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Ettalong Beach - Booker Bay

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Ettalong Beach - Booker Bay is 6,215, with a population density of 27.37 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Ettalong Beach - Booker Bay is bounded generally by Gallipoli Avenue and Maitland Bay Drive in the north, Brisbane Water in the east and south and Barrenjoey Road and Springwood Street in the west.

Name origin

Ettalong is thought to be named from an Aboriginal word meaning 'place for drinking'. Booker Bay is named after William Booker, an early land holder.

Settlement history

Located near the entrance to Brisbane Water, the area saw much passing maritime activity, but little development. James Webb, the first white settler of Brisbane Water in 1823, owned land at what later became Booker Bay. The shipbuilder, Rock Davis, had land near Mt Ettalong that he exploited for timber in the late 19th century. The Ettalong Beach - Booker Bay area came to some prominence as a tourism area, and various real estate agents subdivided much land in the area in the 1910-1930 period. A wartime emergency airstrip was built in the Trafalgar Avenue area, but saw little use. Significant development occurred during the post-war years, particularly from the 1960s. The population increased slightly from the early 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Ettalong Beach - Booker Bay is an established residential area, with some commercial land use.

Major features

Major features of the area include Ettalong Beach, Ettalong Markets, Ettalong Beach Reserve, Ettalong Oval, Kitchener Park, Lance Webb Reserve, Lemon Grove Park and one school.