Thornton, New South Wales

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MaitlandNew South Wales
Population8,062 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density485.37/km2 (1,257.1/sq mi)
Area16.61 km2 (6.4 sq mi)
LGA(s)City of Maitland
State electorate(s)Maitland
Federal Division(s)Paterson
Suburbs around Thornton:
Ashtonfield Thornton
Beresfield Woodberry

Thornton is a suburb in the City of Maitland, New South Wales, Australia. It is bisected by the New England Highway.

Post code 2322, including Thornton, Beresfield, Tarro and Hexham, had a population of 14,654 in 2001.[2]


Thornton railway station opened in 1871.[3] Thornton is serviced by Hunter Line trains of the NSW TrainLink network. Regular services take passengers East to Newcastle (18 minutes for the express) and West to Maitland. Less regular services also take passengers West to the Hunter Valley as far as Scone and North to Dungog. [4]

Thornton is the junction for a colliery branch line leading to the Bloomfield Coal Loop, a balloon loop.

A new industrial estate and increased residential subdivisions resulted in the RTA planning a major upgrade to the Weakleys Drive intersection, which was completed as of December 2008. DBT (Australia) opened their new complex here in December 2006.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Thornton (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 December 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "2322 (Postal Area of Enumeration)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2006-11-23.
  3. ^ "". Retrieved 2006-10-26.
  4. ^ "Hunter line timetable". Transport for NSW.

Coordinates: 32°47′S 151°38.5′E / 32.783°S 151.6417°E / -32.783; 151.6417