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About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for SHOROC Region is 299,495, with a population density of 11.40 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

The SHOROC (Shore Regional Organisation of Councils) Region is located to the north of the Sydney CBD. The SHOROC Region is bordered by the Ku-ring-gai Council area in the west, and by water on three sides; the Hawkesbury River in the north, the Tasman Sea in the east, and Sydney Harbour in the south.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from the early 1800s, with land used mainly for timber-getting and farming. Population was minimal until the mid 1800s, with more substantial growth during the late 1800s and early 1900s, spurred by improved access and the development of coastal areas as seaside resorts. Significant growth took place from the post-war years, particularly during the 1960s and 1970s. The population increased gradually from the early 1990s, rising from about 231,000 in 1991 to about 261,000 in 2011, with much of the growth in the Warringah Council area.

Land use

The SHOROC Region encompasses a total land area of over 260 square kilometres. The SHOROC Region is predominantly residential, with significant national parks and parklands, and some commercial, industrial, military and rural land use.


The SHOROC Region is served by Barrenjoey Road, Condamine Street, Military Road, Mona Vale Road, Pittwater Road, Spit Road, Sydney Road, Wakehurst Road, Warringah Road and ferries from Circular Quay and Ettalong.

Major features

Major features of the SHOROC Region include Garigal National Park, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Sydney Harbour National Park, North Head Sanctuary, Taronga Zoo, Manly Environment Centre, Manly Scenic Walkway, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Manly Wharf, Mosman Art Gallery, Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, Q Station, Royal Australian Artillery National Museum, Barrenjoey Lighthouse, HMAS Penguin Naval Depot, Scotland Island, TAFE NSW Northern Sydney Institute (Northern Beaches College), Manly Hospital, Mona Vale Hospital, Bridgepoint Shopping Centre, Centro Warriewood, the Manly Town Centre, Westfield Warringah Mall Shopping Centre, Pittwater, Narrabeen Lakes and various beaches.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of the SHOROC Region were the Guringai Aboriginal people.

Included areas

The SHOROC Region encompasses the Manly, Mosman, Pittwater and Warringah Council areas. The SHOROC Region includes the suburbs of Allambie Heights, Avalon, Balgowlah, Balgowlah Heights, Bayview, Beacon Hill, Belrose, Bilgola, Brookvale, Church Point, Clontarf, Coasters Retreat, Collaroy, Collaroy Plateau, Cottage Point, Cromer, Curl Curl, Davidson, Dee Why, Duffys Forest, Elanora Heights, Elvina Bay, Fairlight, Forestville, Frenchs Forest, Freshwater, Great Mackerel Beach, Ingleside, Killarney Heights, Ku-ring-gai Chase (part), Manly, Manly Vale, Mona Vale, Morning Bay, Mosman, Narrabeen, Narraweena, Newport, North Balgowlah, North Curl Curl, North Manly, North Narrabeen, Oxford Falls, Palm Beach, Queenscliff, Scotland Island, Seaforth, Terrey Hills, Warriewood, Whale Beach and Wheeler Heights.