Kotara, New South Wales

Kotara /kəˈtɑːrə/[2] is a suburb of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, located 9 kilometres (6 mi) from Newcastle's central business district. It is part of the City of Newcastle local government area.

The Australasia Coal Company operated a mine near Kotara, in the valley below the present-day northern entrance to Tickhole Tunnel. A private railway connected the screens with the Government line near the present-day triangle junctions north of Broadmeadow. Surveying for the line commenced in 1875 and the line was completed in April 1877. However, only a total of 9,052 tons was ever produced and the company went into liquidation in June 1879.[3]


In the 2016 Census, there were 3,929 people in Kotara. 87.4% of people were born in Australia and 90.9% of people spoke only English at home. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 33.2%, Catholic 23.7%, Anglican 18.0% and Uniting Church 5.8%.[1]

Commercial area

Westfield Kotara, formerly known as Garden City and "Gardo" and prior to that known as Kotara Fair, is a major shopping centre which features a department store, two discount department stores, two supermarkets and a variety of other clothing, toy, homeware and newsagency stores and many cafes and a foodcourt in addition Westfield Kotara is also home to a cinema and restaurants on the ‘Rooftop’.


Kotara is home to Kotara South Public School on Rodway Parade and the local Catholic School St James Primary School, located on Vista Parade.

See also

Kotara railway station


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Kotara (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 9 February 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Search By Letter - ABC PRONOUNCE". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 11 February 2017. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  3. ^ Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, September 1964 pp161-165

Coordinates: 32°55′55″S 151°41′06″E / 32.932°S 151.685°E / -32.932; 151.685