Talk:South Coast (New South Wales)
City vs Town
See the Wikipdia  Article. City and Town are not that well defined in the English speaking world. And we need a good short name for this section, and City is the best.
City is not the best. Have you been to the south coast of New South Wales? Do you have any idea at all about the geography and population disbursement of that part of the world? Batehaven has a petrol station, motel, post office and is smaller than most European villages. Batemans Bay is a town. Have you read the city article. As a native speaker of English I can assure you that these town in the South coast would never ever be described as having an urban core, described as substantial, ... whatever - fishing hamlet might be a useful comparison, they are tourist villages. Town versus city is quite adequately distinguished in English to the extent that there would be no way an English speaker would ever get confused that most of these places were cities. The city of Shoalhaven  is not a city but a municipal local government area with its centre Nowra and is mainly rural - the urban core is Nowra. It's population density is 19 people per square kilometer. Nowra New South Wales has been classified as a city, it has a population of 29,000. To my knowledge it is the only city in the region.
Perhaps to gain a common understanding we can use population density. The density of the city of Shoalhaven is 19 people per square kilometer. The shire of Eurobadalla's population density is about 10 people per square kilometer. (Eurobodalla is to the south of Shoalhaven and includes Batemans Bay and Moruya). The density of the country of Denmark is 126 people per square kilometer. [List of countries by population density] While the population of Ausatralia averages 2 people per square kilometer, the south coast is by definition near the coast, has a good rainfall, ... the majority of Australia is dry and does not support large population numbers.
To go on about the subject, the city article you refer to is quite clear that "There is no one standard international definition of a city: the term may be used either for a town possessing city status; for an urban locality exceeding an arbitrary population size; for a town dominating other towns with particular regional economic or administrative significance. Although city can refer to an agglomeration including suburban and satellite areas, the term is not appropriate for a conurbation (cluster) of distinct urban places, nor for a wider metropolitan area including more than one city, each acting as a focus for parts of the area." The towns on the south coast have limited administrative functions, are small in population size, do not fit the definition of city contained in the article you nominated as reference point.
I note that the article states it is an "interesting phenomenon in American English is the generalisation of the term city to all settlements." While spelling in Wikitravel may be consistently American English, that does not mean that variations in word usage should be made consistent. The very great majority of travellers to the south coast of Australia will be Australians and this article may well be their introduction to Wikitravel - the articles and the classification of places within them need to make sense for that place. All English speakers will know what a town is, many will not understand the generic use of city to any settlement.
As a compromise, I propose to have two sections, the city section will include Nowra, and the towns section will include the rest - not including Shoalhaven since it is only the Local Government area.
Manual of style
Wikitravel:Region_article_template#Cities talks about "a few prominent cities in the region" being covered by the Cities section within a region article. It does not at any stage hint at describing towns or other settlements as cities. Note this page also refers to the comments below each heading as "editorial comment, with suggestions for what should go in each section" - not prescriptions. --AYArktos 20:33, 26 Sep 2005 (EDT)