Albion Park is surrounded by a ‘green belt’ of rural farms and beautiful environmental destinations, such as the wetlands, Macquarie Rivulet and Stockyard Mountain.
Situated in Shellharbour Local Government area, Albion Park comprises approximately 9.1 square kilometres. Nearby suburbs are North Macquarie, Calderwood and Albion Park Rail and geographically The Illawarra escarpment is to the west, Dapto is to the north, Jamberoo is to the south and Shellharbour is to the east.
The 2006 Census recorded the population as 11,523 with a growth rate of 12.5% per annum. The majority of the population are in full time work, with technicians and the trades being the major focus of employment and most use their own car to get to work.
Of the approximately 3, 616 residential dwellings 90% are single family homes, of which 26.7% are fully owned (i.e. no mortgage) and 55.9% are financed. 84% of Albion Park’s properties are owner occupied. 83% of the population are recorded as being married and most households are couples without children.
The present median sale prices for the area are $367,761 compared to an average of $340,835 for the Local Government Area of Shellharbour.
Albion Park was given its name by the land grand owner when it was settled around 1815. “Albion” is one of the earliest names of Great Britain. The surrounding area was cleared by cedar cutters who paved the way for graziers who saw the wonderful potential the rich and well-watered soil offered. In 1887 the railway line was opened, and this, in addition to the completion of a new road from Macquarie Pass to the Southern Highlands contributed to the town’s growth. As the ridges between Albion Park and Minnamurra were too high to support the railway lines, they were routed closer to the shore of Lake Illawarra. The actual Albion Park railway station was sited 2 kilometres to the east, and in 1887 a new town sprang up next to it and this is now known as Albion Park Rail.
The Illawarra Highway runs through Albion Park and then re-joins the Princes Highway just north of town. The road brings many visitors to the area and is the main thoroughfare between Jamberoo Action Park and Sydney
The Albion Park area is served Centro Shopping Centre and 3 Primary and 3 High Schools, they are:
As well as having no less than 15 parks, a great addition to the area is the Shellharbour Regional Sporting Complex which comprises several football fields, two all-weather hockey fields, a multi-purpose indoor basketball stadium, a turfed cricket field, athletics field, BMX track, tennis courts and a remote control car racing track. A cycleway goes through the development linking it to soccer and polo fields. In summer the Shellharbour Council Swimming Pool is a great spot for the family to cool off.
There are plenty of clubs and dining venues, including the Albion Park Hotel, Albion Park RSL and the Albion Park Bowls and Recreation Club. Many sporting teams also call Albion Park home and some of these are:
Those interested in the history of the area will delight in the exhibits of Aboriginal and European culture at the Tongarra Museum, the Illawarra Light Railway Museum offers diesel and steam train rides, and the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society.
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