The federal electorate of Mackellar spans 233 square kilometres of Sydney's beautiful Northern Beaches, from Dee Why in the south to Palm Beach in the north, and stretching inland to The The federal electorate of Mackellar spans 233 square kilometres of Sydney's beautiful Northern Beaches, from Dee Why in the south to Palm Beach in the north, and stretching inland to Duffys Forest in the west.
Mackellar is famous for our beautiful environment, pristine beaches, thriving business community and for our hospitality and community spirit.
Our hard-working, diverse and creative community has it all – from the beautiful Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park to celebrated Indigenous heritage and sacred sites, the world’s best beaches and a thriving arts and music scene. Mackellar is also home to one of Australia’s most innovative business communities and a vibrant sports community.
It was created in 1949 when Parliament expanded and is named after the poet Dorothea Mackellar.
Dorothea’s love for the sea, bays and lush bushland was inspired by her time living at ‘Tarrangaua’ at Lovett Bay in Mackellar where she enjoyed swimming, fishing and walking beside the tranquil beauty of Pittwater. She captured our community perfectly in her poem ‘My Country’.
"I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror –
The wide brown land for me!..."
The electorate of Mackellar is home to approximately
- 155,000 people
- 102,000 voters
- over 18,000 businesses