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Ourimbah - Rural South

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Ourimbah - Rural South is 4,842, with a population density of 0.63 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Ourimbah - Rural South is bounded generally by the transmission line, the locality of Mardi, Old Maitland Road, the Sydney-Newcastle Freeway and the locality of Tuggerah in the north, the railway line, Enterprise Drive, Peach Orchard Road and the localities of Fountaindale and Glenning Vale in the east, Cutrock Road, Baileys Road, Mannings Road, the railway line, Teralba Street, Gosford City and Dog Trap Road in the south and Kilkenny Road, Gosford City and the transmission line in the west.

Name origin

Ourimbah is thought to be named from an Aboriginal word meaning "bora" or "ceremonial ground".

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, with land used mainly for timber getting and farming. Growth took place in the late 1800s, spurred by the opening of the railway line. Significant development occurred in Ourimbah from the 1970s. The population and dwelling stock increased rapidly during the early 1990s, with growth slowing in the late 1990s. The population increased slightly between 2001 and 2011 as some new dwellings continued to be added to the area.

Land use

Ourimbah - Rural South is a rural area, with developing residential areas in Ourimbah. Rural land is used mainly for general farming and citrus fruit growing.

Major features

Major features of the area include The University of Newcastle (Central Coast Campus), TAFE NSW - Hunter Institute (Ourimbah Campus), Central Coast Community College, Ourimbah State Forest, Jilliby State Conservation Area, Australian Rainforest Sanctuary (Forest of Tranquility), Palmdale Memorial Park (Cemetery & Crematorium), Bill Sohier Park, Blue Gum Park, Cut Rock Park, Palm Grove Nature Reserve, Walker Park, Tall Timbers Pony Club, Central Coast Lifetime Learning Centre and Ourimbah Public School.

Included areas

This small area includes the localities of Kangy Angy and Palmdale, most of the locality of Palm Grove, the southern part of the locality of Ourimbah, and part of the locality of Tumbi Umbi.