Telegraph Point, New South Wales

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Telegraph Point
New South Wales
Telegraph Point is located in New South Wales
Telegraph Point
Telegraph Point
Coordinates 31°20′S 152°48′E / 31.333°S 152.800°E / -31.333; 152.800Coordinates: 31°20′S 152°48′E / 31.333°S 152.800°E / -31.333; 152.800
Population 674 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2441
LGA(s) Port Macquarie-Hastings Council
County Macquarie
State electorate(s) Port Macquarie
Federal Division(s) Cowper

Telegraph Point is a small village on the North Coast of New South Wales, Australia. It is located on the Pacific Highway north of Port Macquarie, and on the North Coast railway line. The Wilson River passes beside the village. In the 2011 census, Telegraph Point recorded a population of 619 people, 52.7% male and 48.3% female.

The median/average age of the Telegraph Point population is 46 years — 9 years above the Australian average.

The country of birth of Telegraph Point residents is 3.2% England, 0.5% Germany, 0.6% Fiji, 0.5% Denmark, 2.4% New Zealand.

94% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.5% Lao, 0.5% German, 0.5% Fijian Hindustani, 0.5% Danish, 0.5% Spanish.

The religious make up of Telegraph Point is 30.2% Anglican, 4% Presbyterian and Reformed, 2.6% Uniting Church, 20.7% No Religion, 26.3% Catholic.

51.7% of people are married, 29.3% have never married and 11.8% are separated or divorced. There are 18 widowed people living in Telegraph Point.

The median individual income is $449.00 per week and the median household income is $1068.00 per week.

37.2% are fully owned, and 45.1% are in the process of being purchased by home loan mortgage. 13.5% of homes are rented.

The median rent in Telegraph Point is $150 per week and the median mortgage repayment is $1560 per month.

The name derives from the telegraph line which crossed the river in 1869.[citation needed] The river played an important role in the logging of the surrounding forests and there are the remains of several old wharves to be seen, the best-preserved of which is on the south bank beside the traffic bridge in Log Wharf Reserve.

Telegraph Point Public School is a primary school from k to grade six.[2]

Local activities include waterskiing, mountain bike riding, bush walking, four-wheel-driving, camping, swimming, rock hopping in streams and creeks and picnicking. The village lies between two areas of state forest. South of the village is Cairncross State Forest, while to the north is Ballengarra State Forest.

A railway station was located in the town between 1917 and 1983.[3]

Preceding station   NSW Main lines   Following station
towards Border Loop
North Coast Line
towards Maitland


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Telegraph Point (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 15 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Telegraph Point Primary School NSW Department of Education.
  3. ^ Telegraph Point station., accessed 3 October 2009.