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New South Wales
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Royalla is located in New South Wales
Coordinates35°30′25″S 149°10′05″E / 35.50694°S 149.16806°E / -35.50694; 149.16806Coordinates: 35°30′25″S 149°10′05″E / 35.50694°S 149.16806°E / -35.50694; 149.16806
Population984 (2016 census)[1]
Elevation800 m (2,625 ft)
LGA(s)Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council
State electorate(s)Monaro
Federal Division(s)Eden-Monaro
Localities around Royalla:
Theodore Tralee Googong
Royalla Burra
Williamsdale Burra

Royalla is a rural locality on the border of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.[2][3] The area takes its name from the nearby Mount Rob Roy, and was originally a railway settlement on the Bombala railway line known as Rob Roy and changed to the current name in 1905. Modern Royalla is a large rural locality east of the Monaro Highway. The border with the ACT follows the western boundary of the easement of the former railway line to the east of the highway. The town was served by a railway station until 1975. The NSW part of Royalla had a population of 984 at the 2016 census.[1]

Australian Capital Territory[edit]

Site of Royalla railway station on Bombala railway line

The adjoining part of the Australian Capital Territory is also known as Royalla.[4] The part of Royalla within the ACT is included in the area called "Tuggeranong (SA2)" by the ABS, which also includes the ACT part of Williamsdale and all the rural territory between the Murrumbidgee River and the NSW border. This area had a population of 21 at the 2016 census.[5]

Solar farm[edit]

Royalla solar farm in the distance

On 3 September 2014, Australia's then-largest solar farm was officially opened there. The event was attended by Simon Corbell, the ACT's Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, and Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, Spain's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. The plant features 83,000 solar arrays, and is rated at 20MWp. It has the capacity to power more than 4,500 ACT homes.[6] The farm was developed by the Spanish company Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV).[4]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Royalla (state suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Royalla". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Royalla". OpenStreetMap. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  4. ^ a b 'Australia's largest' solar farm opens at Royalla south of Canberra, Jonathon Gul and Kathleen Dyett, ABC News Online, 3 September 2014
  5. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Tuggeranong (SA2)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  6. ^ Gul, Jonathon; Dyett, Kathleen (2014-09-03). "'Australia's largest' solar farm opens south of Canberra". ABC News. Retrieved 2019-02-05.