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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Erina is 4,892, with a population density of 9.61 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Erina is bounded by The Entrance Road and the locality of Erina Heights in the north, the suburb of Terrigal in the east, the suburb of Green Point in the south, and Brisbane Water and Erina Creek in the west.

Name origin

Erina is thought to be named from a corruption of the aboriginal word "yerin", meaning "object of fear", but applied to a place of initiation.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from 1824 when the first land grant was made, with Erina being a centre for early timber-getting. In the late 1800s ships were built on Erina Creek. In the 1880s road improvements encouraged by land subdivision in the Erina area led to the building of a new bridge at the entrance to Erina Creek. Erina continued as a sawmilling, orcharding and poultry raising area into the 1950s. At the close of the 1960s, Grace Bros purchased a 30 acre site off Karalta Road, eventually, Central Coast Fair (now known as Erina Fair) opened there in 1987. The population increased substantially during the 1990s as large numbers of new dwellings were added to the area. Growth slowed considerably between 2001 and 2006 as fewer new dwellings were added, with the population and dwelling stock being relatively stable between 2006 and 2011.

Land use

Erina is a residential and commercial area, with low density residential areas in the north and east, industrial areas along The Entrance Road, and an army reserve depot in the north-west.

Major features

Major features of the area include Erina Fair Shopping Centre, Fountain Plaza Shopping Centre, Erina Ice Arena, Erina Army Reserve Depot, The Erina Centre, The Erina Community Trust Hall, Distillery Botanica, The Fragrant Garden, Erina Oval, Erina High School Oval, Syd Shearer Park, Worthing Creek Reserve, Central Coast Adventist School, Erina High School and Woodport Public School.