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Kincumber South - Bensville - Empire Bay - Killcare

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Kincumber South - Bensville - Empire Bay - Killcare is 9,643, with a population density of 3.58 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Kincumber South - Bensville - Empire Bay - Killcare is bounded by the suburbs of Kincumber and MacMasters Beach in the north and north-east, the Tasman Sea in the south-east and south, and Brisbane Water, Cockle Bay and Kincumber Broadwater in the west.

Name origin

Kincumber South is named for the area south of Kincumber, which is thought to be named from an Aboriginal word meaning "belonging to an old man" or "towards the rising sun". Bensville is named after Benjamin Davis, a member of the locally famous shipbuilding clan. Empire Bay was originally known as Sorrento, with the name being changed in 1908 to avoid confusion with Sorrento in Victoria. Killcare was the name given to the 1916 subdivision, used as a pun "killing one's cares".

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1830s, although population was minimal until the 1880s. Shell-gathering for the making of lime was an early economic mainstay for local families. Bensville was a shipbuilding centre in the late 1800s, and later became a popular tourism area, with several guesthouses operating. Ferry transport was a feature of the area up until the opening of The Rip Bridge. The most significant residential development occurred during the post-war years. The population increased gradually from the early 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area and dwelling occupancy rates increased.

Land use

Kincumber South - Bensville - Empire Bay - Killcare is a rural, national park and residential area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Brisbane Water, Kincumber Broadwater, Cockle Bay, Bouddi National Park, Mount Bouddi Picnic Area, Mourawaring Moor, Bouddi Peninsula, Empire Bay Wetland, Cockle Bay Nature Reserve, Bullimah Beach, Iron Ladder Beach, Little Beach, Little Tallow Beach, Lobster Beach, Pretty Beach, Putty Beach, Tallow Beach, Pretty Beach Tidal Pool, Hastings Wharf, Attunga Close Playground, Baden Street Playground, Ben Davis Reserve, De La Salle Recreation Area, Fletchers Glen Park, MacKillop Oval, Palermo Reserve, Solstice Point Park, Stanley Street Playground, Turo Reserve, Waterfront Reserve, Yarram Road Playground, Bouddi Lookout, Bullimah Lookout, Killcare Heights Lookout, Marie Byles Lookout, Bouddi Coastal Walk, Empire Bay Progress Hall, Wagstaffe Hall, The Great Aussie Bush Camp, St Joseph's Spirituality and Education Centre, The Coast Christian School, Empire Bay Public School and Pretty Beach Public School.

Included areas

This area includes the localities of Bensville, Bouddi, Box Head, Daleys Point, Empire Bay, Hardys Bay, Killcare, Killcare Heights, Kincumber South, Pretty Beach, St Huberts Island and Wagstaffe.