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West Beach - Henley Beach South

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for West Beach - Henley Beach South is 5,865, with a population density of 21.65 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

West Beach - Henley Beach South is bounded by Henley Beach Road in the north, Burnley Street, the City of West Torrens, Cambridge Avenue and Siesta Avenue in the east, the City of West Torrens in the south, and Gulf St Vincent in the west.

Name origin

West Beach is named for its location, a beach west of Adelaide. Henley Beach South is named for the area south of Henley Beach, which is named after Henley-on-Thames in England.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the late 1830s, with land used mainly for farming and market gardening. Population was minimal until the 1870s, with growth through to the early 1900s, aided by improved access. In the 1930s the reed beds were drained and a new ocean outlet for the River Torrens was constructed. Significant residential development occurred in the post-war years, particularly during the 1950s and 1960s. The population increased slightly between 1996 and 2011, a result of new dwellings being added to the area and an increase in the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

West Beach - Henley Beach South is an established residential area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Henley Beach South, West Beach, A D Whiteford Reserve, Barratt Reserve, Halsey Reserve, Harold & Cynthia Anderson Reserve, Nancy Fischer Reserve, Newlands Reserve, Toledo Reserve, the River Torrens and one school.

Included areas

Part of the suburb of West Beach is located in the City of West Torrens.