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Woy Woy - Blackwall

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Woy Woy - Blackwall is 12,672, with a population density of 7.38 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Woy Woy - Blackwall is bounded by Woy Woy Road, the locality of Horsfield Bay, Woy Woy Inlet and Woy Woy Channel in the north, Brisbane Water in the east, Maitland Bay Drive, Gallipoli Avenue, Veron Road and the locality of Patonga in the south and the localities of Little Wobby and Wondabyne in the west.

Name origin

Woy Woy is thought to be named from an Aboriginal word meaning 'deep water' or 'lagoon'. Blackwall is named after the famous shipbuilding district on the Thames near London.

Settlement history

James Webb, the first white settler of Brisbane Water in 1823, came to own much of the land on which Blackwall and Woy Woy are built. Early activities in the area included shipbuilding, shell gathering and timber getting. Blackwall became particularly well known as the place where Rock Davis built many large vessels. The construction of the railway line in the late 1880s led to economic and tourism growth that did not abate until the 1930s. In the post WW1 period Woy Woy became the transport hub of the Peninsula, where ferries, railway and road services converged. Significant development occurred in the post-war years, particularly from the 1960s. As rail services improved, more people began commuting to Sydney for work. The population has increased marginally since the early 1990s as new dwellings have been added to the area, particularly medium density housing.

Land use

Woy Woy - Blackwall is an established residential area, with rural areas in the western and northern sections.

Major features

Major features of the area include Brisbane Water National Park, Blackwall Mountain Reserve, Pelican Island Nature Reserve, Woy Woy Hospital, Brisbane Waters Private Hospital, Deepwater Plaza Shopping Centre, Peninsula Plaza Shopping Centre, Peninsula Leisure Centre, Everglades Country Club, Austin Butler Oval, Blackwall Apex Park, Carrington Avenue Playground, Correa Bay Reserve, Florida Avenue Playground, James Brown Oval, Pelican Park, Rogers Park, Stoney Park, Trafalgar Avenue Playground, Woy Woy Lions Park, Woy Woy Oval, Woy Woy War Memorial Park, Blackwall Mountain Lookout, Peninsula Community Centre and a number of schools.