Kurri Kurri Area Information

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

The area 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 the local districts of Abermain, Heddon Greta, Kurri Kurri, Neath, Pelaw Main, Stanford Merthyr,Weston, 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 took its name from the Aboriginal language. Lancelot Threkeld an early pioneer of the Hunter interpreted 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: 17,721 (2016 Census)
Elevation: 54.4 metres
Distance in kms:
Sydney – 145 kms
Newcastle – 38kms
Cessnock – 14kms
Maitland – 13kms


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