St Leonards is a suburb on the lower North Shore of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. St Leonards is located 5 km (3.1 mi) north-west of the Sydney central business district and lies across the local government areas of Municipality of Lane Cove, North Sydney Council and the City of Willoughby.
St Leonards was named after English statesman Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney of St Leonards. Originally, St Leonards applied to the whole area from the present suburb of North Sydney to Gore Hill. The township of St Leonards in 1883 is now North Sydney.
The Gore Hill cemetery was established on the Pacific Highway in 1868 and was the main burial site for the area until its closure in 1975. It is still maintained as a heritage site by the Department of Local Government and Lands, Willoughby Municipal Council and the Heritage Council of New South Wales.
St Leonards has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
In the 2016 Census, there were 5,495 people in St Leonards. 34.7% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were China 8.6%, India 6.0%, Japan 4.5%, Hong Kong 4.4% and England 3.8%. 45.7% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 10.3%, Cantonese 7.7%, Japanese 4.7%, Hindi 3.1% and Korean 2.3%. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 40.3% and Catholic 16.2%.
St Leonards has a commercial centre that complements the role of Chatswood, Lane Cove and North Sydney as one of the centres for business on the North Shore of Sydney. St Leonards contains one of Sydney's suburban skyscraper clusters, with major offices for many large companies including Toyota Financial Services, Lenovo, Oporto Chicken & Burgers, , 3, , CIMIC Group, Macquarie Radio Network and Channel 31 TV studio. The NSW Department of Education and Training host their Information Technology Directorate in Herbert Street. Gore Hill Technology Park is the site of current Fox Sports television studios. IBM had a large office with their logo on the skyscraper but have since moved to Sydney's CBD since 2018.
The Forum is built over the railway station and comprises three commercial office buildings, two residential towers containing 782 apartments, an independent mini-supermarket, and 34 food and retail shops.
The suburb's tallest building is the Forum Tower (38 stories/118 m), with 483 apartments including many with panoramic views of the city skyline. Forum West is the second of the two residential buildings within the Forum Plaza, standing 25 stories tall with 290 apartments. Forum Tower was completed in August 1999 and Forum West 3 three years later. Both buildings boast a concierge, pool, spa, gym and private & public car parking facilities each. Winten Property Group was responsible for the construction of both buildings, and continues to build apartment buildings in St Leonards with the construction of the T1 Apartments in Atchison St in 2012.
Schools and churches
- A campus of the University of Technology, Sydney
- The campus of Northern Sydney TAFE
- Northside Community Church
- Royal North Shore Hospital Chapel
Sport and recreation
St Leonards has developed into somewhat of a home for rugby union with the former headquarters of the Australian Rugby Union located at St Leonards (2007-2018), from neighbouring North Sydney. The Northern Suburbs Rugby Club has its clubhouse in St Leonards, featuring the Cabana Bar and Lounge. It also has a popular Rock Climbing Facility for the climbing community.
Gore Hill Oval, located on the grounds of Royal North Shore Hospital, is a synthetic field for AFL & cricket, ½ basketball court, handball courts, perimeter walking track, 2 exercise equipment stations and a playground. It is also the home ground of Australian rules football club, North Shore Bombers.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "St Leonards (NSW) (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 August 2018. Material was copied from this source, which is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
- The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollen, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, ISBN 0-207-14495-8, p.237
- "Gore Hill Memorial Cemetery". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01491. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
- Forum, St Leonards - Winten Property Group
- Chaplains 'pressured' over Royal North Shore crosses, Mosman Daily, 28 April 2009.