Ryde is located 12km north/west of Sydney and is the third-oldest settlement in Australia.
Ryde lies in a vegetable-growing area, and has shipyards, brickyards, and potteries. To the north, on the Lane Cove River, is Lane Cove National Park. At various times known as Kissing Point, Eastern Farms, and Field of Mars, the park was laid out by returning servicemen.
The city occupies most of the divide between the Parramatta and Lane Cove rivers, and has 16 suburbs within its boundaries.
The suburbs that make up the Ryde area include (where they are shared suburbs the other Council's name is noted in brackets): Chatswood West (Willoughby), Denistone, Denistone East, Denistone West, East Ryde, Eastwood (Hornsby), Gladesville (Hunters Hill), Macquarie Park, Marsfield, Meadowbank, Melrose Park (Parramatta), North Ryde, Putney, Ryde, Tennyson Point, and West Ryde.
An extensive network of pedestrian footpaths and 21 kilometres of cyclepaths will help you get around the City on foot or bicycle.There is 265 hectares of local open space in the Ryde City area.