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About the area

Location and boundaries

The SHOROC (Shore Regional Organisation of Councils) Region is located to the north of the Sydney CBD. The SHOROC Region is bordered by the Ku-ring-gai Council area in the west, and by water on three sides; the Hawkesbury River in the north, the Tasman Sea in the east, and Sydney Harbour in the south.

Included areas

The SHOROC Region encompasses the Manly, Mosman, Pittwater and Warringah Council areas. The SHOROC Region includes the suburbs of Allambie Heights, Avalon, Balgowlah, Balgowlah Heights, Bayview, Beacon Hill, Belrose, Bilgola, Brookvale, Church Point, Clontarf, Coasters Retreat, Collaroy, Collaroy Plateau, Cottage Point, Cromer, Curl Curl, Davidson, Dee Why, Duffys Forest, Elanora Heights, Elvina Bay, Fairlight, Forestville, Frenchs Forest, Freshwater, Great Mackerel Beach, Ingleside, Killarney Heights, Ku-ring-gai Chase (part), Manly, Manly Vale, Mona Vale, Morning Bay, Mosman, Narrabeen, Narraweena, Newport, North Balgowlah, North Curl Curl, North Manly, North Narrabeen, Oxford Falls, Palm Beach, Queenscliff, Scotland Island, Seaforth, Terrey Hills, Warriewood, Whale Beach and Wheeler Heights.

Land use

The SHOROC Region encompasses a total land area of over 260 square kilometres. The SHOROC Region is predominantly residential, with significant national parks and parklands, and some commercial, industrial, military and rural land use.


The SHOROC Region is served by Barrenjoey Road, Condamine Street, Military Road, Mona Vale Road, Pittwater Road, Spit Road, Sydney Road, Wakehurst Road, Warringah Road and ferries from Circular Quay and Ettalong.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from the early 1800s, with land used mainly for timber-getting and farming. Population was minimal until the mid 1800s, with more substantial growth during the late 1800s and early 1900s, spurred by improved access and the development of coastal areas as seaside resorts. Significant growth took place from the post-war years, particularly during the 1960s and 1970s. The population increased gradually from the early 1990s, rising from about 232,000 in 1991 to about 261,000 in 2011, with much of the growth in the Warringah Council area.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of the SHOROC Region were the Guringai Aboriginal people.

Regional labour force

The SHOROC Region labour force region is defined by an area in which a significant percentage of workers travelled into the SHOROC Region to work at the 2011 Census. Details of this calculation and a list of areas included can be found in the data notes.