Tanilba Bay, New South Wales
New South Wales
The distinctive entrance to Tanilba Bay from Lemon Tree Passage Road
|• Density||224.7/km2 (582/sq mi) [Note 1]|
|Elevation||3 m (10 ft)[Note 2]|
|Area||13 km2 (5.0 sq mi)[Note 3]|
|Time zone||AEST (UTC+10)|
|• Summer (DST)||AEDT (UTC+11)|
|LGA(s)||Port Stephens Council|
|State electorate(s)||Port Stephens|
Tanilba Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. It is located on the Tilligerry Peninsula adjacent to the bay from which it got its name. "Tanilba" is said to mean "place of white flowers" in a local Indigenous language, presumably a reference to the flannel flowers which formerly thrived in the area. At the 2011 census Tanilba Bay had a population of 2,921.
The centrepiece of this small town is Tanilba House which is one of Australia's oldest buildings. In 1831 Lieut William Caswell, Royal Navy, received a land grant of 20.2 hectares (50 acres), along with an assignment of convicts who cleared the land and built Tanilba House from locally quarried stone. Ten acres (4 hectares) on the eastern side of the hill was used as a vineyard soon after the house was built. An olive tree planted in the vineyard survives to this day.
In 1931 Tanilba House was owned by Henry Halloran who designed such structures as "The Temple", which is behind Tanilba House on the road leading to the house, and the elaborate gates at what were then the north and south entrances to the town. Today the town has expanded and the still incomplete gates stand inside the town limits. Tanilba House is surrounded by houses.
It was proposed that the Prime Minister of Australia would live here until Canberra was settled.
Part of the town is on the banks of Tanilba Bay. The beaches consist mainly of sand flats that are exposed at low tide and are completely covered at high tide. The water is protected from southerly winds which make it a popular place for skiing. The town is fairly popular with tourists.
- This is the average density of the whole suburb. However, approximately 11.1 km2 (4.3 sq mi) (85.4%) of the suburb is uninhabited or consists of non-residential zones at the edge of the suburb and the average population density in the inhabited portion of the suburb is much higher at approximately 1,537 /km2 (3,980 /sq mi).
- Elevation data as shown on 1:100000 map 9232 NEWCASTLE and 1:25000 map 93324S PORT STEPHENS.
- Area calculation is based on 1:100000 map 9232 NEWCASTLE. The area presented is that of the whole suburb. The residential portion of the suburb is only 1.9 km2 (0.7 sq mi) or 14.6% of the total area.
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