Blacktown is both a city and a suburb. As a suburb it is one of Australia’s most populated with nearly 40,000 residents.
Blacktown city has a population of almost 300,000, according to ABS Census statistics. That might not sound like a lot of people but it means around one in 73 Australians lives in Blacktown City. The population also happens to be growing at a higher rate than the national average.
The area was originally populated by the Darug people who were centred around Prospect, the area known to most as the home of Prospect dam one of Sydney’s major drinking water supplies.
Located 35 kilometres from Sydney’s CBD, Blacktown is in the heart of Sydney’s western suburbs and this is represented by a generally younger population. As a result Blacktown has its fair share of sport and recreation facilities including the Eastern Creek Raceway which hosts a number of high profile motoring events. It once hosted the Australian 500cc Grand Prix series. It has also doubled as a venue for large scale rock concerts from some of the world’s biggest artists.
You’ll also find other suburban icons such as Rooty Hill RSL, known by many as “The Vegas of the West”.
Blacktown’s CBD is dominated by a large transport hub including train station and bus interchange. In fact, it was the arrival of railway in the area that first saw it established as a suburb proper. It wasn’t however until the second half of the 1900s that Blacktown’s population really began growing.
This growth included the construction of the main shopping centre, Westpoint Blacktown, which is located next to the train station.
Whilst known as one of rugby league’s heartlands and responsible for a number of its stars, Blacktown is also the intended centre for the proposed Western Sydney AFL team and the Sydney Swans have also played games at Blacktown Olympic Park.
Famous people from Blacktown include Toni Colette and former Home & Away star and wife to Lleyton, Bec Hewitt.