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Warringah Council area

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Warringah Council area is 158,956, with a population density of 10.64 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Warringah is located on Sydney's Northern Beaches - between 10 and 27 kilometres from the Sydney GPO. The Warringah Council area is bounded by Cowan Creek in the north, Narrabeen Lagoon and the Pittwater Council area in the north-east, the Tasman Sea in the east, the Manly Council area and Middle Harbour in the south, and the Ku-ring-gai Council area in the west.

Name origin

Warringah is an Aboriginal name whose meaning is variously defined as: The south side of Middle Harbour, Middle Harbour, Grey head and Signs of rain.

Settlement history

Part of the Guringai lands was explored in 1788 when Governor Phillip camped at what is now Davidson. European settlement in the Warringah area dates from the early 1800s when the first land grants were made. Development was slow, due largely to difficult terrain and isolation. Land remained mainly rural, with small communities in the valleys between the headlands. Some growth occurred in the 1880s and 1890s. Growth continued in the early 1900s, mainly of weekenders and holiday homes, aided by the extension of the tramline and construction of bridges. Significant residential development occurred from the 1950s, along with industrial and commercial development in the 1960s and 1970s. The population increased gradually from the early 1990s, rising from under 123,000 in 1991 to nearly 139,000 in 2011.

Land use
Land use 5% 37% 58%

Land use

Warringah Council is a mainly residential area, with some smaller rural areas (mainly in the north). There are also substantial industrial and commercial areas. Warringah encompasses a total land area of 153 square kilometres, of which a large proportion is National Park, bushland or reserves, including coastal foreshores, beaches and waterways.

Major features

Major features of the Council area include Garigal National Park, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Narrabeen Lakes, Manly Dam Reserve, Manly Reservoir, Manly Dam, Dee Why Lagoon, Middle Harbour, Brookvale Oval, Westfield Warringah Mall Shopping Centre, Glen Street Theatre, TAFE NSW Northern Sydney Institute (Northern Beaches College), Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation, Allenby Park, Cromer Park, J J Melbourne Hills Memorial Reserve, Jamieson Park, Warringah Aquatic Centre and various beaches and rockpools.

Indigenous background

Warringah Council acknowledges the Guringai as the original owners of this coastal area, bordered to the south by Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour), to the north by Broken Bay and to the west by the Lane Cove River.

Included areas

The Warringah Council area includes the suburbs and rural localities of Allambie Heights, Beacon Hill, Belrose, Brookvale, Collaroy, Collaroy Plateau, Cottage Point, Cromer, Curl Curl, Davidson, Dee Why, Duffys Forest, Forestville, Frenchs Forest, Freshwater, Ingleside (part), Killarney Heights, Manly Vale, Narrabeen, Narraweena, North Balgowlah, North Curl Curl, North Manly, Oxford Falls, Queenscliff, Terrey Hills and Wheeler Heights.