Woronora Community Guide and Business Directory

Welcome to Woronora


Woronora is a suburb in southern Sydney, located 27 km south of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the Sutherland Shire. Woronora Heights is a separate suburb, to the south-west.

The Woronora Plateau, is a geographical region adjacent to the Sydney Plain. Slightly higher in altitude, it is capped with Hawkesbury Sandstone. It is often hotter in summer and colder in winter than Sydney. The Woronora River flows through the deeply dissected plateau to the Georges River from near the sources of the Port Hacking, within the Sutherland Shire.

The Woronora Reservoir is one of the sources of Sydney's water supply. Controversy has attended the management of the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor, which has been suspected of discharging nuclear wastes into the river downstream of the dam.

A feature of Woronora is that it snakes south, along both sides of the Woronora River. Some houses in the Woronora area are not accessible by road; they can only be reached by boat. Many think that this adds to the charm of the suburb which has curiously escaped the development that its surrounding suburbs have experienced. They feel that this has contributed to the sense of community in the Woronora.

Landmarks & Commercial

Woronora features an RSL Club, boatshed, Rugby League football oval, caravan park, primary school which opened in 1942, cafe, restaurants (riverside and Thai restaurant), a fire station, hairdresser, liquor shop, general store and a cemetery (close to Sutherland).












The Woronora Bridge, was built to eliminate the steep decents and ascents for traffic between Sutherland and Menai. The bridge is approximately 600 metres long and was completed in 2001 as an alternative to the Old Woronora Bridge. There is a public walkway located just underneath the road on the bridge. The walkway can be accessed from Menia Road on the Bangor side and Edwards Park Road on the Sutherland.

Woronora Fire Trail

There is a fire trail between Woronora and Woronora Heights which has remained closed due to protests from those who live in Woronora and parts of Woronora Heights. These residents feel that if the fire trail was opened to general transport, it would create an influx of vehicles from Engadine using Woronora as a 'shortcut' to Menai and Sutherland, and would pollute the area. They also feel it would congest and change the character of the small suburb. In 2006, the NSW State Government intervened and zoned the fire trail such that it would not be able to be used for public or general transport. Up until this decision, many houses through the area displayed placards protesting against members of the local Sutherland Shire Council that were pushing to have the road opened to public transport, and others that sought to see  the road opened to general traffic.

Woronora Life Saving and River Patrol Club

Phone: 02 9521 5852  

Mail: 4 The Crescent, Woronora NSW 2232

Description: Open to men and women, boys and girls of all ages. Activities: Season Oct-Mar, Sun 2pm, swimming & beach events followed by instruction in Royal Life Saving Society awards, incl. Bronze and Resuscitation. Club meets in Prince Edward Park, Woronora.

Contact: Secretary 02 9521 5852; Social secretary 02 9521 4661.

Area Served: Sutherland Shire

Target Groups: Broad Community

Service Types: Sporting Clubs and Groups, Surf Life Saving, Resuscitation


Woronora is derived from an Aboriginal word wooloonora, meaning 'black rock'. It is believed to have been named by Surveyor Dixon in 1828.

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