Why Lane Cove?
Lane Cove is located approximately 9 kilometres north of Sydney’s CBD, and includes Lane Cove North and Lane Cove West. The suburb of Lane Cove is in a unique location, being so close to the city, but with the Lane Cove River down the road, the Lane Cove Bushland Park running through the suburb and Lane Cove National Park moments away. It is a cosmopolitan suburb with a village like atmosphere; the pedestrian-only plaza and newly developed Canopy providing locals with cafes, restaurants, shops and importantly many family friendly and green spaces to relax and enjoy the lifestyle, along with a large Library and Aquatic Centre.
The local major shopping centre is Chatswood Westfield and Chatswood Chase, located within 4km.
From early settlement, Lane Cove was an important source of timber, grass, animal fodder and shells which helped drive land development, and later farms and dairies, and manufacturing industries were established in the area – some of which still exist today. There is some contention around the source of the name “Lane Cove” with some suggesting it was names after Lieutenant Michael Lane, a respected cartographer who worked with Captain Cook; and other suggesting the name was bestowed in honour of John Lane, son of the Lord Mayor of London and a good friend of Governor Arthur Phillip. The Lane cove municipality was established in 1895, and originally encompassed a much broader area than the current LGA.
The NSW Government is committed to delivering the Beaches Link, connecting the Lower North Shore with the Northern Beaches. More information on this project can be found here.
The median age of Lane Cove residents is 37; many of the locals being professionals and office workers, who drive their cars to work or take the bus. There is a broad cross-section of people in the suburb.
The characteristics of the suburb have changed significantly over recent times, with significant land rezoning to allow for redevelopment, particularly of apartment buildings around central Lane Cove, and Lane Cove West. The area still has a large proportion of freestanding family houses, some older properties with huge half-acre blocks still exist, and there are also a number of retirement villages with assisted living accommodation, allowing older residents to stay within the local area.
Health, Education and Schooling
Lane Cove is located within a 10-minute drive to Royal North Shore, North Shore Private and the Mater hospitals in St Leonards and Crows Nest.
There are a number of public primary schools in the area including government schools Lane Cove Public School, and Lane Cove West Public School, as well as Lane Cove & Lane Cove West Montessori Academy, St Michael’s Catholic Primary School, and Currambena Primary & Preschool. There are also a number of Pre-schools and daycares throughout the suburb. Lane Cove is in close proximity to some Private High Schools, including Saint Ignatius’ College Riverview, with other Private High Schools accessed via train/bus further up or down the North Shore. Public High Schools include Chatswood High School, and Hunters Hill High School.
Public Transport is via the bus, and the government has put extensive resources into new bus/transit lanes to improve efficiency of these services. There is a large interchange located on Epping Road servicing an extensive number of bus routes including to the CBD, and bus stops regularly located throughout all parts of the suburb.