Northbridge, New South Wales


Northbridge, New South Wales
Northbridge
SydneyNew South Wales
Northbridge-1-web.jpg
Long Gully Bridge viewed from Northbridge
Population: 6,031(2006)[1]
Postcode: 2063
Area: 2.8 km² (1.1 sq mi)
Location: 10 km (6 mi) north of Sydney CBD
LGA: City of Willoughby
State District: Willoughby
Federal Division: North Sydney
Suburbs around Northbridge:
Willoughby Castlecrag Seaforth
Naremburn Northbridge Mosman
Crows Nest Cammeray Cremorne

Northbridge is a suburb on the lower North Shore of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Northbridge is located 7 kilometres north of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Willoughby.

Northbridge features a historic stone bridge over Tunks Park. It has many large waterfront houses which overlook Sailors Bay and Middle Harbour on Port Jackson.

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History

European settlement

Northbridge took its name from its location, north of a sandstone suspension bridge built in 1892. It was constructed by a team of land developers at a cost of 42,000 pounds and originally known as North Sydney Bridge.[2] The engineer responsible for the construction was J.E.Coyle and the style was Federation Gothic, with medieval motifs as "unexpected embellishments".[3] It has been known as the Northbridge and Cammeray Suspension Bridge but is now called the Long Gully Bridge.[4]

The land where the suspension bridge was built belonged to Arthur Twemlow, a Sydney jeweller. In 1870 he built a two storey house called The Hermitage, on Fig Tree Point, from sandstone quarried on the estate. Transport was a problem in the early days and Tremlow had to sail through The Spit and around Middle Head to Circular Quay, from where he walked to his shop at Sydney Arcade.

Commercial area

Northbridge Map
Northbridge Clock, Strathallen Avenue
Flat Rock Gully Reserve
Tunks Park
Clock Dedication, In Memory of..

Northbridge Plaza is a shopping centre on Eastern Valley Way that features a supermarket, banks, grocers, butchers, bakers, chemists and a range of specialty shops.

Transport

Bus routes 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207 & 208 from Wynyard, in the Sydney CBD, travel through Northbridge. A bus stop is located at the major intersection between Strathallen Avenue and Sailors Bay Road.

Churches

  • St Philip Neri Catholic Church
  • St Marks Anglican Church
  • Northbridge Uniting Church

Schools

Northbridge Public School is a non-denominational primary school in the suburb and has been chosen to host many national events, such as the launch of the "Australian of the Year Awards" 2003. Shore Preparatory School is also in the west of Northbridge, as are the SHORE playing fields.

St Philip Neri Catholic School is a Catholic primary school in Northbridge.

Parks

Northbridge boasts a fine vantage point over Middle Harbour with the harbourside parks (Clive, Elizabeth And Hallstrom Parks) all offering great views.

  • Elizabeth Park: Coolawin Road
  • Clive Park: Minimbah Road, has toilets, tables, harbour views, barbecue facilities, swings
  • Hallstrom Point Park:Hallstrom Close
  • Roche Playground:Roche Lane, barbecue facilities, playground, junior bike track
  • Tunks Park: Brothers Avenue, barbecues, playing fields, boat ramp, gym equipment, playground, bush tracks, extensive parking-
  • Warners Park:Jack McLure Place, shelters, playground, bowling club, parking
  • Bonds Corner Park: A small bike track with two jump lines and a large berm.

Sport and recreation

Northbridge features an 18-hole harbour view golf course, soccer club, sailing club, marina, salt water baths, scout hall, girl guides, tennis courts, parks, ovals, local reserves and bike track. The Bonds Corner bike track was designed and created by the group of friends, who believed Northbridge needed an area that appealed to the increasing bike riding population of the town. The nearby Willoughby Leisure Centre is easily accessible through Small Street or a nearby track.

The Norths Pirates Junior Rugby Union Club is the local village Rugby Club, the former Club being known as Cammbridge Bay. This Club taking its name from Northbridge, Cammeray and Neutral Bay. The Pirates home ground is located at Tunks Park which is below the famous bridge.

The Northbridge Sailing Club (NSC) faces Middle Harbour and can be accessed through Minimbah Road. Partnered with Seaforth Sailing Club, races are held on Sundays. The club offers boat storage, a canteen and a launching pontoon.

Notable residents

As of 2010, several notable Australians live in Northbridge including former Prime Minister Bob Hawke, and former rugby league champions Laurie Daley and Jason Taylor.

References

  1. ^ "2006 Census Community Profile Series : Northbridge (State Suburb)". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Accessed 14 October 2009.
  2. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, p.188
  3. ^ A Pictorial Guide to Identifying Australian Architecture, Apperly (Angus and Robertson) 1994, p.120
  4. ^ http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/constructionmaintenance/majorconstructionprojectssydney/long_gully/index.html
  • [1], Local council website
  • [2] Northbidge Sailing Club Website

http://www.northspirates.rugbynet.com.au/

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