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Forresters Beach - Wamberal

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Forresters Beach - Wamberal is 9,812, with a population density of 8.90 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Forresters Beach - Wamberal is bounded by Tumbi Road, Tanderra Road, the locality of Tumbi Umbi, Bellevue Road, Whalans Road and the suburb of Bateau Bay in the north, the Tasman Sea in the east, the suburb of Terrigal and Terrigal Lagoon in the south, and the suburbs of Erina Heights and Matcham, Booralie Road and The Ridgeway in the west.

Name origin

Forresters Beach is named after Robert Forrester, an early land holder. Wamberal is named from an Aboriginal word meaning "where the sea breaks".

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates primarily from the 1860s. Growth took place during the late 1800s, with the main industry being timber milling. Significant development did not occur until the post-war years, particularly from the 1960s. The population generally increased from the early 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area and dwelling occupancy rates increased.

Land use

Forresters Beach - Wamberal is a predominantly residential area, with some rural areas on the southern and western outskirts.

Major features

Major features of the area include Wyrrabalong National Park, Breakers Country Club, Swingers Golf Complex, Forresters Beach, Wamberal Beach, Terrigal Lagoon, Wamberal Lagoon, Wamberal Lagoon Nature Reserve, Albatross Park, Archibold Park, Benjamin Parker Reserve, Lett Park, Rysdyk Paradise Playground, Wamberal Park, Wyrrabalong Lookout, The Coast Walking Track, Wamberal Memorial Hall, Wamberal Cemetery and Wamberal Public School.