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Point Clare - Tascott - Koolewong - Woy Woy Bay

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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Point Clare - Tascott - Koolewong - Woy Woy Bay is 8,052, with a population density of 5.21 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Point Clare - Tascott - Koolewong - Woy Woy Bay is bounded by the suburb of West Gosford in the north, Brisbane Water in the east, Woy Woy Bay, the locality of Woy Woy and Woy Woy Road in the south, and the locality of Kariong, Woy Woy Road and the Central Coast Highway in the west.

Name origin

Point Clare is thought to be named after County Clare in Ireland. Tascott is named after Thomas Alison Scott, an early land holder and agricultural pioneer. Koolewong is named from an Aboriginal word meaning "koalas there". Woy Woy Bay is named after the bay, which was thought to be named from an Aboriginal word meaning "deep water or lagoon".

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the late 1830s, with land used mainly for cattle grazing and timber-getting. Growth took place during the late 1800s, spurred by the opening of the railway line and tourism. Before Brisbane Water Drive was constructed in the early 1940s, rail transport was the fastest means of travel to Woy Woy or Gosford. Significant development occurred during the post-war years, particularly from the 1960s. The population generally increased gradually from the early 1990s, largely a result of new dwellings being added to the area.

Land use

Point Clare - Tascott - Koolewong - Woy Woy Bay is a rural and residential area, with rural areas in the west, and residential areas in the east, along the waterfront. Most of the rural area is national park.

Major features

Major features of the area include Brisbane Water National Park, Woy Woy Bay, Kariong Hill Lookout, Phegans Lookout, Staples Lookout, Point Clare Community Hall, The Bays Progress Hall, Point Clare Cemetery, Couche Park, Fagan Park, Goodaywang Reserve, Gurdon Reserve, Koolewong Foreshore Reserve, Murrumbooee Place Playground, Seabrook Reserve, Wendy Drive Playground, the Koolewong, Point Clare and Tascott railway stations and Point Clare Public School.

Included areas

This area includes the localities of Horsfield Bay, Koolewong, Phegans Bay, Point Clare, Tascott and Woy Woy Bay.

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