beautiful, diverse, unique 

Mandalong is a small rural community located near Lake Macquarie, the largest salt water lake in Australia and the Watagan National Park. The area is situated between the popular tourist destinations of the Central Coast and the Hunter Valley.  Mandalong is conveniently close to the Sydney-Newcastle Freeway and the township of Morisset.
The area was settled by Europeans in 1852 or earlier. Early industries were farming and timber working.   An aboriginal camp existed in Mandalong in the 1860s.

Mandalong is an Aboriginal word meaning 'where the forest oaks grows' (Source: "The Story of the Aboriginal People of the Central Coast of NSW" By F.C. Bennett).

Today Mandalong is a quiet rural area with most of the rural properties ranging between 10 and 50 hectares, with traditional farmland on the valley floor and many properties in the environmentally protected ridges.

There are at least seven Endangered Ecological Communities (EECs) in Mandalong which include Freshwater Wetlands and Paperbark Forests.  Information on Mandalong's beautiful flora and fauna can be found here on our website.

We have a population of 388 (2011 census).  The neighbouring suburb of Morisset has a commercial centre, industrial estate and railway station.  There are excellent facilities in the coastal strip of the Hunter and Central Coast regions.

The Mandalong Community Association has a proud history protecting the interests of the community.  The MCA has community representatives on the Centennial Mining Consultative Committee and a Mining Subcommittee which works to address issues regarding long wall mining in the area by Centennial Coal.
The MCA organises social and informational events for local residents and keeps the community informed through its emailed News Updates.

There is a diversity of community interests and activities in Mandalong.  This website provides information and contact details.  Our community groups include the Rural Fire Brigade, the Film Club and the Book Club.  Community interests include bush walking, environmental conservation, sustainable living, cycling and mountain bike riding, horse riding and breeding. There is a strong art community in Mandalong represented by the Mandalong Aboriginal Gallery and the Yara Balba Art Studio.

If you are new to the area and you'd like to discover more about any of the community interest groups and receive our emailed News Updates, please contact us.  You will find Mandalong is an interesting, friendly and welcoming community.



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