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Aldinga Beach

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Aldinga Beach is 10,666, with a population density of 7.81 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Aldinga Beach is bounded by Quinliven Road in the north, How Road and Main South Road in the east, Button Road in the south and Gulf St Vincent in the west.

Name origin

Aldinga Beach is named to describe the beach to the west of Aldinga, which is thought to be named from an Aboriginal word meaning either “much water”, “good place for meat”, “open, wide plain” or “tree district”.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, with land used mainly for farming. Significant development did not occur until the post-war years, with rapid growth during the 1960s and 1970s. Two distinct housing settlements were constructed - the settlement around Aldinga Beach itself, to the north, and the settlement around Silver Sands to the south. Many dwellings were originally constructed as holiday homes. Rapid growth took place from the early 1990s, with the population almost trebling between 1991 and 2011 as large numbers of new dwellings were added to the area and dwelling occupancy rates increased.

Land use

Aldinga Beach is a residential, parkland and rural area which has experienced substantial recent growth.

Major features

Major features of the area include Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park, Aldinga Reef Aquatic Reserve, Aldinga Beach, Silver Sands Beach, Aldinga Central Shopping Centre, Aldinga Community Centre, Clarrie Eatts Reserve, Dolph Waye Reserve, John Nichol Reserve, Symonds Reserve, The Knoll, the coastal recreation reserve and several schools.