Hidden Sydney: Into the Wood

You might not believe it, but Chatswood is the suburb adjacent to Roseville. Chatswood is one station down the train line, sitting on the junction of North Shore & Epping to Chatswood rail lines. Chatswood’s tall office buildings and busy streets give it a feeling of being in the heart of the city, even though its 10kms away. You can be forgiven if you mistook it for being part of the CBD. Chatswood is known for being extremely multicultural, particularly for its Asian restaurants.

Chatswood Station

Chatswood Station

Chatswood is is a busy suburban centre, the west side of the station is dominated by office buildings, the east side of the station features multiple shopping centres and the central area around the station features recently constructed tall residential buildings.

Metro Towers, Above Chatwood Station

Metro Towers, Above Chatswood Station & Garden of Remembrance in the foreground.

If you enjoy shopping Chatswood, Chatswood is the real heart of shopping in Sydney. It has two large shopping centres and numerous smaller ones and one slowly opening.

  • Chatswood Westfield – The largest in Chatswood
  • Chatswood Chase
  • The Mandarin Centre – Small centre with Laser Tag and Bowling on the top floor, and the first Daiso store in Australia (Everything is $2.80)
  • Lemon Grove – Small local centre with lots of Korean Shops
  • Metro Chatswood – Shopping area above the train station.
Chinese dancers, celebrating the opening of a new bank in Chatswood,

Chinese dancers, celebrating the opening of a new bank in Chatswood,

  • Where: Chatswood is located on the boundary of the Upper & Lower North Shore districts of Sydney, Australia. Adjacent to the suburb of Roseville, and 10kms north of the Sydney CBD.
  • How: Chatswood can be reached by train. Coming from Wynyard take the T1 North shore Line towards Hornsby for about 19mins, unlike Roseville all trains stop at Chatswood. Additionally Chatswood is a transport hub with easy bus transport.
  • Cost: An Adult ticket is $4.20 one way on an Opal card (as at date of posting)
The Chatswood Skyline from Chatswood oval

The Chatswood Skyline from Chatswood oval

My tips

  1. Chatswood grab some takeaway food and eat  in the stand at Chatswood oval facing the skyline for a view like that in the above photo.
  2. You can talk from Roseville, use a map or try and wing it by following the trainline south. The walk is about half an hour if you do not get lost.

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