The beachside suburb of Bellambi is located in the Local Government area of Wollongong and occupies a 2.4 sq km area. Situated just north of Corrimal and east of Russell Vale, its beach is on the Wollongong to Thirroul bike track and has an illustrious background in coal mining.
The first known land grant in the area was as far back as 1824 when Moses Brennan received permission to occupy 800 acres on a tract of lane called Bullambee. The land was initially used as a sheep run and in 1842 the estate was subdivided and the village of Bellambi laid out. The bay at Bellambi was used as a shipping point for cedar and then later became a coal shipping centre. As a testament to the popularity of shipping in the area, in 1858 the original jetty was constructed, with a second one being built in 1863 and yet a third built at Bellambi Bay in 1887.
Nowadays, residents of Bellambi enjoy a relaxed lifestyle with Bellambi beach and a lovely rock pool. The two kilometre stretch of beach is back-dropped by a reserve with mountain views, one of note being Broker’s Nose at 442 metres high. Extremely popular, the beach is also a renowned fishing spot and has a boat ramp and small harbour nearby.
Just seven kilometres north of the Wollongong CBD it is a popular suburb for young families who work nearby. Another local favourite is the Bellambi Lagoon Reserve, a protected reserve area forested in swamp oaks (casuarina), coastal sclerophyll and saltmarsh. Home to more than 50 bird species including white breasted sea eagles, there is also significant indigenous heritage with numerous middens around the site. The area is protected and also cared for by an active Bushcare group which was established in 2003.
In 2006 the population of Bellambi was 4,249 with the main age group being between 10-19 years old. A large proportion of the population are not in the labour force and those who are, in general, are employed in the technical and trades fields. There are approximately 1,639 dwellings, most being single family homes (53%). 23.7% of homes are fully owned and 19.8% are being financed. 44% of homes in Bellambi are owner occupied and married couples account for 61% of the population.
With 16 parks, a child care centre and both a primary and high school families and children are well catered to. There are also 2 clubs, the historic Bellambi Hotel, post office a church and 2 swimming pools. Bellambi’s railway station (operating since 1889) is on the CityRail South Coast Line for ease of commuting to Sydney.
The current median sales price of Houses, Units and Vacant Land in Bellambi is $319,193 as compared to $387,310 for the Local Government Area of Wollongong.
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