Williamtown, New South Wales

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New South Wales
Fighter World entrance cropped.jpg
Fighter World Museum at RAAF Base Williamtown
Williamtown is located in New South Wales
Coordinates 32°48′54″S 151°50′34″E / 32.81500°S 151.84278°E / -32.81500; 151.84278Coordinates: 32°48′54″S 151°50′34″E / 32.81500°S 151.84278°E / -32.81500; 151.84278
Population 875 (2011 census)[1][Note 1]
 • Density 19.5/km2 (51/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 2318 (Williamtown),
2314 (Williamtown RAAF)
Elevation 5 m (16 ft)[Note 2]
Area 44.9 km2 (17.3 sq mi)[Note 3]
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
 • Summer (DST) AEDT (UTC+11)
LGA(s) Port Stephens Council[2]
Region Hunter[2]
County Gloucester[3]
Parish Stowell[3]
State electorate(s) Port Stephens[4]
Federal Division(s) Newcastle[5]
Mean max temp[6] Mean min temp[6] Annual rainfall[6]
27.9 °C
82 °F
6.4 °C
44 °F
1,125.6 mm
44.3 in
Suburbs around Williamtown:
Raymond Terrace Campvale Salt Ash
Raymond Terrace, Tomago Williamtown Salt Ash
Tomago Fullerton Cove Salt Ash, Tasman Sea

Williamtown is a rural suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia.[2][7] It is located on the main road between Newcastle and Nelson Bay.[8]


The eastern section of Williamtown is dominated by RAAF Base Williamtown and Newcastle Airport while the western section of the area is primarily semi-rural with some large-acreage residential areas scattered along Cabbage Tree Road which is a main access route to Port Stephens from the Pacific Highway. To the south Williamtown reaches Fullerton Cove, a large cove at the Hunter River. The south-eastern corner of the area reaches the Tasman Sea on Stockton Beach and access to the beach is possible at this point for off-road vehicles via Lavis Lane. After reaching the beach a popular destination is the wreck of the MV Sygna which lies just off the beach approximately 3.6 kilometres (2 mi) south-west.

Tomago sandbeds[edit]

Most of Williamtown sits atop the Tomago sandbeds (an aquifer that is a critical source of water for the lower Hunter Region). The sandbeds are replenished primarily by rain as well as any water that leaks from Grahamstown Dam in nearby Ferodale. Water from the sandbeds and the dam is treated in Tomago.[9]


  1. ^ 2011 ABS Quickstats data includes residents of Campvale living along Richardson Road, between Grahamstown Dam and Medowie Road.
  2. ^ Average elevation of the suburb as shown on 1:100000 map 9232 NEWCASTLE.
  3. ^ Area calculation is based on 1:100000 map 9232 NEWCASTLE.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Williamtown (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Suburb Search - Local Council Boundaries - Hunter (HT) - Port Stephens". New South Wales Division of Local Government. Retrieved 16 June 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "Williamtown". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 16 June 2008. 
  4. ^ "Port Stephens". New South Wales Electoral Commission. 24 March 2007. Retrieved 16 June 2008. 
  5. ^ "Newcastle". Australian Electoral Commission. 19 October 2007. Retrieved 16 June 2008. 
  6. ^ a b c "Williamtown RAAF". Climate statistics for Australian locations. Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 16 June 2008. 
  7. ^ "Williamtown". Australian Explorer. Retrieved 16 June 2008. 
  8. ^ "Williamtown". Land and Property Management Authority - Spatial Information eXchange. New South Wales Land and Property Information. Retrieved 16 June 2008. 
  9. ^ "Tomagos & Anna Bay Sandbeds". Hunter Water Corporation. Retrieved 16 June 2008.