Avoca Beach, New South Wales
Central Coast, New South Wales
Avoca Beach, as seen from the Skillion
|Population||4,584 (2016 census)|
|• Density||1,146/km2 (2,970/sq mi)|
|Area||4.0 km2 (1.5 sq mi)|
|LGA(s)||Central Coast Council|
Avoca Beach is a coastal suburb of the Central Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, about 95 kilometres (59 mi) north of Sydney. Avoca Beach is primarily a residential suburb but also a popular tourist destination. Avoca Beach village has a variety of restaurants and cafes as well as a post office, newsagent, pharmacy and mini-mart. Avoca Beach also has a historic cinema, a hotel, bowling club, motel and caravan park. It is located within the Central Coast Council local government area.
This suburb is unrelated to the NSW Southern Highlands suburb of Avoca, New South Wales, except in name only.
Avoca Beach is located on the Tasman Sea 17 kilometres (11 mi) east-southeast of the Gosford central business district, and about halfway between Newcastle and Sydney, being about 95 kilometres (59 mi) from each. It is bordered to the north by the Bulbararing Lagoon, to the west by Saltwater Creek and to the east by the ocean.
The area was originally inhabited by the Darkinjung & Awabakal Aboriginal people. "Avoca" is an Irish name meaning "great estuary" or "where the river meets the sea", and is also the name of a town in County Wicklow, Ireland.
On 4 January 1830, 640 acres (259 ha) of land in the area were promised to Irish army officer John Moore. However, the official deeds were not issued until 30 September 1839, due to the difficulty in surveying the land. He built a house opposite Bulbararing Lake (now known as Avoca Lake) and planted vines, cereals and fruit trees. He left the area in 1857 for the Victorian goldfields. In the late 19th century, Tom Davis leased the area in order to exploit local timber, which was transported by tram to a mill at Terrigal via what is now Tramway Road in North Avoca.
A rich history exists in the community groups in this small village with the Avoca Beach Rural Fire Brigade operating since the 1940s, Avoca Beach Surf Life Saving Club (1929), and the 1st Avoca Beach Surf Cub Scouts being very active in the area.
Another feature of Avoca Beach is the Avoca Beach Picture Theatre which began in 1948 in the front gardens of brothers Mervyn and Norman Hunter to raise funds to build the Avoca Beach rock pool. In 1951 a permanent building was built & is still currently running with movies, fundraisers and regular live events including the likes of David Helfgott.
In February 2010, following the proposal to scuttle the frigate HMAS Adelaide off the beach as a dive wreck in late March, a resident action group was formed to protest against this. The group claims that the wreck will negatively affect surf conditions, tides, and littoral sand drift, and is concerned over the thoroughness of inspection and removal of dangerous materials and chemicals from the former warship, with the chance that marine life and people could be poisoned. An appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal three days before the planned scuttling date of 27 March led to a postponement of the plan until the residents' claims were investigated. The decision from the Tribunal, in favor of the project going ahead after further cleanup work, was handed down on 15 September 2010, and despite further attempts to delay, Adelaide was scuttled on 13 April 2011.
At the ABS 2016 census, Avoca Beach had a population of 4,584 people. 76.4% of people were born in Australia. The next most common country of birth was England at 8.9%. 90.9% of people only spoke English at home.The most common responses for religion in Avoca Beach were No Religion 34.0%, Catholic 22.5% and Anglican 19.9%.
Avoca Beach residents had a median age of 41, compared with the median of 42 for the Central Coast local government area. Median individual incomes in Avoca Beach were above average for the region — $764 per week compared with $600 per week. The 2016 Census reported 1,527 occupied private dwellings, of which 83.3% were separate houses, and the median monthly housing loan repayment of $2,167 was well above the regional average of $1,750.
In the year to July 2007, Avoca Beach's median house price was $571,250 versus $350,000 for the Central Coast region. In 2008, Avoca Beach was listed as the fourth most expensive place to live in New South Wales, and the sixteenth most expensive in Australia, based on the sale of units that year.
- Avoca Beach Surf Life Saving Club http://www.avocabeachslsc.asn.au/
- Avoca Beach Rugby Club http ://www.avocabeachrugby.club/
- Avoca Sharks Football Club http://www.avocafc.com/
- 1st Avoca Beach Surf Scouts http://www.avocascouts.com/
- Avoca Boardriders Club http://avocaboardriders.com/
- South Central Coast Bodyboarders Club http://www.sccbclub.com/
- Avoca Beach Rural Fire Brigade http://avocafire.info
Avoca Beach has a state primary school, which first opened in 1935. The suburb is within Kincumber High School's catchment area.
At federal level, Avoca Beach is within the Division of Robertson, which was retained in the 2019 Federal Election by Lucy Wicks of the Liberal Party of Australia, who defeated Labor candidate Anne Charlton.
Polling place statistics are presented below from the Avoca Beach polling place in the elections leading up to and including the 2019 federal and state elections as indicated.
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