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NewcastleNew South Wales
Population 1,039 (2016 census)
 • Density 253/km2 (660/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 2284
Area 4.1 km2 (1.6 sq mi)
LGA(s) City of Lake Macquarie
Parish Kahibah
State electorate(s) Lake Macquarie
Federal Division(s) Shortland
Suburbs around Boolaroo:
Argenton Argenton Cardiff
Teralba Boolaroo Macquarie Hills
Teralba Speers Point Lakelands

Boolaroo is a suburb of Greater Newcastle, city of Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia, located 19 kilometres (12 mi) west of Newcastle's central business district in Lake Macquarie's West Ward.

Australia Boolaroo District & Sulphide Band, 1914
Boolaroo District & Sulphide Band, 1914

It was the epicenter of the 1989 Newcastle earthquake. Boolaroo borders a number of well-known towns and suburbs within the Lake Macquarie Region, including Warners Bay and Speers Point, and, for a small strip of land, fronts onto Lake Macquarie itself.

Within Boolaroo is Cockle Creek railway station, a small station on the Central Coast & Newcastle Line. Also, Boolaroo previously housed a lead/zinc smelter, owned by the former Pasminco (now Zinifex) however the site has been cleared since the smelter ceased operations in 2003.

Boolaroo is home to several churches, of various denominations, as well as Boolaroo Public School, a library, a cinema (which was partially destroyed in the 1989 Newcastle earthquake) and a number of shops, including a small supermarket and a military disposal store.

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