Lake Macquarie History

Yarrawonga Park

The City Council of Lake Macquarie acknowledge the Aboriginal people known today as the Awabakal, as the traditional Custodians of the land, respecting Aboriginal Elders past, present and future. Lake Macquarie City Council recognise the local Aboriginal community today in all of their diversity, who came forward to share their experiences, knowledge, images and memories.

Originally part of Balcolyn on the Morisset Peninsula.

Early settlers were the Wilson family. Yarrawonga is an Aboriginal word meaning "where the wonga or cormorant builds in the river gums".

A neighbourhood on the Morisset Peninsula, west of Silverwater and south west of Balcolyn, the placename of Yarrawonga Park in the Parish of Morisset was assigned the designation of suburb and the boundaries were defined on 31 May 1991.

Reticulated water came in 1963.


Armstrong, John W & Hunter District Water Board (N.S.W.) 1967, Pipelines and people, Hunter District Water Board, [Newcastle, N.S.W.]

Massola, Aldo Aboriginal place names of South-East Australia and their meanings. Lansdowne Press, Melbourne, 1968. (2019). Extract - Geographical Names Board of NSW. [online] Available at: [Accessed 16 Apr. 2019].

Streets in Yarrawonga Park