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Mount Colah is a suburb of northern Sydneymarker, in the state of New South Walesmarker, Australia. Mount Colah is located 29 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business districtmarker, in the local government area of Hornsby Shiremarker and is part of the North Shore region.

Mount Colah is 5 km north of Hornsbymarker, the nearest major town centre. Mount Colah is one of the most northerly suburbs of Sydney, it is also the second highest suburb in Sydney in terms of elevation. Considered one of Sydney's leafier suburbs, streets are clustered around the Pacific Highway. Mount Colah is bordered to the east by the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Parkmarker.


Mount Colah was originally known as Colah - the name first used by naturalist George Caley to describe a koala in a letter to botanist Sir Joseph Banks. When Hornsby became a shire in 1906 the name was changed to Mount Colah.

The F3 Sydney-Newcastle Freeway was built through Mount Colah in 1988 and opened in March 1989. In the process it cut through an old World War II gravel airstrip, and isolated 2 holes of the Asquith Golf Course just to the south. Some World War II building remnants are still visible nearby.


The Pacific Highway and Ku-ring-gai Chase Road are the main arterial roads in Mount Colah. The F3 Sydney-Newcastle Freeway runs along the eastern side of the suburb. The F3 has an entrance / exit at Mount Colah towards Sydney. This is the scene of many traffic jams if accidents occur between Mount Colah and Berowramarker.

Mount Colah railway stationmarker is on the Main North Line and a regular bus service runs to most parts of the suburb.

Commercial area

A small group of shops is located on the Pacific Highway. The group includes Mount Colah Fruit World, Mount Colah Gourmet Chicken, Domino's Pizza and Blockbuster Videos.


Mount Colah Public School is on the eastern side of the railway line. The school was built in 1953, and replaced an asparagus farm.

Residential areas

Street names in Mount Colah are associated with the Arthurian Legend such as: Arthurs Circle, Merlin Close, Excelisior Road, Round Table Close, Excalibur Close, Galahad Close, Lancelot Street and Camelot Close. All of these streets are within the same place.


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