About the Region

About the Region

North of the city, the beautiful stretch of coastline from Manly to Palm Beach has a relaxed beachside ambience and plenty of things to see and do. With the Pacific Ocean on one side and Pittwater on the other, the peninsula covers about 18 km of open coastline and has excellent dining, surf beaches, waterways and parklands.

Bordering Pittwater to the west is Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, which has pockets of rainforest with creeks, waterfalls, Aboriginal rock art and campsites.

Outdoor ocean pools along the northern beaches are at Collaroy, Dee Why, North Narrabeen, Mona Vale, Newport, Avalon and Palm Beach.

The Northern Beaches is located in NSW and its capital Sydney offers a great place to live and do business. The NSW economy is Australia’s largest and most diverse, larger than many economies in the Asia Pacific including Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines.

The next decade represents a critical period of change for the NSW economy. Increasingly, the economy will be affected by major long-term global trends including intensified competition from emerging economies such as China and India; rising energy costs; ICT-driven innovations and demographic changes, especially aging and the pace of population growth. Industry, government and the community face a range of opportunities and challenges.  Only by working more closely together can we effectively address them.

In late 2011, the NSW Government established four industry-led taskforces to help develop 10-year industry action plans for the Digital Economy, International Education and Research, Manufacturing and Professional Services industries.

The Northern Beaches

Pittwater is located in the northern beaches area around 25-30km from the city. Nearly half of Pittwater’s area is national park, with most of the population living on the Pittwater peninsula and around Mona Vale and Warriewood. Pittwater has 18kms of Pacific coastline, including nine beaches. The area is predominantly residential, with some commercial and light industrial areas. Non-residential areas are mainly in the north and west.

Pittwater is an affluent suburban area of mainly family homes, with some higher density housing along the coast. In summer, it is also a holiday destination, with a caravan park, holiday houses and apartments a feature of the landscape.  Mona Vale is the main commercial centre, with smaller centres in each suburb.

Geographically, Pittwater is separated from the rest of urban Sydney by national park, coastline and Narrabeen Lagoon. There are no railway lines in Pittwater, with most residents using private cars to travel. The main form of public transport is buses, which are relatively frequent along Pittwater/Barrenjoey Road. There are some limited ferry services that run from the western foreshores and the central coast.

Unlike the neighbouring area of Warringah, Pittwater is not a major employment destination and the majority of residents leave the area to work. However there are some industries in the area and there is a growing workforce.

Key employment sectors include Construction, Retail Trade, Accommodation and Food Services, Health Care and Social Assistance, Manufacturing, Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, Education and Training, Wholesale Trade. Pittwater features two major shopping centres (Centro Warriewood and Pittwater Place). Smaller urban villages include, Avalon and Newport. The main health facility in Pittwater is Mona Vale Hospital, with various allied nursing homes and aged care facilities. The popular TV series Home and Away is filmed in Pittwater.

The population of Pittwater was relatively stable over the 15 years to 2005.  Since 2005 the local area has seen modest population growth with a significant increase since 2009.  Between 2009 and 2012 the population grew by 3,882 or 6.6%.   In 2012, approximately 24,000 people worked in Pittwater.

Pittwater forms part of the Shore Regional Organisation of Councils - SHOROC, which also includes Warringah, Manly and Mosman.