Aldinga, South Australia

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Aldinga
South Australia
Sellicks Hill View 4.jpg
View of Aldinga from Sellicks Hill
Population 448 (2011 Census)[1]
Established 1857
Postcode(s) 5173
LGA(s) City of Onkaparinga
Federal Division(s) Division of Kingston
Suburbs around Aldinga:
Maslin Beach Maslin Beach Tatachilla
Port Willunga Aldinga Sellicks Hill
Aldinga Beach Sellicks Hill Sellicks Hill

Aldinga /ɔːlˈdɪŋɡə/ is a suburb of the City of Onkaparinga in South Australia, 45 km from the centre of Adelaide. Aldinga marks the southern extent of the Adelaide urban growth boundary. Aldinga is well known for its long flat beaches on the Gulf St Vincent on the western side of Fleurieu Peninsula. Bands Another's Life, The Fall Of Troy, and I Killed The Prom Queen[citation needed] come from Aldinga.

History[edit]

Matthew Flinders explored the area in 1802, during his circumnavigation of Australia. Aldinga was a flourishing settlement during the 1860s, when it served as a port for the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Aldinga Post Office opened around 1851 and closed in 1992.[2]

Tourism[edit]

Aldinga is a small bayside fishing resort. Tourist attractions include a surfing beach and an off-shore reef supporting sea grasses and sponges - a favourite haunt of divers. Leaflets are available to guide hikers through the bush trails of the Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park.

Local Political Issues[edit]

In the last couple of months, there have been a few protests at the beach regarding the councils decision to restrict car access[citation needed]. Including a winter ban and putting up wood posts out the front of the surf life saving club. A majority of the locals do not want cars banned off the beach, while a minority do[citation needed]. Aldinga Bay Coastcare is worried about what environmental damage the cars do. A three year study has shown that cars can crush micro organisms and small crustacea that live in the sand[citation needed].

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Aldinga (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 

Coordinates: 35°16′01″S 138°28′59″E / 35.267°S 138.483°E / -35.267; 138.483