Albion Park, New South Wales

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Albion Park
WollongongNew South Wales
Albion Park aerial.jpg
An aerial picture of the suburb
Coordinates 34°34′S 150°48′E / 34.567°S 150.800°E / -34.567; 150.800Coordinates: 34°34′S 150°48′E / 34.567°S 150.800°E / -34.567; 150.800
Population 11,261 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 2527
Location
LGA(s) City of Shellharbour
State electorate(s) Kiama, Shellharbour
Federal Division(s) Throsby
Suburbs around Albion Park:
North Macquarie Calderwood Albion Park Rail
Tullimbar Albion Park Croom
Yellow Rock Curramore Croom
Tully Sugar Mill No.6 at Illawarra Light Railway Museum, Albion Park Rail

Albion Park is a suburb situated in the Macquarie Valley in the City of Shellharbour, which is in turn one of the three local government areas that comprise the Wollongong Metropolitan Area, New South Wales, Australia. Although it is surrounded by a 'green belt' of farms, Albion Park has a population of approximately 11,261[1] and continues to expand by a rate of 12.5% per year.

The Illawarra escarpment is to the west, Dapto is to the north, Jamberoo is to the south and Shellharbour is to the east.

History[edit]

The area around Albion Park was cleared by cedar cutters, and they were quickly followed by graziers who recognised the potential of this well-watered area. The arrival of the railway line in 1887, and the completion of the road through Macquarie Pass to the Southern Highlands hastened the town’s growth.

Etymology[edit]

The term "Albion", is an ancient name of Great Britain.[2] the name was given by the original land grant owner around 1815.

Infrastructure[edit]

Trains[edit]

In order to avoid the highest parts of the ridge between Albion Park and Minnamurra, the railway needed to keep closer to the shore of Lake Illawarra. After the opening of Albion Park railway station two km to the east in 1887, a new town grew up next to it, now known as Albion Park Rail.

Roads[edit]

The Illawarra Highway runs through Albion Park and joins the Princes Highway just north of the suburb. This road brings many people through the region. Albion Park is also the most direct link between Jamberoo Action Park and Sydney via the Princes Motorway and thus is directly on the route for those travelling south.

Education[edit]

There are currently 3 Primary Schools and 3 High Schools in Albion Park:

Recreation[edit]

Albion Park is home to the Shellharbour Regional Sporting Complex[citation needed], which consists of two all-weather hockey fields, several football (rugby league) fields, a multi-purpose indoor basketball stadium, a turf cricket field, an athletics field, a BMX track, a remote control car racing track,[3] and several tennis courts. A cycleway also courses its way through the Sporting Complex and links it to a polo field and a complex of soccer fields. Albion Park is also home to a Shellharbour Council Swimming Pool, which is open during the summer months and now costs a fee of $1 entry, to a pool paid for by the members of the town.

Clubs and pubs[edit]

Albion Park is home to three clubs where people go to eat and drink. They include:

Sport[edit]

Albion Park is also home to various sporting teams such as:

Museums[edit]

Albion Park has the Tongarra Museum, which showcases the history of the region, and the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society Museum located at the Illawarra Regional Airport.

Commercial area[edit]

There is a small Centro shopping complex in Albion Park. In 2009, Council started a program to revitalize the town centre and it has brought in more tourists to the town.

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