Although Warrawee has had a railway station since the beginning of the 19th century, it could perhaps be argued that the history of the suburb is subsumed into the history of Wahroonga and Turramurra. The local residents demanded that trains on the north shore line ‘stop here’, which is the meaning of the Aboriginal word Warrawee, but the Railway Commissioners were reluctant to meet their demands. However, the residents were not without influence and on 1 August 1900, Warrawee Railway opened despite the objections of the Commissioners, who pointed out that the distance between Warrawee and Wahroonga stations was the shortest of any section of the line.
The leader of those demanding the station was Colonel J C Remington, the manager of an insurance company and prominent in commercial circles. He was supported by other businessmen, including J Beresford Grant, manager of an insurance company but later chairman of Raine & Horne. His contribution to Warrawee's lifestyle was to ensure that there are no shops at the station’s entrance.
Along with Turramurra and Wahroonga, Warrawee makes up the third point in the great garden triangle of the Northern Highlands.
The area surrounding Warrawee has a large range of neighbourhood shops, such as delicatessens, newsagencies, butchers, fruit and vegetables, and liquor stores. Department stores, supermarkets and specialty stores are found in the nearby Westfield Shopping Town Hornbsy, St Ives Shopping Village and Macquarie Centre at North Ryde.
Sports, Recreation & Fitness
Warrawee is just a short drive from Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, with its magnificent waterways, bushwalking trails and picnic spots. Nearby suburbs boast various sporting clubs including cricket, croquet, rugby and soccer, and Asquith Golf Course is also a short drive away. In addition, Warrawee is around 40 minutes via the F3 Freeway from the magnificent beaches of the Central Coast.
Distance From CBD & Transportation
Warrawee is around 22km from the Sydney CBD and is serviced by the train line and the local bus service Shore Link, which travels to Chatswood, in addition to surrounding suburbs.
Real Estate & Design
There are some beautiful, majestic Victorian-inspired homes, meticulously renovated Californian bungalows and contemporary executive homes. Walking down Warrawee Avenue is an architectural feast. Professor Wilkinson's Maiala (No. 7) stands in front of the earlier home of the same name but now called Rowardennan (No. 5). Opposite is Harwood (No. 2), one of the family homes of the architect Hugh Vernon. No. 11 is an example of a more recent style, the so called Post Modernism of James Muir.
At the intersection of Bangalla Street are Witchita (No. 10), named by an American after his home town, in neo Tudor style and on the opposite corner, a magnificent example of the work of F. Glynn Gilling, Audley. A change in style follows with No. 16, designed by Glenn Murcutt in association with the Lend Lease Design Group, for a Lend Lease executive. Other fine homes are visible including Kirkoswald (No. 22) from whose tower a child watching out for bushfires could, at the turn of century, earn pocket money and in whose lounge Dame Nellie Melba is reported to have sung.
Restaurants & Cafes
There is a vast array of restaurants in the suburbs surrounding Warrawee, in particular Turramurra and Wahroonga – both just minutes away. Popular Turramurra eateries include Baxter’s, India Curry House, Michael’s La Botte Italian and Seafood Restaurant, Sorrenti Café and Turramurra BBQ Kitchen.
While Warrawee has the Warrawee Public School, most of the preschools and schools are found in the neighbouring suburbs – just minutes away. These include the Pymble-Turramurra Kindergarten, Turramurra Children’s Garden and Stepping Stones Montessori Preschool, the Aberfeldy Preparatory School, Turramurra North Infants, Turramurra North Public School, and Ku-ring-gai High School. Knox College, Barker and Masada College are just a couple of kilometres away.