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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Forestville is 8,850, with a population density of 19.94 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Forestville is bounded by Carroll Creek in the north, the reserve, Fitzpatrick Avenue West, Warringah Road, Maxwell Parade, Currie Road and Forestville Park in the east, the suburb of Killarney Heights, Lanford Avenue and Warringah Road in the south, and Middle Harbour in the west.

Name origin

Forestville is named after an original property in the area, meaning "house in the forest".

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1850s, although population was minimal until the late 1800s. Significant development did not occur until the post-war years, with rapid growth during the 1960s and 1970s. The population increased gradually from the mid 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Forestville is an established residential area, with some areas of bushland along the Middle Harbour in the west, and a commercial area between Darley Street and Starkey Street.

Major features

Major features of the area include Garigal National Park, The Centre (retail area), Claire Deane Bushland Sanctuary, Davidson Picnic Area, Forestville Park, Forestville Playing Fields, Forestville War Memorial Park, Gwarra Reserve and several schools.