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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Kariong is 6,559, with a population density of 2.55 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Kariong is bounded by Piles Creek, the Central Coast Highway and Kangoo Road in the north, the Pacific Highway, the suburbs of Point Clare and Tascott and the locality of Woy Woy Bay in the east, the locality of Wondabyne in the south, and the locality of Mooney Mooney Creek and Mooney Mooney Creek in the west.

Name origin

Kariong is named from an Aboriginal word meaning "a meeting place". Originally the area was referred to as "Penang Mountain".

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1830s. Population was minimal until the late 1800s, when the possibility of the main northern railway running along the plateau led to increased land sales. The establishment of Gosford Farm Home for Boys at Mount Penang in 1912 was the first major development in the area. In the post WW1 era the construction of Woy Woy Road and the completion of the Pacific Highway to Gosford greatly enhanced transportation for residents. Significant development occurred in the post-war years, with improved highway connections making the area attractive to car commuters. In the 1980s Kariong experienced rapid growth as a Landcom residential development area. Rapid growth continued during the early 1990s, with growth slowing during the late 1990s. The population and dwelling stock declined slightly between 2001 and 2006. The population increased again between 2006 and 2011 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Kariong includes residential areas in the north and east, and rural areas in the south and west. Most of the rural areas are national park.

Major features

Major features of the area include Brisbane Water National Park, Mooney Mooney Dam, Kariong Regional Shooting Complex, Bulgandry Aboriginal Engraving Site, Scout Camp Kariong, The Great North Walk, Mount Penang Gardens Event Park and Parklands, Central Coast Riding for the Disabled Centre, Frank Baxter Juvenile Justice Centre, Kariong Neighbourhood Centre, Bardo Park, Foster Family Park, Hart Close Playground, Jarrah Park, Kariong Sport and Recreational Area, Lotter Street Playground, Nullawa Park, Parry Park, Peppermint Park, Kariong Mountains High School, George Anderson Walpole School and Kariong Public School.