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City of West Torrens

About the area

Name origin

West Torrens is named after the western section of the River Torrens.

Location and boundaries

The City of West Torrens is located immediately west of the City of Adelaide. The City of West Torrens is bounded by the River Torrens and the old course of the River Torrens in the north, Port Road, East Terrace and the railway line in the east, Anzac Highway, South Road, the Glenelg tramway and local streets around the Sturt River in the south and Gulf St Vincent and local streets in the west. The City's boundaries are the City of Charles Sturt in the north, the Cities of Adelaide and Unley in the east, the Cities of Marion and Holdfast Bay in the south and Gulf St Vincent in the west.

Included areas

The City of West Torrens includes the suburbs of Adelaide Airport, Ashford, Brooklyn Park, Camden Park, Cowandilla, Fulham, Glandore (part), Glenelg North (part), Hilton, Keswick (part), Keswick Terminal, Kurralta Park, Lockleys, Marleston, Mile End, Mile End South, Netley, North Plympton, Novar Gardens, Plympton, Richmond, Thebarton, Torrensville, Underdale, West Beach (part) and West Richmond.

Land use

The City of West Torrens is predominantly a residential area, with substantial commercial and industrial areas and parklands. The City encompasses a total land area of 36 square kilometres.


The City of West Torrens is served by the Anzac Highway, the Glenelg-Adelaide tramway, Adelaide Airport and the Main South railway line.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from the 1830s, with many small scattered communities established by the 1850s. Land was used mainly for farming, horse grazing, orcharding, market gardening and vineyards. Initially residential and industrial development was in the north-east, closest to Adelaide, with Thebarton being one of the earliest areas to be settled. Growth took place in the 1870s and 1880s, spurred by improved access. Expansion continued in the early 1900s and during the interwar period, with growth extending to the west. Significant residential, commercial and industrial development occurred during the post-war years, particularly in the areas closest to Adelaide, aided by immigration. The population increased steadily during the 1970s and 1980s. The population was relatively stable during the 1990s, and then increased slightly from about 50,000 in 2001 to over 54,000 in 2011.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of the West Torrens area were the Kaurna Aboriginal people.