2113: Macquarie Park

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 and new strata dwellings are still being developed

Distance from CBD:

12 kilometres north-west of the CBD

Train station:

Yes

Transport to the CBD

Macquarie Park has access to the M2 Hills Motorway, that 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 and 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, Marsfield residents are spoiled for choice. You might try any of the following: Epping Boys High, Kent Road Public School, St Anthony's School and Eastwood Heights Public Schools.

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, a 16-screen cinema complex and an ice rink

Restaurants and cafe's

Trafalgar Place Marsfield and Balaclava Road Marsfield have a selection of Chinese, Thai, Italian and seafood restaurants and cafes.

History

The area between Parramatta and Lane Cove Rivers was originally, known by its Aboriginal name Wallumatta. The aboriginal name survives in a local park, the Wallumatta Nature Reserve, located at the corner of Twin and Cressy roads, North Ryde.

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.