28kms · 27 mins by car · 50 mins by public transport
7,965 population (2016 Census)
North Rocks is located approximately 26 kilometres north-west of the Sydney CBD. North Rocks features a Westfield Shopping Centre, Schools, churches, a number of large reserves, sporting facilities, a community centre, an active Rotary and Lions clubs as well as Scout & Girl Guide groups. North Rocks is the home to the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children and an 18 hole competition Golf Course and club facilities.
The original inhabitants of the North Rocks area were the Darug people. The Darug were the custodians of the majority of what is now the Greater Sydney region. They were divided into a number of different ‘clans’, whose quick demise upon European settlement has sadly resulted in very little information remaining on how the local area was utilised.
The area of North Rocks was originally named Jerusalem Rocks, both names being derived from a massive sandstone outcrop in the region. The rock outcrop, which was north of Parramatta, was used to build Parramatta Gaol and the wall for the Lake Parramatta dam. Settlers originally used the area for farming and fruit growing, of which remnants still remain today.
A small village of shops is also located around the intersection of North Rocks Road and Lawndale Avenue.