Alister Henskens portrait
Alister Henskens portrait

About the Ku-ring-gai electorate

Ku-ring-gai electorate map


The electorate of Ku-ring-gai is located in the northern Suburbs of Sydney, 17.8 kilometres from the Sydney GPO and stretches from from Killara in the south to North Turramurra and Wahroonga in the north.

The Ku-ring-gai electorate has an enrolment of around 53,498 (2015).

Take a look at the District Profile of Ku-ring-gai.


Gordon, Hornsby (part), Killara, Normanhurst, North Turramurra, Turramurra, South Turramurra, Wahroonga, North Wahroonga, St Ives (part), Thornleigh (part), Waitara, Warrawee, Pymble and West Pymble.

Ku-ring-gai is the only NSW electorate to have produced two Liberal Premiers; the Hon Nick Greiner and the Hon Barry O’Farrell.

Former Attorney General John Maddison was the first Member for Ku-ring-gai, serving from 1973 until 1980.

Ku-ring-gai is a modified name that originated from the original inhabitants, the Guringgai Aboriginal group. Kuringgai means ‘belonging to the aborigines’. The First dated European settlement goes back to 1814, when William Henry farmed the land near the Lane Cove River. Agriculture dominated the area until the opening of the North Shore Railway Line in 1890 leading to an increase in land being used for residential purposes. In 1894, the tribal name was adapted at the creation of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

Ku-ring-gai is known for its national parks, public parks, bushlands and reserves.

The electorate also offers an extensive selection of educational options, with around 30 independent, catholic and public schools found in the electorate.