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(1)Waitara Station-1.jpg
Waitara Station
Population 5,941 (2016 census)
Postcode(s) 2077
Elevation 187 m (614 ft)
Location 18 km (11 mi) north-west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) Hornsby Shire
State electorate(s) Hornsby
Federal Division(s) Bradfield
Suburbs around Waitara:
Hornsby Hornsby Asquith
Hornsby Waitara North Wahroonga
Normanhurst Wahroonga Wahroonga
(1)The Grange Retirement Village
The Grange Village, an over 55s lifestyle village built by Lend Lease
(1)Our Lady of the Rosary Church-3
Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral

Waitara is a suburb of Upper North Shore Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia 19 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Hornsby Shire.


Waitara is a word in the New Zealand Maori language that means hail, pure water or hail, wide steps. Waitara is a town in New Zealand.

European settlement

Myles McRae once owned land in Southern Sydney, near Hurstville. When he sold that land to a development company, the manager used the name Waitara for the subdivision project. McCrae later bought land near Hornsby and when the railway station opened in 1895 he suggested the name Waitara, which was formally adopted.

Waitara Post Office opened on 1 October 1913 and closed in 1986. Waitara East Post Office opened on 1 June 1966 and closed in 1994.


Waitara railway station is on the North Shore & Western Line of the Sydney Trains network. It was originally known as Sandy Bank.


The 2011 census community profile for Waitara revealed roughly equal proportions of men (48.1%) and women (51.9%) in a total population of 5,370. The median age of the Waitara population was 34 years of age, which was similar to the national median of 37. The most common ancestries in Waitara (State Suburbs) were English 16.3%, Chinese 15.1%, Australian 12.6%, Indian 7.7% and Korean 6.2%. The average household had 2.3 people. The most common religious affiliation was "no religion".

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