Cringila, New South Wales

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WollongongNew South Wales
Cringila Aerial.jpg
Aerial photo from east
Coordinates 34°28′16″S 150°52′19″E / 34.47111°S 150.87194°E / -34.47111; 150.87194Coordinates: 34°28′16″S 150°52′19″E / 34.47111°S 150.87194°E / -34.47111; 150.87194
Population 2,181 (2006)[1]
 • Density 839/km2 (2,170/sq mi)
Established 1928
Postcode(s) 2502
Area 2.6 km2 (1.0 sq mi)
Location 6 km (4 mi) from Wollongong
LGA(s) Wollongong City Council
State electorate(s) Wollongong
Federal Division(s) Throsby
Suburbs around Cringila:
Unanderra Spring Hill
Berkeley Cringila Port Kembla
Berkeley Lake Heights Warrawong

Cringila is a densely populated southern suburb in the city of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia. The suburb is bounded by Berkeley, Unanderra, Lake Heights and Warrawong.

The suburb is planned on a north-south residential/commercial strip and the east west streets that adjoin it, making a rectangular pattern.

Cringila Community Park is a 78 ha site purchased by Wollongong City Council after residents defeated a proposal by BHP to use the land as a dump for industrial waste. Its main purpose is to regenerate the local area's natural wildlife. Surrounding Cringila's primary school is a protected rain forest.

A fraction of Cringila is the Port Kembla steelworks, which is a major local employer. This led to an influx of ethnic groups, primarily Macedonian and Portuguese immigrants. This in turn transformed the demographics of Cringila significantly and in 2001 Macedonian was more spoken than English thus becoming the only suburb in Australia where Macedonian is more spoken than English at home.

The word Cringila is an Aboriginal name - the town was formerly called Steeltown. In 1928 the first blast furnace opened up at the Port Kembla steelworks.

In 1935 the first public school opened, it was known as Steel Town School. In 1957 Cringila Public School opened.

By then many overseas migrants had settled in Cringila, primarily Macedonians, Turks, Portuguese, Lebanese and the rest of the mid-Illawarra to be employed at the steelworks.

The main operating shops include Abdul's Butcher, the Cringila Hotel, a few burek shops, a newsagency, a pharmacy and convenience store. Other businesses include a petrol station, kebab shops, and a florist.


Cringila also has a local football (soccer) team which participates in the local Illawarra Premier League. They are supported strongly by the Macedonian community of Cringila and Wollongong. They play their local games at their home ground at John Crehan Park, Merrett Avenue, Cringila. In 2008 Cringila had finished 4th in the local Illawarra Premier League and also won the Corrimal League cup which also led to greater success in winning the Bert Bampton Cup. Cringila Lions have a strong rivalry with Wollongong United also backed heavily by the Macedonian community.


Cringila railway station in on the Port Kembla Branch of the South Coast railway line.


  • Total persons: 2,181[1]
  • Persons born overseas: 1,010 (46.3%)
  • Median age: 37

Country of birth[edit]

Country of birth Number Percentage of total inhabitants
 Australia 1,011 46.4%
 Macedonia 404 18.5%
 Lebanon 121 5.5%
 Portugal 76 3.5%

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  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Cringila (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2009-01-04.