North Willoughby, New South Wales

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North Willoughby
SydneyNew South Wales
Willoughby Hotel.JPG
Willoughby Hotel, Penshurst Street
Population4,172 (2016 census)[1]
Location9 km (6 mi) north of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)City of Willoughby
State electorate(s)Willoughby
Federal division(s)North Sydney
Suburbs around North Willoughby:
Chatswood Chatswood Castle Cove
Chatswood North Willoughby Middle Cove
Willoughby Willoughby East Castlecrag

North Willoughby is a suburb on the Lower North Shore of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia 9  kilometres north of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Willoughby. Willoughby and Willoughby East are separate suburbs.


North Willoughby was possibly named by Surveyor-General Sir Thomas Mitchell after James Willoughby Gordon, who served as general officer of the British Army during the Peninsular War.

North Willoughby Post Office opened on 1 September 1871 and closed in 1891.[2]

Commercial areas[edit]

A small group of shops and cafes is located on Penshurst Street and includes the Willoughby Hotel, a local landmark building. The hotel was established in 1899 and was described as "one of the finest buildings in the northern suburbs".[3] It was almost demolished in 1940, but survived and had a major restoration in 1988.

Another landmark is Rosewall, a two-storey home in the Georgian style, made of sandstone. It was built in the 1880s for the Forsyth family, who ran tanneries in the area. The nearby Rosewall and Forsyth Streets are named after the house and family.

The High Street Markets in High Street include various local shops including Harris Farm Markets,[4] cafes, takeaway food and restaurants.


In the 2016 Census, 4,172 people were in North Willoughby. 58.8% of whom were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were China 5.4%, England 3.5%, and Hong Kong 2.5%. About 64.6% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 6.3%, Cantonese 5.1%, and Armenian 2.5%. The most common responses for religion were no religion 30.4%, Catholic 30.0%, and Anglican 12.8%.[1]


St John's Anglican Church


St Thomas' Church[5]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "North Willoughby (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 15 March 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Phoenix Auctions History. "Post Office List". Phoenix Auctions. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
  3. ^ Willoughby Hotel site
  4. ^ "Willoughby".
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Coordinates: 33°47′42″S 151°12′14″E / 33.795°S 151.204°E / -33.795; 151.204