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.
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.
French's Forest has a large industrial precinct featuring various small to large industrial parks and office buildings.
The main Routes through Frenchs Forest include the east-west Warringah Road (State route A38), 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 (State route 22), starting at Narrabeen in the northeast, crossing Warringah road in Frenchs Forest, and heading south to Seaforth.
Following any of these three major roads lead to the only three road routes off the Warringah peninsula.
The intersection of Wakehurst Parkway and Warringah Road was the scene of multiple high speed collisions when these two roads were dirt tracks through the bush.
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 (route 136), 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 and Manly.Sydney Buses also provides a north-south service(route 169/E69) 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.
In the 2011 census of Population and Housing, the population of the Frenchs Forest postcode area was 13,192 people.