Austinmer, New South Wales
Wollongong, New South Wales
|Population||2,560 (2016 census)|
|LGA(s)||City of Wollongong|
The town's main beach is Austinmer Beach, a patrolled surf beach and a popular tourist beach. A second smaller and unpatrolled beach lies directly to the north of Austinmer beach.
The main road through the town is Lawrence Hargrave Drive, which connects with the Princes Highway at Bulli Pass. Moore Street connects Austinmer railway station to Lawrence Hargrave Drive, and, along with a short stretch along Lawrence Hargrave Drive, constitutes Austinmer's commercial presence, as well as a police station, school, churches, and veterinary clinic.
The Headland Hotel to the north of Austinmer Beach was featured in the 2005/2006 television series headLand.
By the 1860s the area was simply called "North Bulli". The name was later changed to Austinmere (later dropping the final "e", and pronounced as "mer" as French for 'by the sea'; Austin (the original mine owner/manager) by the sea) with the opening of the North Illawarra Coal Company's mine around 1887. Some have suggested that the area was originally called Sidmouth, named after the Devonshire birthplace of Robert Marsh Westmacott who owned land that now includes Austinmer. It turns out that a future owner, one Biddulph Henning, named it Sidmouth after where he had been staying in 1891 just prior to his return to Australia and subsequent purchasing of the land in Austinmer. The name "Sidmouth" is unrecorded prior to Henning's purchase of the property.
In the 2016 Census, there were 2,560 people in Austinmer. 80.1% of people were born in Australia. The next most common country of birth was England at 5.5%. 89.3% of people only spoke English at home. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 41.5%, Catholic 20.6% and Anglican 14.9%.