Lucas Heights

Lucas Heights is a small suburb located in the Sutherland Shire area of Sydney, situated in a beautiful natural setting, surrounded by the Royal National Park and the Georges River. It was originally part of Menai, and then split its area to form Barden Ridge.

This quiet area offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation, especially biking. For those who need to commute, Lucas Heights offers limited public transportation options, so you’ll definitely need your car.

It is most well-known for its nuclear facilities, which include the Lucas Heights research reactor and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).

The Lucas Heights research reactor is Australia’s only nuclear reactor, and it is used primarily for research purposes, such as the production of medical isotopes for cancer treatment. ANSTO is a government-owned organization that operates the reactor and conducts research in a variety of fields, including nuclear physics, materials science, and environmental science.

Did you know?

Lucas Heights is the site of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) research establishment and home to the historic HIFAR research nuclear reactor.

Lucas Heights FAQ's

Lucas Heights is primarily known for being the location of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) campus. ANSTO is responsible for conducting research into nuclear science and technology, as well as managing Australia’s nuclear facilities.

The area that is now Lucas Heights was originally home to the Dharawal Aboriginal people. European settlement began in the mid-19th century, with the area primarily used for farming. The ANSTO campus was established in the 1950s, and the suburb of Lucas Heights was named after a nearby farm owned by a local resident.

Yes, ANSTO offers tours of its facilities to members of the public. However, there are certain restrictions and security measures in place, and bookings are required in advance. Visitors must also follow strict safety protocols during their visit.

Local Businesses in Lucas Heights


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