Castle Cove

SUBURB: Castle Cove

Castle Cove is a suburb on the lower North Shore of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Castle Cove is located 11 kilometres north of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Willoughby. Castle Cove is situated on the western side of Middle Harbour which provides spectacular views.

The suburb is home to Castle Cove Park and the Castle Cove Golf Links. The local school is Castle Cove Public School and the principal is Jeanette Cope. The school has an active Parents and Community Association.

It is believed that Castle Cove was named after the estate of Henry Willis, a prominent member of the Parliament of New South Wales at the time. Innisfail Castle was his Gothic style house built in 1905 overlooking Sugarloaf Bay from sandstone quarried on the estate.

During the mid 1980s, a plan by the NSW Roads and Traffic authority to extend the Warringah Freeway along the north edge of Castlecrag was abandoned following an outcry from local residents. This would have extended the Warringah freeway to the area of its name, and bypassed the heavily congested Military Road and Warringah Road links to the Northern Beaches of Sydney. The plan involved the construction of a bridge from the eastern end of Castlecrag over Middle Harbour to Seaforth. Following this, a plan to route the Warringah Freeway through Castle Cove, was rejected for the same reasons as above.

Around 1985, the descendants of Henry Willis attempted to subdivide the land around the Castle, to be used for construction of several town houses, and turn the Castle into a wedding reception centre. As the land earmarked for the town houses was previously donated to the Castle owners by the government to enhance the Castle grounds, it was felt that profiting from this was inappropriate. As a result, Willoughby Council rejected the rezoning required to build the townhouses. Permission to run a business from the Castle was also rejected. The Castle owners then sold the property for approx $4 million, via an onsite public auction.

Castle Cove