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CessnockNew South Wales
Greta's historic court house
Population 2,483 (2011 census)
 • Density 486.9/km2 (1,261/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 2334
Elevation 70 m (230 ft)
Area 5.1 km2 (2.0 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
 • Summer (DST) AEDT (UTC+11)
  • City of Cessnock
  • City of Maitland
Region Hunter
County Northumberland
Parish Branxton
State electorate(s) Cessnock
Federal Division(s) Hunter
Localities around Greta:
Branxton, East Branxton Leconfield Luskintyre
North Rothbury Greta Oswald, Harpers Hill
Rothbury Allandale, Rothbury Allandale

Greta is a suburb of the Cessnock and Maitland local government areas in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. Most of the population lives in the town of the same name, located in the north of the suburb, which is bisected by the New England Highway. At the 2011 census the town had a population of 2,483. It is largely a commuter town located midway between Cessnock, Singleton and Maitland. The town is linked to nearby Branxton especially during community events. Greta is close to major grape-growing areas of the Hunter Region.

Greta Army Camp

The Greta Army Camp, located on the town's outskirts, was opened in 1939 as a training ground for World War II soldier training, and in 1949 was transferred to the Department of Immigration who transformed it into one of Australia's largest migrant reception and training centres between June 1949 and January 1960 as part of the post-war immigration to Australia. Over 100,000 new migrants seeking a new life in Australia passed through Greta Camp throughout its 11-years in operation.

Tidy Towns

Greta's Tidy Towns projects have also been nationally recognised and even achieved multiple awards and prestige for its beautification of what was once considered an unfashionable place to live. Greta Tidy Towns Committee meets regularly to discuss changes to the town and to manage its continuing beautification.


Greta is located on the New England Highway, approximately 183 km (114 mi) north of Sydney. Access to Sydney will be possible via the Hunter Expressway when it is completed. NSW TrainLink's Hunter Line passes through Greta railway station, which opened in 1869.

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