Bolivar, South Australia

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AdelaideSouth Australia
Established 1956[3]
Postcode(s) 5110[4]
Location 17 km (11 mi) N of Adelaide city centre[4]
LGA(s) City of Salisbury
State electorate(s) Port Adelaide (2011)[5]
Federal Division(s) Port Adelaide (2011)[6]
Suburbs around Bolivar:
St Kilda Waterloo Corner Burton
St Kilda Bolivar Paralowie
Gulf St Vincent Globe Derby Park Globe Derby Park

Bolivar is an outer northern suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. It is located in the City of Salisbury.


The suburb was established in 1956, and was named after the General Bolivar Hotel. This hotel had been built by Walter Walpole, a settler who had arrived in South Australia in 1850 on the sailing ship Bolivar.[3]

Bolivar Post Office in the then rural area opened on 1 July 1905 and closed in 1930.[7]


Bolivar lies beside Barker Inlet and is bounded on the south by the Little Para River and on the east by Port Wakefield Road.[8]


The 2006 Census by the Australian Bureau of Statistics counted 119 persons in Bolivar on census night. Of these, 63.9% were male and 36.1% were female.[2]

The majority of residents (69.7%) are of Australian birth, with an additional 13.4% claiming England as their country of birth.[2]

The age distribution of Bolivar residents is skewed towards an older population compared to the greater Australian population: 94.1% of residents were over 25 years in 2006, compared to the Australian average of 66.5%.[2]

Facilities and attractions[edit]

The suburb is notable for being the location (with neighbouring St Kilda) of the Bolivar Sewage Treatment Works.[8]


The southern boundary of the suburb runs along the Little Para River and includes greenspace.[8]



The Adelaide-Port Augusta railway line passes through Bolivar.


Bolivar is serviced by Port Wakefield Road, part of the National Highway.[8]


Frederic Custance made Australia's first monoplane flight at Bolivar on 17 March 1910. [9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Bolivar (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Bolivar (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Place Names of South Australia". The Manning Index of South Australian History. State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Bolivar, South Australia (Adelaide)". Postcodes-Australia. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Electoral Districts - Electoral District for the 2010 Election". Electoral Commission SA. Archived from the original on 22 August 2011. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Find my electorate". Australian Electoral Commission. 15 April 2011. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  7. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c d Adelaide and surrounds street directory (47th ed.). UBD. 2009. ISBN 978-0-7319-2336-6. 
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Coordinates: 34°46′30″S 138°35′20″E / 34.775°S 138.589°E / -34.775; 138.589