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Avoca Beach - Picketts Valley - Copacabana - MacMasters Beach

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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Avoca Beach - Picketts Valley - Copacabana - MacMasters Beach is 9,023, with a population density of 6.47 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Avoca Beach - Picketts Valley - Copacabana - MacMasters Beach is bounded by the suburb of Terrigal and Avoca Lake in the north, the Tasman Sea in the east, Mourawaring Moor and Bouddi National Park in the south, and The Scenic Road, the locality of Bensville, Doyle Road, the suburb of Kincumber, Copacabana Drive, Cape Three Points Road, Ridgway Road and the suburbs of Kincumber and Green Point in the west.

Name origin

Avoca Beach is named from a Celtic word meaning "great estuary" or "where the river meets the sea". Picketts Valley is named after William Sampson Pickett, an early land holder in the area. MacMasters Beach is named after Alan MacMaster, an early landowner in the area.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1830s, when the first land grants were made, with land used mainly for timber-getting. As land was cleared farming took over as a mainstay of the local economy, although the rugged and steep terrain in the area limited these activities. Some growth took place during the late 1800s, continuing into the early 1900s. Avoca Beach became popular as a tourist resort, with its own guesthouse. Population was minimal until the WW1 era when Henry Halloran began subdivisions. Significant development occurred in the post-war years, particularly during the 1970s and 1980s. The population continued to increase during the 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area, although at a slower rate. The population and dwelling stock were relatively stable between 2001 and 2011.

Land use

Avoca Beach - Picketts Valley - Copacabana - MacMasters Beach is a residential and holiday area, with rural areas in the north-west and south-west.

Major features

Major features of the area include Avoca Beach, Copacabana Beach, MacMasters Beach, Avoca Beach Rock Pool, MacMasters Beach Rock Pool, Captain Cook Lookout, Colin Watters Lookout, part of Kincumba Mountain Reserve, Avoca Lake, Cockrone Lagoon, Cockrone Lagoon Foreshore Walkway, Banavie Reserve, Captain Cook Memorial Park, Copacabana Park, Corribeg Reserve, Heazlett Park, Hunter Park, Lions Unity Park, Ross Park, Shaun Brinklow Park, South End Park, Susan Fahey Park, The Round Drive Playground, Walder Crescent Playground, MacMasters Beach and District Progress Hall, Avoca Beach Public School and Copacabana Public School.

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