Coopernook, New South Wales

Coopernook is a small town in mid-north New South Wales, Australia (post code 2426). It is located 24 kilometres north of Taree and 11 kilometres west of Harrington and is administered by Mid-Coast Council. At the 2016 census, Coopernook and the surrounding area had a population of 538 people.[1] It was formerly situated on the Pacific Highway, until 22 March 2006, when the Coopernook Bypass was opened.[2] The old highway crossed the Lansdowne River on a narrow iron girder bridge.

New South Wales
Coopernook is located in New South Wales
Coordinates31°49′25″S 152°36′50″E / 31.82361°S 152.61389°E / -31.82361; 152.61389Coordinates: 31°49′25″S 152°36′50″E / 31.82361°S 152.61389°E / -31.82361; 152.61389
Population538 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)Mid-Coast Council
State electorate(s)Port Macquarie
Federal Division(s)Lyne

The name, Coopernook, means "the elbow" in the local Aboriginal language, Biripi. This name refers to the bend in the Lansdowne River which looks like an elbow of an arm.[3]

The Coopernook Primary School in Macquarie Street was established in 1875, and in 2006 it had an enrolment of 81.[4] Its enrolment in 2007 was a similar number.

Coopernook Post Office opened on 1 November 1876.[5] Coopernook Hotel, located on the edge of the Lansdowne River of the south side of the village, was established in the late 1920s. One of the first roads built in Coopernook was Wharf Road, of which the original post office was located before being moved to Macquarie Street. The old post office building is now a private residence and still stands directly across the road from Coopernook Hotel.

Coopernook Police Station and Lockup Residence, located: 14 Macquarie Street and Henry Street, corner of, has two cells and an exercise yard and several outbuildings including a garage and woodshed. The former Courthouse and Police Station building, designed by the Government Architect, WL Vernon in 1900 are of historical and streetscape significance to the town. This building is important for its long and continuous association with the provision of law and order, including police services in the local area surrounding Coopernook.[6]

Early settlers included Calvin, Rose, Eggins, Gillogilly, Longworth, Latham, Towers and Buchanan. A sandstone obelisk erected in 1997 commemorates the combatants in World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War.[7]


In the 2016 Census, there were 538 people in Coopernook. 86.5% of people were born in Australia and 91.9% of people spoke only English at home. The most common responses for religion were Anglican 33.5% and No Religion 24.4%.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Coopernook (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 February 2018.  
  2. ^ Roads and Traffic Authority: Coopernook Bypass Archived 4 October 2006 at the Wayback Machine
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  4. ^ New South Wales Department of Education and Training: Coopernook Public School
  5. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, archived from the original on 19 August 2008, retrieved 11 June 2009
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  7. ^ "Register of War Memorials, NSW: Coopernook War Memorial". Archived from the original on 20 August 2006. Retrieved 17 October 2006.