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Onkaparinga Hills

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Onkaparinga Hills is 2,564, with a population density of 19.09 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Onkaparinga Hills is bounded by the suburb of Woodcroft, Pine Road, Pimpala Road, Armata Road and Education Road in the north, Piggott Range Road and the Onkaparinga River in the east, the Onkaparinga River, the suburb of Old Noarlunga, Piggott Range Road and the suburb of Hackham in the south, and States Road, Margaret Street, Panalatinga Road and Kellys Road in the west.

Name origin

Onkaparinga Hills is named for the hilly area of Onkaparinga, which is named from an Aboriginal word meaning "the women's river".

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, with land used mainly for farming and grazing, and later vineyards. The most significant development occurred during the post-war years. Rapid growth took place during the early 1990s, with the population more than doubling between 1991 and 1996 as large numbers of new dwellings were added to the area. Growth slowed between 1996 and 2001 as fewer new dwellings were added. The population declined slightly between 2001 and 2011, a result of little change in dwelling stock and a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Onkaparinga Hills includes residential areas in the western section, and rural areas in the remaining area. Rural land is used for farming, grazing and vineyards.

Major features

Major features of the area include Onkaparinga River National Park, Arbury Park, Bakers Green, Earls Green, Huntingdale Park, Northwood Green and the Onkaparinga River.