Brookvale is a suburb 16 kilometres north-east of the Sydney central business district. It is part of the Northern Beaches region.
The first development in the area was in 1836 when 64 hectares of farmland was granted to William Frederick Parker. In this period further land was sold to the Malcolm, Burns and Miles families. In 1883, Sydney Alexander Malcolm built what became known as 'Brookvale House'. It eventually was sold in 1961 to the Hooker Investment Corporation paving the way for the construction of Warringah Mall, which is the largest shopping complex in the area.
Brookvale had two post offices. Brookvale Post Office opened on 1 June 1888 and closed on 1 November 2013. The post office included a mail & parcel delivery & a collection service operated by Mailplus operates in that post office. Warringah Mall Post Office opened on 3 April 1963 as a second post office for Brookvale.
After World War II, much of the surrounding land was bought by immigrants, many of whom were Italian. The Curulli, Caputo and Bombardieri families own a large percentage of the land in Brookvale. Brookvale developed from farmland to manufacturing, warehousing, and in recent years there has been significant office space development. Because of the large presence of Pazzano immigrants, a little village of southern Italy, Brookvale is called by them "Pazzaniedu": Little Pazzano in calabrian dialect.
According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 3,161 residents in Brookvale. 53.7% of people were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth were England 5.5%, China 4.8% and New Zealand 3.5%. 65.0% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 4.1% and Italian 3.4%. The most common responses for religion in Brookvale were No Religion 33.5%, Catholic 26.4% and Anglican 10.4%.
Brookvale has a fast-growing business community, and is a major industrial area. Westfield Warringah Mall (previously known as Warringah Mall) is a large indoor/outdoor shopping centre in the southern part of the suburb. A number of car dealerships and related vehicle services are located in Brookvale. Many printing and signage businesses are also located in Brookvale, such as Innovative Print Solutions, located on Short Street. Sydney Buses' Brookvale Bus Depot is located on Pittwater Road.
Brookvale Oval is the home ground of the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles National Rugby League team. Manly Leagues Club is located nearby. The land for Brookvale Oval was given to the people of Warringah for their recreational use in 1911 by Jane Try of Brookvale House. Known as "Fortress Brookvale" to Sea Eagles fans, the ground has a spectator capacity of 23,000 and includes the Jane Try Stand on the western side (this is where the change rooms and media facilities are located), the Fulton-Menzies stand at the southern end with "The Hill" on the east and north. Brookvale also has four television standard light towers to allow for night games.
In 2014, the North Harbour Rays announced Brookvale Oval as their home ground for the inaugural National Rugby Championship season.
1st Brookvale Scout group, formed in 1947, still meets at the scout hall in Winbourne Road. The group merged with 1st North Curl Curl in the early 2000s and is now known as Brookvale Curl Curl Scout Group.
Brookvale has two schools - Brookvale Public School and St Augustine's College. Brookvale also has a TAFENSW college located on Old Pittwatter Road.