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Newhaven - Cape Woolamai

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Newhaven - Cape Woolamai is 2,177, with a population density of 1.64 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Newhaven - Cape Woolamai is bounded by Western Port Bay in the north and east, Bass Strait in the south, and the locality of Surf Beach and Phillip Island Road in the west.

Name origin

Newhaven was originally known as Woody Point. Cape Woolamai is named from an Aboriginal word for the snapper fish, as George Bass thought the headland resembled the head of a snapper.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the early 1800s. Population was minimal until the late 1800s. Significant development did not occur until the 1940s, spurred by the construction of the first bridge linking Phillip Island to the mainland. Growth took place from the 1960s, particularly in Cape Woolamai, when farming land was subdivided for housing. 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

Newhaven - Cape Woolamai encompasses the eastern part of Phillip Island, including residential, resort and rural areas.

Major features

Major features of the area include Churchill Island, Cape Woolamai State Faunal Reserve, Churchill Island Marine National Park, Mutton Bird Rookeries, Phillip Island Airport, Newhaven Swamp, Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Churchill Island Historic Homestead, National Vietnam Veterans Museum, Phillip Island Chocolate Factory, Woolamai Beach, Anzacs Beach, Magic Lands Beach, The Colonnades Beach and two schools.

Included areas

Newhaven - Cape Woolamai includes the localities of Cape Woolamai, Churchill Island and Newhaven.