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Woy Woy - Blackwall

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Woy Woy - Blackwall is 12,770, with a population density of 7.43 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Woy Woy - Blackwall is bounded by Woy Woy Road, the locality of Horsfield Bay, Woy Woy Inlet and Woy Woy Channel in the north, Brisbane Water in the east, Maitland Bay Drive, Gallipoli Avenue, Veron Road and the locality of Patonga in the south, and the localities of Little Wobby and Wondabyne in the west.

Name origin

Woy Woy is thought to be named from an Aboriginal word meaning "deep water" or "lagoon". Blackwall is named after the famous shipbuilding district on the Thames near London.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1820s when the first land grants were made. The township of Blackwall was established in the 1830s, with boat building, fishing, farming and timber-getting being the main industries. Growth took place during the 1880s and 1890s, aided by the establishment of oyster farming and the construction of the railway line. In the post WW1 period Woy Woy became the transport hub of the Peninsula, where ferries, railway and road services converged. Significant development occurred in the post-war years, particularly from the 1960s. The population has increased marginally since the early 1990s as new dwellings have been added to the area, particularly medium density housing.

Land use

Woy Woy - Blackwall is an established residential area, with rural areas in the western and northern sections, and some commercial land use.

Major features

Major features of the area include Brisbane Water National Park, Blackwall Mountain Reserve, Pelican Island Nature Reserve, Woy Woy Hospital, Brisbane Waters Private Hospital, Deepwater Plaza, Peninsula Plaza, Peninsula Leisure Centre, Woy Woy Little Theatre, Woy Woy Environment Centre, Everglades Country Club, Austin Butler Oval, Blackwall Apex Park, Carrington Avenue Playground, Correa Bay Reserve, Florida Avenue Playground, James Brown Oval, Pelican Park, Rogers Park, Stoney Park, Trafalgar Avenue Playground, Woy Woy Lions Park, Woy Woy Oval, Woy Woy War Memorial Park, Everglades Lagoon Wetlands, Blackwall Mountain Lookout, Peninsula Community Centre, South Woy Woy Progress Hall, the Woy Woy railway station, Brisbane Water Secondary College (Woy Woy Campus), St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School, Woy Woy South Public School and Woy Woy Public School.