Lemon Tree Passage, New South Wales

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This article is about the Port Stephens suburb. For the Central Coast suburb, see Lemon Tree, New South Wales. For the 2013 horror film, see Lemon Tree Passage (film).
Lemon Tree Passage
New South Wales
Lemon Tree Passage is located in New South Wales
Lemon Tree Passage
Lemon Tree Passage
Coordinates 32°43′57″S 152°2′18″E / 32.73250°S 152.03833°E / -32.73250; 152.03833Coordinates: 32°43′57″S 152°2′18″E / 32.73250°S 152.03833°E / -32.73250; 152.03833
Population 2,547 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 796/km2 (2,060/sq mi) [Note 1]
Postcode(s) 2319
Area 3.2 km2 (1.2 sq mi)[Note 2]
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
 • Summer (DST) AEDT (UTC+11)
LGA(s) Port Stephens Council
Region Hunter
County Gloucester[2]
Parish Sutton[2]
State electorate(s) Port Stephens
Federal Division(s) Paterson
Mean max temp[3] Mean min temp[3] Annual rainfall[3]
27.3 °C
81 °F
8.4 °C
47 °F
1,348.9 mm
53.1 in
Suburbs around Lemon Tree Passage:
Port Stephens Port Stephens Port Stephens
Mallabula Lemon Tree Passage Port Stephens, Lemon Tree Passage
Tilligerry Creek Tilligerry Creek Port Stephens

Lemon Tree Passage is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia, located at the end of the Tilligerry Peninsula and surrounded by the waters of Port Stephens.[4][5] At the 2011 census it had a population of 2,547.[1] It is a haven for koalas due to it being densely wooded. The town has a small marina and the local industry is oyster farming.

The suburb is separated from nearby Bulls Island by a small strait which is also known as Lemon Tree Passage.[6]

Lemon Tree Passage has been the focus of an urban legend that states that if a motorist speeds down Lemon Tree Passage Road, they will experience supernatural phenomena.[7][8] This urban legend provided the focus for the 2013 horror/thriller film Lemon Tree Passage.[9]


  1. ^ This is the average density of the whole suburb. However, approximately 1.8 square kilometres (0.7 sq mi) (56%) of the suburb is uninhabited. The average population density for the inhabited portion of the suburb is higher at 1,415 inhabitants per square kilometre (3,660/sq mi).
  2. ^ 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 1.4 square kilometres (0.5 sq mi) or 44% of the total area.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Lemon Tree Passage (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Lemon Tree Passage (suburb)". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 27 May 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c "Nelson Bay (Nelson Head)". Climate statistics for Australian locations. Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 2 June 2008. 
  4. ^ "Suburb Search - Local Council Boundaries - Hunter (HT)". New South Wales Division of Local Government. Retrieved 27 May 2008. 
  5. ^ "Lemon Tree Passage". Land and Property Management Authority - Spatial Information eXchange. New South Wales Land and Property Information. Retrieved 27 May 2008. 
  6. ^ "Lemon Tree Passage (passage)". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 27 May 2008. 
  7. ^ Keene, Neil. "Road ghost star of horror movie". Herald Sun. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  8. ^ McGowan, Michael. "Lemon Tree Passage ghost hits big scream, video". The Herald. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  9. ^ Brown, TOdd. "Check The First Poster Art For David Campbell's LEMON TREE PASSAGE". Twitch Film. Retrieved 26 September 2014.