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Gosford Central District

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Gosford Central District is 20,388, with a population density of 10.18 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Gosford Central District is bounded by the suburb of Narara, Narara Creek, the railway line, Etna Street, the suburb of North Gosford, the 4WD track, the locality of Holgate and The Entrance Road in the north, the localities of Erina Heights and Terrigal in the east, the suburb of Green Point, Brisbane Water and the suburb of Point Clare in the south, and the Pacific Highway and the suburb of Somersby in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from 1824 when the first land grant was made, with land used mainly for timber-getting, orcharding and grazing. The township of Gosford was established in the late 1830s. Ship building was an important industry on Erina Creek from the late 1800s. Some growth took place during the late 1800s and early 1900s, aided by the opening of the railway line and land subdivision. Significant development occurred in the post-war years, particularly from the 1960s. The population continued to increase from the early 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area, particularly medium and high density housing.

Land use

Gosford Central District residential areas, some commercial and industrial areas, an army reserve depot, and rural and rural-residential areas in the north-east and east.

Major features

Major features of the area include the Gosford CBD (including Gosford Central Plaza, Gosford Town Centre, Park Plaza, Gateway Centre and Imperial Centre), Erina Fair Shopping Centre, Fountain Plaza Shopping Centre, West Gosford Shopping Centre, West Gosford Hometown, Gosford Hospital, TAFE NSW Hunter Institute (Gosford Campus), Gosford Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Erina Creek Golf Course, Erina Ice Arena, Distillery Botanica, The Fragrant Garden, Erina Army Reserve Depot, Central Coast Stadium (Grahame Park), The Entertainment Grounds, Gosford Golf Club, Vaughan Park Tennis Complex, Gosford Velodrome (Adcock Park), Gosford Athletics Track, Gosford Showground, Henry Kendall Cottage & Historical Museum, Central Coast Leagues Club, Gosford Olympic Pool, Central Coast Council Offices (Gosford), Erina Creek Wetlands, Rumbalara Reserve, Grass Tree Hill, Kendalls Rock, several lookouts, Bungaree Reserve, Burns Park, Bushlands Avenue Reserve, Carawah Reserve, Edogawa Commemorative Garden, Elizabeth Ross Park, Erina High School Oval, Erina Oval, GC Newman Memorial Park, Garnet Adcock Memorial Park, Gosford City Park, Gosford Lions Park, Hargraves Park, Hely Park, Hylton Moore Park, Kibble Park, Leagues Club Field, Mahogany Close Playground, Memorial Park, Peace Park, Phyllis Bennett Reserve, Pioneer Park, Syd Shearer Park, Terry Oval, Uralta Street Playground, Vaughan Park, Victoria Park, Waterview Park, Worthing Creek Reserve, Gosford Wharf, Point Frederick Cemetery, the Gosford railway station, Central Coast Conservatorium, Erina High School, Gosford High School, Henry Kendall High School, St Edward’s Christian Brothers’ College, St Joseph’s Catholic College, Central Coast Adventist School and numerous other schools.

Included areas

Gosford Central District encompasses the suburbs of East Gosford, Erina, Gosford, Point Frederick, Springfield and West Gosford.