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Visit, Live & Invest in Ku-ring-gai::

Overview

Situated just 16 kilometres from the city on Sydney’s leafy North Shore, Ku-ring-gai is known for its unique natural and urban environments.

Ku-ring-gai covers around 84 square kilometres from Roseville cinemas in the south to Wahroonga Park in the north, and St Ives Showground in the east to Lane Cove National Park in the west. More on suburbs

In Ku-ring-gai, we’re bound by three national parks – Garigal National Park, Lane Cove National Park and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. This means our residents and visitors enjoy areas of unspoiled bushland, plus the incredible wildlife that goes along with it.

Latitude and longitude

33º latitude (45 minutes 20 seconds south) and 151º longitude (nine minutes east).

Elevation

152 metres above sea level.

Geology

Ku-ring-gai is situated on the eastern rim of the Cumberland basin, made up of Hawkesbury sandstone and Wianamatta shale formed during the Triassic period, between 250 to 200 million years ago.

Physiography

The North Shore train line runs along the central ridge in Ku-ring-gai, which varies in width from 0.8 to 3.2 kilometres. The ridge falls away into smooth, steep valleys to the north and rocky slopes and gullies to the east and west.

Land use

Ninety-five per cent of the residential area is low density housing, while just five per cent of land in Ku-ring-gai is used for business.

Vegetation

Natural vegetation varies from Sydney Blue Gums and Blackbutt in south-west Wahroonga and Turramurra to Stringy Bark, Grey Iron Bark and Bloodwood in the dry forest areas. Smaller species and shrubs abound. More on flora

Climate

In Ku-ring-gai we enjoy a moderate climate with average temperatures of 25.8°C in summer. The average rainfall is 1,118mm per year.

 

Suburbs & maps

Gordon

 

Postcode: 2072

Population: 6,456

Area: 3.78 square kilometres

Map: Gordon map

 

Description: Located in the centre of Ku-ring-gai, Gordon is the seat of local government, as well as a transport and retail centre. It is dominated by the Gordon Centre, Gordon Train Station, Council Chambers and Gordon Library, which is located in the former Gordon Public School, constructed in 1878 in the Gothic Revival style. Gordon is also home to Eryldene, a historic house and garden, Tulkiyan, an Arts and Crafts style heritage house, and Gordon Golf Course.

Killara

 

Postcode: 2071

Population: 11,961

Area: 7.79 square kilometres

Map: Killara map

 

Description: 'Killara' is an Aboriginal word meaning 'permanent' or 'always there'. Major attractions include Swain Gardens, Seidler House and Marian Street Theatre for Young People. Killara is well-known for its excellent schools, including Killara Public SchoolBeaumont Road Public School and Killara High School, and also provides many examples of Federation and Californian Bungalow style houses.

Lindfield

 

Postcode: 2070

Population: 12521

Area: 7.51 square kilometres

Map: Lindfield map

 

Description: Bordered by Garigal National Park and Lane Cove National Park, Lindfield is well-known for its leafy outlook and architecture, from Federation-style houses to examples of Tudor Revival and Art Deco on the Pacific Highway. The University of Technology's Ku-ring-gai campus is situated on Eton Road, while Lindfield Library is a short walk from the train station.

Pymble

 

Postcode: 2073

Population: 15,658

Area: 10.22 square kilometres

Map: Pymble map

 

Description: Pymble is named after early setttler Robert Pymble and was a major supplier of timber to the Sydney colony. Pymble contains several unique architectural examples, such as Ku-ring-gai Town Hall, the Walter Burley Griffin-designed house Coppins, and the Sacred Heart Presbytery. Pymble is known for its schools, including Pymble Ladies' College and Pymble Public School, and its nature reserves, especially Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve, which is one of the last remaining areas of Blue Gum High Forest. Pymble is also a recreation centre, with the Aquatic Centre and Bicentennial Park located in West Pymble.

Roseville

 

Postcode: 2069

Population: 8,574

Area: 4.24 square kilometres

Map: Roseville map

 

Description: Roseville is the southern-most suburb of Ku-ring-gai and is characterised by Federation-style houses and beautiful tree-lined streets, parks and gardens. Echo Point Park is a wonderful picnic spot overlooking Middle Harbour, which contains sections of endangered estuarine saltmarshKu-ring-gai Art Centre and Roseville Cinema are also popular destinations.

St Ives

Postcode: 2075

Population: 17,372

Area: 17.96 square kilometres

Map: St Ives map

 

Description: St Ives was first explored by Governor Arthur Phillip in 1788 on a scouting trip for farmland. Now it is one of Ku-ring-gai's largest commercial and recreation centres with a shopping villagelibraryvillage greenskate park and showground. Surrounded by national parkland, St Ives is a popular destination for bushwalkers. The Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden also provides many walking tracks and education programs.

Turramurra/ Warrawee

Postcode: 2074

Population: 20,985

Area: 22.09 square kilometres

Map: Turramurra map

 

Description: Turramurra takes its name from the Aboriginal word for 'high hill'. Today, the Pacific Highway and Rohini Street shops are among Ku-ring-gai's busiest commercial centres, with the local librarycommunity hall and garden some of the most popular public facilities. North Turramurra is a great destination for sports enthusiasts, boasting a mountain bike park and golf course together with many parks and sportsgrounds.


Wahroonga

 

Postcode: 2076

Population: 14,331

Area: 11.97 square kilometres

Map: Wahroonga Warrawee map

 

Description: Wahroonga means 'our home' in the Aboriginal tongue, and was first settled by Thomas Hyndes in 1822, a convict who became a wealthy landowner. Like Roseville, Wahroonga is known for its beautiful streets and houses, often in the Federation style. Rose Seidler HouseWahroonga Park and the Sydney Adventist Hospital are all located in Wahroonga, as are several well-known private schools such as Knox Grammar and Abbotsleigh.

 

National parks

 

Ku-ring-gai is bound by Garigal National Park in the east, Lane Cove National Park in the west and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park in the north.

Garigal National Park

 

Enjoy beautiful bush scenery, water views and rich heritage at Garigal National Park. Davidson Park on the north side of Middle Harbour near Roseville Bridge is a popular spot for picnics, boating and fishing.

Map: Garigal National Park

Lane Cove National Park

 

The Lane Cove River winds through a peaceful bushland valley at Lane Cove National Park. While swimming is not advisable, there’s still plenty to do – why not take a stroll along the bank or hire a row boat? You can also stay overnight at Lane Cove River Tourist Park.

Map: Lane Cove National Park

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

 

The waterways around Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park are its greatest asset, with sunken river valleys, tree-covered headlands, wild estuaries and sheltered coves. On weekends you’ll find houseboats, yachts, cruisers, dinghies and even canoes making their way through the clear waters. The park is also home to some spectacular lookouts, including Barrenjoey Lighthouse.

Map: Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

 

Economic Development

 

Ku-ring-gai Council are committed to delivering better economic and social outcomes for the local area. We are in the process of developing an Economic Development Action Plan and Strategy that will guide our functions and activities to ensure strong economic and social development outcomes for Ku-ring-gai.

In June 2013 Council adopted a new way forward for economic and social development that focuses on five key areas:

  1. Building strong links and partnerships with business
  2. Promoting, marketing and expanding the local economy
  3. Facilitating new investments
  4. Improving our places and spaces
  5. Visitation opportunities for Ku-ring-gai

Economic and Social Development Advisory Committee (ESDAC)

 

ESDAC is about delivering better economic and social outcomes for Ku-ring-gai. Comprised of Councillors and Directors, ESDAC meets regularly throughout the year to discuss, listen and recommend community initiatives that support and boost our local economy now and into the future. This group will:  

-       LISTEN – to guest speakers from our community on new ideas and initiatives that will strengthen our local economy

-       DISCUSS – opportunities for projects and programs that deliver economic and social outcomes for Ku-ring-gai

-       RECOMMEND – how and where Council should invest resources to deliver the effective and tangible benefits to our local community

 

If you are a community stakeholder and have an idea or initiative that will deliver real economic outcomes for your local area, contact Council on 9424-0757 to discuss an opportunity to present to ESDAC. Availability is limited. Further information about economic development will be made available as our action plan and strategy are development in partnership with ESDAC and community stakeholders.

 

For more information contact our Economic Development Unit on 9424-0757

 

About Ku-ring-gai

Ku-ring-gai economic profile

An economic profile for the Ku-ring-gai local government area is available with information about the area's industries, working population and their transport habits. View the Ku-ring-gai economic profile

 

NSROC

 

View the economic profile of the NSROC region. The NSROC (Northern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils) Region is located to the north of Sydney. The NSROC Region is bounded by Gosford City and the Hawkesbury River in the north, Cowan Creek, Middle Harbour Creek, Middle Harbour, the Warringah Council area and the Mosman Council area in the east, Port Jackson, the Lane Cove River and the Parramatta River in the south, and Parramatta City and The Hills Shire in the west.

 

View the NSROC economic profile

 

ABS

The Statistics section of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website also gives you access to the full range of ABS statistical and reference information. It is updated weekdays at 11:30am, Canberra time.
Visit the ABS website

 

Better Business Partnership

The Better Business Partnership is a joint initiative by Ku-ring-gai, North Sydney and Willoughby Councils, together with Sydney Water and the NSW Government (via its Environmental Trust).
The Better Business Partnership is a project designed to improve the sustainability of businesses on Sydney’s North Shore. We work with businesses to save money through reduced energy and water bills, to improve their environmental performance and provide promotion and recognition of their actions.  Small to medium-sized businesses can take part and the Better Business Partnership is free to join.

How it works

 

The Better Business Partnership is a regional project designed to improve the sustainability of businesses in the Ku-ring-gai, North Sydney and Willoughby City Council areas. 

  1. Register your interest over the phone or via this website.
  2. The Project Officer in your area will organise a face to face meeting with you.
  3. The Project Officer will help your business find ways to reduce your energy and water bills and waste.
  4. You can also address community support, sustainable purchasing, sustainable transport and staff support to increase your sustainability credentials.
  5. With your Project Officer you will work through the tailored action plan.
  6. Your business will implement actions that you have agreed to.
  7. Your actions will be verified and you will receive your recognition sticker and relevant badge.

Recognition and award scheme: 

 

A great benefit, apart from improving your environmental performance, is the Better Business Partnership Recognition scheme.

  1. When your business participates in the Better Business Partnership you will receive a participation sticker to display on your front window or prominent location.
  2. As your business completes the actions set out in your action plan the Project Officer verifies the actions.
  3. You will receive a badge when the actions have been verified for each of the areas of water, waste, energy, sustainable transport, sustainable purchasing, community support and/or staff support.
  4. Those businesses who complete the actions agreed to in their action plans for all three core areas of energy, water and waste plus two additional areas from transport, purchasing, community or staff can then be recommended for sustainability awards.

Join the Better Business Partnership

 

Take advantage of the great resources this program offers to reduce your environmental impact, reduce your bills and differentiate your business in the local community. It is easy and FREE to sign up.

Find Better Business Partnership businesses in your local area

 

Support the local businesses in your area that are working to reduce their environmental impact and provide you with more sustainable goods and services. You can find participating business on an interactive map by clicking here.