Ryde was the third part of NSW to be settled, after Sydney Cove and Parramatta. In 1792, the first land grants were given to eight marines and the area where East Ryde now sits was named ‘Field of Mars’ by Governor Phillip, after the ancient god of war to reflect the new settlers military associations.
East Ryde is a comparatively new subdivision. In 1955, residential development on Twin Road began and in 1960, 23 home sites were auctioned in the Dress Circle Estate, advertised for their extensive views over the Lane Cove River and Lane Cove National Park. Only brick houses were permitted on the estate, and its streets were named after prominent Australian entertainers.
The development of the Riverside Corporate Park or ‘Silicon Valley’, as it is known to locals, near the intersection of Pittwater and Epping Roads, has seen substantial growth over the last few years. The new Epping to Chatswood rail link, connects East Ryde to Chatswood, with a station at Delhi Road.
Sager Place has around 10 shops, and Blenheim Road also has a small shopping strip. There is a larger shopping area on Coxs Road, with around 30 stores. The Macquarie Centre at North Ryde is a short drive away; it has 230 shops, including a department store, large supermarkets and a cinema complex.
Sports and Fitness Centres
Water sports such as canoeing are popular in East Ryde, with its close proximity to the Lane Cove River. The Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre on Victoria Road has two swimming pools, a wave pool, a giant waterslide, kids pool and basketball courts. East Ryde is surrounded by many parks, such as the Buffalo Creek Reserve, which has a popular children’s playground.
Transportation and Distance From The CBD
East Ryde is a 13.5 km drive north-west of the CBD. The 506 bus is a half-hourly service running from the city to Sager Place, and the X06 express bus runs every 15 minutes during peak hour. The 537 bus runs every two hours from East Ryde to the Top Ryde shops. Epping to Chatswood rail link, connects East Ryde to Chatswood, with a station at Delhi Road
General Real Estate and Design
1960s red brick houses dominate East Ryde. Some have been renovated and a few modern homes have been built.
Restaurants and Cafés
Coxs Road mall has an alfresco dining strip, including Italian and Chinese restaurants, take-aways, and two cafés.
Schools and Education Institutions
The local primary school is Ryde East Public School on Twin Road.