Kurri Kurri Regional Information


Located close to the national highways, the Kurri Kurri district is easily accessible to Sydney, Brisbane, Central Coast and the North-West region.

It is well serviced by all forms of transport. You can be in Sydney in 30 mins by air, two hours by road or luxury coach. Shipping overseas can be arranged through the port of Newcastle which has well developed import and export facilities.

The area of Kurri Kurri takes into account eight districts: Abermain, Heddon Greta, Kurri Kurri, Neath, Pelaw Main, Stanford Merthyr,Weston and (2323 Post Codes of Buchanan, Buttai and the Mulbring area).

Kurri Kurri enjoys a temperate environment with an average high temperature of 28°C in January and a low of 7.5C degrees in August. The annual rainfall is an average of 702mm. (statistics supplied by Hydro Aluminium, Kurri Kurri)

Origin of the name Kurri Kurri:

The name Kurri Kurri comes from the Wanaruah people of the Hunter, the original inhabitants of the Kurri Kurri area. Kurri Kurri was the first planned crown town in NSW and as such the town tookits name from the Aboriginal language. Lancelot Threkeld an early pioneer of the Hunter interprepted and documented the Aboriginal language of the local people. Kurri Kurri was originally spoken as KaRiKaRi meaning beginning, the very first. Threkeld’s interpretation of their language was kur-ri-kur-ri.

Vital Statistics:

Population: 14,000 (Could be as high as 16,000 in 2011)
Elevation: 54.4 metres
Distance in kms:Kurri Kurri & Weston – Sydney – 145 kms
Kurri Kurri & Weston – Newcastle – 38kms
Kurri Kurri & Weston – Cessnock – 14kms
Kurri Kurri & Weston – Maitland – 13kms

Average age:                        38
Average income:                $342 a week
Average House price:        $250,000 (>100% growth since 2001)
Average rent:                    $275 a week
Average mortgage:            $950 to $1,100 per month
Average Household Size:    2.4

Main industry:        Manufacturing, including Aluminium production

Religion:            Anglican           33%
                          Catholicism      22%
                          Uniting              8.5%
                          Presbyterian       5%
                          Others               31.5%

ABS: Stats from 2006

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