Barden Ridge is a suburb in southern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Barden Ridge is located 31 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of the Sutherland Shire. Barden Ridge is colloquially known to locals as 'The Ridge'.
Barden Ridge is located on the Woronora River
, which flows north into the Georges River
. 'The Needles', is a body of water (fjord
) on the Woronora River, on one of the original roads west from Helensburgh
. On the northern side of the fjord lies the fresh water source of the Woronora River, whilst on the other side is salt water. The water, between two steep hills, remains so cold that even during summer it has been known to have caused heart attacks. While car access has been generally blocked, pedestrian access is still available. This area is also popular for recreational activities such as hiking and mountain biking.
Barden Ridge has shifted from a remote bushland area, when known as Lucas Heights, to an expanding suburb that now contains all the necessary amenities that have established a strong community.
Barden Ridge was named after Alfred Barden, whose pioneering family is associated with the Bangor
area prior to the 1850s. In early times Barden Ridge had been used to identify the geographical location and Lucas Heights was given to the suburb that developed here.
The residential area of Lucas Heights was renamed Barden Ridge in 1996, to disassociate it from the area containing the nuclear reactor and the waste management centre.
The nearest train station is at Sutherland
on the City Rail Illawarra line
and South Coast
lines. Veolia Transport, formerly known as Connex Southtrans operates the local bus service.
In 2005, the Bangor Bypass was completed. It takes motorists directly from Sutherland to Barden Ridge, instead of passing through Menai and Bangor. A new section of the Bypass is being planned that will pass by Barden Ridge.
Sport and Recreation
The Ridge Sports Complex
is a major sporting facility on the western side of New Illawarra Road. It features playing fields and associated amenities buildings, netball
courts, a synthetic athletic track and golf
driving range. Also planned for this area are hockey
fields, a championship golf course and club facilities to service the needs of the sporting and golfing community.
Barden Ridge has two schools: Lucas Heights Community School
and Sutherland Shire Christian School
St Pauls Anglican Church and the Sutherland Reformed Church.
Barden Ridge comes under the Federal seat of Hughes
, which is currently held by Liberal MP Danna Vale
. In State Government, it comes under the seat of Menai
, which is currently held by ALP MP Alison Megarrity
. In Local Government, Barden Ridge falls under Sutherland Shire
E Ward, which has three representatives. These are Deputy Mayor Melanie Gibbons and Steve Simpson, both of the Liberal Party, and Ken McDonell of the ALP.
- The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollen, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8