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Waratah Village.jpg
Waratah Village Shopping Centre in March 2011

Waratah is located in New South Wales
Population: 4,760 (2011) [1]
Established: 1871
Postcode: 2298
Coordinates: 32°54′19″S 151°43′30″E / -32.90528, 151.725Coordinates: 32°54′19″S 151°43′30″E / -32.90528, 151.725
Area: 1.9 km² (0.7 sq mi) [Note 1]
Time zone:

 • Summer (DST)



Location: 6 km (4 mi) WNW of Newcastle
LGA: City of Newcastle[2]
Region: Hunter[2]
County: Northumberland[3]
Parish: Newcastle[3]
State District:
Federal Division: Newcastle[6]
Suburbs around Waratah:
Waratah West Mayfield Mayfield
Waratah West Waratah Georgetown
Lambton Lambton Broadmeadow

Waratah is a north-western residential suburb of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, located 6 kilometres (4 mi) from Newcastle's central business district and bounded on the north by the Main North line.[7] Waratah station was opened in 1858 and is served by CityRail's Hunter line.[8]


Waratah was once a major Municipality in its own right, with an elected council and mayor, incorporated in 1871. Two notable mayors, both elected to the office three times each were John Scholey and auctioneer N.B.Creer, both of whom resided at North Waratah (now Mayfield, New South Wales). Scholey was instrumental in the establishment of the Waratah Bowling Club of which he was also Patron.

Originally Waratah had as its industrial base a large colliery bearing its name.[9]

The suburb contains a major acute hospital, the Calvary Mater (formerly the "Mater Misericordiae"), owned by the Roman Catholic Sisters of Mercy, who, until recently occupied all the most senior nursing positions. Nearby is an established major 150+ -bed independent Home of the Elderly, Maroba.


  • Callaghan College Waratah Technology Campus (Years 7–10)[10] (formerly Waratah High School, and before that Newcastle Boys' High School)
  • Waratah Public School (State sector)[11]
  • St. Philip's Christian College[12]
  • Corpus Christi (Roman Catholic Primary School)[13]

Local landmarks[]

File:Waratah BC 1974.jpg

Singles Championships at Waratah Bowling Club (now closed) in 1974, sponsored by Gilbeys (of gin fame) and in which English World Champion David Bryant competed.

  • Calvary Mater Hospital[14]
  • Maroba Nursing Home[15]
  • Waratah Rugby Union Football Club
  • Waratah Oval
  • Waratah has one shopping centre, Waratah Village, containing a Coles and a Kmart store, a Newsagent, a Post Office, Newcastle Permanent Building Society branch, and other specialty stores. Every Christmas it is renowned for an exuberant lighting display. A smaller strip of shops is still surviving in Station Street, approximately 200 m (656 ft) away and contains The Waratahs Rugby Union Football Club, two hotels (The Royal (Purple) and The Town Hall (Orange)) and some smaller shops.


  1. ^ Area calculation is based on 1:100000 map 9232 NEWCASTLE.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Waratah (NSW) (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Suburb Search – Local Council Boundaries – Hunter (HT) – Newcastle City Council". New South Wales Division of Local Government. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Geographical Names Register Extract: Waratah". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Newcastle". New South Wales Electoral Commission. 24 September 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Wallsend". New South Wales Electoral Commission. 24 September 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Newcastle". Australian Electoral Commission. 26 July 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Waratah". Department of Lands - Spatial Information eXchange. New South Wales Department of Lands. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Main North Line". Retrieved 22 November 2006. 
  9. ^ Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, November 1963 pp. 173–178
  10. ^ "Waratah Technology Campus". Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "home". Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "St. Philip's Christian College". Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  13. ^ "Home". Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ "Maroba". Retrieved 23 October 2011. 

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