Ryde, New South Wales

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SydneyNew South Wales
Ryde civic center.jpg
Ryde City Council Chambers
Population 21,599 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 3,042/km2 (7,880/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 2112
Area 7.1 km2 (2.7 sq mi)
Location 13 km (8 mi) north-west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) City of Ryde
Region Northern Suburbs
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s) Bennelong
Suburbs around Ryde:
Denistone East North Ryde East Ryde
West Ryde Ryde Gladesville
Meadowbank Rhodes Putney Tennyson Point

Ryde is a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Ryde is located 13 km north-west of the Sydney central business district and 8 km east of Parramatta. Ryde is the administrative centre of the local government area of the City of Ryde and part of the Northern Suburbs area. It lies on the north bank of the Parramatta River.

North Ryde, West Ryde, and East Ryde are separate suburbs from Ryde.


Ryde was named after the town of Ryde on the Isle of Wight. It may have been adopted from G.M. Pope, who came from Ryde on the Isle of Wight, who settled in the area and opened the 'Ryde Store'.[2]

Originally known by its Aboriginal name Wallumatta, the whole area between Parramatta and Lane Cove Rivers became known as the Field of Mars. The name Ryde was used from the 1840s and adopted as the name of the municipality in 1870. The suburb contains the oldest settler's cottage in Australia,[citation needed] Addington, on Victoria Road. Addington was built by the emancipist James Stewart, circa 1800. James Shepherd bought the property in 1810 and added a six-room house to the original sandstone cottage.[3] Addington House, also known as "New Farm", is included on the NSW Heritage Register and the National Trust of NSW.[4]

Other historic buildings in the area include the police station on Victoria Road and Willandra, Willandra Street. The police station, a simple sandstone structure, was designed by Colonial Architect Mortimer Lewis and built in 1837. Willandra is a two-storey Georgian home built by the Devlin family circa 1845, and more recently used as an art gallery and headquarters for the Ryde and District Historical Society. Both Willandra and the police station are listed on the Register of the National Estate.[5]

In 1892, the public school at 2 Tucker Street was opened. The building, which still survives, is the Infants Department, a two-storey, sandstone building which is heritage-listed.[6]

The cottage Riversdale, in Wade Street, was the home of a well-known riverboat captain by the name of Robert Gascoigne, who lived in the area circa 1900.[7]

As Ryde was located at the top of the hill it also became known as 'Top Ryde'. Ryde Swimming Centre was demolished and rebuilt as Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre, and hosted events of the 2000 Olympics.


The majority of services operated from Fort Macquarie and Circular Quay down George St to Broadway and Parramatta Road. In the peak hours and other busy periods, supplementary services operated from Railway Square.

Tram services to Drummoyne and Ryde were serviced by the Rozelle Tram Depot. The service, after departing the depot travelled along the Crescent and Commercial Road (now City West Link Road) in Glebe, turning left onto Victoria Road. It then crossed the Iron Cove Bridge and the former Gladesville Bridge before turning right onto Blaxland Road. It then wound its way along Blaxland Road, behind the site of the current council chambers, terminating near the intersection of Pope and Devlin Street in Ryde.[8]

Commercial area[edit]

Ryde Shopping Centre

Top Ryde is an unofficial locality within Ryde, which contains the commercial area of the suburb, centred on the intersection of Devlin Street and Blaxland Road. Top Ryde City is a major shopping centre there. The original Top Ryde shopping centre on this site was the second of its type to be built in Australia.

Top Ryde is the location of the Ryde council office, and library.

2RRR is a community radio station in Sydney, Australia broadcasting to the Ryde area on 88.5 FM.


The Ryde Bridge links Ryde south to Rhodes, over the Parramatta River. Sydney Buses operate a number of services in Ryde including:

  • M41 - Marsfield via Lane Cove Road
    Hurstville via Campsie
  • M52 - Sydney CBD via Victoria Road (limited stops)
    Parramatta via Ermington
  • 287 - Milsons Point via Lane Cove (Weekday AM peak service)
  • 458 - Burwood via Concord Hospital & Strathfield
  • 500 - Sydney CBD via Rozelle
  • 501 - Sydney CBD via Victoria Road & Pyrmont
    West Ryde
  • 507 - Sydney CBD via Putney and Victoria Road
    Macquarie Centre via North Ryde Shops
  • 515 - Sydney CBD via Victoria Road
    Eastwood via Denistone
  • 518 - Sydney CBD via Victoria Road
    Macquaire Centre via Denistone East
  • 520 - Sydney CBD via Victoria Road
    Parramatta via Ermington

The main closest train station for the access to Ryde is West Ryde railway station which is on the North Shore, Northern & Western Line of the Sydney Trains network.

At the 2011 census, 20.5% of employed people travelled to work on public transport and 61.5% by car (either as driver or as passenger).[1]


St Anne's Anglican Church, Church Street and Holy Cross College, Ryde Victoria Road

Schools in Ryde include government schools such as Ryde Secondary College (formerly Malvina High School) and Ryde Public School, Tucker Street, which is heritage-listed.[6] It also includes a few private schools such as Holy Cross College and Northcross Christian School. The German International School Sydney operated in Ryde from 1992 to 2008 and moved to Terrey Hills in August 2008. [9]

Places of worship[edit]

Ryde contains St Anne's Anglican Church, Church Street, which has the grave of Maria Ann Sherwood Smith, in whose orchards the Granny Smith apple was first found. Every year, in the suburb of Eastwood, the Granny Smith Festival is held in her honour. The church was built in 1826 and extended in later years. It was a central feature in the early life of the area and is now listed on the Register of the National Estate.[10] Church Street is also the location of Ryde Wesley Uniting Church.

Parks and recreation[edit]

Santa Rosa Park is located between Quarry Road and Bridge Road. It features a separated pathway for walking and bike riders. Shrimptons Creek runs through the park in a north-easterly direction flowing into the Lane Cove River. The park is used for football and cricket. Gannan Park was once a quarry and brickworks and is accessed from Buna Court, Minga Street and McAuley Park.

Ryde Pool was home to water polo events for the Sydney Olympics, held in 2000. The pool is now owned by Ryde City Council.



At the 2011 census, Ryde recorded a population of 21,599. Of these:[1]

Age distribution 
The distribution of ages in Ryde was similar to the country as a whole. Ryde residents' median age was 37 years, identical to the national median. Children aged 0–14 years made up 17.6% of the population (national average is 19.3%) and people aged 65 years and over made up 15.5% of the population (national average is 14.0%).
Ethnic diversity 
Just over half (55.8%) of residents were born in Australia; the next most common countries of birth were China 6.8%, Italy 2.7%, England 2.1%, South Korea 2.1% and India 2.0%. However, only 17.0% identify their ancestry as Australian, which is the largest group; the next most common self-identified ancestries were English 16.5%, Chinese 11.1%, Italian 7.9% and Irish 6.2%. Just over half (54.8%) of people only spoke English at home; other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 6.0%, Cantonese 5.0%, Italian 4.6%, Armenian 3.7% and Arabic 2.5%.
The average weekly household income was $1,380, slightly above the national average of $1,234.
More than two-thirds (69.7%) of private dwellings were family households, 25.7% single person households and 4.6% group households. Stand-alone houses accounted for 54.5% of dwellings, while 33.1% were flats, units or apartments and just 12.2% were semi-detached.

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Ryde (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 October 2013.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, p.234 ISBN 0-207-14495-8
  3. ^ Parramatta River Walk, Department of Planning, New South Wales, 1989, p.25
  4. ^ "NSW heritage search - Addington House". NSW Department of Environment and Heritage. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  5. ^ The Heritage of Australia, Macmillan Company, 1981, p. 2/63
  6. ^ a b State Heritage Register
  7. ^ Parramatta River Walk, Department of Planning, New South Wales, 1989, p.21
  8. ^ Gregory's Street Directory, 1955, map 72, reference D-13. Map 26 Reference K-16
  9. ^ http://www.germanschoolsydney.com
  10. ^ The Heritage of Australia, p.2/63
  11. ^ The birth of Iggy Azalea: How a schoolgirl named Amethyst clung to a dream to become a rapper, The Daily Telegraph, 23 August 2014

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Coordinates: 33°48′55″S 151°06′04″E / 33.81528°S 151.10111°E / -33.81528; 151.10111