Crows Nest is a suburb on the lower North Shore of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Crows Nest is located 5 kilometres north of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of North Sydney Council.
Crows Nest was the name of an estate founded by Edward Wollstonecraft
in 1819 when he received a land grant
in this area and extending to today's suburb of Wollstonecraft
. He named the parcel 'Crows Nest Farm' and erected 'Crows Nest House'. This site is now the building site
of North Sydney Demonstration School and the gates
of Crows Nest House still stand at the Pacific Highway
entrance to the school. According to his associate Alexander Berry
, Wollstonecraft chose the house
's name "on account of its elevated and commanding position". Berry died at Crows Nest House on 30 November
Crows Nest is a significant commercial
district which is noted for its variety of shops
. It is centred around the junction of five main roads about 1 kilometre north by northwest of the original site of Crows Nest House.
The Warringah Freeway
runs along the northern border of Crows Nest and the Pacific Highway
is a major road along the western border.