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SydneyNew South Wales
Cattai national park arndells cottage.jpg
Arndell's cottage
Population 690 (2011 census)
Postcode(s) 2756
Location 63 km (39 mi) north-west of Sydney CBD
State electorate(s) Hawkesbury
Federal Division(s)
Suburbs around Cattai:
Ebenezer Maroota South Canoelands
Wilberforce Cattai Glenorie
Pitt Town Maraylya Maraylya

Cattai is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Cattai is located 63 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district in the local government areas of The Hills Shire and City of Hawkesbury.

Cattai is bounded in the north-west by the Hawkesbury River and is traversed by Cattai Creek to its confluence with the river. Apart from the natural endowments of the area, one of the outstanding landmarks is the brick farmhouse known as Cad-Die, located at the junction of Cattai Creek and the Hawkesbury River. This Georgian house was built in 1821 by Thomas Arndell, with further additions being made in the 1860s. It is now listed on the Register of the National Estate.


Race and religion

According to the 2011 Census, Cattai had a population of 690. A large majority of the population was born within Australia (84.4%), followed by those born in England (4.7%). [1] More than 70% of the area is Christian. [2]

Languages spoken

93.0% of the population of Cattai speak English. [3]


More than 30% of Cattai's residents are between the age of 40 and 59. [4] Cattai's median age is 42.[5]


41.4% of the population own their home, and the Median household income is $1,718 per week, which is $481 higher than the state average. [6] Cattai was ranked the 272nd most expensive suburb of NSW in 2015. [7]

63.2% of the people living in Cattai over the age of 15 and who identify as being in the labour force are employed full-time, 26.7% are working on a part-time basis. Cattai has an unemployment rate of 5.0%.[8]

Education and employment

More than 40% of the population completed year 12 or equivalent.[9] The main occupations of people living in Cattai are 20.8% Technicians & trades workers, 18.1% Managers, 15.8% Clerical & administrative workers, 14.0% Professionals, 7.9% Machinery operators & drivers, 7.9% Sales workers, 7.9% Labourers, 5.8% Community & personal service workers, 1.8% Occupation inadequately described/ Not stated.[10]


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.'[11] 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.


  • Riverside Oaks Golf Resort [12]
  • Hawkesbury River
  • Cattai Joinery
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