|Location:||17 km (11 mi) north-west of Sydney CBD|
|Local Government Area:||City of Parramatta, City of Ryde|
|State District:||Epping, Ryde|
Eastwood is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Eastwood is located 17 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district in the local government areas of the City of Ryde and the City of Parramatta. Eastwood is in the Northern Suburbs region.
Originally thought to have been inhabited by the Wallumedegal Aboriginal tribe, who lived in the area between the Lane Cove and Parramatta Rivers, the area was first settled by Europeans shortly after the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788, from land grants to marines and NSW Corps, and was named "Eastwood" by an early Irish free settler, William Rutledge. Today it is a large urban centre in the north of Sydney of over 14,000 people, with a large shopping area. From a predominantly European suburb, the face of Eastwood has been dramatically altered with immigrants from China, Hong Kong and Korea in the past decade. Causing deep concerns and resentment amongst long-time residents, Asian migrants outnumber the Australian-born - whether Asian or Caucasian. Apart from the inevitable cultural differences between the migrants and Australian-born residents - disregarding their race, division is evident even within the Asian community; to locals, the immigrant-Korean community are known to be on the eastern side of the railway line while the immigrant-Chinese dominate the western side. Tension continues to arise between Asian immigrants and residents who lived in Eastwood pre-2000 and have seen the dramatic shift to a 'monocultural immigrant ghetto' with Chinese and Korean replacing English as the predominant spoken language in Eastwood.
The most Australian icon that remains in an Asian-dominated suburb is the Granny Smith Apple, which was first grown in Eastwood. Every October, the oval and cordoned-off streets become the grounds for the annual Granny Smith Festival, a celebration of the icon with fairground rides, market stalls, street theatres, parades, an apple-baking competition and a fireworks spectacular at the Upper Eastwood Oval. However, in recent years the festival has been influenced by the majority Asian-immigrant community with Chinese dragon dancers in the Grand Parade and Chinese stallholders. Conversely, Eastwood's annual Chinese New Year Celebrations have been renamed to sound more inclusive, now known as the Lunar New Year Festivities.