Meadowbank is 15 km north-west of Sydney’s central business district. It is part of the Northern Sydney Region and the City of Ryde local government area. Meadowbank is located in a valley at the Parramatta River’s northern bank.
The name “Meadow Bank” was given to the land originally granted to William Balmain, a surgeon in the Field of Mars district in 1794. William Bennett purchased the land and built Meadowbank House in 1835. In 1855, William sold Chatham Farm to Major Edward Darvall. William Bennett died in 1865, but his widow remained at Meadowbank till her death in 1879. In the late 1880s the subdivision of the estate gave impetus to the opening of the railroad from Strathfield to Hornsby.
This station was originally called Hellenic, but it was later changed to Meadowbank after the Meadowbank Estate. Meadowbank Public Baths, established in 1895, was an old recreation spot. However, they were closed due to pollution from Homebush Bay in 1943. Shepherds Bay Row Boat ferry services to Concord were started as early as 1794 at Schooner Wharf (Belmore Road near Helene Park).
Meadowbank is a mixed commercial-residential area. It has a few shops by the railway station, and a shopping center within the residential apartment complex to its south, on Bay Drive.
Meadowbank NSW is currently undergoing gentrification. Many of its factories are being demolished and replaced with waterfront high-rise apartments overlooking the Parramatta River. Cafes and restaurants have also opened along the water’s edge.
Meadowbank can be reached by road, ferry, bus, and train. Meadowbank is not a major road hub, but it does see a lot of traffic. Lane Cove Road is to the east, Victoria Road north and Adelaide Street west. Bank Street, Meadow Crescent, and Constitution Road are other central roads.
Meadowbank railway station can be found on the Northern Line of the Sydney Trains network. Meadowbank has two platforms. Two trains run an hour to Meadowbank Station. Additional trains are available during weekday peak times. A ferry wharf is located within walking distance from the station.
As part of Sydney Ferries, Meadowbank has a ferry wharf along the Parramatta River. The Sydney Olympic Park is the next westerly wharf, and Kissing Point is the next easterly. On weekends, the ferry serves tourists and city workers. RiverCat catamaran-type ferries operate the Parramatta River route because of its shallow waters, especially during low tides.
The population of Meadowbank was 4,408 according to the 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics Census of Population and Housing. Country of birth : 34% Australians, China was 14%, India 9% and South Korea 9%.