18 km (11 miles) north-west of Sydney CBD
The Wallumedegal Aboriginal tribe lived in the area between the Lane Cove River and Parramatta River. In 1792, Governer Phillip began the granting of parcels of lands to marines, and the area was referred to on Phillip's maps as the Field of Mars, Mars being the Roman god of War. It contained the area of what is now Epping, along with the surrounding suburbs of Ryde and Marsfield.
Epping railway station was originally called 'Field of Mars' and then was changed to Carlingford. The first post office opened as East Carlingford. In 1899 the suburb name of Epping was adopted after suggestion by a local landowner William Midson (1849-1924), after a town near Epping Forest in Essex, where his father was born.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2006 Census, Epping had a population of 18,970, of which 9,216 (48.6%) were male and 9,754 (51.4%) were female. Approximately 53.6% of residents living in Epping are Australian born and the majority of its migrant residents hail from China (8.2%), Hong Kong (5.6%), Korea (5.0%), India (3.6%) and Britain (2.6%) respectively.
Epping is also known to be a more affluent suburb in its region, as evidenced by its higher median house prices compared to neighbouring suburbs, and the high proportion of professionals who reside in Epping (nearly double the Sydney average).
Epping features a small shopping centre close to Epping railway station. Other commercial and industrial developments are also located in the surrounding area.
The Epping Club (Epping RSL club) is a popular venue, which attracts many people including students from the nearby Macquarie University. Epping also has a bar (Epping Hotel) with its own nightclub.
Epping railway station is on Northern railway line of Sydney's CityRail network. Epping is also a junction for the Epping to Chatswood line, which became fully operational in early 2009. The second stage of this project which was intended to run west from Epping to Parramatta has been put on indefinite hold.
Epping is also well-serviced by bus facilities by Sydney Buses and Hillsbus. The M2 Hills Motorway runs along the northern border to the Sydney CBD. Epping Road is a major arterial road in the area that runs east from the railway station to the Pacific Highway.