Suburb Profiles

Macquarie Park

History
Macquarie Park is a suburb in Northern Sydney. It’s located 12 kilometres North-West of the Sydney Central Business District and is part of the Northern Districts Regions.

Macquarie Park is named for Governor Lachlan Macquarie (1762-1824), a British military officer and colonial administrator who served as the Governor of New South Wales from 1810 to 1821. The area that is now Macquarie Park was part of the suburb of North Ryde from the late 1800s. The area was once filled by market gardens, poultry farms, and vast tracts of bushland, with many beautiful picnic spots and waterfalls.

The mid 1960s saw the establishment of Macquarie University and the ‘Macquarie Park Employment Area’ which saw the rezoning of ‘Green Belt’ bushland to allow for industrial activities. The initial concept for Macquarie Park was based on the idea of a similar hi-tech industrial area surrounding Stanford University in Palp Alto, California. The goal being to provided for the interaction between industries and the University.

During the 1970s companies such as Amalgamated Wireless Australasia Limited, Beiersdorf, Racal and Universal Press located their corporate headquarters in the area. Macquarie Park has since gained a reputation of being a leading high-tech industrial area in Australia. It attracts many local and international companies from high-tech fields including electronic, scientific, computing, medical, communication, pharmaceutical and business supply solutions.

Transport
Macquarie Park has access to the M2 Hills Motorway which runs through the northern part of the suburb. It is serviced by Shorelink, Busways, Forest Coach Lines, Sydney Buses, TransdevTSL, and Hillsbus services.

Macquarie Park Railway Station, Macquarie University Railway Station, and North Ryde Railway Station are underground stations on the Epping to Chatswood rail line of the CityRail Network.

Schools and Other Education Institutions
Macquarie University is one of Australia’s largest universities. It features a 126 hectare park-like campus beside a high-technology corridor. The University is affiliated with a number of colleges also located in the suburb including Dunmore Lang College, Robert Menzies College an Anglican College, Macquarie Christian Studies Institute, and Sydney Institute of Business & Technology. When it comes to schools, Mcquarie Park residents are spoiled for choice. You might try any of the following: Epping Boys High, Kent Road Public School, St Anthony’s School, Eastwood Heights Public Schools, or Gordon West Public.

General Real Estate and Design
The majority of dwellings in Macquarie Park are generally properties, made up of Units, Villas and Townhouses. Construction of these units commenced in the early 1970’s. New strata dwellings are still being developed in and around Herring and Epping Road.

Shopping
The enormous Macquarie Centre on the corner of Herring and Waterloo Roads has 230 shops, including a department store, a number of large supermarkets, huge entertainment and restaurant precinct, and a 16-screen cinema complex and an ice rink.