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Forresters Beach - Wamberal - Terrigal - North Avoca

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Forresters Beach - Wamberal - Terrigal - North Avoca is 23,982, with a population density of 11.85 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Forresters Beach - Wamberal - Terrigal - North Avoca is bounded by Wyong Shire in the north, the Tasman Sea in the east, the suburb of Avoca Beach in the south and the localities and suburbs of Picketts Valley, Erina, Erina Heights and Matcham in the west.

Name origin

Forresters Beach is named after Robert Forrester, an early land holder. Wamberal is named from an Aboriginal word meaning 'where the sea breaks'. 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 1825 when the first grant of land was given to John Mury Gray. Initially, ill-suited activities such as running cattle and growing sugar cane were tried. Later, large amounts of timber were exploited for shipbuilding and sawmilling purposes. Terrigal Haven was a centre of shipbuilding activity in the late 1800s. Seasonal tourism growth took place from the 1880s onwards, and many guesthouses were established in Terrigal - Wamberal. Agricultural growth continued in the early 1900s. Citrus orchards and bean-growing became staple farming activities in the hills around Terrigal. Significant development occurred in the post-war years, particularly from the 1950s. Advances in domestic architecture, particularly pole homes, greatly enhanced the attractiveness of steeper slopes for subdivision. The population increased from the early 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area, including medium density housing.

Land use

Forresters Beach - Wamberal - Terrigal - North Avoca is a predominantly residential area, with some rural areas on the outskirts.

Major features

Major features of the area include Wyrrabalong National Park, Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre, Swingers Golf Driving Range & Putt Putt, Breakers Country Club, Bridgecoast Stadium, Forresters Beach, Terrigal Beach, North Avoca Beach, Wamberal Beach, Terrigal Beach Ocean Rock Pool, Avoca Lake, Terrigal Lagoon, Wamberal Lagoon, Terrigal Haven, Wamberal Lagoon Nature Reserve, Albatross Park, Anniversary Avenue Playground, Archbold Park, Bellbird Park, Benjamin Parker Reserve, Brendan Franklin Oval, Cheryl Avenue Playground, Drummer Parry Park, Duffy’s Reserve, Golden Grove Circuit Playground, Lakeshore Drive Playground, Lett Park, Palm Gully Park, Rysdyk Paradise Playground, Terrigal Haven Reserve, Terrigal Lagoon Reserve, Terrigal Rotary Park, The Pines Playground, Wamberal Park, Bareena Island, Wyrrabalong Lookout and a number of schools.