West Lakes was constructed on a tidal swamp by property developer Delfin (now Lend Lease Communities) from reclaimed land during the early 1970s. Development earthworks commenced in September 1970 and West Lakes was officially opened on 18 March 1977 by the Hon Des Corcoran, MP, Deputy Premier and Minister of Marine. West Lakes Post Office opened on 27 August 1975.
The suburb is home to Football Park (also known by its sponsored name of AAMI Stadium), a 50,000-seat sports stadium and home of the SANFL between 1974 and 2013.
West Lakes: You'll want to live here. Promotional film includes footage of the area pre-development, then South Australian Premier Don Dunstan and Deputy Premier Des Corcoran, aerial views of the land and coastal development, creation of the central lake, Football Park and the finished suburb. South Australian Film Corporation, Adelaide, 1974.