Ellalong, New South Wales

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CessnockNew South Wales
Ellalong is located in New South Wales
Coordinates32°54′26″S 151°19′17″E / 32.90722°S 151.32139°E / -32.90722; 151.32139Coordinates: 32°54′26″S 151°19′17″E / 32.90722°S 151.32139°E / -32.90722; 151.32139
Population789 (2011 census)[1][Note 1]
 • Density390/km2 (1,020/sq mi) [Note 2]
Area2 km2 (0.8 sq mi)[2]
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10)
 • Summer (DST)AEDT (UTC+11)
LGA(s)City of Cessnock[3]
State electorate(s)Cessnock[5]
Federal Division(s)Hunter[6]

Ellalong 'The Jewel of the Mountain' is a small village located in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia at the foot of the Watagan Mountains.[3][4][8]

Neighboring towns include Pelton, Paxton, Congewai and Quorrobolong.

At the 2016 census, the Ellalong township had a population of 1098. [9]


Ellalong Public School in the County of Northumberland was established in June 1863 and closed in December of 1863. Ellalong Public School re-opened in 1868. [10] The Ellalong Hotel was built specifically in the mining boom in 1924. [11]

Ellalong Lagoon (Catch-a-boy Swamp)[edit]

The village is home to a large Lagoon that is of Aboriginal cultural significance. The Ellalong Lagoon is a mythical site known as Catch-a-boy Swamp, where a Bunyip is said to have lived and taken a young boy who was swimming or playing in the lagoon. Parents would use the story to reinforce the danger to their children of playing in the lagoon. [12] Locals that grew up in the area were well aware of the myth, but would still swim in the Swamp in the Summer months, often trying to scare each other with stories of the Bunyip. When full, the lagoon is a picturesque site but will at times completely dry up with drought. The Quorrobolong Creek section of the Swamp can be viewed from the front of the Ellalong Hotel also overlooking the Watagan Mountains.

1994 Earthquake[edit]

Ellalong was the epicentre of an earthquake recorded as magnitude 5.4 on the 06 Aug 1994. Five people in the Hunter region were injured and 1000 homes damaged in this earthquake. The quake was the biggest in the region since the Newcastle quake in 1989.[13].


  1. ^ This is the population of the township itself, not of the entire gazetted locality.
  2. ^ This is the average density of the township, not the average for the whole area.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Ellalong (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 August 2013. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "2011 Community Profiles: Ellalong (State Suburb)". 2011 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 16 August 2013. Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ a b c "Suburb Search – Local Council Boundaries – Hunter (HT) – Cessnock City Council". New South Wales Division of Local Government. Archived from the original on 28 February 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "Ellalong (locality)". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Cessnock". New South Wales Electoral Commission. 24 September 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Hunter". Australian Electoral Commission. 26 July 2012. Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  7. ^ a b c Bureau of Meteorology max
  8. ^ "Ellalong". Land and Property Management Authority - Spatial Information eXchange. New South Wales Land and Property Information. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  9. ^ http://quickstats.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2016/quickstat/SSC11398
  10. ^ https://researchdata.ands.org.au/ellalong-public-school-i/166467/?refer_q=rows=15/sort=score%20desc/class=party/p=1/q=ellalong/
  11. ^ http://www.huntervalleyvisitorcentre.com.au/things-do/heritage/historic-hotels/
  12. ^ http://www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/resources/file/OnExhibition/DCP/Appendix_B(1).pdf
  13. ^ https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/science-environment/2012/07/australias-worst-earthquakes/