Wamberal, New South Wales

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Central CoastNew South Wales
Wamberal Beach from the air - panoramio.jpg
Wamberal Beach aerial view
Wamberal is located in New South Wales
Coordinates33°25′5″S 151°26′35″E / 33.41806°S 151.44306°E / -33.41806; 151.44306Coordinates: 33°25′5″S 151°26′35″E / 33.41806°S 151.44306°E / -33.41806; 151.44306
Population6,298 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density969/km2 (2,509/sq mi)
Area6.5 km2 (2.5 sq mi)
LGA(s)Central Coast Council
State electorate(s)Terrigal
Federal Division(s)Dobell
Suburbs around Wamberal:
Tumbi Umbi Bateau Bay Bateau Bay
Matcham Wamberal Forresters Beach
Erina Heights Terrigal Tasman Sea
Wamberal on the Lake

Wamberal (/ˈwɒmbərəl/) is a coastal suburb of the Central Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, just north of Terrigal. It is part of the Central Coast Council local government area and is located adjacent to the Wamberal Lagoon.

Geography and amenities[edit]

Wamberal is the next suburb from Terrigal, with the two suburbs being separated by the Terrigal Lagoon Estuary.[2]

The suburb has two distinct areas; there is a coastal strip that includes Wamberal Beach and the Lagoon estuary which houses medium to high-density residential properties, as well as a semi-rural area, slightly west of the beach. The latter contains coastal acreages and ridges of bushland which are legislated non-development areas to retain the area's ecosystem.

The main thoroughfare through the suburb is the Central Coast Highway through the north and south, previously known as The Entrance Road. Since 2008, the roadway has undergone developments at an estimated cost of A$100  million into a four-lane dual carriageway from Matcham to the north end of the suburb. Servicing the suburb from the south-east is Ocean View Drive, linking Wamberal to Terrigal.

Wamberal has small clusters of high-end cafes, restaurants and boutique stores dotted along the beachfront strip, Ocean View Drive, and on nearby streets. In 2009 the Wamberal Surf Life Saving Club was redeveloped to accommodate a cafe and award-winning restaurant, in addition to new function rooms and surf life-saving amenities. Wamberal also has a Country Club, "Breakers", commemorating ANZAC efforts; its amenities include a golf course, bowling green and tennis facilities in addition to a brasserie and various bars with gambling outlets, all overlooking the lagoon front.

Wamberal beach has 3.8km of uninterrupted sand and can be enjoyed by humans and dogs alike. Writing celebrating this beach is featured in “Guide to Sydney Beaches” (Meuse Press). sydneybeaches.tripod.com/guide.htm

There is a government primary school in the rural sector of the suburb, teaching kindergarten through grade six.


At the 2011 census, there were 6,298 people in Wamberal, of which 48.8% were male and 51.2% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 1.3% of the population. The median age in Wamberal was 38 years, just above the national median of 37. Children aged 0–14 years made up 21.4% of the population, while people aged 65 years and over made up 13.9% of the population, just below the national median of 14%. Of people in the suburb aged 15 years and over, 54.3% were married and 11.1% were either divorced or separated.[1]

Population growth in Wamberal between the 2001 and 2006 censuses was 5.08% (national average 5.78%) and in the five years to the 2011 census, it was 10.24% (national average 8.32%).[3] The median weekly income for Wamberal residents was about 25% higher than the national average.[1][4]

At the 2011 census, the proportion of residents in Wamberal who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Saxon exceeded 83%. More than 60% of Wamberal residents nominated a religious affiliation with Christianity, which was significantly higher than the national average of 50.2%. Compared to the national average, households in Wamberal had a lower proportion (6.3%) where two or more languages are spoken (national average 20.4%), and a higher proportion (92.6%) where only English was spoken at home (national average 76.8%).[1]

Selected historical census data for the suburb of Wamberal
Census year 2001[3] 2006[4] 2011[1]
Population Estimated residents on Census night 5,437 5,713 6,298
% of Gosford local government area population 3.53% Increase 3.61% Increase 3.88%
% of New South Wales population 0.09% Steady 0.09% Steady 0.09%
% of Australian population 0.03% Steady 0.03% Steady 0.03%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
English 32.5%
Australian 30.2%
Irish 9.7%
Scottish 8.3%
German 2.2%
top responses
(other than English)
Italian 0.5% Decrease 0.4% Increase 0.5%
German 0.2% Steady 0.2% Increase 0.4%
Spanish n/c n/c Increase 0.3%
Greek 0.3% Decrease 0.2% Increase 0.3%
Cantonese 0.3% n/c Increase 0.3%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Catholic 27.1% Decrease 27.2% Increase 27.3%
Anglican 30.0% Decrease 26.4% Decrease 25.1%
No Religion 14.1% Increase 16.4% Increase 21.5%
Uniting Church 6.9% Decrease 5.1% Decrease 4.9%
Presbyterian and Reformed 4.8% Decrease 3.5% Decrease 3.0%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$528 A$662
% of Australian median income 113.3% Increase 114.7%
Family income Median weekly family income A$1,123 A$1,771
% of Australian median income 109.3% Increase 119.6%
Household income Median weekly household income A$1,286 A$1,552
% of Australian median income 109.8% Increase 125.8%


The prestige of Wamberal's property has increased dramatically in recent years largely due to leafy and family-friendly streets, shrinking availability of land, and the suburb's proximity to local amenities including public transport, commercial and industrial areas, and education while remaining distant. This motif was heralded in 2008 by the passing in at auction of a 1940s bungalow on a double block of beachfront land at A$7.2  million. The property has since been redeveloped, believed to be worth more than $10  million, which would make it the most valuable home on the Central Coast.

This practice of redevelopment of property within Wamberal is shifting property prices further upmarket and moving the suburb further into the limelight with wealthier home buyers. This shift may also be due to the redevelopment of local amenities such as playgrounds and community spaces such as parks, some of which were initiated under the Nation Building Scheme of the Rudd Government's Economic Stimulus Policy. In September 2010, the median house price for Wamberal was $1.1  million.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Wamberal (SSC)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 March 2013. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Yeung, Jessie (21 July 2020). "Luxury homes in Australia are falling into the ocean". CNN. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  3. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Wamberal (SSC)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  4. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Wamberal (SSC)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Free Suburb Report - Wamberal New South Wales 2260". rpdata.com. Archived from the original on 29 September 2011. Retrieved 20 April 2011.