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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Darlington is 3,764, with a population density of 3.09 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Darlington is bounded by the Great Eastern Highway in the north, a line running north of Newman Road, Newman Road, Brook Road, the locality of Glen Forrest, Nelson Road and a track through the Park Land in the east, the Helena River in the south and Victor Road, a line joining Victor Road and Tower Hill Court, Tower Hill Court, Pittersen Road and the north-eastern edge of Greenmount National Park in the west.

Name origin

Darlington was named by adding the English suffix "ton" (meaning "town") to the name of the mountain range in the area, Darling Range.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1880s, with land used mainly for vineyards and nurseries. Growth was aided by the construction of the first route of the eastern railway line in the 1880s and the establishment of orchards and guesthouses in the early 1900s. The most significant development occurred in the post-war years, particularly during the 1970s and 1980s. The population declined slightly between 1991 and 2006, and then increased marginally between 2006 and 2011 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Darlington is a low density residential area, with significant parklands.

Major features

Major features of the area include Greenmount National Park, Binbrook Park, Burton Park, Cairnhill Park, Camfield Park, Darlington Recreation Ground, Glen Park, Leschen Park, Nan MacMillan Park, Pine Park, Bilgoman Aquatic Centre, the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail and several schools.