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Avoca Beach - Picketts Valley - Copacabana - MacMasters Beach

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Avoca Beach - Picketts Valley - Copacabana - MacMasters Beach is 9,072, with a population density of 6.51 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Avoca Beach - Picketts Valley - Copacabana - MacMasters Beach is bounded by the suburb of Terrigal and the Avoca Lake in the north, the Tasman Sea in the east, Mourawaring Moor and Bouddi National Park in the south and The Scenic Road, the locality of Bensville, Doyle Road, the suburb of Kincumber, Copacabana Drive, Cape Three Points Road, Ridgway Road and the suburbs of Kincumber and Green Point in the west.

Name origin

Avoca means "great estuary", or "where the river meets the sea" in Celtic. The area was named "Avoca" by John Moore, who took up a 640 acre (259 hectares) grant there in 1830. Picketts Valley was named after William Sampson Pickett who settled in Brisbane Water in 1830-31. MacMasters Beach commemorates Alan MacMaster, an early landowner who died in 1860.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1830s, when the first land grants were made. Land was used mainly for timber-getting. As land was cleared farming took over as a mainstay of the local economy. The rugged and steep terrain in the area limited these activities. Growth took place in the late 1800s, continuing into the early 1900s. Avoca became popular as a tourist resort, with its own guesthouse. Little development took place until Henry Halloran began subdivisions around the WW1 era. Significant development occurred in the post-war years, particularly from the 1970s. Rapid expansion continued through to the mid 1990s, when growth began to slow. The population and dwelling stock were relatively stable between 2001 and 2011.

Land use

Avoca Beach - Picketts Valley - Copacabana - MacMasters Beach is a relatively recent residential area, with rural areas in the north-west and south-west.

Major features

Major features of the area include Avoca Beach, Avoca Beach Rock Pool, Copacabana Beach, MacMasters Beach, Captain Cook Lookout, Colin Watters Lookout, part of Kincumba Mountain Reserve, Avoca Lagoon, Avoca Lake, Cockrone Lagoon, Cockrone Lagoon Foreshore Walkway, part of Bouddi National Park, Banavie Reserve, Captain Cook Memorial Park, Copacabana Park, Heazlett Park, Hunter Park, Ross Park, Shaun Brinklow Park, South End Park, Susan Fahey Park, The Round Drive Playground, Walder Crescent Playground and two schools.