Kotara 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 the Tickhole railway tunnels. 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.
Westfield Kotara, formerly known as Garden City, 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.
Kotara is home to Kotara High School, located across from Hudson Park, and Belair Public School adjacent to Westfield Kotara. The local Catholic School is St James Primary School Kotara South, located on Vista Parade.
Kotara railway station
- Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, September 1964 pp161-165