West Beach, South Australia

Coordinates: 34°56′43″S 138°30′14″E / 34.945278°S 138.503750°E / -34.945278; 138.503750
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West Beach
AdelaideSouth Australia
West Beach is located in South Australia
West Beach
West Beach
Coordinates34°56′43″S 138°30′14″E / 34.945278°S 138.503750°E / -34.945278; 138.503750
Population5,175 (SAL 2021)[1]
State electorate(s)Colton
Federal division(s)Hindmarsh
Suburbs around West Beach:
Henley Beach South, Fulham Lockleys
Gulf St Vincent West Beach Adelaide Airport
Glenelg North Glenelg North

West Beach is a seaside suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. It is located in both the City of Charles Sturt and the City of West Torrens.


West Beach was first laid out in 1929 by Sir Lancelot Stirling, Sir Frank Moulden and Arnold M. Moulden, as trustees of 'The Settled Estates of F.J. and P.J. Gray'.

This estate which in future will be known as "West Beach" at present consists of high undulating sandhills. The party inspected the work accomplished. This comprised the continuance to the sea, the distance of about a mile, of the Richmond Road, which previously stopped at the Tapley's Hill Road; the grading and topdressing of the sandhills, involving the removal of 200,000 tons of sand, and the building of an esplanade and three roads connecting it with Military Road, which was raised 8 feet and remade. The whole of the work was carried out under the order of the Supreme Court and the town was laid out under the approval of the town planner (Mr W. Scott Griffiths)....[2]

West Beach Post Office opened on 5 May 1959 and closed in March 1982. In July 1982 West Beach North office (open since 1964) was renamed West Beach.[3]

Marineland was an iconic South Australian marine park, located in West Beach from 1969 until its closure in 1988.[4] The popular marine park was where Mr. Percival, the Australian Pelican, who was noted for his starring role in the Australian Movie Storm Boy was born and lived.[5]


The 2021 Census by the Australian Bureau of Statistics counted 5,175 people in West Beach on census night. Of these, 49.1% were male and 50.9% were female.[6]

The majority of residents (74.3%) are of Australian birth, with the other common census response being England (6.2%).[6]

The age distribution of West Beach residents is skewed towards a slightly higher age bracket than the greater Australian population. 73.6% of residents were over 25 years in 2006, compared to the Australian average of 66.5%; and 26.4% were younger than 25 years, compared to the Australian average of 33.5%.[6]



Cycling is a popular activity along the Adelaide Shores (of which West Beach is central), with cyclists travelling the coastal road or the 72 km of separated bike path overlooking St Vincent's Gulf, every day.[7] In January 2010 controversial cyclist Lance Armstrong, in Adelaide for the Tour Down Under, called for cyclists on Twitter to join him on a Sunday morning ride along the Adelaide shores through West Beach. An estimated 10,000 cyclists turned up at short notice and rode with Armstrong.[8]

West Beach Parks

A walkway onto West Beach

West Beach Trust (marketed as West Beach Parks) is a statutory authority created under South Australia's West Beach Recreation Reserve Act 1987 to manage the reserve and its associated facilities. The West Beach Trust Board comprises representatives of the three local Councils and independent members. The West Beach Parks Precinct covers 135 hectares of beachfront land and comprises two accommodation properties, two public golf courses, diverse competition level sporting facilities, meeting and events venues, a boat haven and a broad range of lessees.[9]

West Beach Parks is a tourism, sport and recreation precinct. West Beach Parks is responsible for managing the West Beach Recreation Reserve, an area of significant natural assets, and its commercial and community facilities including accommodation, boating, a coastal park, golfing, leisure and sports West Beach Parks has a number of tenants, including; The Adelaide Sailing Club, Football Federation SA, Softball SA, Surf Life Saving SA and the Westward Ho Golf Club.[10]

The new 10-million-dollar West Beach Surf Life Saving Club, funded by Federal, State and local governments with its Bar, Restaurant and Ocean views is an attraction at West Beach.[11]


A green on the Patawalonga Golf Course

The Patawalonga Course consists of 18 holes par 72 with fine kikuyu fairways all year round and large undulating good speed bentgrass (as used at Augusta National)[12] bunkered greens. Built on a sandy base with mature trees and water hazards the Patawalonga Championship links style course is one of the best public golf courses in Australia. Measuring 5913 metres in length and green sizes averaging 750m2 the Patawalonga caters for all golfers' abilities and needs.[13]

The shopping centre on Burbridge Road services the suburb.


There are numerous parks and greenspaces throughout West Beach, the largest known as Apex Park.[14] Apex Park is a huge park along the river torrens with playgrounds, horses and walkways.



The suburb is serviced by the following main roads:

  • Burbridge Road

Public transport[edit]

The suburb is serviced by bus routes, operated by Adelaide Metro.


Adelaide Airport is in the adjacent suburb also named Adelaide Airport. There are frequent domestic and international flights and the airport is also used for private aviation.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "West Beach (SA) (suburb and locality)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ The Manning Index of South Australian History – West Beach
  3. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
  4. ^ Byrne, Bob (26 January 2015). "Bob Byrne remembers Marineland, Adelaide's hub of aquatic entertainment". The Advertiser.
  5. ^ "Storm Boy Pelican dies". ABC News. 3 September 2009. Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  6. ^ a b c "2021 West Beach (SA), Census All persons QuickStats | Australian Bureau of Statistics". www.abs.gov.au. Retrieved 28 December 2022.
  7. ^ "Adelaide's Metropolitan Coastline". Bicycling Australia. 2010. Retrieved 30 January 2022.
  8. ^ Pepper, Chris (17 January 2010). "Legion of Fans of the Ride of Their Lives". The Sunday Mail. p. 4.
  9. ^ "Company Profile". West Beach Parks. 7 November 2021. Retrieved 7 November 2021.
  10. ^ "West Beach Parks". West Beach Parks. 7 November 2021. Retrieved 7 November 2021.
  11. ^ "West Beach Surf Life Saving Club Unveils 10 Million Dollar Redevelopment". GLAM Adelaide. 30 December 2023. Retrieved 30 December 2023.
  12. ^ Kerr-Dineen, Luke (10 November 2020). "Augusta Nationals Greens Look (slightly) Different This Year: Here's Why". GOLF.COM. Retrieved 28 January 2022.
  13. ^ "West Beach Parks Golf". West Beach Parks. 7 November 2021. Retrieved 7 November 2021.
  14. ^ "Apex Park Community Facility". www.westtorrens.sa.gov.au. Retrieved 22 September 2022.

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