Oatlands is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is 23 kilometres (14 miles) north-west of the Sydney CBD in the local government area of the City of Parramatta. Oatlands is considered to be part of the Hills District area.
The suburb extends from the south-east of Kissing Point Road and Vineyard Creek to the north-west bordering Pennant Hills Road and the North Rocks area.
The name originally comes from Oatlands House, which was one of the earliest homes in the Parramatta district, being built in the 1830s by Percy Simpson. While it has been suggested that name reflects the first sowing of oats in Australia, this can't be confirmed. Instead, the name appears to be taken from Oatlands Park in England, which was close to the lands of Lord Dundas, for whom the neighbouring suburb was named. In 1840, the land was sold to James Bettington, who used it for sheep farming. Oatlands House is now used as function centre, with the surrounding land forming the Oatlands Golf Course, which was opened in 1931. Oatlands was defined as a new suburb in 1991. Prior to this, the area had been known as Dundas West.
Dundas West Post Office opened on 3 July 1967. It was renamed Oatlands in 1993.
Oatlands is home to the historic Oatlands House, located within the grounds of the Oatlands Golf Club. Annual events include the New South Wales Women's Open, attracting professional golf athletes and media attention to the area. Winners of this event include Laura Davies, Lydia Ko in 2012 (while still an amateur, and thereby becoming the youngest to win any professional tournament), Swede Caroline Hedwall, in 2013 and Joanna Klatten of France in 2014. The Club is well renowned in the Sydney area, and is nominated as Australia's best par 70 course by former touring professional golfer and now media personality Brett Ogle.
In addition, touring professional and multiple Australian Open and Australian PGA winner Peter Lonard is a product of the cadet program at the club. He also served his PGA traineeship there, and was the club professional for some years before rejoining the tour after recovering from Ross River Fever.
Oatlands also includes the area known as Burnside, which was the site of Burnside Homes, the children's homes established by Sir James Burns in 1911. Although not used for children's homes any more, the area is still the site of the headquarters of Uniting Care Burnside, an agency of the Uniting Church in Australia. The name is also used by Burnside Public School, which was built on land belonging to the trust. The area contains mainly new housing developments such as Burnside Gardens Estate.
There is a small shopping area featuring a post office, supermarket, fruit shop, liquor store, chicken shop, hairdressers, butcher, real estate, doctors' surgery, chemist and newsagency.
- Oatlands Public School is located on Belmore Street.
- Burnside Public School
- The age distribution was quite similar to the country in general. The median age was 40 years, similar to the national median of 38 years. Children aged 0–14 years made up 19.1% of the population (national average is 18.7%) and people aged 65 years and over made up 15.3% of the population (national average is 15.8%).
- 59.3% of people were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth were China 7.3%, South Korea 5.4%, Lebanon 3.2%, India 2.5% and Hong Kong 1.9%.
- 53.6% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Arabic 8.4%, Mandarin 7.5%, Korean 6.7%, Cantonese 5.7% and Hindi 1.9%.
- The most common responses for religion were Catholic 33.2%, No Religion 19.4% and Anglican 10.3%.
- Of all households,80.4% were family households and 17.6% were single person households.