Wyee, New South Wales

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New South Wales
Wyee is located in New South Wales
Coordinates33°10′55″S 151°29′06″E / 33.182°S 151.485°E / -33.182; 151.485Coordinates: 33°10′55″S 151°29′06″E / 33.182°S 151.485°E / -33.182; 151.485
Population2,406 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)City of Lake Macquarie
State electorate(s)Lake Macquarie
Federal division(s)Hunter
Localities around Wyee:
Mandalong Morisset Wyee Point
Mandalong Wyee Mannering Park
Jilliby Bushells Ridge Doyalson

Wyee is a small town in the Lake Macquarie region of New South Wales, Australia, in the City of Lake Macquarie. It is near the Sydney-Newcastle Freeway and has a railway station (opened 1892)[2] on NSW TrainLink's Central Coast & Newcastle Line. It had a population of 1,487 in 2001, which significantly increased to 2,588 in 2011, and decreased to 2,406 in 2016. Wyee is considered a shanty town and remains highly unchanged since World War II.[3]

Wyee is said to be derived from an Awabakal Aboriginal term for "fire" or "place of bushfires".[4][5]

The Awabakal are the traditional people of this area.[6]

Wyee is part of the City of Lake Macquarie but it lacks a connection to sewer system; there are the Hunter Water Sewage Treatment Plant and the Wyong Shire Treatment Plant in the area.

Wyee Colliery, when State-owned, operated here 1962–2002.[7][8] It re-opened in 2004-5 as Mannering Colliery, operated by the Centennial Coal Coy.


Wyee is located in the traditional lands of the Awabakal people and is an Aboriginal expression meaning place of bushfires.

The town takes its name from the Wyee railway station. It was originally called Norahville, after its nearest coastal village. In 1887, with the breakthrough of the Main Northern railway line it was renamed Wyee.

In 1839, philanthropist Thomas Walker granted the Wyee area of 1120 acres (4 km). He never took residence in attempts to make improvements and the grant was reverted to the Morisset Parish.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Wyee (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 9 February 2019. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Wyee Railway Station". Nswrail.net. Retrieved 30 November 2006.
  3. ^ "Inside the 100-year-old 'shantytown' almost unchanged since WWI". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 6 October 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Wyee". History.lakemac.com.au. Retrieved 31 January 2022.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 December 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people". Lake Macquarie City Council. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  7. ^ List of New South Wales Coal Mines with Names of Owners, Managers, &c., and Addresses of Mines and Offices, 4 July 1966, Joint Coal Board, Sydney.
  8. ^ Location of Collieries and Holdings, Joint Coal Board, Sydney, 30 September 1967.

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