Gwabegar

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Gwabegar
New South Wales
Gwabegar is located in New South Wales
Gwabegar
Gwabegar
Coordinates 30°37′S 148°59′E / 30.617°S 148.983°E / -30.617; 148.983Coordinates: 30°37′S 148°59′E / 30.617°S 148.983°E / -30.617; 148.983
Population 344 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2356
Location
LGA(s) Narrabri Shire
State electorate(s) Barwon
Federal Division(s) Parkes

Gwabegar (/ˈwɒbɡər/ WOB-i-gər)[2] is a town in North Eastern New South Wales, Australia. The town is in the Narrabri Shire local government area, 625 kilometres (388 mi) north west of the state capital, Sydney. At the 2011 census, Gwabegar had a population of 344.[1]

The town is in the middle of the largest naturally forming cypress pine (Callitris) forest in the Southern Hemisphere, the Pilliga State Forest. The timber industry was once the mainstay of the town with twelve sawmills operating, but they have been closed, leaving farming as the main source of income.

Goonanyah Post Office opened on 15 August 1912 and was renamed Gwabegar in 1924.[3]

Gwabegar is the historical terminus of the Gwabegar railway line, which is now truncated to Binnaway. The now closed railway station opened in 1923.[4]

Preceding station   NSW Closed lines   Following station
Terminus Gwabegar Line
towards Wallerawang

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Gwabegar (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Narrabri Shire, Narrabri Shire Tourism, Courier Print, Narrabri, n.d.
  3. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Gwabegar station. NSWrail.net, accessed 9 April 2010.