Willoughby, New South Wales facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsWilloughby
Sydney, New South Wales
St Stephens Anglican Church
|Population||6,540 (2016 census)|
|• Density||2,031/km2 (5,260/sq mi)|
|Area||3.22 km2 (1.2 sq mi)|
|Location||8 km (5 mi) north of Sydney CBD|
|LGA(s)||City of Willoughby|
|Federal Division(s)||North Sydney|
Willoughby is a suburb located on the lower North Shore of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia 8 kilometres north of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Willoughby.
The City of Willoughby takes its name from the suburb but its administrative centre is located in the adjacent suburb of Chatswood, which is the local area's major commercial centre.
There is some conjecture as to how Willoughby was named. Some historians believe it was named after a parish, while others believe that Surveyor-General Sir Thomas Mitchell decided to commemorate Sir James Willoughby Gordon whom he had served during the Peninsular War and was the quartermaster-general in England when the First Fleet sailed to Botany Bay.
Captain Arthur Phillip's search for "good land, well watered" led to the discovery and colonisation of the rough shores of Roseville Chase, where Samuel Bates built a farm at Echo Point.
Later developments included the building of the first post office in 1871 and the construction of Pommy Lodge in the same year. The latter—a small sandstone building in Penshurst Street—was originally the Congregational Church, which later changed premises. Laurel Bank Cottage, a single-storey home, was constructed in Penshurst Street in 1884. The cottage is now owned and run by the local Masonic Lodge as a function and conference facility.
Circa 1920, Telford Lane—between Fourth Avenue and Eastern Valley Way—was created and paved; the method used was the one pioneered by Thomas Telford in England in the nineteenth century. This lane is one of the few surviving examples of the Telford method in Sydney.
In 1934, the Willoughby incinerator was built in Small Street, after a design by Walter Burley Griffin. It has been described as "a particularly successful example of an industrial building integrating function with site." Like Telford Lane, the incinerator is listed on the Register of the National Estate.
Parks and recreation
Bicentennial Reserve which includes Hallstrom Park, features a soccer field, T Ball & softball fields and a children's playground. Willoughby Leisure Centre features a 25m lap pool, spas, children's pool, swim school, gym, basketball courts, netball courts and baseball field. Flat Rock Gully, built on an old rubbish tip, is bushland with two walking tracks to Long Bay, following the creek line.
- Carlson Park
- Julian St Park
- Willoughby Squash courts
- Hallstrom Park
- Willoughby Park
Artarmon is the nearest station for Willoughby's residents, on the western border of the suburb. Also, a number of bus routes cover the area. It is close to St Leonards and Chatswood stations. The Gore Hill Freeway, a major arterial route into the Sydney CBD, runs along the southern border of Willoughby, with exit from the freeway from Reserve Road and entry from Reserve Road and Willoughby Road. Bus Routes serving Willoughby include:
- 115 Chatswood - Pitt Street via Crows Nest, North Sydney
- 120 Chatswood - Queen_Victoria_Building via Warringah Freeway
- 205 Willoughby East - City Gresham Street via Warringah Freeway
- 267 Chatswood - Crows Nest via Northbridge
Busways' Willoughby Bus Depot is located in Willoughby East.
- Willoughby Fire Station, Laurel Street
- 1st Willoughby Scouts, Laurel Street
- Bridgeview Hotel, Willoughby Road
- The Willoughby Hotel, Penshurst Street
- John Davies, gold medal-winning Olympic swimmer for Australia in the 1952 Summer Olympics
- Matthew Reilly, best-selling author
- Evonne Goolagong, tennis legend
- Doc Neeson, lead singer of The Angels
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