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Terrigal - North Avoca

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Terrigal - North Avoca is 14,105, with a population density of 13.89 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Terrigal - North Avoca is bounded by the suburbs of Erina Heights and Wamberal in the north, Terrigal Lagoon and the Tasman Sea in the east, the suburb of Avoca Beach, Avoca Lake and the locality of Picketts Valley in the south, and the suburbs of Green Point, Erina and Erina Heights in the west.

Name origin

Terrigal is thought to be named from an Aboriginal word meaning "many little birds" or "place of wild figs". North Avoca shares part of its name origin with 'Avoca', which means "great estuary" in Celtic.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from 1826, when the first land grant was made. Population was minimal until the 1870s, when timber milling became an important industry. Growth took place during the late 1800s, with ship building, dairy farming and tourism becoming important industries. Citrus orchards and bean-growing became staple farming activities in the hills around Terrigal. Some subdivisions took place in the 1930s, with greater growth during the late 1940s and 1950s. The population increased from the early 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area, particularly between 1991 and 2001, including medium density housing.

Land use

Terrigal - North Avoca is a predominantly residential area, with some rural areas in the south-west.

Major features

Major features of the area include Terrigal Beach, North Avoca Beach, Terrigal Beach Ocean Rock Pool, Avoca Lake, Terrigal Lagoon, Terrigal Haven, Des Johns Aquatic and Fitness Centre, Gosford City Basketball and Sports Stadium, Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre, CWA Hall - Terrigal, Anniversary Avenue Playground, Bellbird Park, Brendan Franklin Oval, Cheryl Avenue Playground, Drummer Parry Park, Duffy’s Reserve, Golden Grove Circuit Playground, Lakeshore Drive Playground, Palm Gully Park, Stratford Park, Terrigal Haven Reserve, Terrigal Lagoon Reserve, Terrigal Rotary Park, The Skillion, Broken Head, Bareena Island, Terrigal High School, Terrigal Public School, Our Lady Star of the Sea Primary School and Aspect Central Coast School.