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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Kariong is 6,700, with a population density of 2.83 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Kariong is bounded by Piles Creek, the Pacific Highway and Old Mount Penang Road in the north, the suburbs of Point Clare and Tascott and the locality of Woy Woy Bay in the east, the locality of Wondabyne in the south and the locality of Mooney Mooney Creek and the Pacific Highway in the west.

Name origin

Kariong is named from an Aboriginal word meaning 'a meeting place'. Originally the area was referred to as "Penang Mountain".

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1830s. Limited growth took place until the late 1800s, when the possibility of the Main Northern railway running along the plateau led to increased land sales. The establishment of Gosford Farm Home for Boys at Mount Penang in 1912 was the first major development in the immediate area. In the post WW1 era Woy Woy Road construction, and the completion to Gosford of the Pacific Highway, greatly enhanced transportation for residents. Significant development occurred in the post-war years, with improved highway connections making the area attractive to car commuters. In the 1980s Kariong experienced rapid growth as a Landcom residential development area. Rapid growth continued during the early 1990s, with growth slowing considerably during the late 1990s. The population was relatively stable between 2001 and 2006 when few new dwellings were constructed, and then increased slightly between 2006 and 2011 as dwelling stock increased again.

Land use

Kariong is a mix of residential and rural areas.

Major features

Major features of the area include Brisbane Water National Park, Kariong Regional Shooting Complex, Bulgandry Aboriginal Engraving Site, Camp Kariong Scout Camp, Kariong Recreational Area, the Great North Walk, Foster Family Park, Hart Close Playground, Jarrah Park, Lotter Street Playground, Parry Park, Peppermint Park, Kariong Neighbourhood Centre and two schools.

Included areas

A small part of the northern section of the locality of Kariong is located in the Central Coast Plateau North small area.