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Karuah Bridge.jpg
Bridge over the Karuah River
Karuah is located in New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
Population 1,411 (2016 census)
 • Density 19.145/km2 (49.59/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 2324
Area 73.7 km2 (28.5 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
 • Summer (DST) AEDT (UTC+11)
Region Hunter
County Gloucester
Parish Tarean
State electorate(s) Port Stephens
Federal Division(s) Lyne
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
23.0 °C
73 °F
10.3 °C
51 °F
1,145.6 mm
45.1 in
Suburbs around Karuah:
Limeburners Creek Limeburners Creek The Branch
Twelve Mile Creek Karuah The Branch, North Arm Cove
Twelve Mile Creek Swan Bay, Port Stephens Port Stephens, Tahlee, Carrington

Karuah is a locality in both the Port Stephens and Mid-Coast Councils in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. It is thought that the name means 'native plum tree' in the local Aboriginal dialect.


Karuah is split between the Port Stephens and Mid-Coast councils with most (approximately 51%) located in the Port Stephens Council area. The village of Karuah is also split between the two councils with almost all of the village located in Port Stephens Council. The Karuah River, which runs approximately north to south through the centre of Karuah, forms the border between the two councils within the locality. Karuah is located at the north-western corner of Port Stephens into which the Karuah River feeds.


According to the 2016 census, there 1,411 people in Karuah.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 14.6% of the population.
  • 80.1% of people were born in Australia and 89.8% of people spoke only English at home.
  • The most common responses for religion were Anglican 26.7%, No Religion 25.0% and Catholic 19.9%.

The largest settlement within the locality is the village of Karuah, which is on the old Pacific Highway and straddles the Karuah River. Most of the village, which occupies only about 0.7 square kilometres (0.3 sq mi) of the suburb's total area of 74.7 km2 (28.8 sq mi), lies within the Port Stephens LGA. It includes the largest Aboriginal community in the Port Stephens LGA and, at the 2006 Census, had a population of approximately 857. The rest of the suburb's population live in the rural properties which surround the village.


The Karuah bridge was built and opened in December 1957. In 2004, the Karuah Bypass was opened which, as part of the AusLink program, speeds up car and truck travel times past the township but left the town a backwater.

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