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Narara - Niagara Park

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Narara - Niagara Park is 10,937, with a population density of 9.04 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Narara - Niagara Park is bounded by the locality of Ourimbah in the north, the suburbs of Lisarow and Wyoming in the east, Narara Creek and the suburb of West Gosford in the south, and the locality of Somersby in the west.

Name origin

The meaning of Narara is uncertain, but is believed to be an aboriginal word for "black snake" or "rib" or "bones". Niagara Park is named after the original farm in the area, which was named after Niagara Falls.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1820s, with land used largely for timber-getting and cattle grazing. Population was minimal until the late 1880s, when the railway line opened. Citrus fruit was grown in the area, with a large piggery at Niagara Park. In 1912 the Narara section of the Horticultural Research and Advisory Station (NSW Agriculture) was established. Significant residential development occurred in the post-war years, particularly from the 1960s. The population increased gradually during the 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area. The population fluctuated slightly between 2001 and 2011, a result of small changes in dwelling stock and the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Narara - Niagara Park is an established residential area, with rural areas on the western outskirts.

Major features

Major features of the area include Niagara Park Shopping Centre, Niagara Park Stadium, Gosford Horticultural Research & Advisory Station (Narara Section), Narara Miniature Railway, Canning Park, Carrington Street Oval, Gavenlock Oval, Karina Drive Playground, Mitchell Park, Narara Crescent Playground, Paddy Clifton Oval, Pandala Oval, Sensory Park, The Duck Pond, Treeline Park, Washington Avenue Playground, W B Grahame Recreational Reserve, Willari Avenue Playground, Wyunda Court Playground, Narara Community Centre, the Narara and Niagara Park railway stations, St Philip’s Christian College, Narara Valley High School, Narara Public School, Niagara Park Public School and Glenvale School.