Aerial view of the Clipsal site development in Bowden.

Bowden is an inner northern suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. It is located in the City of Charles Sturt.


The 'Village of Bowden' was established in 1839 by James Hurtle Fisher, who named it after his native village in Northamptonshire.[3][8]

Bowden had a post office open from 1970 until 1991. Before 1970 the office in the area was named Ovingham; after 1991 the Brompton office has provided postal services.[9]

In October 2008, Premier Mike Rann and Infrastructure Minister Patrick Conlon announced the purchase of the 10-hectare Clipsal factory site in Bowden to become a new "green village". They announced plans for up to 1,500 medium- and high-density Green Star residential apartments, with retail outlets and commercial offices set around a town centre, for the former industrial site. The $1 billion Bowden development was designed to be a "transport-oriented development"(TOD) as envisaged by The 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide. At the on-site announcement, Mr Rann said the development was expected to take 12 to 15 years to complete.[10]

In 2010, the State Government purchased the adjacent Origin Energy site (formerly Brompton Gasworks).[11]

Construction on the first stage and parks were officially opened in May 2013 by Premier Jay Weatherill. Construction commenced on first residential dwellings in 2013. First residents moved into their homes in 2014.[11]


The suburb is primarily bounded by the Grange/Outer Harbor railway line, the Gawler railway line and Park Terrace.[12]


The 2006 Census by the Australian Bureau of Statistics counted 648 persons in Bowden on census night. Of these, 51.2% were male and 48.8% were female.[2] Within ten years, the 2016 Census recorded 911 people in Bowden, with 52% being male and 48% being female.[1]

The majority of residents (67.6%) are of Australian birth, with other common census responses being England (3.7%), China (3.0%), New Zealand (1.7%), Malaysia (1.5%), and Germany (1.0).[1] Additionally, people of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent made up 2.4% of the suburb

In terms of religious affiliation, 49.4% of residents attributed themselves to being irreligious, 12.3% attributed themselves to being Catholic, 5.9% attributed themselves to be Anglican, and 3.8% attributed themselves to being Buddhist.[1] Within Ridleyton, 94.5% of the residents were employed, with the remaining 5.5% being unemployed.[1]


Local government

Bowden is part of Hindmarsh Ward in the City of Charles Sturt local government area, being represented in that council by Paul Alexandrides and Alice Campbell.[13]

State and federal

Bowden lies in the state electoral district of Croydon[6] and the federal electoral division of Adelaide.[7] The suburb is represented in the South Australian House of Assembly by Peter Malinauskas[6] and federally by Steve Georganas.[7]


The local newspaper is the Weekly Times Messenger. Other regional and national newspapers such as The Advertiser and The Australian are also available.[14]

Community groups

Adelaide Bike Kitchen is a community-run group on Gibson Street that teaches people to maintain or build their own bicycles.[15]

Based at Fifth Street, the Cirkidz Circus School teaches circus arts to students of all ages and abilities.[16]

praxis ARTSPACE is a multi-purpose art space with gallery and artist studios located on Gibson Street.[17]

Sister Gallery is an art studio and gallery at Fifth Street.[18]

Uniting Care Wesley Bowden is charity that helps people and families, and is located at Gibson Street.[19]

Activate is a local church based at the corner of Drayton Street and Hawker Street.[20] The Welcome Centre is also at the same location.[21]

The Bowden Brompton Community Centre is based at 19 Green Street, Brompton.[22]

Facilities and attractions

Shopping and dining

Plant 4 Bowden is a retail hub which houses 7-day in-house cafes and eateries, an IGA (Australian supermarket group), produce markets, organic traders, indie stores, bar and regular hosted events. A co-working space is coming.[23]

The Hawker Street shopping and dining precinct passes through the suburb.[12]

Popular eateries in the area include The Loose Caboose, Hawker Street Café, New Local Eatery,[24] Nutrition Republic and Jarmer's Kitchen by acclaimed Adelaide chef, Chris Jarmer.[25]


Bowden Park located in the Town Square on Gibson Street opened in October 2016.[26]

Kevin Taylor Park, located between Fifth Street and Sixth Street, was built using recycled materials. It has a steel pavilion, barbeque facilities, table tennis table and a chess set. Kevin Taylor Park was named after the late Kevin Taylor, a respected landscape architect who also worked in urban design from Adelaide, South Australia.[27]

Gibson Street Reserve, also known as Emu Park, was upgraded and re-opened on Friday, 11 April 2014.[28]

Parfit Square is the largest park in Bowden.[12]


Bowden railway station


Bowden is serviced by Torrens Road, Park Terrace and Hawker Street.[12]

Many of the local streets were established in the 19th century. Consequently, roadways tend to be narrow and quiet with a small volume of traffic.[29]

Bowden's new streets are designed to be 'walkable' and shared by vehicles, bicycles and people. With the new development, the suburb is starting to see a lot more pop-up street art[30] and curbless, tree-lined streets furnished with street furniture on footpaths.[31]

Public transport

Bowden is serviced by public transport run by the Adelaide Metro.[32]


The tram line runs between the Adelaide Entertainment Centre to Glenelg[33][32] with Park n Ride[34] facilities available at the Entertainment Centre tram stop.

The tram runs for free when travelling between the Entertainment Centre stop and South Terrace stop in Adelaide's central business district.[35]


The following train services run on the eastern and southern boundaries of the suburb.[32]


The suburb is serviced by the following bus routes:[32]

  • 250, 251, 252
  • 253, 254, N254

See also


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  2. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Bowden (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Place Names of South Australia". The Manning Index of South Australian History. State Library of South Australia. Archived from the original on 22 June 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Bowden, South Australia (Adelaide)". Postcodes-Australia. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  5. ^ "City of Charles Sturt Wards and Council Members" (PDF). City of Charles Sturt. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 August 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
  6. ^ a b c "Electoral Districts - Electoral District for the 2010 Election". Electoral Commission SA. Archived from the original on 22 August 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  7. ^ a b c "Find my electorate: Adelaide". Australian Electoral Commission. Archived from the original on 11 March 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
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  9. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
  10. ^ state government announces 'green village' for Clipsal site The Advertiser, 23 October 2008. Accessed 10 September 2014.
  11. ^ a b "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 March 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ a b c d Adelaide and surrounds street directory (47th ed.). UBD. 2009. ISBN 978-0-7319-2336-6.
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  22. ^ "The Bowden Brompton Community Group Inc". Official website. The Bowden Brompton Community Group Inc. Archived from the original on 12 May 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
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  29. ^ "Bowden, Brompton, Ridleyton & Ovingham Local Area Traffic Management Plan" (PDF). Tonkin Consulting. 18 September 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
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  32. ^ a b c d "Public Transport in Adelaide". Adelaide Metro official website. Dept. for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure, Public Transport Division. 12 January 2011. Archived from the original on 26 April 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
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