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Thirlmere - Lakesland

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Thirlmere - Lakesland is 4,614, with a population density of 0.43 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Thirlmere - Lakesland is bounded by Sheehys Creek Road, the locality of Oakdale, Rockbarton Road, Barkers Lodge Road, Fergusson Road, the locality of Mowbray Park and the Stone Quarry, Cedar and Matthews Creeks in the north, the localities of Picton and Tahmoor and Nattai Street in the east, Slides Road, the locality of Couridjah, West Parade, the locality of Buxton and Wingecarribee Shire in the south, and the Little River in the west.

Name origin

Thirlmere is named after a lake in Cumberland, England. Lakesland is thought to be named after the Lakes District in Cumbria, England.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the early 1800s, with land used mainly for farming and timber-cutting. Growth took place during the late 1800s, spurred by the opening of the railway line. The most significant development occurred during the post-war years, following the opening of coal mines in the nearby area. The population increased during the 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area, with growth slowing between 2001 and 2011.

Land use

Thirlmere - Lakesland is a mainly rural area, with an urban centre in Thirlmere. Most of the rural area is used for farms and orchards.

Major features

Major features of the area include Nattai National Park, Thirlmere Lakes National Park, Thirlmere Lakes, Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital, NSW Rail Transport Museum & Thirlmere Railway Museums, Tharawal Local Aboriginal Land Council, Lin Gordon Reserve, Thirlmere Sportsground, Thirlmere Trial Track and one school.