Weasked one of Ray White Hornsby’s Senior Sales Agents – and Mount Colah expert – Steve Noakes for his first-hand opinion of what it’s like to work and play in this community-focused, serene suburb.
Situated 29 km north of the CBD, Mount Colah is one of the most desirable spots to reside on the Upper North Shore. Renowned for its lush tree-lined streets, the suburb borders the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and boasts plenty of spectacular valley views.
Originally, the suburb was known as ‘Colah’, the name used by George Caley to describe a koala in a letter to botanist Sir Joseph Banks. This was changed in 1906 when Hornsby become a shire, seeing the area renamed to its current title of Mount Colah.
Getting to the office is never a problem for Mount Colah residents. The area is filled with a variety of public transport options, with regular bus services in most parts of the suburb plus frequent express trains departing from the Mount Colah railway station.
Steve remarks “most residents would use public transport and commute into the CBD for work”, making Mount Colah the ideal location for professionals wanting a leafy escape that remains connected to the city centre.
One of the biggest drawcards of Mount Colah is the suburb’s family-friendly atmosphere. For young couples wanting to settle down or growing families looking for extra space, Mount Colah provides a safe, welcoming neighbourhood community.
“Mount Colah is one of those suburbs that has it all, from new units to old cottage houses. There’s a lot of variety,” explains Steve.
Along the Pacific Highway you’ll find Mount Colah’s local amenities, including small boutique retailers, restaurants and food stores. The Mount Colah Primary school and community centre are situated just east of the railway station, along with the local doctor’s clinic, dental clinic, newsagent and pharmacy.
With such spectacular natural scenery, Mount Colah residents love to spend their weekends outdoors. Steve reveals “Bobbin Head is one the best place to relax with your family in the suburb,” with this picnic hot spot famous for bringing “a lot of people down to the river”.
There are three dedicated playing fields in Mount Colah, making organised sports extremely popular among residents. Tucked away at the back of the suburb is Berry Park, home to soccer meets during the winter and cricket matches over the summer.
Kids prefer to hit the track? Head over to Foxglove Oval, home to the Northern Districts Little Athletics club. A busy spot on a Saturday morning, it’s a place that holds fond memories for locals like Steve, remarking he “still holds the record for shotput and discus for under 11s down at Foxglove Oval”.
Whether soaking up in the sun on a bushwalk through the National Park or kayaking down the waters to Bobbin Head, Mount Colah is a suburb guaranteed to keep you busy across the whole weekend.
Cycling proves a favourite activity among residents, with routes along the Ku-ring-gai Chase Road and cycle lane along the Pacific Highway particularly popular. Take things a little slower by making a short drive to the Asquith Golf Course, ideal for an easy Sunday afternoon enjoying the fresh air.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, Steve recommends visiting Mount Colah Pizzeria which he reveals is “one of my favourite local restaurants”.
Mount Colah is an enviable location with “a great community feel” explains Steve, voted ‘Australia Best Suburb’ in an online poll held by Ninemsn in 2010. There’s a lot to love about the area, making it perfect for those looking to settle in the Upper North Shore.