Eastwood is located in the Northern Sydney Region, 17 km north-west of Sydney’s CBD. It is within the local government areas of Parramatta and City of Ryde.
It was originally believed that the area was inhabited by the Wallumedegal Aborigine tribe. They lived between the Parramatta and Lane Cove Rivers. The area was settled first by Europeans in 1788 from land grants to the Royal Marines & NSW Corps.
Eastwood is known for the Granny Smith apple. It was accidentally planted in the suburb by Maria Ann Smith. The Upper Eastwood Oval and cordoned-off streets are transformed into the site of the annual Granny Smith Festival. This celebration includes fairground rides and street theatres, parades an apple-baking contest and a fireworks display.
The festival’s Asian influence has increased in recent years due to the presence of large Asian immigrant communities. There are Chinese dragon dancers at the Grand Parade as well as Chinese stallholders. Eastwood’s annual Chinese New Year Celebrations have broadened their appeal by incorporating Korean New Year traditions, and have been renamed the Lunar New Year Festivities.
Eastwood NSW is situated at the Hornsby Plateau’s edge. It has the suburbs Denistone and Dundas Valley on its western and southern sides, as the land descends to the Cumberland Plain. Eastwood’s north is bordered by Epping, the transport hub, and the east by Marsfield. Both share the same postcode 2122.
Eastwood is a residential suburb with its main shopping area located between Rowe Street, Rutledge Street and the railway line.
Eastwood Shopping Centre was built on the site of the former Odeon Theatre in 1976. It is a 2-storey shopping centre. Eastwood Village, formerly Westfield Eastwood, is a shopping center located on Progress Avenue. Eastwood Plaza is located on Rowe Street’s pedestrianized section. It features a fountain as well as several cafes with outdoor seating.
Eastwood is becoming a well-known Asian shopping precinct with specialty stores, supermarkets, and many restaurants owned by Chinese and Korean merchants.
Eastwood is well-served by public transport. The Main Northern railway line runs through Eastwood. It opened in 1886 and takes about 30-35 minutes to get to Central. There are also intercity services that connect Eastwood station to Central, Newcastle, and the Central Coast region.
Brush Farm Park and Darvall Park are two examples of Eastwood’s remaining forest areas. These areas have been preserved by volunteers and professional bush regenerators. Brush Farm Park is home to the largest tree heath in existence. You will also find red olive berry, native crabapple and jackwood. Brush Farm boasts a remarkable fauna including the emerald dove and eastern whipbird as well as the satin bowerbird, green tree snake, and the powerful owl.
Many Californian Bungalows and Federation homes make up housing, particularly in areas closer to the station. Further away from the station can be found more post-World War II homes, particularly to the north on Terry Road. Although Eastwood is mainly residential with detached homes and villas of one to two stories, buildings as high as seven storeys can be found in the vicinity of the town centre. The City of Ryde created a Control Plan in 2006 for Eastwood Town Centre. It includes the provision of buildings up to ten stories high in the shopping and railway areas. Redevelopment is also underway in former industrial areas of the suburb. This former brickworks site has been converted into a housing development.
Eastwood is now a suburb of over 17,000 people and home to a large Asian population. In the last decade, the commercial precinct has seen significant transformations thanks to immigrants from South Korea and China.