South Australia was first visited in the late 1800s by sealers, The first European (free) settlers arrived about 1834. The area became self-governing in 1856 and declared a State in 1901. Adelaide is it’s capital. West Beach was first laid out in 1929 by Sir John L. Stirling, Sir Frank Moulden and Arnold M. Moulden, as trustees of 'The Settled Estates of F.J. and P.J. Gray'.
"This estate which in the future will be known as "West Beach" at present consists of high undulating sand hills. The party inspected the work accomplished. This comprised the continuance to the sea, the distance of about a mile, of the Richmond Road, which previously stopped at the Tapley's Hill Road; the grading and topdressing of the sandhills, involving the removal of 200,000 tons of sand, and the building of an esplanade and three roads connecting it with Military Road, which was raised 8 feet and remade. The whole of the work was carried out under the order of the Supreme Court and the town was laid out under the approval of the town planner (Mr W. Scott Griffiths)".
In the 1950s West Beach was chosen as the site of SouthAustralia’s first Drive-in Theatre. Immensely popular with it’s open air beach-side atmosphere it would become one of 330 Drive-in Theatres eventually established throughout Australia.
West Beach Today
Spend time at West Beach, one of Adelaide's most popular seaside holiday destinations. Swim in its beautiful, safe waters of Gulf St Vincent or relax on the sand and watch pelicans fly by.
This is also home to Harbour Town shopping complex - outlet shopping with big savings. Harbour Town has more than 90 fashion and home wares outlets all in one location and all selling direct at prices permanently up to 60 per cent below regular retail. But there isn't a factory in sight - just stylish, beautifully presented shops and boutiques.
For family activities, head to the West Beach Mini Golf course. It's an immaculate course, offering fun for all.
West Beach is also close to popular Glenelg and Henley Beach precincts, offering restaurants, cafes and live entertainment during warmer months.