Onkaparinga Hills, South Australia

Onkaparinga Hills is a southern suburb of Adelaide, in the City of Onkaparinga. It covers an area of approximately 22 square kilometres (8.5 square miles).[1] It has a population of 2534 people (2011 Census).[4] It is a leafy suburb that includes parts of the Onkaparinga River National Park.[2]

Onkaparinga Hills
South Australia
Spriggs Road.jpg
Spriggs Road
Onkaparinga Hills is located in South Australia
Onkaparinga Hills
Onkaparinga Hills
CoordinatesCoordinates: 35°08′49″S 138°33′04″E / 35.147°S 138.551°E / -35.147; 138.551
Population2,530 (2016 census)[1]
Location33.5 km (21 mi) from Adelaide
LGA(s)City of Onkaparinga
RegionSouthern Adelaide[2]
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)Kingston
Suburbs around Onkaparinga Hills:
Morphett Vale Woodcroft Happy Valley
Hackham Onkaparinga Hills Clarendon
McLaren Vale McLaren Vale Blewitt Springs

Nearly 60% of families in the area are couples with children, compared to an Australian average of 45.3%. The median rent in 2006 was $230.[3] The current median cost of a home in the area is $390 000.[4] 93.5% of people speak English only at home (Australian average 78.5%) and 91% are Australian citizens compared to the Australian average of 86.1%.[5] The Onkaparinga Hills are examples of folding.


Prior to European colonisation, the area was inhabited by the Kaurna people.[6] The name Onkaparinga is derived from the Kaurna word ngankiparrinnga, meaning ‘The Women’s River’.[7]

European settlement dates from the 1840s. Most of the settlers were initially farmers, with vineyards later being established. After the war[clarification needed] there was significant development and again in the early 1990s. The population is now relatively stable. There are still sections of the area used for vineyards, farming and grazing.[8]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Onkaparinga Hills (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 February 2018.  
  2. ^ "Southern Adelaide SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Search result for "County of Adelaide, CNTY" with the following data sets selected - "Counties" and "Local Government Areas"". Property Location SA Map Viewer. Government of South Australia. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  4. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Onkaparinga Hills". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 9 April 2016.  
  1. ^ Bonzle.com [9]
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics [10]
  3. ^ City of Onkaparinga Council Website [11]
  4. ^ Aboriginal Culture and History, City of Onkaparinga Council Website [12]
  5. ^ History Overview, City of Onkaparinga Council Website [13]
  6. ^ Domain Suburb Profile, Domain.com [14]
  7. ^ History of the Population, City of Onkaparinga Council Website [15]