Golden Grove, South Australia

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Golden Grove
AdelaideSouth Australia
Population10,299 (SAL 2021)[1]
Area27.7 km2 (10.7 sq mi)
Location6 km (4 mi) from Modbury, South Australia
LGA(s)City of Tea Tree Gully
State electorate(s)King
Federal division(s)Makin
Suburbs around Golden Grove:
Salisbury Heights Greenwith
Salisbury East Golden Grove Yatala Vale
Wynn Vale Surrey Downs Fairview Park

Golden Grove is an outer north-eastern suburb of Adelaide, South Australia and is within the City of Tea Tree Gully local government area. It is adjacent to Wynn Vale, Surrey Downs, Greenwith, Yatala Vale, Fairview Park, and Salisbury East.


Captain Adam Robertson and his wife arrived in South Australia in September 1839, and settled in the area now known as Golden Grove. He donated an acre (4,000 m2) of land to people of the area in 1853, in order for them to build a school they were planning, and allowed it to be named Golden Grove, after the last ship he commanded. (In 1859, however, when the postal authorities wanted to name the town Golden Grove, he objected unsuccessfully.)[2]

Freestone quarries in the area were used from early settlement days to provide building materials.[citation needed]

In 1930, the Golden Grove house and farm were sold. Most of the estate was later purchased by a sand mining company, Boral, in 1972. In 1973 the South Australian Land Commission started to acquire land in Golden Grove and Wynn Vale for housing. In 1983 the South Australian Urban Land Trust contracted Lend Lease (then Delfin) to develop the land. Construction started in 1985 and over 200 allotments sold in the first week, with the last being sold in 2002.[3]

Two wells located at what is now the intersection of Hancock Road and Golden Grove Road serviced farms and dairies in Golden Grove and Yatala Vale, and provided water for council work and firefighting. The last well was filled in during March 1995 after having been dry for many years.[4]

In 2007, further land was released at Golden Grove. This land was acquired by Fairmont Homes, as a new housing division.[citation needed] There is a small shopping complex, a nursing home, and a retirement village. 220 blocks of land were released. The land is known as 'The Settlement' estate, seeing as this was the land of Captain Adam Robertson (hence the name 'Captain Robertson Drive'), who named the suburb of Golden Grove (as above).

Captain Robertson's original homestead still stands, centered in the new development.


The boundary of Golden Grove is defined by Slate and Cobbler Creeks to the north, the Cobbler Creek Park to the west, Helicon Drive, Surrey Farm Drive and The Grove Way (including the three-school campus and shopping centre), Golden Grove and Hancock Roads (wrapping around Surrey Downs) and Yatala Vale Road to the south, and Seaview Road and the quarries to the east.[5]


Aerial image of the Golden Grove and Greenwith areas, looking north. Greenwith is to the north, and the border is Cobbler Creek, which is straddled by a treeline indicated by the upper red arrow. The southern border of Golden Grove is indicated approximately by the southern treeline marked by the arrow. The triangle in the southwestern corner of the photo is Surrey Downs, and to the southeastern corner is Fairview Park. Little Para Reservoir is the body of water. The light patches on the eastern part of the image are quarries.

The three major high schools in the area are Gleeson College, Pedare Christian College and Golden Grove High School in the suburb's southwestern corner. They are linked together in a complex that also includes the Golden Grove Recreation Centre. Golden Grove Primary School and Pedare Primary Campus are also located in the suburb.

The Grove Shopping Centre (previously "Golden Grove Village") has a number of retailers, including Big W, Woolworths, Drakes as well as dining, specialty stores and banks.

A police station was opened on 18 December 2006.[citation needed]

2010 saw the opening of the Harpers Field complex,[6] adjacent to One Tree Hill Road & Crouch Road which is currently home to the Golden Grove Football Club, Golden Grove Cricket Club & Golden Grove Softball Club

The 288ha Cobbler Creek Recreation Park is accessible from nearby Gulfview Heights.


There is a bus interchange at the Golden Grove Village, which is operated by Adelaide Metro. On the 10th of November 2020, a total of $33 million was funded by the South Australian state government to provide for a new Adelaide Metro Park & Ride facility in Golden Grove. The facility provides for bus stop 62A The Grove Way, a connecting stop to and from the Adelaide O'Bahn bus corridor. The project has been completed as part of the PTP Allowance and the Department for Infrastructure and Transport.[7] The Park 'n' Ride was set to account for the large patronage the area sees of bus commuters toward the Adelaide CBD and surrounding suburbs.[8] Construction began in April 2021.[9] The project saw new Adelaide Metro signage erected and the final phases of completion throughout February and March 2022.[10] It was officially opened on 7 March 2022.[11] Proposals exist to extend the Adelaide O-Bahn to Golden Grove, but the route it might take from Tea Tree Plaza Interchange is unknown.

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  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Golden Grove (Suburb and Locality)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Short History of Tea Tree Gully, referencing Auld, Ian, From Settlement to City: The History of Tea Tree Gully (1976), ISBN 0-86946-256-3.
  3. ^ Local History - Golden Grove, City of Tea Tree Gully Library Archived 11 April 2005 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 15 June 2006.
  4. ^ TTG Historical Society - Wells and Waterways. Beryl Jolly (ed.) Accessed 15 June 2006.
  5. ^ UBD Adelaide directory (1999; 47th ed.) Universal Press. ISBN 0-7319-1033-8
  6. ^ Belperio, Francesca (23 March 2010). "Kooka's New Nest". The Messenger.
  7. ^ "That's golden! Major construction complete on new Golden Grove Park 'n' Ride". Mirage News. 17 February 2022.
  8. ^ "Golden Grove Park 'n' Ride". PTP Alliance. Retrieved 7 March 2022.
  9. ^ Noble, Kelly (23 April 2021). "$33m Golden Grove Park 'n' Ride facility underway • Glam Adelaide". Glam Adelaide. Retrieved 29 July 2022.
  10. ^ "Golden Grove Park 'n' Ride - Built Environs". Retrieved 7 March 2022.
  11. ^ "New Park 'n' Ride at Golden Grove Opens • Tea Tree Today". 8 March 2022.

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