North Shore
16 kilometres north-west of the Sydney Central Business District on Pacific Highway and the Hornsby North Shore railway line, Pymble is a predominantly residential area with tree-lined streets, many substantial homes and gardens, numerous parks, nature reserves, and active pockets of commercial activity.

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Significant Buildings

Pymble Presbytery

Sacred Heart Presbytery: a two-storey house in the Federation Arts and Crafts style, with Gothic touches to the windows. It was built in 1907 and has a state heritage listing.

Ku-ring-gai Town Hall: situated at the top of Pymble Hill on the Pacific Highway. It was formerly the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, which was built in 1934, and is an example of the Inter-War Spanish Mission architectural style. Along with the presbytery next door it is heritage-listed.

Pymble Chapel

Pymble Chapel: formerly Pymble Methodist Church, Pymble Chapel, on the corner of Mona Vale Road and Bromley Avenue, was built in 1879. It was the second church built in Pymble and is the oldest surviving building in the suburb.

Colinroobie: Colinroobie is a two-storey Federation mansion built in the early 20th Century, situated at the corner of the Pacific Highway and Clydesdale Place. It has a state heritage listing.


Grandview: a two-storey, Georgian structure made of sandstone. It was built circa 1870 as a bank but is now used as a home. It has a federal heritage listing.

Merrivale: a local stately home in the Regency style and is considered one of the finest examples of its kind in Ku-ring-gai. It has a state heritage listing.

St Swithun's Anglican Church: situsted on Telegraph Road, St Swithun's Anglican Church was built circa 1938 and is an example of the Inter-War Gothic style. It is the only church in Australia named after St Swithun.


Coppins: sometimes known as the Eric Pratten house, Coppins was designed by Walter Burley Griffin and built circa 1936. It is one of three large houses designed by Griffin in Ku-ring-gai and is significant because most of his residential buildings were single-storey. It is an example of the Art Deco/Prairie style and has a state heritage listing.

Macquarie Cottage: Macquarie Cottage, in Avon Road, was designed by William Hardy Wilson and built in 1918. It is considered a typical example of Wilson's work and has both state and federal heritage listings.

Sheldon Forest

There are a numerous untouched bush reserves which offer a taste of the original natural beauty of the region, Sheldon Forest being a prime example. A 7ha strip of original bushland wedged between the suburbs of Turramurra and Pymble, it is a rare example of the high forest which once covered the whole of the Upper North Shore. It features natural stands of Blue Gums and Blackbutts on the ridge tops and Coachwood and Sarsparilla along the creek. A track through the forest, which is maintained by the Ku-Ring-Gai Council, can be accessed from Warrigal Street, Jubilee Avenue, Kimbarra Road and Troon Avenue. Sheldon Forest is of high conservation status because it contains some of the last remnants of the endangered ecological communities of Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest and Blue Gum High Forest.

The forest is one of the few remaining pieces of the Blue Gum high forest in the Sydney Basin, and is supported by community bushcare programs. The main walk meanders through rainforest for the most part, following Avondale Creek, that boasts a number of small waterfalls. Avondale Creek has its source near the railway line at Turramurra. It then flows through Sheldon Forest and alongside Avondale Golf Course until being impounded by Avondale dam. It then flows for a further 1km before emptying into Lane Cove River.

Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve

If you ve ever wondered what Sydney looked like before the city took over, then Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve on Mona Vale Road is the place to go. It is one of the last remaining blue gum high forests in Sydney. Visitors can escape from the busy rush of Sydney life with a walk among the majestic tall blue gums and blackbutts. Check out the large hollows in the tree trunks as they burst with colours of the beautiful native birds, such as king parrots, rosellas and lorikeets.

Browns Forest Loop Trail is an easy walk through an unspoilt blue gum forest, offering great birdwatching and is an easy walk for children. In the spring, the ground cover of native flowers, such as the blue flax lily and pastel flower, burst into a colourful display. Any time of year, youwill hear the chatter of birds such as rainbow lorikeets, crimson rosellas and king parrots echoing through the bush.

Ku-Ring-Gai Wildflower Garden

Located in the nearby suburb of St Ives, the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden is located on 123 hectares of tranquil bushland on the edge of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. It features six walking tracks, picnic areas with BBQs, a playground and a function centre. 125 ha of natural bushland featuring displays of native plants from all over Australia.
Location: Mona Vale Road, St Ives. Open daily 10.00 am - 4.00 pm. Phone (02) 9440 8609
Facilities: picnic and barbecue facilities, playground, light refreshments.

About Pymble
Based on settlers' accounts the land that came to be known as Pymble was traversed by, and at least periodically inhabited by, what was by that time the "remains" of the Cammeraigal clan or tribe of the Kuringai (also known as Guringai) Aborigines. The Cammeraigal had occupied the land between the Lane Cove River, Hawkesbury and east to the coast. They would travel from grounds at Cowan Creek to the Parramatta River via Pymble - passing west through the land where Pymble Ladies' College now stands, through the Lane Cove Valley and North Ryde. En route they would reportedly hold corroborees at the current site of the Pymble Reservoir on Telegraph Rd and "camped on the the junction of Merrivale Rd and Selwyn St." According to Robert Pymble, "the Aborigines had faded out by about 1856, mainly because of smallpox."

Pymble is named after Robert Pymble (1776 1861), an influential early settler whose 1823 land grant comprised some 600 acres, around half the land of the region. The other half (plus a large part of St Ives) was granted to Daniel der Matthew's, another influential settler who established the first sawmill in the area.

The region was important to the early Sydney colony as a major supplier of timber for a wide variety of uses. The main timber varieties were blackbutt, stringybark, iron bark and blue gum. In later years it was also an important supplier of agricultural produce. It became widely known for the high quality of its produce and especially for its oranges which had been introduced to the area by Robert Pymble sometime around 1828 and which by later years were grown extensively throughout the region by numerous different growers following land sub-divisions.

Eventually agriculture and small farming gave way to residential development with residential sub-divisions commencing around 1879. The first bank - the Australian Joint Stock Bank - was established in 1888 in a then prominent house known as Grandview built on Pymble Hill ca 1883 by the son of local hotelier Richard Porter. Porter had opened the Gardener's Arms Hotel, also on Pymble Hill, in 1866. From this time the centre of commercial activity came to be at the top of the hill around the Pacific Highway and Bannockburn Road area, but with the railway station being located by necessity at the bottom of the hill development began to shift towards the new railway station at the foot of the hill. Pymble Post Office opened there on 6th August 1890.

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    Public Transport: by train. Pymble station is on the North Shore line.

    The Name
    Pymble is named after Robert Pymble (1776 1861), an influential early settler whose 1823 land grant comprised some 600 acres, around half the land of the locality.

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