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Peak Hill and District

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Peak Hill and District is 1,353, with a population density of 0.01 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Peak Hill and District is bounded by the Bogan River and Narromine Shire in the north, the Cabonne Council area in the east, the localities of Parkes and Goonumbla in the south, and the localities of Bruie Plains, Trundle and Tullamore in the west.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1830s, although population was minimal until the late 1800s when gold was discovered. Rapid growth took place from the late 1800s into the early 1900s, with two open cut goldmines operating until the early 1900s and the railway line opening in 1910. From the early 1900s the main industries became wheat growing and grazing. The population increased slightly between 1991 and 1996 as dwelling occupancy rates increased. The population then declined between 1996 and 2011, due to little change in dwelling stock and a decline in dwelling occupancy rates and the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Peak Hill and District is a largely rural area, with a small township at Peak Hill and a village at Alectown. Land is used largely for agriculture, particularly sheep and cattle grazing and wheat growing.

Major features

Major features of the area include Goobang National Park, Peak Hill Open Cut Gold Mine Experience, Big Fish Fossil Hut, Peak Hill Golf Club, Bogan Weir, Peak Hill Apex Park, Peak Hill Memorial Park, Peak Hill Flora and Fauna Reserve, the Bogan River, several state forests and two schools.

Included areas

Peak Hill and District encompasses the localities of Alectown, Peak Hill and Trewilga.