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Port Noarlunga

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Port Noarlunga is 3,005, with a population density of 4.33 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Port Noarlunga is bounded by Dale Avenue, Fenton Avenue, Bice Avenue, Mills Avenue and Bruce Avenue in the north, Dyson Road and the suburb of Noarlunga Downs in the east, the Onkaparinga River in the south, and Gulf St Vincent in the west.

Name origin

Port Noarlunga is named for the port area of Noarlunga, which is thought to be named from an Aboriginal word meaning "fishing place" or “the place with the hill”.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from 1839, with land used mainly for farming. Port Noarlunga was surveyed as a private town in 1853, with the port serving the early wheat trade of the district. By the 1860s it was a popular deep water port and holiday destination. Growth took place in the 1920s, with additional expansion in the post-war years, particularly during the 1960s and 1970s. The population and dwelling stock were relatively stable between 1991 and 2011.

Land use

Port Noarlunga is an established residential and parkland area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Onkaparinga River Recreation Park, Port Noarlunga Beach, Southport Beach, The Arts Centre, Port Noarlunga Aquatic Reserve, Port Noarlunga Golf Driving Range, Witton Bluff and one school.