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The City of Onkaparinga is a local government area (LGA) located on the southern fringe of Adelaide, South Australia. It is named after the Onkaparinga River, whose name comes from Ngangkiparinga, a Kaurna word meaning "The Women's River". It is the largest LGA in South Australia, with a estimated population of 160,404 people in both urban and rural communities and is also geographically expansive, encompassing an area of 518 km². The council is headquartered in the Noarlunga Centre with area offices situated in Aberfoyle Park and Willunga.

The City of Onkaparinga was formed on the 1 July 1997, from the amalgamation the former Cities of Happy Valley and Noarlunga with part of the District Council of Willunga.  The LGA covers the Fleurieu Peninsula which is a picturesque peninsula located south of Adelaide in South Australia, Australia. It was named after the French explorer and hydrographer Charles Pierre Claret de Fleurieu by the French explorer Nicolas Baudin as he mapped the south coast of Australia in 1802.
Towns of interest in the area include the scenic Victor Harbor, the heritage town of Willunga, Mount Compass, Goolwa, Yankalilla, Rapid Bay and the wine region of McLaren Vale. There is fine surfing at Waitpinga and Browns Beach. A ferry travels between Cape Jervis, at the tip of the peninsula, and Kangaroo Island.

The City of Onkaparinga local government area consists of the following towns:

  • Aberfoyle Park
    * Aldinga  **
    * Aldinga Beach
    * Blewitt Springs
  • Chandlers Hill
    * Cherry Gardens  **
    * Christie Downs
    * Christies Beach
    * Clarendon  **
    * Coromandel East  **
    * Coromandel Valley  **
    * Darlington
    * Dorset Vale
    * Flagstaff Hill
    * Hackham  **
    * Hackham West
    * Happy Valley  **
    * Huntfield Heights
    * Ironbank  **
    * Kangarilla **
    * Lonsdale
    * Maslin Beach
    * McLaren Flat  **
    * McLaren Vale  **
    * Moana
  • Morphett Vale  **
    * Noarlunga Centre **
    * Noarlunga Downs
    * O'Halloran Hill  **
    * O'Sullivan Beach
    * Old Noarlunga  **
    * Old Reynella  **
    * Onkaparinga Hills
    * Port Noarlunga  **
    * Port Noarlunga South
    * Port Willunga  **
    * Reynella  **
    * Reynella East  **
  • Robe  ** (is a heritage town)
    * Seaford
    * Seaford Heights
    * Seaford Meadows
    * Seaford Rise
    * Sellicks Beach
    * Sellicks Hill  **
    * Tatachilla
    * The Range, South Australia
    * Whites Valley
    * Willunga  ** (is a heritage town)
    * Willunga South  **
    * Woodcroft

Places with a double * are places that can be found in historical documentation about the early days of South Australia.


 

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