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Greater Newcastle, New South Wales
Cardiff Main Rd E from Veronica.jpg
Veronica Street, Cardiff
Population 3,850 (2016 census)
 • Density 463/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 2285
Area 8.3 km2 (3.2 sq mi)
LGA(s) Lake Macquarie
Parish Kahibah
State electorate(s)
  • Lake Macquarie
  • Wallsend
  • Charlestown
Federal Division(s)
Localities around Cardiff:
Argenton Glendale Cardiff Heights
Boolaroo Cardiff Garden Suburb
Macquarie Hills Cardiff South Garden Suburb

Cardiff is a small town in the Lake Macquarie LGA of New South Wales, Australia.

It is located 17 kilometres (11 mi) west-southwest of Newcastle.

Cardiff is home to two government primary schools, a Catholic primary school and a government high school. It has its own commercial centre with a post office, pub (hotel), real estate agencies, take-away shops, a record store, two opportunity stores, numerous hairdressers and two supermarkets.


The first grant to a white settler in the Cardiff area was a parcel of 2,560 acres (10.4 km2) to George Weller in 1833, stretching west of the current Macquarie Road to Argenton and Cockle Creek.

Other selections were taken up by individual settlers from 1862 to the east of the Weller grant. The locality became known as Winding Creek after the stream which wound its way from south-east to north-west across the central valley of the area.

In the latter part of the 19th Century two factors attracted people to the Winding Creek area.

One was coal mining, with the Lymington (1882) and South Wallsend (1884, later renamed Cardiff) collieries both starting production in the vicinity of the current Cardiff South.

The other was the decision to construct the Sydney to Newcastle railway, which led to a navvies camp being established at Winding Creek in 1883, and work continuing through most of the rest of the decade.

The line originally ran close to current Myall Rd, however the gradient from Cardiff up to Tickhole Tunnel proved too steep for the trains of the period, and the line was relocated to the present position a few years after it was opened.

For a short period in the 1880s Lymington became the popular name for the whole Cardiff area, supplanting Winding Creek, however it fell foul of the postal authorities, because of its similarity to another, established locality name. There were a number of Welsh settlers living in the area, and on the suggestion of one of them, James Edwards, the name Cardiff was chosen after the capital of Wales. It was officially adopted in 1889.

Population statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics data from the 2001 census records the population of Cardiff as 5,039 residents, with a gender mix of 49% males and 51% females in line with the rest of the Australian population. (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2002)

Place of birth

Main language spoken at home


Car Sales

The suburb is home to a large number of car dealerships, including:

The suburb is also home to a number of used car dealerships.

Industrial Estate

Cardiff is a major employment area thanks to the Cardiff Industrial Estate, which is the highest employing area in the Hunter region.

Around half of that industrial estate is accessible only via one section of Munibung Road, a 2-lane road between two T-intersections (Torrens Avenue and Mitchell Road) which experience frequent crashes. The intersection of Munibung Road with Macquarie Road and Myall Road is the main access point for the entire industrial estate and suffers from some of the most severe congestion in the Hunter Region.

A proposal exists for the extension of Pennant Street over the railway line to a roundabout connecting to Main Road near Glendale Drive and to the end of Stockland Drive inside the Stockland Glendale shopping centre. The proposal also includes the construction of a new railway station for access to the industrial estate and the Glendale shopping centre. The proposal is ready to proceed but has been awaiting state government funding for several years.

A further proposal exists for the extension of Munibung Road through the redeveloped former Pasminco Sulphide site, connecting through the new light industrial and residential development to T C Frith Avenue in Boolaroo. It is hoped that the developer will fund that road as part of that development.

Sporting clubs

Cardiff has sporting clubs for the following sports:

  • Cricket (Warners Bay-Cardiff Junior Cricket Club, Cardiff-Boolaroo District Cricket Club, Ulinga Cricket Club)
  • Rugby League (Cardiff Cougars, Cardiff Cobras)
  • Football (soccer) (Cardiff JSFC)
  • Lawn Bowls (Cardiff Bowling Club)
  • Netball (Cardiff Netball Club)
  • Australian rules football (Cardiff Hawks)


The suburb is home to two government primary schools, Cardiff Public School and Cardiff North Public School; a government secondary school, Cardiff High School; and a Catholic primary school, St. Kevin's Primary School.

Cardiff High School, opened in late 1962, is a public secondary school located at 30 Boronia Street in Cardiff serving Cardiff, Cardiff South, Garden Suburb, Hillsborough, and Macquarie Hills areas. It celebrated its 50th birthday in 2013.

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