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City of Port Adelaide Enfield

About the area

Name origin

The City of Port Adelaide Enfield was formed in 1996 from the merger of the City of Port Adelaide and the City of Enfield. Port Adelaide was named for the Port of Adelaide. Enfield was named after a town near London.

Location and boundaries

The City of Port Adelaide Enfield is located in the north-western suburbs of Adelaide, about 8 kilometres from the Adelaide CBD. The City of Port Adelaide Enfield is bounded by Gulf St Vincent and the City of Salisbury in the north, the City of Tea Tree Gully and the City of Campbelltown in the east, the Town of Walkerville, the City of Prospect and the City of Charles Sturt in the south, and Gulf St Vincent in the west.

Included areas

The City of Port Adelaide Enfield includes the suburbs of Alberton, Angle Park, Birkenhead, Blair Athol, Broadview (part), Clearview, Croydon Park, Dernancourt (part), Devon Park (part), Dry Creek (part), Dudley Park, Enfield, Ethelton, Exeter, Ferryden Park, Gepps Cross, Gilles Plains (part), Gillman, Glanville, Greenacres, Hampstead Gardens, Hillcrest, Holden Hill (part), Kilburn, Klemzig, Largs Bay, Largs North, Lightsview, Manningham, Mansfield Park, New Port, North Haven, Northfield, Northgate, Oakden, Osborne, Ottoway, Outer Harbor, Peterhead, Port Adelaide, Queenstown, Regency Park, Rosewater, Sefton Park (part), Semaphore, Semaphore South, Taperoo, Valley View (part), Walkley Heights (part), Windsor Gardens, Wingfield and Woodville Gardens.

Land use

The City of Port Adelaide Enfield is a residential, commercial and industrial area. The City encompasses a total land area of about 97 square kilometres.


The City of Port Adelaide Enfield is served by the Port River Expressway, Main North Road, Port Wakefield Road and the Gawler and Outer Harbor railway lines.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from 1837, with the Port Adelaide River being a gateway for settlement, trade and commerce in South Australia. Population was minimal until the 1850s, with land used mainly for farming and grazing. Residential and industrial growth took place during the late 1800s, particularly in and around the port, as land was subdivided and harbour facilities expanded. Growth resumed during the interwar period. Significant development occurred during the post-war years, including public housing construction in many areas. The population increased gradually from the mid 1990s, rising from under 98,000 in 1996 to about 120,000 in 2016. Recent growth has largely been from redevelopment of the waterfront, redevelopment of former Department of Agriculture land, and urban renewal in some areas.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of the City of Port Adelaide Enfield were the Kaurna Aboriginal people.

Regional labour force

The City of Port Adelaide Enfield labour force region is defined by an area in which a significant percentage of workers travelled into the City of Port Adelaide Enfield to work at the 2011 Census. Details of this calculation and a list of areas included can be found in the data notes.