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Suburb Spotlight: Killara

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Swain Gardens. Image courtesy: Derek Stalley Photography
Swain Gardens. Image courtesy: Derek Stalley Photography

Killara is a leafy, family-friendly suburb located 14 kilometres from Sydney CBD, on the Upper North Shore. Adjacent to Lane Cove National Park, the area offers multiple parks with child friendly playgrounds (like the one in Bruce Avenue), as well as many sports facilities including tennis, cricket, soccer, hockey and golf.

RP Data statistics reveal that in general, households in Killara are primarily professional couples with children. There were 287 sales in Killara in 2013, with a median home sale price of $1,559,000 and unit price of $712,000. The 2011 Australian census revealed an 18% population growth between 2006 and 2011, with 9,272 residents at that time.

LizH_v2Shopping

There are shopping centres in both East Killara and West Killara, as well as local restaurants and shops surrounding the railway station.

Location and Public Transport

Killara station offers frequent train services for direct access to Sydney CBD. The journey time to Wynyard is 27 minutes.

Schools and Education Institutions

Families are spoilt for choice with easy access to multiple schools, both public and private, pre schools and day care centres, making Killara the perfect place to raise a growing family. Killara High School is now recognised as one of the best performing non-selective public schools in NSW.

History

The name Killara was chosen when the railway line opened in 1899, and originates from an Aboriginal word meaning ‘permanent’ or ‘always there’. Originally established as a Gentlemen’s suburb and designed with no commercial ventures, Killara’s original development included very few shops.

North Shore Mums share what they love about living in Killara:

Killara is the only suburb that I have lived on the North Shore, and I love it. Coming from the inner city to north of the bridge I love that Killara is close enough to town and the restaurants, city shops and my mother but far enough to be surrounded by beautiful parks, bush and quiet streets. Only a hop, skip and a jump to Chatswood too which is great and always good for the credit card which tends to get a workout whenever I go to the shops! Being on the train line is a big plus especially when your kids are old enough to ride on the train and walk home. And I let them walk the fifteen or so minutes because I feel it’s safe.’ – Georgie. 

I live in East Killara. The bakery on Koola Ave is great, friendly service & beautiful freshly baked products. I love being able to walk through the bush to secret rainforests, waterfalls, beaches and creeks. It has great ovals (I wish council would put in some decent play equipment on the east side, but after years of lobbying it’s not happened, so I’m looking forward to the upgrade of Koola Ave Oval. We’re not in the market for a private school, so really appreciate the quality local public schools. There’s a good choice of public transport to the city. We have wildlife on our doorstep – wallaby’s, possums (grrrr), beautiful bird life, echidnas. There’s not one, but two beautiful KU preschools. The Greengate Portico Restaurant- haven’t ever had a bad time there. Love the new park in Bruce Ave, but we need more of these. My DH says, ‘I like my backyard – the bush & the animals’. lyrebirds calling on a Sunday afternoon.‘ – Al.

Wallabies in the backgarden

Wallabies in the backgarden

The new park in Bruce Avenue is awesome. It’s got a circular bike track with a gentle slope and being across the road from the train line it provides endless train sightings for excited toddlers. There is a great dog park up at Bert Oldfield oval (Killara Park) next to both a little kids play area by the tennis courts (ie fenced) and a more challenging play area for older kids amongst the trees. The proximity to the city and the schools are wonderful but we mostly love living in East Killara because we back onto the bush and love bush walking straight from our house. Pat the bakery owner is lovely and makes the best wholemeal bread in Sydney – seriously!‘ – Kelly. 

Bushwalking in Killara

Bushwalking in Killara

‘Killara is a beautiful suburb to live in. I have lived there for over 15 years! It is a slower paced suburb and you can drive straight through it without even knowing! The things I love are – the beautiful hidden gem of Swain Gardens, how quiet the train station is during the morning rush and how the station master knows who I am! Being able to stroll up to the Greengate for a lovely meal or a quick drink and when there is a bit of wind we love heading up to Regimental Park and flying the kite! You can get perfect conditions there!‘ – Maryka

I enjoy the peace and quiet! It’s a nice change after noisy Inner West! – Sal

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