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Aldinga - Port Willunga

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The 2015 Estimated Resident Population for Aldinga - Port Willunga is 2,341, with a population density of 1.51 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Aldinga - Port Willunga is bounded by Tuitt Road, Old Coach Road and Thomas Road in the north, Main South Road, Adey Road and Culley Road in the east, Hahn Road, Main South Road and How Road in the south and Quinliven Road and Gulf St Vincent in the west.

Name origin

Aldinga is thought to be named from an Aboriginal word meaning either “much water”, “good place for meat”, “open, wide plain” or “tree district”. Port Willunga is named after the port which was developed in the Willunga district, with Willunga thought to be named from an Aboriginal word meaning "the locality of green trees" or "black duck".

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, with land used mainly for farming. In the 1850s the township of Aldinga was established and a port was constructed along the coast at Port Willunga to assist in the more rapid transport of grain to Adelaide and Melbourne. The population declined during the late 1800s as many farmers moved out, and then increased during the early 1900s. The most significant development occurred during the post-war years. The population increased during the 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area. The population then fluctuated slightly between 2001 and 2011, largely a result of changes in dwelling occupancy rates.

Land use

Aldinga - Port Willunga is a residential and rural area, with residential areas located mainly along the coast.

Major features

Major features of the area include Port Willunga Beach, Aldinga Bay Winery, Aldinga Aerodrome, Aldinga Oval, St Nicholas Reserve, the coastal recreation reserve and one school.