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SydneyNew South Wales
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North Harbour, Balgowlah
Population 7,961 (2016 census)
Established 1832; 192 years ago (1832)
Postcode(s) 2093
Elevation 43 m (141 ft)
Location 12 km (7 mi) north-east of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) Northern Beaches Council
State electorate(s) Manly
Federal Division(s) Warringah
Suburbs around Balgowlah:
North Balgowlah Manly Vale Manly Vale
Seaforth Balgowlah Fairlight
Clontarf Balgowlah Heights North Harbour

Balgowlah is a suburb of northern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Balgowlah is located 12 kilometres north-east of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of Northern Beaches Council, in the Northern Beaches region. Balgowlah shares the postcode 2093 with the adjacent suburbs of Manly Vale, Balgowlah Heights and North Balgowlah.


Balgowlah was named in 1832 after an Aboriginal word meaning north harbour in reference to its position from Port Jackson. In the early days of European Settlement it had been known as Little Manly. Sir Edmund Barton, Australia's first prime minister, resided in the building known as Whitehall in White Street. Since 2004, Whitehall has been the site of the Norwegian Seamen's Church.


According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 7,961 residents in Balgowlah. 63.3% of residents were born in Australia. The most common other countries of birth were England 9.5%, New Zealand 3.0% and South Africa 1.8%. 81.4% of residents spoke only English at home. The most common responses for religious affiliation were No Religion 37.4%, Catholic 23.7% and Anglican 17.1%.


Balgowlah is one of the destinations for the Hop-Skip-Jump free bus service operated by Northern Beaches Council. Numerous public buses operated by Keolis Downer Northern Beaches also operate in the area, the majority coming through Balgowlah en route to Manly, Westfield Warringah Mall, Seaforth and the city.

Parks and reserves

The North Harbour Reserve on Condamine Street, south of the shopping centre, is a popular picnic spot for large groups. The reserve is also on the scenic walk that runs from Manly through Fairlight, Balgowlah, Balgowlah Heights and Clontarf to The Spit, near the Spit Bridge

Notable people

  • Wayne Jarratt – actor on stage and television
  • Emma Jeffcoat – Australian triathlete
  • Callan Mulvey – actor on television and film
  • Jack Vidgen – singer
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