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SydneyNew South Wales
Population 8,329 (2016 census)
Established 1856
Postcode(s) 2087
Elevation 127 m (417 ft)
Location 12 km (7 mi) north-east of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) Northern Beaches Council
State electorate(s)
  • Davidson
  • Wakehurst
Federal Division(s)
Suburbs around Forestville:
East Killara Davidson Belrose Frenchs Forest
East Lindfield Forestville Frenchs Forest
Roseville Chase Killarney Heights Allambie Heights

Forestville is a suburb of Northern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Forestville is 12 kilometres north of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of Northern Beaches Council. Forestville is part of the Forest District.


Forestville's location is at a junction between Sydney's North Shore and Northern Beaches and is often considered to be part of both, with Middle Harbour forming the boundary of this distinction. The suburb is bound to the east and west by bushland of the Garigal National Park and to the south by Middle Harbour.

Flora and fauna thrive in Garigal National Park and nearby Davidson National Park, with the area, along with Frenchs Forest, Belrose and Terrey Hills, receiving some of the highest rainfall in Sydney.


Forestville means town in the forest. This area was originally thick wooded forest until James French settled here and began felling timber in 1856 and eventually built a small wharf on Bantry Bay to ship timber to Sydney. French later acquired more land in the adjacent suburb which bears his name, Frenchs Forest. The area was used for so called "soldier settlement" farms after the 2nd world war with very mixed success. Much of the land, particularly toward Killarney Heights was totally unsuitable for any type of farming and was developed as housing land in the early 1960s.

French's Forest Settlement Post Office opened in 1920 and was renamed Forestville in 1947.

Sport and recreation

Sporting facilities in Forestville include sporting fields, tennis and netball courts which local teams such as Forest Killarney Soccer Club, Forest Netball Club, Forest Rugby Club and the Forestville Ferrets Junior Rugby League Football Club call home ground. There is a Returned Services League Centre (RSL) nearby called The Forest Club.


At the 2011 census, there were 7,835 residents in Forestville. The median age of 41 was higher than the national median of 37, and 20.8% of the population were aged 65 years and over. The most common ancestries in Forestville were English 26.9%, Australian 22.8% and Irish 7.9%.


Warringah Road is the main thoroughfare that connects Forestville to the adjacent suburbs of Roseville Chase and Frenchs Forest. Two different bus companies operate in Forestville. The privately held Forest Coach Lines operates numerous routes through the suburb, connecting Forestville to the Sydney CBD, Chatwsood, Terrey Hills, Mona Vale and Warringah Mall. Keolis Downer Northern Beaches operate a single bus route, which runs from Chatswood to Dee Why and passes through Forestville.

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