Frenchs Forest is a suburb of northern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Frenchs Forest is 13 kilometres north of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of Warringah Council. Frenchs Forest is part of Sydney's Northern Beaches region and also considered to be part of the Forest District, colloquially known as The Forest. Frenchs Forest is close to the Garigal National Park.
It is elevated (~110 m ASL) regularly having high rainfall compared with the rest of Sydney and is spread along ridgelines surrounded by native bushland. The eastern parts have distant views (3 km) over the Pacific Ocean and the temperature extremes typical of Sydney are moderated by this proximity. Garigal National Park features native wildlife, birds, turtles, wallabies, lizards, snakes. Bush tracks include bluff track and natural bridge track.
Forestway shopping centre is at the intersection of Forestway and Warringah Roads. During the 1960s and 1970s, this centre had the name Arndale. Smaller shopping centres are located at Sorlie Road featuring a variety of restaurants and Skyline shops on Frenchs Forest Road East, the name being derived from the 'Skyline’ Drive-in Movie Theatre that existed nearby until the mid 1980s.
The main routes through Frenchs Forest include the east west Warringah Road connecting Roseville in the west with Brookvale in the east; the north south Forestway, starting at Warringah Road in Frenchs Forest and heading north through Belrose to Terrey Hills (8 km); the north south Wakehurst Parkway, starting at Narrabeen in the northeast, crossing Warringah Road in Frenchs Forest and heading south to Seaforth. Following any of these three major roads leads to the only three road routes off the Warringah peninsula. Forest Coach Lines connects Frenchs Forest with Chatswood Railway Station in the west, Warringah Mall shopping centre at Brookvale in the east and Terrey Hills in the north.
An express City bus service to Town Hall Railway Station in the Sydney CBD. Sydney Buses provides an east west connection starting at Manly via Dee Why Beach, through Frenchs Forest then to Roseville and Chatswood Railway Station. The return journey is from Roseville Bridge to Naree Road, Frenchs Forest and to Dee Why beach then Manly. Sydney Buses also provides a north south service coming from Manly via Brookvale, Dee Why, Narraweena and Beacon Hill, through Frenchs Forest via Warringah Road, Frenchs Forest Road and the Wakehurst Parkway and then to Seaforth and city.