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Thinking of buying or renting in Waitara?

By Courtenay Morrison

Have you considered making a move to the Upper North Shore? With wide leafy streets and easy access to the Sydney CBD, discover what it’s like to live and play in Waitara.

What’s in a name?       

Waitara, located 23 kilometres from Sydney’s CBD, is an Upper North Shore suburb in the Hornsby Shire Council. The word “Waitara” is from the New Zealand Maori language, meaning “hail, pure water” and is also a town in New Zealand. It is said that the word Waitara became relevant to Australians around 1860 as Australian volunteer troops fought at Waitara River in New Zealand during the Maori wars at the time.

Miles McCrae, Commissioner of Railways in the late 1800s, is recognised as the man responsible for naming the suburb of Waitara when he baptised the local train station with the term in 1895 and it has stuck since.

Put it on the map

Nestled between Hornsby and Wahroonga, Waitara has all the makings of an ideal place to live, right at its doorstep. Walking distance to Hornsby’s shopping hub, Westfield, and on a main train line, it’s a brilliant place to live or invest in.

A short commute to the city, just over 35 minutes by car, and right next to the F1, you can reach the Central Coast and all its beautiful Australian beaches in less than an hour. Perfect for weekend getaways to escape the hustle and bustle that Sydney is renowned for.

Everyone needs good neighbours

The leafy suburb is comprised mainly of young professionals aged between 29 and 39, with 53% of the population made up of young families (Source: Domain). The suburb is perfect for young couples who want to establish their families in a safe, convenient, close-knit area that welcomes new faces.

Private and public schools are not far and few between in the Upper North Shore area. Waitara is home to Waitara Public School as well as Our Lady of The Rosary Catholic Public School, with the greater Hornsby region tallying up more than 40 schools as well. Many young couples and families move to the area for the schooling options and accommodating family-focussed community.

Up for a bushwalk?

Another big drawcard of Waitara and the greater Hornsby shire region is its abundance of bushland trails and tracks. Swap out weekends spent at home in front of the TV for fun outdoor adventures along one of the many trails that are at your doorstep. There are even more than thirty tracks dogs are permitted to come along on!

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