Coledale, New South Wales

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Coledale
Wollongong,  New South Wales
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A view at Coledale, circa 1900.
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Coledale
Coordinates 34°17′S150°57′E / 34.283°S 150.950°E / -34.283; 150.950 Coordinates: 34°17′S150°57′E / 34.283°S 150.950°E / -34.283; 150.950
Population1,260 (2016 census) [1]
Postcode(s) 2515
LGA(s) City of Wollongong
State electorate(s) Keira
Federal Division(s) Cunningham
Suburbs around Coledale:
Wombarra
Coledale
Austinmer

Coledale is a small sea-side village approximately 18 kilometres (11 mi) north of Wollongong along the Princes Highway in New South Wales, Australia. It is part of the City of Wollongong and lies between Wombarra and Austinmer.

Wollongong City in New South Wales, Australia

Wollongong, informally referred to as "The Gong", is a seaside city located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. Wollongong lies on the narrow coastal strip between the Illawarra Escarpment and the Pacific Ocean, 68 kilometres (51 miles) south of central Sydney. Wollongong had an estimated urban population of 302,739 at June 2018, making it the third-largest city in New South Wales after Sydney and Newcastle, and the tenth-largest city in Australia. The city's current Lord Mayor is Gordon Bradbery AM who was elected in 2018.

Princes Highway highway in Australia

The Princes Highway is a major road in Australia, extending from Sydney to Adelaide via the coast through the states of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. It has a length of 1,941 kilometres (1,206 mi) or 1,898 kilometres (1,179 mi) via the former alignments of the highway, although these routes are slower and connections to the bypassed sections of the original route are poor in many cases.

New South Wales State of Australia

New South Wales is a state on the east coast of Australia. It borders Queensland to the north, Victoria to the south, and South Australia to the west. Its coast borders the Tasman Sea to the east. The Australian Capital Territory is an enclave within the state. New South Wales' state capital is Sydney, which is also Australia's most populous city. In September 2018, the population of New South Wales was over 8 million, making it Australia's most populous state. Just under two-thirds of the state's population, 5.1 million, live in the Greater Sydney area. Inhabitants of New South Wales are referred to as New South Welshmen.

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Coledale has several shops on the main road as well as a RSL club, public hall, fire station, public hospital [2] with an aged care unit. Coledale's shops include a newsagent (that triple times as cafe & gift store), a more comprehensive gift store (sister to the cafe), selling furniture and homeware items can be found diagonally opposite on the main road. There is also a beauty salon, hair dresser and fish & chip shop. Further along the road there is another cafe/restaurant (Cole Coast) and a bottle shop. Coledale also has a small public school with good views of Coledale beach.

Coledale also has a playing field for soccer, cricket and netball: St. James Park is the home ground for the Coledale Waves (formerly known as the Coledale Rosebuds) soccer teams. This was where Kerryn McCann often trained as she lived close by.[ citation needed ]

Kerryn McCann Australian long distance runner

Kerryn McCann was an Australian athlete. She was best known for winning the marathon at the 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Population

In the 2016 Census, there were 1,260 people in Coledale. 82.1% of people were born in Australia and 91.8% of people spoke only English at home. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 39.5%, Catholic 20.6% and Anglican 18.1%. [1]

Beaches

Coledale has two sandy beaches: Coledale Beach to the north of the village which is patrolled during summer and Sharkey's Beach to the south, a popular surfing spot. In the summer months Coledale Lifesaving Club runs Nippers every 2nd Sunday on Coledale Beach. Coledale's main patrolled beach is extremely popular with campers & caravaners, having simple but reliable amenities.

Nippers

Nippers in Australian, New Zealand, South African and Swedish surf lifesaving are young Surf Lifesavers aged between 5 and 14 years old. Unlike senior Surf Lifesavers, the majority of them do not patrol the beaches. The focus for Nippers tends to be on fun, and surf awareness.

Transport

Coledale railway station is located halfway up Cater Street, off Lawrence Hargrave Drive. The station is operated by NSW TrainLink.

Lawrence Hargrave Drive road in New South Wales

Lawrence Hargrave Drive is a scenic coastal road and popular tourist drive connecting the northernmost suburbs of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia to both Wollongong and Sydney.

NSW TrainLink operator of passenger rail services in New South Wales (exclusive of the Sydney suburban network)

NSW TrainLink is an Australian brand for the medium and long distance passenger rail and coach services in New South Wales. It operates services throughout New South Wales and into the neighbouring Australian states and territories of Victoria, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory. Train services are operated by the government's NSW Trains. Coach services are contracted to private operators. It is an agency of Transport for NSW.

Sharkey's beach coledale.jpg
A panorama overlooking Sharkey's beach facing south in the direction of the Headlands Hotel, which is an easy 20-30 minute walk from the Coledale shops. There is also well maintained cycle route that will allow for an off-road journey all the way into Wollongong. This route does break up a little between Thirroul & Bulli, but in the summer months it is easy to find your way if you follow other cyclists.

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References

  1. 1 2 Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Coledale (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 July 2017. OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg CC-BY icon.svg Material was copied from this source, which is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
  2. "Coledale Hospital | MyHospitals.gov.au" . Retrieved 30 October 2018.