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SydneyNew South Wales
Cattai national park arndells cottage.jpg
Arndell's cottage
Postcode(s) 2756
Elevation 27 m (89 ft)
Location 63 km (39 mi) north-west of Sydney CBD
State electorate(s) Hawkesbury
Federal Division(s)
Suburbs around Cattai:
Ebenezer South Maroota Canoelands
Wilberforce Cattai Glenorie
Pitt Town Maraylya Maraylya

Cattai is an historic suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is located 44 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district and 30 kilometres north-west of Parramatta. It is in the local government areas of The Hills Shire and City of Hawkesbury. Cattai's state electoral district is Hawkesbury, and its federal electoral divisions are Berowra and Macquarie.

Cattai is bounded in the north-west by the Hawkesbury River and is traversed by Cattai Creek. It encompasses the heritage-listed Cattai Estate, located within Cattai National Park at the junction of the Creek and the River. The Georgian house was built between 1804 and 1821 by former Magistrate Thomas Arndell, with further additions being made in the 1860s. Cattai is also home to a historic rural public primary school that was founded in 1886. The suburb was originally home to the Darug Indigenous Australians before being settled in the early nineteenth century.



At the 2016 Census, there were 790 people in Cattai. The median age was 41.

Culture and language

The majority of people from Cattai were born in Australia (85.0%). The most common responses for religion was Anglican (28.0%), followed closely by Catholicism (24.5%) and No Religion (21.1%).

The majority of people spoke only English at home (91.1%). The second most spoken language was Urdu (1.4%).


Cattai is an affluent suburb in the growing north-west of Sydney. The median weekly household income is A$2,318, which is 133.7% greater than the national average. In 2018, Cattai had a median house sale price of A$1.9 million. Over 30% of the households have an income greater than A$3,000 per week.


The name of the town, 'Cattai', is derived from an Aboriginal word with an unknown meaning. The First Fleet Assistant Surgeon, Thomas Arndell, built a homestead which resides in the now named Cattai National Park.

Cattai Post Office opened on 26 November 1906 and closed in 1994.

Cattai Public School was established in 1886, and is situated in the Hills District of Sydney, Australia. Arndell Anglican College was originally established in Cattai in 1990, until it moved to its current site of Oakville in 1994.


Parks and recreation

Cattai national park arndells cottage
Arndell's cottage
Cattai national park view from cattai wharf
View from Cattai wharf
  • Thomas Arndell's Cottage
  • Cattai National Park
  • Mitchell Park

Education Facilities

  • Cattai Primary School is located on 487 Cattai Rd, Cattai, and 'is a happy and safe rural school' that 'overlooks the Cattai Creek in a picturesque setting.'[1] Campus facilities;
    • 4 classrooms with interactive whiteboards
    • Computers, including a specialised computer room with access to the internet and classes that allow for more individualised tuition
    • School Library
    • 1 Administration Building
    • An upgraded playground with rubber based Soft Fall and mini goal posts for students use
    • Sports oval, with complementary large grass areas
  • Arndell Anglican College was originally established in 1990 at Threlked Drive, Cattai. It has since been relocated to Oakville, New South Wales. The school is of Anglican denomination.


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