Overview

Situated just 16 kilometres from the city on Sydney’s leafy North Shore, Ku-ring-gai is known for its unique natural and urban environments.

Ku-ring-gai covers the area which stretches from near the Roseville cinemas in the south to Wahroonga Park in the north, and from St Ives Showground in the east to Lane Cove National Park in the west.

In Ku-ring-gai, we’re bound by three national parks – Garigal National Park, Lane Cove National Park and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. This means our residents and visitors enjoy areas of unspoiled bushland, plus the incredible wildlife that goes along with it.

 

Latitude and longitude

33º latitude (45 minutes 20 seconds south) and 151º longitude (nine minutes east).

Elevation

152 metres above sea level.

Geology

Ku-ring-gai is situated on the eastern rim of the Cumberland basin, made up of Hawkesbury sandstone and Wianamatta shale formed during the Triassic period, between 250 to 200 million years ago.

Physiography

The North Shore train line runs along the central ridge in Ku-ring-gai, which varies in width from 0.8 to 3.2 kilometres. The ridge falls away into smooth, steep valleys to the north and rocky slopes and gullies to the east and west.

Land use

Ninety-five per cent of the residential area is low density housing, while just five per cent of land in Ku-ring-gai is used for business.

Vegetation

Natural vegetation varies from Sydney Blue Gums and Blackbutt in south-west Wahroonga and Turramurra to Stringy Bark, Grey Iron Bark and Bloodwood in the dry forest areas. Smaller species and shrubs abound. More on flora

Climate

In Ku-ring-gai we enjoy a moderate climate with average temperatures of 25.8°C in summer. The average rainfall is 1,118mm per year.