Ryde is located 13 kilometres north-west of Sydney’s Central Business District and 8 kilometres from Parramatta. It is well placed to access Sydney’s mobile storage facilities as well. The suburb was originally known by its Aboriginal name Wallumatta and a few years later it became known as Kissing Point. From the 1840s onwards the suburb adopted the name “Ryde” after shop-keeper GM Pope’s home town of Ryde on the Isle of Wight.
Ryde’s population is around 29,000 and the median age is 36 years. Nearly half the population was born in Australia. Catholics are the largest religious denomination with 28% professing to follow the religion with another 28% having no religious affiliation.
Ryde has several heritage listed buildings. The suburb houses Australia’s oldest settlers’ cottage: Addington, which is located on Victoria Road. The cottage, a sandstone building was built around 1800s by James Stewart, an emancipist. Another historic building in the suburb is the Police Station also on Victoria Road. The Police Station, built in 1837 was designed by Colonial Architect Mortimer Lewis and like Addington Cottage, it too was built from sandstone. Willandra is a two storey Georgian home built circa 1845 by the Devlin family and is currently used as an art gallery. Addington, Willandra, the Police Station and the public school at 2 Tucker Street are all listed on the New South Wales’ Heritage Register and on the National Trust.
Public Transport Services
Ryde has excellent bus connectivity to most major lines. The Ryde Bridge links Ryde south to Rhodes, and across the Parramatta River. State Transit and Transit Systems operate several services in the suburb. They include:
500X – Sydney CBD to West Ryde Station
287 – Milsons Point via Lane Cove
410 – Marsfield via Lane Cove
Hurstville via Campsie
458 – Burwood via Concord Hospital & Strathfield
501 – Sydney CBD via Victoria Road & Pyrmont
517 – Macquarie University to Top Ryde Shopping Centre
515 – Eastwood to Top Ryde Shopping Centre
518 – Sydney CBD via Victoria Road
Macquaire Centre via Denistone East
520 – Sydney CBD via Victoria Road
Parramatta via Ermington
533 – Chatswood via Lane Cove North
Sydney Olympic Park via Rhodes
The West Ryde railway station which is on the T9 Northern Line of the Sydney Trains network is the closest station to Ryde.
Ryde Secondary College
Ermington Public School
Holy Cross College
Marsden High School
Meadowbank Public School
Melrose Park Public School
Northcross Christian School
Putney Public School
St Charles Primary School
West Ryde Public School
Shopping and Entertainment
Top Ryde City is a modern building located in the heart of Ryde. It has a Shopping Centre, Parking, Restaurants and Apartments. It is the suburb’s leading shopping destination, has a host of attractions, good food, and a one stop shop for furnishings, kitchen fittings, fashion, jewellery and toy stores. You could also catch all the action at the Event Cinemas and enjoy some fun activities at Laser Mania in this venue. The centre is easily accessible by car, has five car parks with disabled and pram parking spaces. If you’re travelling via public transport, get off at West Ryde Train Station which is only 1.8 km from Top Ryde City and is serviced by the 501, 507, L20 and 524 Sydney bus service, as well as the free Shop Ryder bus. You can also access mobile storage units from this suburb and can book one online at www.smartbox.com.au.
The downsides of this suburb are the traffic congestion, the high-density constructions and small apartments but if storage space is of concern, then you could book a storage unit with SmartBox for any excess stock or household effects you possess and have us collect and store the box for you. Versatile and slightly upmarket without being excessively so, Ryde offers enough to make it appealing to a wide demography. It’s safe, has some green leafy spots, and a diverse mix of people from various backgrounds that add to its appeal.