Epping is situated a mere 18 kilometres north-west of Sydney’s Central Business District. The Wallumedegal Aboriginal tribe inhabited this suburb initially. In 1792, however, Governor Arthur Phillip granted land parcels to marines and the area was referred to as the Field of Mars. It was named Epping in the mid-1800s by local landowner, William Midson, after a town near Epping Forest in Essex where his father was born. The population of Epping is approximately 25,000 of which 42% were born in Australia and 18% born in China. The median age of the residents is 36 years. 36% of Epping’s population do not have any religious affiliation and 16% follow the Catholic faith.
The suburb features leafy back streets and numerous parks as well as many large, heritage-listed homes that are concentrated around the shopping district and Epping station. The federation homes have retained their original character due to strict heritage regulations. Tree lined streets, modern conveniences, transport, and educational facilities makes this suburb an idyllic environment for growing families. The ambience is further enhanced by the many parks that provide barbecue facilities, playground equipment and cycling paths. Venues like the Epping Hotel and The Epping Club cater for night ventures, but neighbouring Chatswood provides the missing elements – cinemas, clubs and pubs.
The community facilities include:
Epping Aquatic and Leisure Centre
Epping Branch Library
West Epping Community
Epping Community Centre
Epping Leisure and Learning Centre
Epping Creative Centre
Epping train station is a terminus. Trains depart from here every 10 minutes and commuting to the city from this suburb takes only 25 minutes. The State Transit and Hillbus buses also service the area. Together, the rail and bus links provide access to Chatswood, Macquarie Park, Macquarie University, Macquarie Centre and the city. The standstill traffic during peak hour makes travelling by bus less appealing. The downsides of this suburb are the distinct lack of parking and traffic congestion.
Despite 36% of the residents having no religious affiliation the suburb has an unusually high volume of churches.
The suburb has a good array of schools on offer with some prestigious schools in Epping proper as well as in neighbouring Carlingford, Ryde, and Denistone. The schools in the area are:
Arden Anglican School (formerly the Catholic girls' school Our Lady of Mercy College)
Epping Boys High School (located in Marsfield)
Epping Heights Public School
Epping North Public School
Epping Public School
Epping West Public School
Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Primary School
Adding to the ambience is the abundance of parks and playgrounds in the area that are safe and family-friendly.
Rockleigh Park, Epping
David Scott Reserve
Epping Athletic Track
Epping North and West Ovals
Grant Close Netball Courts
Henry Brigg Park
Kim Rutherford Reserve
Pembroke Street Park
Ron Payne Park
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