St Ives, New South Wales

St Ives is a suburb on the Upper North Shore of Sydney in the state of New South Wales, Australia 18 kilometres north of the Sydney Central Business District in the local government area of Ku-ring-gai Council. St Ives Chase is a separate adjacent area, designated suburb, to the west and north.

St Ives
SydneyNew South Wales
Population18,384 (SAL 2021)[1]
Elevation171 m (561 ft)
Area14.39 km2 (5.6 sq mi)
Location18 km (11 mi) north of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)Ku-ring-gai Council
State electorate(s)Davidson
Federal division(s)Bradfield
Suburbs around St Ives:
St Ives Chase Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Terrey Hills
North Turramurra
St Ives Garigal National Park
East Killara
East Killara
Ku-ring-gai area



The St Ives area was first explored by Governor Arthur Phillip and a party of men in 1788 where they set up a campsite at Bungaroo which is close to what is now Hunter Avenue. The area produced a small-scale timber felling industry. There are still some examples of the thirty-metre and higher trees in nearby Pymble in the Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve and near Canisius College. Native turpentine trees were also once abundant and provided useful timber for cabinet making. It was once known for its apple orchards, but due to residential demand, there is no longer any commercial fruit growing in the area.[2] During the Second World War, there were significant numbers of troops barracked in the area, which provided the impetus to build Archbold Road as a supplementary and emergency route to the city. Since 1950 the suburb has expanded from the central shopping areas and the arterial main roads to include hilltop and valley areas bordering on the surrounding Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park to the north, now the area known as St Ives Chase, and Garigal National Park to the east and the south-east.

St Ives Post Office opened on 10 November 1885[3] and the first public school opened on 6 May 1889.[4] The school was formally opened by John Burns, MLA on Saturday 8 June. After inspecting the "neat and well-designed school and teacher's residence" the party had a luncheon to mark the occasion.[5]

St Ives was initially slow to develop due to the perceived remoteness from the city. Settlement increased in the late 1890s, when St Ives was populated by market gardeners, a small dairy, orchard workers and related industries. The suburb since the end of the Second World War has seen its most rapid period of expansion and a steady growth in families moving to the area.

Nowadays, St Ives is recognised in the Greater Sydney Region as a relatively safe and wealthy suburb. According to the 2021 Australian Federal Census, St Ives has a median weekly household income of $2,888, well above the state average of $1,829.[6]

Commercial area


St Ives Shopping Village is a medium-sized shopping centre that opened in the 1960s. The centre has over 110 stores, its main tenants are Harris Farm Markets, Coles and Woolworths.

The Village Green is a popular park in St Ives. Village Green is directly opposite of St Ives Shopping Village. The park is bordered by three streets: Memorial Avenue, Village Green Parade and Cowan Road. The park includes sporting fields, baseball fields, tennis courts and a skate park. Furthermore, the Village Green hosts the annual Festival on the Green.



CDC NSW operates five bus routes through St Ives

  • 195: Gordon to St Ives Chase via Pymble[7]
  • 195/6: Gordon to St Ives Chase via Pymble[8]
  • 196: Gordon to Mona Vale via Pymble, Belrose, Terry Hills and Ingleside[9]
  • 197: Macquarie University to Mona Vale via West Pymble, Gordon, Pymble, Belrose, Terry Hills and Ingleside[10]
  • 594: City Clarence Street to North Turramurra via Roseville, Lindfield and Killara[11]



Sport and recreation




At the 2021 census, St Ives recorded a population of 18,384. Of these:[6]

  • The median age was 43 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 20.8% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 19.7% of the population.
  • 51.8% of people were born in Australia. The most common other countries of birth were South Africa 8.6%, China 7.1%, England 6.3%, Hong Kong 2.0% and New Zealand 2.0%.
  • The most common ancestries were English 23.9%, Australian 15.9%, Chinese 11.9%, Irish 6.3% and Scottish 6.2%.
  • 69.0% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 8.7%, Cantonese 3.7%, Korean 2.4%, Persian 1.7% and Spanish 0.9%.
  • The most common responses for religion were No Religion 28.6%, Anglican 17.6%, Catholic 17.3% and Judaism 9.7%.
  • 82.9% of households were family households, and 16.2% were single-person households.

Of occupied private dwellings in St Ives, 70.1% were separate houses, 20.2% were flats or apartments and 9.5% were semi-detached.[6]

Notable residents



  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "St Ives (NSW) (suburb and locality)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022.  
  2. ^ Book of Sydney Suburbs, Frances Pollon (Angus and Robertson) 1990, p. 237
  3. ^ Phoenix Auctions History. "Post Office List". Phoenix Auctions Auctions. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  4. ^ Anon. (1973). Ku-ring-gai, A collection of early photograph... Gordon, NSW, Australia: Ku-ring-gai Historical Society. ISBN 0-9598673-0-9.
  5. ^ "OPENING OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOL AT ST. IVES". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 10 June 1889. p. 7. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  6. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "St Ives (State Suburb)". 2021 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 August 2022.  
  7. ^ "|". Retrieved 25 January 2024.
  8. ^ "|". Retrieved 25 January 2024.
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  12. ^ North St Ives Scouts
  13. ^ 2nd St Ives Scouts
  14. ^ The Heritage of Australia, Macmillan Company, 1981, p.2/33
  15. ^ "Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden". Ku-ring-gai Council. Retrieved 2 April 2019.

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