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Umina Beach
Central CoastNew South Wales
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Umina Beach
Population 16,059 (2011 census)
 • Density 2,230/km2 (5,800/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 2257
Area 7.2 km2 (2.8 sq mi)
Location
LGA(s) Central Coast Council
Parish Patonga
State electorate(s) Gosford
Federal Division(s) Robertson
Suburbs around Umina Beach:
Brisbane Water National Park Woy Woy Blackwall
Brisbane Water National Park Umina Beach Ettalong Beach
Pearl Beach Broken Bay Broken Bay

Umina Beach is a suburb within the Central Coast Council local government area on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia. By road, it is 85 kilometres (53 mi) north of the Sydney CBD and 111 kilometres (69 mi) south of the Newcastle CBD.

Umina Beach is locally known on the Central Coast as being on 'The Peninsula' (or ‘Woy Woy Peninsula'). A natural peninsula that includes the towns of Umina Beach, Woy Woy, Blackwall, Booker Bay and Ettalong Beach. The main street, West Street, is the retail centre of The Peninsula with key national brands represented through Coles, Woolworths, Aldi and Bunnings.

The suburb of Umina Beach officially begins where Woy Woy and Blackwall end - at Veron Road and Gallipoli Avenue.

Umina Beach is the most populated suburb on the Central Coast.

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Geography

Umina Beach has one unbroken sand shoreline that has been divided in name only: Umina Beach (south western section) and Ocean Beach (north eastern section). Both beaches have their own Surf Life Saving Club (refer to Sports Clubs section). The only other type of shoreline is located at Umina Point (Mt Ettalong), a Hawkesbury Sandstone headland that adjoins to the south western end of Umina Beach.

Umina Beach is geographically located on the north side of Broken Bay at the river mouth of Hawkesbury River. The formation of Umina Beach and 'The Peninsula' is due to sand deposition that has been influenced by (and not limited to) climatic conditions, soil-binding flora, Hawkesbury Sandstone formations (e.g.; Box Head, Barrenjoey and Umina Point), wave patterns and tidal amplitude from the Tasman Sea, Hawkesbury River and Brisbane Water.

History

The word "Umina" was derived from the Australian Aboriginal word meaning Place of sleep.

The Woy Woy and Umina district was home to the Guringai Australian Aboriginal tribe. This tribe stretched from the north side of Port Jackson, north through Pittwater, Broken Bay and Brisbane Water, to the southern end of Lake Macquarie.

European entry to the region was first recorded in March 1788 when Governor Arthur Phillip landed with a party at Ettalong Beach. In June 1789, a more thorough investigation of Brisbane Water was conducted. A rest stop was made at Ettalong Beach before the group passed through 'The Rip' (a dangerous passage leading into Brisbane Water). On return, the party camped at Ettalong Beach before sailing to Dangar Island in the Hawkesbury River.

The first land subdivision occurred in 1914 which led to the current commercial and residential centre. Umina Beach celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014.

Business

Umina Beach town centre is represented by the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce which is affiliated with the NSW Business Chamber. The Chamber has undertaken a successful long term program to attract key national businesses to the town centre including Woolworths, Coles, Bunnings Hardware, Aldi Supermarkets and McDonald's all of which are represented in the town centre. McDonald's opened the Umina Beach store in 2013. Business is centred on the thriving West Street which runs parallel to the beachfront and provides a range of retail services to the large residential catchment. The town includes a range of facilities including several large medical practices, the Umina Library, service stations and supermarkets.

Transport Links

Umina Beach is well serviced by regular bus services (Busways) with connections to Woy Woy Rail Station and Gosford. The town centre is easily accessed with an efficient grid system of connecting roads with primary access from Ocean Beach Road, West Street and Barrenjoey Road. Substantial car parking facilities adjacent to the town centre contribute to its success as a retail hub.

Community Groups

  • Umina Community Group The Umina Community Group is committed to improving Umina Beach by providing a unified voice to lobby Gosford City Council and government bodies. Umina Beach is a growing community, along with its many visitors, this means improvements to local infrastructure and services in Umina Beach and Ocean Beach are essential to allow Umina Beach to thrive as a modern coastal community.
  • Umina Beach Men's Shed The Men's Shed. This is a place where members of the community of all different life experiences come together at their own pace, share skills, swap ideas, solve problems and be involved in projects for the benefit of the community.
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