St Ives, New South Wales

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 suburb, to the north.

St Ives
Sydney, New South Wales
St Ives Shopping Village
Population17,300 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,202/km2 (3,114/sq mi)
Area14.39 km2 (5.6 sq mi)
Location18 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


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.[2] During the Second World War 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 [3] and the first public school opened on 6 May 1889.[4] 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.[5]

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 the Second World War has seen its most rapid period of expansion and a steady growth in families moving to the area.

Commercial area

St Ives Shopping Village is a medium-sized shopping centre opened in the 1960s. The centre has over 110 stores, its main tenants are Harris Farm Markets, Coles Supermarkets|Coles and Woolworths.

Village Green is a popular park in St Ives. Village Green is directly opposite of St Ives Shopping Village. The park is bordered on three streets, Memorial Avenue, Village Green Parade and Cowan Road. The park includes sporting fields, baseball fields, tennis courts and a skate park.


Sport and recreation

  • St Ives Rugby Club, who play at Hassell Park or 'Fortress Hassall'.
  • St Ives Wahroonga Cricket Club, who play at Hassall Park.
  • Pymble Golf Club, Cowan Road, St Ives.
  • 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 [6] whose hall lies adjacent to Warrimoo Oval, St Ives Chase.
  • 2nd St Ives Scouts [7] whose hall is adjacent to Barra Brui Oval, off Hunter Ave.
  • St Ives Radio Control Car Club, racing at St Ives Showgrounds.
  • 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.[8]
  • St Ives Netball Club.
  • St Ives Softball Club, who play at St Ives Village Green.
  • Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden is located on the north side of Mona Vale Road. It includes a visitors centre, a Senses Track and extensive walking tracks.[9]


At the 2016 census, St Ives recorded a population of 17,300. Of these:[1]

  • The median age was 42 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 20.8% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 19.7% of the population.
  • 51.8% of people were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth were South Africa 8.6%, China 7.1%, England 6.3%, Hong Kong 2.0% and New Zealand 2.0%.
  • 69.0% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 8.7%, Cantonese 3.7%, Korean 2.4%, Persian 1.7% and Spanish 0.9%.
  • The most common responses for religion were No Religion 28.6%, Anglican 17.6%, Catholic 17.3% and Judaism 9.7%.
  • 82.9% of households were family households and 16.2% were single person households.

Of occupied private dwellings in St Ives, 70.1% were separate houses, 20.2% were flats or apartments and 9.5% were semi-detached.[1]

Notable residents


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "St Ives (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  2. Book of Sydney Suburbs, Frances Pollon (Angus and Robertson) 1990, p.237
  3. Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
  4. Anon. (1973). Ku-ring-gai, A collection of early photograph... Gordon, NSW, Australia: Ku-ring-gai Historical Society. ISBN 0-9598673-0-9.
  5. "OPENING OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOL AT ST. IVES". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 10 June 1889. p. 7. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  6. North St Ives Scouts
  7. 2nd St Ives Scouts
  8. The Heritage of Australia, Macmillan Company, 1981, p.2/33
  9. "Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden". Ku-ring-gai Council. Retrieved 2 April 2019.

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