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Cowes - Ventnor and District

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Cowes - Ventnor and District is 6,431, with a population density of 0.99 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Cowes - Ventnor & District is bounded by Western Port Bay in the north and west, Settlement Road, Coghlan Road, Phillip Island Road and the localities of Sunset Strip and Smiths Beach in the east, and Bass Strait in the south.

Name origin

Cowes and Ventnor are named after seaport towns on the Isle of Wight. Cowes was originally known as Mussel Rocks.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from 1842, with land used mainly for sheep grazing. Population was minimal until the 1860s, when the first land sales were made, with the town jetty of Cowes built in 1870. Substantial growth did not occur until the 1920s, spurred by tourism, when Cowes began to develop as the principal township on Phillip Island. The most significant development took place from the 1940s, after the first bridge to the island was built, with more rapid growth from the 1970s. The population continued to increase from the early 1990s, a result of new dwellings being added to the area, and an increase in the share of occupied dwellings.

Land use

Cowes - Ventnor & District encompasses the western part of Phillip Island, including township, resort and rural areas.

Major features

Major features of the area include the Cowes township, Phillip Island Penguin Parade, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, The Nobbies, Seal Rocks, The Nobbies Centre, Phillip Island Vineyard & Winery, Phillip Island Wildlife Park, Swan Lake, Phillip Island Nature Park, Cowes Golf Club, Aussie Golf Ranch, Amaze N Things, Phillip Island Leisure Centre, Cowes Heritage Centre, Phillip Island Coastal Discovery Camp, Phillip Island Adventure Resort, Cowes Outdoor Pool, Amys Park, Blue Gum Reserve, Dunsmore Park, Penguin Reserve, Swan Lake Reserve, Ventnor Common, Ventnor Koala Reserve, Ventnor Recreation Reserve, Wimbledon Heights Reserve, numerous beaches and one school.

Included areas

Cowes - Ventnor & District includes the localities of Cowes, Silverleaves, Summerlands, Ventnor and Wimbledon Heights.