West Lakes Shore, South Australia

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West Lakes Shore
AdelaideSouth Australia
The man made lake at West Lakes Shore.JPG
The man-made lake
West Lakes Shore is located in South Australia
West Lakes Shore
West Lakes Shore
Coordinates Coordinates: 34°51′59″S 138°29′04″E / 34.86648°S 138.48456°E / -34.86648; 138.48456
Population 2,973 (2011 census)[1]
Established 1970s
Postcode(s) 5020
Location 10 km (6 mi) from Adelaide
LGA(s) City of Charles Sturt

West Lakes Shore is a suburb of Adelaide, located in the City of Charles Sturt local government area. It is around 10 km west northwest of the Adelaide city centre, near a man-made lake which flows into the Port River and extends to the Gulf St Vincent.

It is surrounded by the suburbs of Tennyson, Seaton, West Lakes and Semaphore Park.


West Lakes Shore and its larger sister suburb West Lakes were created from the low-lying wasteland and coastal sand dunes formerly known as "The Greater Port Adelaide Development Area". In 1969 an Indenture was signed by the South Australian Government and the Delfin Group for the joint development of this area which measures 4.83 km long and 1.6 km wide.

Since that time West Lakes and West Lakes Shore have become a thriving community of 8,800 people enjoying sporting, shopping, educational and recreational facilities in a fully planned development renowned nationally for its excellence in planning and design.[2]

West Lakes Shore Post Office opened on 21 May 1997 replacing the nearby Semaphore Park office.[3]


The total population of West Lakes Shore at the 2006 Census was 2965.

In the 2006 census the population comprised 48.5% males and 51.5% females.

Children aged between 0 –14 years accounted for 12.2% of the total population, while 36.0% were persons aged 55 years and over.

The median age was 47 years compared to the national median age of all Australians of 37 years.

The vast majority (74.8%) of the residents were born in Australia, with 6.4% born in England and 2.3% in Italy.


The major landmarks in the suburb include:

  • West Lakes Shore R-7 School[4]
  • SA Rowing and Aquatic Centre
  • The lake - West Lakes
  • West Lakes Shore Beach
  • West Lakes Uniting Church[5]
  • Bartley Terrace Shopping Centre
  • The parks, including Neighbourhood Reserve, Jubilee Reserve (known locally as Hawkesbury Reserve), and Heysen Reserve
  • Bartley Tavern
  • West Lakes Shore Oval. The clubs that use this oval are

Schools and recreation

West Lakes Shore R-7 School is located on Edwin Street and caters for children from Reception to Year 7.

West Lakes Sports Club Inc, located on the East side of Bartley Tce was established in 2002 and is home to the Henley & Grange Baseball Club, SMOSH West Lakes Senior and Junior Football Club, Port Adelaide Softball Club, Current Affairs Group and the West Lakes Social Club, and is also available to the public for functions and dining.[6]

Club West Lakes (previously known as The Lakes Sports and Community Club) was built in 1986 and is home to the West Lakes Bowling Club, Tennis Club, and Croquet Club. Combined it has over 800 members. RowingSA and the West Lakes Aquatic Centre are based on the lakefront, alongside Military Road. Each year during March, the Centre hosts the annual Head of the River Carnival.

With access to the waters of West Lakes and with generally flat terrain, various sporting organisations conduct triathlons around the streets and in the lake. Usually these triathlons are held in the autumn months.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "West Lakes Shore". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  2. ^ Marsden, S. (2015): A year-round holiday: the histories of West Lakes. Wakefield Press. ISBN 978 1 74305 352 2
  3. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
  4. ^ West Lakes Shore R-7 School Accessed 5 June 2014.
  5. ^ West Lakes Uniting Church Accessed 5 June 2014.
  6. ^ a b "West Lakes Sports Club". Retrieved 4 June 2014.

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