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Telopea, New South Wales

Coordinates: 33°47′39″S 151°02′17″E / 33.79417°S 151.03802°E / -33.79417; 151.03802
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SydneyNew South Wales
Waratah Shopping Centre c. 2007
Population5,426 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density3,620/km2 (9,370/sq mi)
Elevation40 m (131 ft)
Area1.5 km2 (0.6 sq mi)
Location23 km (14 mi) north-west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)City of Parramatta
State electorate(s)Parramatta
Federal division(s)Parramatta
Suburbs around Telopea:
North Parramatta Carlingford Carlingford
Oatlands Telopea Dundas Valley
North Parramatta Rydalmere Dundas
Telopea Railway Station

Telopea /təlpiə/ is a suburb of Greater Western Sydney,[2] in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Telopea is located 23 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Parramatta. The suburb is bordered by Kissing Point Road to the south and Pennant Hills Road to the north.


Telopea is named from Telopea speciosissima, the New South Wales waratah, a plant that was abundant in the area before it was colonized and which became the floral emblem of New South Wales.


The area is serviced by Busways bus route 545[3]

Telopea railway station was on the Carlingford railway line of the Sydney Trains network. The conversion of the Camellia to Carlingford section of the Carlingford railway line to light rail was announced in 2015 as part of the Parramatta Light Rail project and the station closed 5 January 2020.[4] The station area is now served by temporary bus route 535 between Carlingford and Parramatta.[5]

Commercial area[edit]

Waratah Shopping Centre, located on Benaud Place, has many retail shops including a newsagent, chemist, kebab shop, post office, bakery and a hair and beauty salon. A small group of shops is also located opposite the railway station on Adderton Road.


Telopea is mainly low to low-medium density housing with most of the dwellings having been built after World War II. The suburb is bisected by the Carlingford railway line with most of the medium-density housing lying adjacent to the train line.


Telopea contains a large tract of bushland on its western edge, backing onto the Oatlands golf course. The bushland, the Vineyard Creek Reserve as it is known contains a spring-fed creek and has several waterfalls on its course before it disappears beneath Kissing Point road to the south. The creek and the bushland are protected as environmental areas.

Places of worship[edit]

  • The local Anglican Church meets in Telopea on Saturday evenings and at Dundas on Sundays.[6]
  • Telopea Christian Centre is another local Church.[7]

Community facilities[edit]

Local facilities include a primary school,[8] an alternative educational facility,[9] a library,[10] community hall and a community garden.[11]

Heritage listings[edit]

Telopea has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


At the 2016 census, Telopea recorded a population of 5,426. Of these:[1]

  • The age distribution was quite similar to the country in general. The median age was 38 years, identical to the national median. Children aged 0–14 years made up 17.8% of the population (national average is 18.7%) and people aged 65 years and over made up 14.0% of the population (national average is 15.8%).
  • 46.0% of people were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth were China 14.8%, South Korea 7.2%, Lebanese/Iran 33%, and Hong Kong 2.2%. 40.7% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 14.3%, Korean 9.9%, Cantonese 9.0%, Arabic 17.6% and Persian 12.4%.
  • The most common responses for religion were No Religion 30.7%, Catholic 18.6% and Anglican 8.6%.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Telopea(NSW)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 12 August 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Australia, Atlas of Living. "Species: Telopea". bie.ala.org.au.
  3. ^ "Busways route 545". Transport for NSW.
  4. ^ "Parramatta Light Rail – How the preferred network was chosen". Transport for NSW. Archived from the original on 10 December 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Hillsbus route 535". Transport for NSW.
  6. ^ "Dundas Telopea Anglican Church".
  7. ^ "Telopea Christian Centre".
  8. ^ Welcome to Telopea Public School Telopea public school
  9. ^ http://www.waratahcentre.schools.nsw.edu.au/home/ – the Waratah Centre
  10. ^ http://www.parracity.nsw.gov.au/play/facilities/library/opening_hours__and__locations – Telopea library
  11. ^ "Community Greening contacts - Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust - Sydney, Australia". Archived from the original on 31 May 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2013. – community garden contact details
  12. ^ "Redstone". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Department of Planning & Environment. H01795. Retrieved 18 May 2018. Text is licensed by State of New South Wales (Department of Planning and Environment) under CC-BY 4.0 licence.

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