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Oakdale - Nattai - National Park

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Oakdale - Nattai - National Park is 1,968, with a population density of 0.01 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Oakdale - Nattai - National Park is bounded by Blue Mountains City in the north, the Warragamba River, Werriberri Creek, the localities of The Oaks, Mowbray Park and Lakesland and the Little River in the east, Wingecarribee Shire and the Wollondilly River in the south, and Murruin Creek and the Oberon Council area in the west.

Name origin

Oakdale was named for the "she-oaks" which once covered the area. Nattai is thought to be named from an Aboriginal word meaning "water".

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1820s, with land used mainly for grazing and farming. Population was minimal until the late 1800s, following the establishment of silver, lead and gold mining. Expansion took place in the 1930s, with coal mining spurring an influx of workers and their families to the area. Mining continued in Oakdale until the 1990s. The population increased during the 1990s, and then was relatively stable between 2001 and 2011, a result of little change in dwelling stock.

Land use

Oakdale - Nattai - National Park is a national park and rural area, with an urban centre at Oakdale. Rural land is used mainly for hobby farms and orchards.

Major features

Major features of the area include Blue Mountains National Park, Kanangra Boyd National Park, Nattai National Park, Burragorang State Conservation Area, Nattai State Conservation Area, Yerranderie State Conservation Area, Lake Burragorang, Oakdale Junior Motorcycle Club, Willis Park and one school.