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SydneyNew South Wales
Thomas Reddall High, Ambarvale
Population 7,374 (2016 census)
Established 1976
Postcode(s) 2560
Location 55 km (34 mi) south-west of Sydney
LGA(s) City of Campbelltown
State electorate(s) Campbelltown
Federal Division(s) Macarthur
Suburbs around Ambarvale:
Englorie Park Campbelltown Bradbury
Glen Alpine Ambarvale Bradbury
Gilead Rosemeadow St Helens Park

Ambarvale is a suburb of south-western Sydney in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Ambarvale is located 55 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Campbelltown and is part of the Macarthur region. The suburb is predominantly residential and contains a mix of public and private housing.


Aboriginal culture

The history of the region begins over 40,000 years ago and is contained in the continuing culture of the Tharawal people. The surrounding land still contains reminders of their past lives in rock engravings, cave paintings, axe grinding grooves and shell middens.

European settlement

The suburb draws its name from a property established in 1816 by former convict Samuel Larkin. The property was actually where modern day St Helens Park is located. One of the earliest properties in what is now known as Ambarvale was a dairy farm called Glen Lora. In 1972, the farms were sold for housing and the new suburb was officially opened in 1976.


According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 169,420 people in Ambarvale.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 5.7% of the population.
  • 67.1% of people were born in Australia. The most next most common countries of birth were New Zealand 2.8%, Philippines 2.4% and England 2.2%.
  • 70.9% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Arabic 2.8%, Spanish 2.4% and Samoan 2.2%.
  • The most common responses for religion were Catholic 28.5%, No Religion 21.1% and Anglican 16.9%.


Macarthur railway station is located just north of Ambarvale, providing connection to Campbelltown Liverpool and Sydney CBD via the Airport & South Line of the Sydney Trains network. NSW TrainLink also services Macarthur providing connections to the Southern Highlands, Canberra, Griffith and Melbourne. Bus services are provided by Busabout and Interline Bus Services, leaving from Kellicar Road (under the bridge). The routes are 870-4, 886-89, 890-98 to and from Campbelltown.

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