Grayson Road, towards Epping railway station.


At the 2016 census, North Epping recorded a population of 4,526. Of these:[1]

Age distribution
North Epping residents' median age was 43 years, compared to the national median of 38. Children aged 0–14 years made up 19.7% of the population (national average is 18.7%) and people aged 65 years and over made up 17.5% of the population (national average is 15.8%).
Ethnic diversity
65.0% of people were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth were China 5.6%, India 3.4%, England 3.4%, Hong Kong 2.8% and South Korea 2.4%. 68.9% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 7.2%, Cantonese 5.4% and Korean 3.1%.
The most common responses for religion were No Religion 29.9%, Catholic 19.6% and Anglican 17.1%.
North Epping is a wealthy area, with an average weekly household income of $2,539, well above the national average of $1,438.
The majority of dwellings (93.1%) were separate houses. 84.7% were family households and 13.4% were single person households. The average household size was 3.1 people.


North Epping is under the municipal authority of Ward C in the Hornsby Shire Council, is part of the federal electorate of Bennelong and State electorate of Epping.


  • All Saints Anglican Church, a contemporary Anglican Church in North Epping.[9]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "North Epping (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 August 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ North Epping Postcode Australia Post
  3. ^ Smith, Keith Vincent (2005). Wallumedegal : an Aboriginal history of Ryde. North Ryde, N.S.W.: Community Services Unit, City of Ryde. ISBN 9780959941999.
  4. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8
  5. ^ Clugston, Niall (2008). "North Epping". Dictionary of Sydney. Dictionary of Sydney Trust. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  6. ^ "GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES REGISTER EXTRACT". Reference: 74057, GNB File: GNB3707: Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 21 April 2014.CS1 maint: location (link)
  7. ^ "Brenda Lin says goodbye to her family". The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 August 2009. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  8. ^ Parramatta council sizes up Winston Hills and Epping for expansion Daily Telegraph 7 March 2018
  9. ^ All Saints Anglican Church

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Coordinates: 33°45′44″S 151°06′04″E / 33.7623°S 151.1010°E / -33.7623; 151.1010