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Gwandalan - Summerland Point

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Gwandalan - Summerland Point is 5,844, with a population density of 7.53 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Gwandalan - Summerland Point is bounded by Lake Macquarie in the north, east and west, and the locality of Crangan Bay, Summerland Road and the locality of Chain Valley Bay in the south.

Name origin

Gwandalan is thought to be named from an Aboriginal word meaning "peace".

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the late 1800s, although population was minimal until the post-war years. Rapid growth took place during the 1970s and 1980s. The population continued to increase substantially during the 1990s as large numbers of new dwellings were added to the area and dwelling occupancy rates increased. Population growth continued between 2001 and 2011, but at a slower rate, as fewer new dwellings were constructed.

Land use

Gwandalan - Summerland Point is a residential and holiday area on the edge of Lake Macquarie, with industrial land use north of Summerland Road. Land in the southern part of this area comprises rural-residential, acreages and hobby farms. Access to these communities is via Kanangra Drive from the Pacific Highway.

Major features

Major features of the area include Lake Macquarie, the Lake Macquarie foreshore, Sandy Beach, Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area, Point Wolstoncroft Sport & Recreation Centre, Gwandalan Lions Park, Maddison Reserve, Sandy Beach Reserve, Summerland Park, Summerland Point Reserve, Tunkuwallin Park, Point Wolstoncroft, Gwandalan Community Hall, Summerland Point Community Hall, Tunkuwallin Community Hall and Gwandalan Public School.

Included areas

This area includes the localities of Gwandalan, Summerland Point and Point Wolstoncroft.