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SydneyNew South Wales
Gilligaloola, family home of Norman Selfe, after which the suburb was named.
Population 5,290 (2016 census)
 • Density 2,438/km2 (6,310/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 2076
Elevation 169 m (554 ft)
Area 2.17 km2 (0.8 sq mi)
Location 23 km (14 mi) NW of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) Hornsby Shire
State electorate(s)
  • Hornsby
  • Ku-ring-gai
Federal Division(s)
Suburbs around Normanhurst:
Hornsby Hornsby Waitara
Thornleigh Normanhurst Wahroonga
Thornleigh Thornleigh Wahroonga
(1)Loreto College Normanhurst-2a
Loreto College Normanhurst

Normanhurst is a suburb on the Upper North Shore of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia, 22 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of Hornsby Shire.


Normanhurst was originally known as Hornsby, with the suburb that is now known as Hornsby called Jack's Island. The construction of the Main Northern and North Shore railway lines in the 1890s brought about a name change. The two lines were joined at a station called Hornsby Junction, whereas the station one stop south on the Northern line kept the name Hornsby. Due to confusion around the similarly named stops, the postmaster demanded that Hornsby station change its name.

The railway station originally known as 'Hornsby', opened on 21 November 1895 and the name was changed to Normanhurst in 1900.

The first Hornsby Post Office opened on 1 August 1864 and was renamed South Hornsby in 1900 and Normanhurst in 1905.

Normanhurst was derived from the name of a prominent resident, civil engineer Norman Selfe (1839–1911), with hurst being the English word for a wooded hill. Ironically, Selfe protested against the name change. The railway station was renamed in 1900 and was used for the suburb that developed around it.


Normanhurst is divided by Pennant Hills Road, a major north-south thoroughfare that leads north to the M1 Motorway, and south towards Parramatta. However, both the east and west sections have extensive bush access. On the east side, a small section of bush lies between Normanhurst and Fox Valley. This is land occupied by the SAN Hospital. On the western side, the suburb backs onto the southern reaches of the Berowra Valley, a continuous section of bush stretching all the way to Broken Bay. This gives Normanhurst a very "leafy" and rural look, in comparison to its neighbours Hornsby, Pennant Hills and Thornleigh. This in turn contributes to making native bird life abundant. The area is home to cockatoos, rainbow lorikeets, kookaburras, noisy miners and native brush turkeys. Additionally, Normanhurst has several small waterfalls, which promote reptile life. It also has encouraged the growth of retirement residences in the suburb.


Normanhurst is serviced by rail and buses. Normanhurst railway station is on the Northern Line of the Sydney Trains network. Transdev NSW's Upper North Shore service provide bus services to the area.

At the 2016 census, only 31% of employed people travelled to work on public transport and 53.1% by car (either as driver or as passenger). Pennant Hills Road is a major highway in Sydney.


At the 2016 census, the suburb of Normanhurst recorded a population of 5,290.5.

Age and sex distribution
Children aged 15 and under made up 20.3% of the population, compared to the national average of 18.7%. Residents aged 65 and over made up 18% of the total population (national average was 15.8%). 47.9% of residents were male and 52.1% were female.

Sport and recreation

  • Normanhurst Sports Club
  • Normanhurst is home to the Normanhurst Eagles Football Club, their home ground is Normanhurst Oval. The club caters for both male and female football players in junior and senior divisions. The club's flagship team currently play in the Gladesville Hornsby Football Association's top-tier Premier League competition.
  • Normanhurst-Warrawee Cricket Club also plays in Normanhurst, and is one of the most successful clubs in the Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Hills District Cricket Association, and has made several junior statewide twenty20 finals. The club's home ground is Normanhurst Park, as is its clubroom.

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