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SydneyNew South Wales
26 Springdale Road, Killara, New South Wales (2010-12-04) 01.jpg
Residential home, Springdale Road, Killara
Population 10,574 (2016 census)
 • Density 2,171.3/km2 (5,624/sq mi)
Established 1821
Postcode(s) 2071
Area 4.87 km2 (1.9 sq mi)
Location 14 km (9 mi) north-west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) Ku-ring-gai Council
State electorate(s) Davidson, Ku-ring-gai
Federal Division(s) Bradfield
Suburbs around Killara:
Gordon Gordon East Killara
West Pymble Killara East Lindfield
Macquarie Park Lindfield Lindfield

Killara is a suburb on the Upper North Shore of Sydney in the state of New South Wales, Australia 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) north-west of the Sydney Central Business District in the local government area of Ku-ring-gai Council. East Killara is a separate suburb and West Killara is a locality within Killara.


Killara is an Aboriginal word meaning permanent or always there. The name of the suburb was chosen when the railway line opened in 1899. James George Edwards was a representative of the people who requested a station be built here. The suburb was established as a 'Gentlemen's suburb', designed so that there would be no commercial ventures in the area. For this reason, the suburb has very few shops in the original development.

Killara Post Office opened on 7 November 1904.

Killara later became the home of the famous architect Harry Seidler, whose home -- designed by him and his wife Penelope in the 1960s -- can still be seen in Kalang Avenue. It is sometimes known as Killara House and sometimes as Harry and Penelope Seidler House. The couple moved into the house on Harry Seidler's birthday in 1967. The garden contains a sculpture by the Los Angeles sculptor Eric Orr. The house is heritage-listed.

Infrastructure and development

Killara railway station is on the North Shore & Western Line of the Sydney Trains network. The Pacific Highway is the main road thoroughfare through Killara. Churches in the suburb comprise St Martin's Anglican Church and Killara Uniting Church (formerly Killara Congregational Church) on Karranga Avenue.

The Swain Gardens were donated to Ku-ring-gai Council by Mr Swain, a Sydney bookseller, in the 1920s, and are today maintained by the council and volunteers. The gardens have been listed by the National Trust of Australia.


Killara is served by two public primary schools, Killara Public School and Beaumont Road Public School. The suburb is also home to Killara High School, one of the highest performing non-selective government secondary school in New South Wales. A short-lived private school in Killara, Abbotsholme College, counted two future prime ministers among its pupils.

Killara is also home to some child care centres, including Handprints Pre School and Child Care


Commercial developments are located along the length of the Pacific Highway, including the Greengate Hotel and Poolwerx. Residents usually travel to nearby suburbs of Gordon, Macquarie Park and Chatswood for regular shopping.


The majority of residential properties are built in the Federation and Californian Bungalow styles, although the suburb includes many other styles.

The Harry and Penelope Seidler House at 13 Kalang Avenue was designed by Harry and Penelope Seidler. The 1960s-era modern-design home, constructed with reinforced masonry walls, concrete floors and roof, rubble-stone retaining walls and fireplace, won the Wilkinson Award in 1967.

At the 2016 census, 57.5% of occupied private dwellings were separate houses and 40.5% were flat or apartments. The average household size was 2.9 people.

Population and demographics

Rosetta Avenue, Killara, New South Wales (2011-04-02)
Rosetta Avenue

In the 2016 Australian census, the total population of Killara was 10,574 people; 47.5 percent were male and 52.5 percent were female. 53.7% of people were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth were China 11.5%, England 4.7%, Hong Kong 3.9%, South Korea 2.7% and New Zealand 1.8%. 61.1% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 13.9%, Cantonese 7.6%, Korean 3.2% and Japanese 1.0%. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 35.5%, Catholic 17.7% and Anglican 15.8%, Of persons aged 15 years and over, 59.1% were married, 28.2% never married, 5.8% widowed 5.2% divorced, and 1.6% separated.

The median weekly personal income was A$951, compared with A$662 in Australia. The median weekly household income was A$2,534, compared with A$1,438 in Australia. The median weekly family income was A$2,918, compared with A$1,734 in Australia.

Notable residents

  • John Alexander OAM MP- Tennis champion and current Federal Member for Bennelong
  • Carlyle Greenwell – Architect, philanthropist and designer of Killara Uniting Church and many, now heritage listed, houses.
  • Peter Jackson – boxer, British Commonwealth and Heavyweight champion.
  • David Koch, an Australian financial analyst, television presenter and host of Sunrise on the Seven Network.
  • Elle Macpherson, – grew up in Killara and also attended the local high school, Killara High School.
  • Charles Scrivener – surveyor
  • Penelope Seidler – architect
  • Ethel Turner – author of Seven Little Australians lived on a large property now known as Kiamala Crescent.
  • Jim Waley – a former presenter and newsreader for National Nine News.
  • Robert Alan Crook - Electrical Engineer, owner of Alan Crook Electrical manufacturers, partner in Acelec and founder of Australian Rostrum
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