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Notes - geography

Census geography overview

Census data is available at a variety of different geographic levels such as State, Capital City, Local Government Area, Suburb and Postal Area. These areas are created by aggregating smaller units of geography together into a 'best fit.'

The boundaries available from the ABS rarely match actual 'communities', 'suburbs' or 'service catchments' needed for effective decision making, and even if they do, they are seldom available on the same geographic basis over time, making it very difficult to identify trends in population characteristics based on meaningful areas.

For the 2011 Census, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) implemented a brand new geographic structure, which is based on labour force areas. This is known as the Australian Standard Geography Standard, and uses the base unit of the SA1 (Statistical Area Level 1). These build into SA2s, SA3s, SA4s and Greater Capital City Areas.

For previous Censuses the base building block was called a Census Collector District. Census Collector Districts aggregated to Local Government Areas.

Local Government Areas are available from the 2011 Census output. They are created by aggregating SA1s. However these SA1s do not sum exactly to Local Government boundaries, making geographic breakdowns problematic, and time series even more difficult.

profile.id resolves all of these issues to create a meaningful geography that can be analysed over a long time period.

Wollongong City geography

This profile provides Census data for Wollongong City broken down into small areas based on customised suburbs/localities.

For the 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006 Census years these small areas are created by aggregating Census Collection Districts. For the 2011 Census they are created by aggregating Statistical Area Level 1 units.

Where SA1s or CCDs do not fit exactly into a suburb or locality boundary, estimates are made in each Census year of the number of dwellings to be included. These estimates use aerial photography, dwelling counts, planning schemes, and street directories to determine what percentage of each SA1 or CCD to include in the suburb.

This means that regardless of the Census year, and the changes in ABS output boundaries, the data presented in profile.id exactly matches the suburb/locality boundary. This provides the most accurate population information for suburbs and localities and a meaningful time series for the current geography.

NOTE: The geography in the Community Profile tables may not match the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) SA2, state suburb or postal area boundaries, which are based on aggregation of whole SA1s and are not comparable to previous Census years.

Wollongong City has 40 small areas:

Location of Austinmer

Austinmer

Austinmer is bounded by Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area (Lady Fuller Park), Wards Creek, the railway line and the locality of Coledale in the north, the Tasman Sea in the east, the locality of Thirroul in the south, and the Illawarra Coast Range in the west.

Location of Balgownie - Tarrawanna - Fernhill

Balgownie - Tarrawanna - Fernhill

Balgownie - Tarrawanna - Fernhill is bounded by the suburb of Corrimal, Meadow Street, Williamson Street, Henry Street and Meads Avenue in the north, the Princes Highway, Charles Road, Pringle Road, Bruce Road, Brian Street, Meadow Street and Hopewood Crescent in the east, Cabbage Tree Lane, New Mount Pleasant Road, The Parkway, Rose Parade and the suburb of Mount Pleasant in the south, and Mount Ousley Road and the Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area in the west.

Location of Bellambi

Bellambi

Bellambi is bounded by Bellambi Lane and Bellambi Gully in the north, the Tasman Sea in the east, Bellambi Lagoon, Turner Esplanade, a line running continuous of Turner Esplanade and Dalby Street in the south, and the railway line, Jones Place, Albert Street and the Princes Highway in the west.

Location of Berkeley

Berkeley

Berkeley is bounded by Berkeley Road and the locality of Unanderra in the north, the suburbs of Cringila and Lake Heights and Hassan Street in the east, Lake Illawarra in the south, and Mullet Creek and the Princes Motorway in the west.

Location of Bulli

Bulli

Bulli is bounded by the Princes Highway, the locality of Thirroul, Woodlands Creek and Hewitts Creek in the north, the Tasman Sea in the east, Ocean Street, Lawrence Street, the railway line, Farrell Road and the locality of Woonona in the south, and the Princes Motorway in the west.

Location of Coniston - Mount Saint Thomas

Coniston - Mount Saint Thomas

Coniston - Mount Saint Thomas is bounded by The Avenue, the WIN TV Station & Radio Station 200, Iris Avenue, the suburb of Mangerton, Gregory Street, McKenzie Avenue and Union Street in the north, Auburn Street, Miller Street and Tate Street in the east, Springhill Road and Gladstone Avenue in the south, and the Princes Motorway in the west.

Location of Cordeaux Heights - Mount Kembla - Kembla Heights

Cordeaux Heights - Mount Kembla - Kembla Heights

Cordeaux Heights - Mount Kembla - Kembla Heights is bounded by the localities of Cordeaux and Mount Keira in the north, the suburb of Figtree and Cordeaux Road in the east, Central Road, Staff Road, Coachwood Park, Telopea Place, Serrata Place, Rickard Road, Murrogun Crescent, the suburb of Farmborough Heights, the locality of Kembla Grange and the railway line in the south, and Cordeaux Road and the locality of Cordeaux in the west.

Location of Corrimal

Corrimal

Corrimal is bounded by a line running continuous of Broker Street, Broker Street, the Princes Highway and Albert Street in the north, the railway line in the east, Towradgi Creek, the Princes Highway, Meads Avenue, Henry Street, Williamson Street, Meadow Street and the suburb of Tarrawanna in the south, and the locality of Cataract in the west.

Location of Cringila

Cringila

Cringila is bounded by Five Islands Road in the north, the Port Kembla Steelworks in the east, Flagstaff Road and Whimbrel Avenue in the south, and the suburb of Berkeley in the west.

Location of Dapto - Brownsville

Dapto - Brownsville

Dapto - Brownsville is bounded by Mullet Creek in the north, the Princes Motorway, Thirroul Road, Joan Street, Robert Street, Bambil Crescent, Aldinga Road, Fowlers Road, Lakelands Drive, Emerson Road, the suburb of Koonawarra, Mount Brown Reserve and the locality of Yallah in the east, Yallah Bay Road and the locality of Yallah in the south, and the railway line and Mullet Creek in the west.

Location of East Corrimal

East Corrimal

East Corrimal is bounded by Dalby Street, a line running continuous of Turner Esplanade and Turner Esplanade in the north, Bellambi Lagoon and the Tasman Sea in the east, Towradgi Creek in the south, and the railway line in the west.

Location of Fairy Meadow

Fairy Meadow

Fairy Meadow is bounded by Brian Street, Bruce Road, Pringle Road, Charles Road, Florence Street, Kemps Reserve and Towradgi Beach Park in the north, the Tasman Sea in the east, Elliotts Road, Cowper Street, Cabbage Tree Creek, the railway line, Princes Highway, Jobson Avenue, David Crescent and Hamilton Street in the south, and Foothills Road, Cabbage Tree Lane, Dawson Street, Hopewood Crescent and Meadow Street in the west.

Location of Farmborough Heights

Farmborough Heights

Farmborough Heights is bounded by the localities of Kembla Heights and Cordeaux Heights in the north, Plumwood Crescent, Murrogun Crescent, Waples Road, Binya Place, Jenkins Creek and Farmborough Road in the east, the Moss Vale-Unanderra railway line and the locality of Kembla Grange in the south, and the locality of Kembla Heights in the west.

Location of Figtree

Figtree

Figtree is bounded by the locality of Mount Keira and Byarong Creek in the north, Byarong Creek and the Princes Motorway in the east, the railway line and the suburb of Unanderra in the south, and the locality of Mount Kembla in the west.

Location of Gwynneville

Gwynneville

Gwynneville is bounded by Northfields Avenue and the Princes Motorway in the north, University Avenue, Porter Street and the railway line in the east, Throsby Drive and the suburbs of Wollongong and West Wollongong in the south, and the Princes Motorway, Gipps Road, Braeside Avenue, Murphys Avenue and the Wollongong Botanic Gardens in the west.

Location of Helensburgh - Lilyvale - Otford

Helensburgh - Lilyvale - Otford

Helensburgh - Lilyvale - Otford is bounded by Sutherland Shire in the north, the Tasman Sea in the east, the locality of Stanwell Tops and Kellys Creek in the south, and the Princes Motorway and the Princes Highway in the west.

Location of Horsley

Horsley

Horsley is bounded by West Dapto Road and the railway line in the north, Mullet Creek in the east, Reed Creek in the south, and the locality of Huntley, Robins Creek and Shone Avenue in the west.

Location of Kanahooka

Kanahooka

Kanahooka is bounded by the Princes Motorway in the north and west, Mullet Creek and Lake Illawarra in the east, and Brooks Creek, Robert Street and Joan Street in the south.

Location of Keiraville - Mount Keira

Keiraville - Mount Keira

Keiraville - Mount Keira is bounded by the Princes Motorway and the suburb of Mount Pleasant in the north, the Princes Motorway, Northfields Avenue, Wollongong Botanic Gardens, Murphys Avenue, Braeside Avenue, Gipps Road and the Princes Motorway in the east, William Street, Keira Mine Road, Edmund Rice College, Mount Keira Road, Byarong Creek and the suburb of Figtree in the south, and the localities of Mount Kembla and Kembla Heights, Harry Graham Drive and Clive Bissell Drive in the west.

Location of Koonawarra

Koonawarra

Koonawarra is bounded by Brooks Creek in the north, Lake Illawarra in the east, the locality of Yallah in the south, and Mount Brown Reserve, the suburb of Dapto, Emerson Road, Lakelands Drive and Fowlers Road in the west.

Location of Lake Heights

Lake Heights

Lake Heights is bounded by Shearwater Drive, the suburb of Cringila and Flagstaff Road in the north, Weringa Avenue, Minnegang Creek and Northcliffe Drive in the east, Lake Illawarra in the south, and Hassan Street, Flagstaff Road and the suburb of Berkeley in the west.

Location of Mangerton

Mangerton

Mangerton is bounded by the suburb of West Wollongong and the Princes Highway in the north, Mangerton Road, Norman Street, Gregory Street and Iris Avenue in the east, the WIN TV Station & Radio Station 200 and The Avenue in the south, and the Princes Motorway in the west.

Location of Mount Ousley - Mount Pleasant

Mount Ousley - Mount Pleasant

Mount Ousley - Mount Pleasant is bounded by the Princes Motorway, the suburb of Balgownie, Cabbage Tree Lane and Foothills Road in the north, Hamilton Street, David Crescent and the suburb of Fairy Meadow in the east, Jobson Avenue, Helen Street and the Princes Motorway in the south, and the Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area in the west.

Location of North Wollongong

North Wollongong

North Wollongong is bounded by Helen Street, Lysaght Avenue, the Princes Highway, the railway line, Cabbage Tree Creek, Cowper Street and Elliotts Road in the north, the Tasman Sea in the east, Bourke Street, Flinders Street, Porter Street and University Avenue in the south, and the Southern Freeway in the west.

Location of Port Kembla - Spring Hill

Port Kembla - Spring Hill

Port Kembla - Spring Hill is bounded by Gladstone Avenue, Springhill Road and the suburb of Wollongong in the north, the Tasman Sea in the east, the suburb of Primbee, Shellharbour Road, Northcliffe Drive, Shellharbour Road, First Avenue and Flagstaff Road in the south, and the Port Kembla Steelworks, Five Islands Road and the Princes Motorway in the west.

Location of Rural Balance

Rural Balance

Rural Balance is bounded by the localities of Cordeaux and Kembla Heights, the railway line, the locality of Kembla Grange, West Dapto Road, Shone Avenue, Robins Creek, the suburb of Horsley and Reed Creek in the north, Mullet Creek, the railway line, the suburbs of Dapto and Koonawarra and Lake Illawarra in the east, the Macquarie Rivulet, Marshall Mount Creek and Shellharbour City in the south, and the locality of Avon in the west.

Location of Stanwell Park - Stanwell Tops - Coalcliff and surrounds

Stanwell Park - Stanwell Tops - Coalcliff and surrounds

Stanwell Park - Stanwell Tops - Coalcliff and surrounds is bounded by the locality of Woronora Dam, Kellys Creek, the localities of Helensburgh and Otford, Otford Road and Royal National Park in the north, the Tasman Sea in the east, the locality of Clifton, the Illawarra Escarpment, a line running east-west across the locality of Maddens Plains and the Princes Motorway in the south, and Maddens Creek, Dharawal Nature Reserve, O’Hares Creek and the locality of Darkes Forest in the west.

Location of Thirroul

Thirroul

Thirroul is bounded by the locality of Austinmer and the railway line in the north, the Tasman Sea in the east, Hewitts Creek, Woodlands Creek and the locality of Bulli in the south, the Princes Motorway in the south-west, and the Illawarra Coast Range in the west.

Location of Towradgi

Towradgi

Towradgi is bounded by the Towradgi Creek in the north, the Tasman Sea in the east, Towradgi Beach Park, Kemps Reserve and Florence Street in the south, and the Princes Highway in the west.

Location of Unanderra - Kembla Grange

Unanderra - Kembla Grange

Unanderra - Kembla Grange is bounded by the Moss Vale-Unanderra railway line, the suburb of Farmborough Heights, the Moss Vale-Unanderra railway line, Farmborough Road, Iola Avenue, Jenkins Creek, Binya Place, Waples Road, Rickard Road, Serrata Place, Telopea Place, Tamarind Drive, Coachwood Park, Staff Road, Central Road, the Moss Vale-Unanderra railway line and the suburb of Figtree in the north, the Princes Motorway, Five Islands Road, the suburbs of Cringila and Berkeley and the Princes Motorway in the east, Mullet Creek, the AIS railway line and West Dapto Road in the south, and the localities of Wongawilli and Dombarton in the west.

Location of Warrawong

Warrawong

Warrawong is bounded by Flagstaff Road, Flagstaff Park, Blaxland Avenue and First Avenue in the north, Shellharbour Road, Warrawong Plaza, Northcliffe Drive and Shellharbour Road in the east, the suburb of Primbee and Lake Illawarra in the south, and Minnegang Creek, Weringa Avenue and Malcolm Avenue in the west.

Location of West Wollongong

West Wollongong

West Wollongong is bounded by Immarina Avenue, Keira Mine Road, William Street and a line running continuous of William Street in the north, Hillcrest Street, Urunga Parade and the Princes Highway in the east, Powell Street, the suburb of Mangerton and the Princes Motorway in the south, and Byarong Creek in the west.

Location of Windang - Primbee

Windang - Primbee

Windang - Primbee is bounded by the suburbs of Warrawong and Port Kembla in the north, the Tasman Sea in the east, and Lake Illawarra in the south and west.

Location of Wollongong

Wollongong

Wollongong is bounded by Bourke Street in the north, the Tasman Sea in the east, the suburb of Port Kembla, Springhill Road, Bridge Street, Tate Street, Miller Street, Auburn Street, Union Street, McKenzie Avenue, Gregory Street and Norman Street in the south, and Mangerton Road, the Princes Highway, Urunga Parade, Hillcrest Street, Throsby Drive, the railway line and Hay Street in the west.

Location of Wombarra - Coledale - Scarborough - Clifton

Wombarra - Coledale - Scarborough - Clifton

Wombarra - Coledale - Scarborough - Clifton is bounded by the locality of Coalcliff in the north, the Tasman Sea in the east, the locality of Austinmer, the railway line, Wards Creek and Lady Fuller Park in the south, and the Illawarra Coast Range in the west.

Location of Woonona - Russell Vale

Woonona - Russell Vale

Woonona - Russell Vale is bounded by the locality of Bulli, Farrell Road, the railway line, Lawrence Street and Ocean Street in the north, the Tasman Sea in the east, Bellambi Gully, the suburb of Bellambi, Bellambi Lane, Broker Street and a line running continuous of Broker Street in the south, and the locality of Cataract and the Princes Motorway in the west.

Location of Environmental Conservation Area

Environmental Conservation Area

Environmental Conservation Area encompasses the environmental conservation areas in Wollongong City. Environmental Conservation Area includes two areas – a small area to the west of the locality of Helensburgh, and a large area making up much of the western part of Wollongong City. The smaller area (the locality of Woronora Dam) is bounded by Sutherland Shire in the north, the Princes Highway and the Princes Motorway in the east, the locality of Darkes Forest in the south, and the Woronora River and Campbelltown City in the east. The larger area is bounded by O’Hares Creek, the Princes Motorway and the locality of Maddens Plains in the north, the Illawarra Coast Range, the Princes Motorway, the localities of Russell Vale, Corrimal and Tarrawanna, Clive Bissell Drive, Mount Keira Road and the localities of Cordeaux, Kembla Heights, Dombarton, Wongawilli, Huntley, Avondale and Marshall Mount in the east, Shellharbour City in the south, and Wingecarribee Shire and Wollondilly Shire in the west.

Location of Ward 1

Ward 1

Ward 1 covers the northern and north-western parts of Wollongong City.

Location of Ward 2

Ward 2

Ward 2 covers the central or urban parts of Wollongong City.

Location of Ward 3

Ward 3

Ward 3 covers the southern and south-western parts of Wollongong City.

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