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Frenchs Forest

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Frenchs Forest is 13,924, with a population density of 16.58 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Frenchs Forest is bounded by Ashworth Avenue, Lockwood Avenue, Glen Street, Pringle Avenue, Bambara Road, Prince Charles Road, Wearden Road and the locality of Oxford Falls in the north, Oxford Falls Road and the suburb of Beacon Hill in the east, the industrial area, Rodborough Road, Allambie Road, Aquatic Drive, Aquatic Reserve, Wakehurst Parkway, Garigal National Park, Forestville Park, Currie Road, Maxwell Parade, Warringah Road, Fitzpatrick Avenue West, Salerno Street and Carroll Creek in the south, and Middle Harbour Creek and the suburb of Davidson in the west.

Name origin

Frenchs Forest is named after James French, a police constable.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1850s, although growth was minimal until the post-war years. Significant residential development occurred in the 1960s and 1970s, followed by industrial growth. Residential growth took place in the late 1990s in the northern-most section. The population increased marginally between 1991 and 2011 as some new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Frenchs Forest is a predominantly residential area, with some industrial areas in the south-east.

Major features

Major features of the area include Garigal National Park, Warringah Aquatic Centre, Forestway Shopping Centre, Glen Street Theatre, Frenchs Forest Bushland Cemetery, Australian Tennis Academy, Frenchs Forest Showground, Aquatic Reserve, Ararat Reserve, Jindabyne Reserve, Lionel Watts Park, Nandi Reserve and a number of schools.