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St Ives
SydneyNew South Wales
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St Ives Shopping Village
Population 17,300 (2016 census)
 • Density 1,202/km2 (3,110/sq mi)
Established 1823
Postcode(s) 2075
Area 14.39 km2 (5.6 sq mi)
Location 18 km (11 mi) north of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) Ku-ring-gai Council
State electorate(s) Davidson
Federal Division(s) Bradfield
Suburbs around St Ives:
St Ives Chase Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Terrey Hills
North Turramurra
St Ives Garigal National Park
East Killara
East Killara
Ku-ring-gai area

St Ives is a suburb on the Upper North Shore of Sydney in the state of New South Wales, Australia 18 kilometres north of the Sydney Central Business District in the local government area of Ku-ring-gai Council. St Ives Chase is a separate adjacent area, designated suburb, to the west and north.


The St Ives area was first explored by Governor Arthur Phillip and a party of men in 1788 where they set up a campsite at Bungaroo which is close to what is now Hunter Avenue. The area produced a small scale timber felling industry. There are still some examples of the thirty metre and higher trees in nearby Pymble in the Dalrymple Hay forest and near Canisius College. Native turpentine trees were also once abundant and provided useful timber for cabinet making. It was once known for its apple orchards but due to residential demand, there is no longer any commercial fruit growing in the area. During World War II there were significant numbers of troops barracked in the area, which provided the impetus to build Archbold Road as a supplementary and emergency route to the city. Since 1950 the suburb has expanded from the central shopping areas and the arterial main roads to include hilltop and valley areas bordering on the surrounding Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park to the north, now the area known as St Ives Chase, and Garigal National Park to the east and the south east.

St Ives Post Office opened on 10 November 1885 and the first public school opened on 6 May 1889. The school was formally opened by Mr. J. P. Burns, M.L.A. on Saturday 8 June. After inspecting the "neat and well-designed school and teacher's residence" the party had a luncheon to mark the occasion.

St Ives was initially slow to develop due to the perceived remoteness from the city. Settlement increased in the late 1890s, when St Ives was populated by market gardeners, a small dairy, orchard workers and related industries. The suburb since the end of WW2 has seen its most rapid period of expansion and a steady growth in families moving to the area.

Sport and recreation

  • St Ives Wahroonga Cricket Club, who play at Hassall Park.
  • St Ives Soccer Club, who play at Warrimoo Oval, St Ives Chase.
  • St Ives Saints Australian Football Club (Australian rules football), who play at Acron Oval.
  • Northside Monash Soccer Club, who play at Mimosa Oval.
  • North St Ives Scouts whose hall lies adjacent to Warrimoo Oval, St Ives Chase.
  • 2nd St Ives Scouts whose hall is adjacent to Barra Brui Oval, off Hunter Ave.
  • Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve is situated on the east side of Mona Vale Road and covers 10.7 hectares. It consists of a blackbutt open forest and is used as a recreation area by locals, in spite of having problems with weeds and die-back. It is listed on the Register of the National Estate.
  • St Ives Netball Club.
  • Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden is a 123 hectare botanic garden located on the north side of Mona Vale Road. It includes a visitors centre, a Senses Track and extensive walking tracks.


At the 2011 census, St Ives recorded a population of 15,558. Of these:

  • The median age was 43 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 19.3% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 19.9% of the population.
  • 54.4% were born in Australia; the next most common countries of birth were South Africa 11.2%, England 6.7%, New Zealand 2.2%, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan) 2.1% and Hong Kong (SAR of China) 2.0%.
  • 78.0% only spoke English at home; other languages spoken at home included Cantonese 3.5%, Mandarin 2.4%, Korean 1.6%, Persian (excluding Dari) 1.1% and German 1.1%.
  • 83.7% of households were family households, 15.4% were single person households and 0.9% were group households.

Of occupied private dwellings in St Ives, 78.8% were separate houses, 6.0% were semi-detached (row or terrace houses, townhouses etc.), 15.1% were flats, units or apartments.

Notable residents

  • Andrew Denton, television presenter
  • Georgie Parker, television personality
  • Kimberley Starr, novelist
  • Karl Stefanovic, television presenter
  • Kyle Sandilands, radio shock jock
  • Wayne Pearce, former Rugby League great
  • Basil van Rooyen, former South-African F1 racecar driver
  • Paula Duncan, actress
  • Andy Harper, football (soccer) commentator
  • Adam Kellerman, paralympic wheelchair tennis player
  • Slim Dusty, singer-songwriter, guitarist
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