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Hunters Hill (also spelt Hunter's Hill) is a suburb on the Lower North Shore of Sydneymarker, in the state of New South Walesmarker, Australia. Hunters Hill is located 9 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business districtmarker and is the administrative centre for the local government area of the Municipality of Hunter's Hillmarker.

Hunters Hill is situated on a small peninsula that separates the Lane Cove Rivermarker and Parramatta Rivermarker. It can be reached by bus or by ferry.


The area's Aboriginal name is 'Mookaboola' or 'Moocooboola', which means meeting of waters.

Hunters Hill was named after John Hunter the second Governor of New South Wales between 1795 and 1800.

The area that is now Hunters Hill was settled in 1835. One of the earliest settlers was Mary Reiby, the first female retailer in Sydney. She built a cottage -- later known as Fig Tree House -- on land that fronted the Lane Cove River; Reiby Street is named after her. During the 1840s, bushrangers and convicts who had escaped from the penal settlement on Cockatoo Islandmarker took refuge in Hunters Hill.

Many of the suburb's early houses were built from the local sandstone. A number were built by Frenchman Didier Numa Joubert (1816-1881), who bought of land from Mary Reiby from 1847 and used seventy stonemasons from Italy to construct solid artistic houses. Hunters Hill was proclaimed as a municipality on 5 January 1861. The first Gladesville Bridgemarker constructed in 1881 linked the area to Drummoynemarker and the southern side of the Parramatta Rivermarker.



Houses in Bonnefin Road as seen from Loop Road on the other side of the river

In the 2006 Australian Bureau of Statistics Census of Population and Housing, the population of Hunters Hill stood at 9,024 people, 49.3% females and 50.7% males, with a Median age of 41 years. 24.5% of the population was born overseas with Englandmarker (4.2%), New Zealandmarker (1.4%), Chinamarker (1.4%) and Italymarker (1.4%) the most common. The five strongest religious affiliations in the area were in descending order: Catholic (38.2%), Anglican (18.9%), no religion (13.5%), Judaism (4%) and Eastern Orthodox (3.8%).

Hunters Hill's has a median weekly household income of $1,842, compared with $1,027 in Australia. The most common types of occupation for employed persons were Professionals (35.7%), Managers (22.4%), and Clerical and Administrative Workers (15.6%). 67.5% of the suburbs occupied private dwellings were family households, 24.1% were lone person households and 1.5% were group households.


State Elections
  Liberal 62.7%
  Labor 16.9%
  Greens 12.4%
  Democrats 4.7%
  Christian Democrats 2.0%
  Unity Party 1.3%
Federal Elections
  Liberal 67.27%
  Labor 24.02%
  Greens 7.16%
  Independent 0.44%
  Family First 0.39%
  Climate Change 0.33%
  Citizens Electoral Council 0.28%
  Christian Democrats 0.11%

Hunters Hill is in the federal electoral division of North Sydney. This seat was won by Joe Hockey, the current Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing at the 1996 federal election and retained most recently in the 2007 federal election.
North Sydney is one of only two original divisions in New South Wales, along with Wentworth, which have never been held by the Australian Labor Party (ALP).

For NSW state elections, Hunters Hill is in the Electoral district of Lane Cove. As of 2003 this seat is held by Liberal MP Anthony Roberts, who was last re-elected in the 2007 state election.


Several bus routes run through Hunters Hill, consisting of the 506 to the city and the 536 to Chatswoodmarker. Also the 538 and 505 run through Hunters Hill and Woolwichmarker.

The closest ferry wharves are Valencia Street Wharf in Woolwichand Huntleys Point. These provide access to the Inner Harbour ferry services which run between Circular Quaymarker and Parramattamarker.

Commercial area

Hunters Hill has several commercial areas. A small group of shops is located on the corner of Alexandra and Ferry Street, with others scattered along these streets and Woolwich Road. A busier commercial area is located around the intersection of Ryde Road and Gladesville Road, near Burns Bay Road.Image:Corner shops Hunters Hill.JPG|Former Garibaldi Inn, corner of Alexandra and Ferry StreetImage:Hunters Hill Shop 2.JPG|Ferry StreetImage:2007 0825klklk0057.JPG|Local shops in Hunters HillImage:Hunters Hill Shop 3.JPG|Alexandra Street


Hunters Hill is the site of the AAGPS Catholic boys' secondary school, St Joseph's Collegemarker. It is also home to Hunters Hill High Schoolmarker, Boronia Park Public School, Hunters Hill Primary School and Villa Maria Primary School.

Image:Hunters Hill St Josephs College 1.JPG| St Josephs CollegeImage:Hunters Hill St Josephs College 2.JPG| St Josephs College gatesImage:Hunters Hill Public School.JPG|Hunters Hill Public School


  • All Saints Anglican Church (designed by John Horbury Hunt), Ambrose Street
  • St Peter Chanel Catholic Church, Futuna Street
  • The Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, Mary Street
  • Hunters Hill Community (Congregational) Church, D'Aram Street
Image:Hunters Hill All Saints Anglican Church.JPG|All Saints Anglican ChurchImage:Hunters Hill St Peters Chanel Catholic Church.JPG|St Peter Chanel Catholic ChurchImage:Hunters Hill Community Church.JPG|Community (Congregational) ChurchImage:Mary-Church2.JPG|Church of the Holy Name of Mary


There is a private hospital in Alexandra Street and in High Street, a Jewish nursing home and synagogue named the Sir Moses Montefiore Home. The historic Hunters Hill Town Hall is located in Alexandra Street, close to the historic post office.

The Great North Walk, a walking trail from Sydney to Newcastle, passes through Boronia Parkmarker; a large waterfront parkland reserve which contains Aboriginal drawings thought to date back to before the start of the colony.Image:Hunters Hill Town Hall.JPG|Town HallImage:Hunters Hill War Memorial.JPG|War Memorial beside Town HallImage:Hunters Hill Masonic Temple.JPG|Masonic Temple


Fig Tree House as viewed from the opposite shore of the Lane Cove River
The following buildings are listed on the Register of the National Estate.
  • Public School including Eulbertie, Alexandra Street
  • Post Office, Alexandra Street
  • Town Hall, Alexandra Street
  • St Ives, Crescent Street
  • Anglican Church of All Saints, corner Ferry and Ambrose Streets
  • Kyarra, Madeline Street
  • Fig Tree House, Reiby Road
  • Clifton, Woolwich Road
  • Waiwera, Woolwich Road
  • St Claire, Wybalena Road
  • The Chalet, Yerton Avenue
  • Woolwich Dock, Franki Avenue, Woolwich
  • Former Garibaldi Inn, Alexandra Street


Hunters Hill has an area of 5.75 square kilometres including some 650,000 square metres of parks and reserves. Developments are mostly residential.

Hunters Hill has a number of heritage-listed buildings and is positioned near the confluence of the Lane Cove and Parramatta Rivers, as well as the headwaters of Sydney Harbour, which provides river and harbour views. Previously having a number of residents of French extraction, it was known as the "French Village" and shares a friendship with a sister city near Parismarker, Le VĂ©sinetmarker.Image:Hunters Hill Vienna.JPG|Vienna, a restored sandstone worker's cottageImage:Hunters Hill Alroy.JPG|AlroyImage:Hunters Hill former post ofice.JPG|Former post office

Notable residents


  1. Point 2 Point Accessed 3/7/2009
  2. The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, p.126, ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 127
  3. Gladesville Bridge Accessed 3/7/2009
  4. Percentages calculated using combined results for "Hunter's Hill" polling booths, and only counting formal votes.
  5. Accessed 8/7/09
  6. Hunters Hill, NSW Australia Accessed 3/7/2009
  7. Sydney and Blue Mountains Bushwalks, Neil Paton, Kangaroo Press, 2004
  8. The Heritage of Australia, Macmillan Company, 1981, p.2/30
  9. Hunters Hill Historical Society Museum
  10. Discover Hunters Hill Accessed 3/7/2009

  • The Official Community Profile of Hunters Hill

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