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Morphett Vale

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Morphett Vale is 23,341, with a population density of 43.63 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Morphett Vale is bounded by Sheriffs Road and Pimpala Road in the north, Panalatinga Road in the east, Margaret Street, Doctors Road and Beach Road in the south and the Southern Expressway in the west.

Name origin

Morphett Vale is named after John Morphett, one of South Australia's founders.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, being one of the oldest townships in the City of Onkaparinga. Land was used mainly for farming, with growth in the township throughout the late 1800s. Significant development occurred during the post-war years, with rapid growth between the 1950s and 1970s, and some growth continuing until the late 1980s. The population has declined marginally since the early 1990s, a result of few dwellings being added and a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Morphett Vale is an established residential area, with some commercial areas.

Major features

Major features of the area include Southgate Plaza, Woodcroft Town Centre & Mall, Morphett Vale Miniature Railway, Woodcroft/Morphett Vale Neighbourhood Centre, the Coast to Vines Rail Trail, Wilfred Taylor Reserve, Barbara Avenue Park, Dalkeith Avenue Park, Diosma Drive Park, Farnsworth Drive Park, Holly Reserve, Kathleen Street Park, Knox Park, Madeira Drive Park, Marston Drive Park, Morphett Vale Memorial Oval, Richards Drive Park, Saphire Road Park, Selina Street Park, Taylors Avenue Reserve, Timothy Avenue Reserve, Valentine Street Park, Waverley Way Reserve, Yates Reserve and numerous schools.