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Gosford - West Gosford

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Gosford - West Gosford is 4,975, with a population density of 6.42 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Gosford - West Gosford is bounded by the suburb of Narara and Narara Creek in the north, the railway line, Etna Street and the suburbs of North Gosford, Springfield and East Gosford in the east, Henry Parry Drive, Masons Parade, Brisbane Water and the suburb of Point Clare in the south, and the Pacific Highway and the suburb of Somersby in the west.

Name origin

Gosford and West Gosford are thought to have been named after the Archibald Acheson, 2nd Earl of Gosford (1776-1849), with whom NSW Governor Gipps served in Canada.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the late 1830s when the township of Gosford was established. The early economic centre of Gosford was located near the steamer wharf. Here a court house, hotel, post office and general store were established in Mann Street South. With the opening of the railway line in 1887, the town centre began to gravitate north towards the railway station. Extensive land reclamation works changed the foreshore of Gosford dramatically from the early 1900s to the present day. West Gosford once boasted a railway branch to the racecourse, as well as oil storage depots, Sungold fruit packing shed, Jusfrute cordial factory and citrus orchards, a cattle yard, abattoir and brickworks. Many of the town's leading business people once lived on the side of President's Hill, with its spectacular views. The population has increased since the early 1990s as new dwellings have been added to the area, particularly medium and high density housing.

Land use

Gosford - West Gosford is an established mixed use area, with residential, commercial and industrial land use.

Major features

Major features of the area include the Gosford CBD (including Gosford Central Plaza, Gosford Town Centre, Park Plaza, Gateway Centre and Imperial Centre), West Gosford Shopping Centre, West Gosford Hometown, Gosford Hospital, Central Coast Stadium (Grahame Park), The Entertainment Grounds, Gosford Golf Club, Vaughan Park Tennis Complex, Gosford Velodrome (Adcock Park), Gosford Athletics Track, Gosford Showground, Henry Kendall Cottage & Historical Museum, Central Coast Leagues Club, Central Coast Council Offices (Gosford), Gosford Wharf, Bungaree Reserve, Burns Park, Carawah Reserve, Garnet Adcock Memorial Park, Gosford City Park, Gosford Lions Park, Hely Park, Kibble Park, Leagues Club Field, Memorial Park, Rumbalara Reserve, Uralta Street Playground, Vaughan Park, Victoria Park, Waterview Park, Gosford Olympic Pool, Ouraka Lookout, Presidents Hill Lookout, Kendalls Rock, the Gosford railway station, TAFE NSW Hunter Institute (Gosford Campus), Central Coast Conservatorium, Gosford High School, Gosford Public School and Henry Kendall High School.