Avondale - NSW

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DEG: -33.06809 151.46526
DMS: 33º 04' 5.12" S 151º 27' 54.92" E
UTM: 56 H 6340117mN 356734mE
Altitude: 22.33m


Place Type

Population - Town


91.25kms North of Sydney
638.33kms South of Brisbane
790.65kms NorthEast of Melbourne

Address & Contact

695 Freemans Dr
Cooranbong NSW 2265
Phone: +612 4921 0333
Email: council@lakemac.nsw.gov.au
Web: https://www.lakemac.com.au/Home


Avondale is a suburban development to the west of Lake Macquarie and about 30km southwest of Newcastle. It owes its being to the arrival of Seventh Day Adventist missionaries at nearby Cooranbong in the late 19th century.

The first Seventh-day Adventist missionaries arrived in Australia during 1885; after only nine years a group rowed up Dora Creek to Cooranbong and chose 585 hectares as the location for a multi-disciplinary, co-educational college. At that time the land had known centuries of sustainable use by Aborigines but since 1900 it has been used variously for grazing and as a source for firewood and pit props (that’s coal miner’s language).

Avondale, as part of the SDA's Cooranbong complex. Cooranbong is a strange town. It lies to the west of Lake Macquarie on the Dora Creek. It is a town which, although it is close to major tourist areas on the Central Coast, has largely side stepped commercial development and remained the home of the Seventh Day Adventists in Australia. Avondale College, the South Seas Islands Museum and Sunnyside (an historic home occupied between 1896-1900 by Ellen Gould White, one of the founders of the Seventh-Day Adventist movement) are all located in the township and worth visiting. The highlights of the area are the remarkably beautiful bushwalks and panoramas overlooking the coastline which can be experienced in the Watagans National Park to the west of the town.

Following the exponential development of aviation that occurred during WW2, the SDA church at Cooranbong realised the potential of aviation in delivering its message. Around 1949 a small airfield was developed at Avondale and improved over the years, being used as a location for recreational aviation, evangelistic aviation and flying instruction in its School of Aviation until about 2005. As of 2021 it is under suburban development.

The SDA college is now a recognised university.
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Closest Weather Station

Lake Macquarie - Cooranbong at 22/09:00am EDT
Distance from Avondale 2.3km S
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Norah Head Aws
Distance from Avondale 25.88km SE
Mean Max. °C25.825.924.822.820.
Mean Min. °C19.620.018.715.813.010.99.710.512.814.716.718.3
Mean Rain mm78.5108.9105.8127.1153.1144.397.369.166.853.989.167.5

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