Kilkenny is an inner north-western suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. It is located in the City of Charles Sturt. It is named after Kilkenny (Cill Chainnigh), Ireland.


The suburb of Kilkenny was created by subdivision of section 388 of the Hundred of Yatala in 1849 and was known as the Township of Kilkenny.[2] Section 388 was bounded on its north east by Torrens Road, indicating the historic township occupied only the southern half of the present suburb. The present-day boundaries of Kilkenny include the former suburb of Challa Gardens, created by subdivision of section 411E of the same hundred in 1950, which was also known as Woodville East and Kilkenny North prior to the 1950 subdivision.[6]


Kilkenny straddles Torrens Road where it joins with Regency Road. Kilkenny Road and David Terrace forms its western boundary.[7]


The 2016 Census by the Australian Bureau of Statistics counted 1,660 persons in Kilkenny on census night. Of these, 49.7% were male and 50.3% were female.[1]

The majority of residents (58.8%) are of Australian birth, with other common census responses being Vietnam (6.3%), Italy (3.9%), India (2.9%) Greece (2.3%) and England (2.0%).[1]

The age distribution of Kilkenny residents is similar to that of the greater Australian population. 70.9% of residents were over 24 years in 2016, compared to the Australian average of 68.5%; and 28.1% were younger than 24 years, compared to the Australian average of 31.5%.[1]

In terms of religious affiliation, 26.8% of residents identified as not religious, 24.8% identified as Catholic, 9.6% identified as Eastern Orthodox, and 4.7% identified as Buddhist.[1] Within Kilkenny, 90.6% of the residents were employed, with the remaining 9.4% being unemployed.[1]


Local government

Kilkenny is part of Hindmarsh Ward in the City of Charles Sturt local government area, with representative councillors, Labor members Paul Alexandrides and Alice Campbell.[4]

State and federal

Kilkenny lies in the state electoral district of Croydon [5] and the federal electoral division of Adelaide.[8] The suburb is represented in the South Australian House of Assembly by leader of the South Australian opposition, Labor member Peter Malinauskas (Croydon), and federally by Steve Georganas.[8]


The local newspaper is the Weekly Times Messenger in the past this paper used to be delivered by hand, but now it's more easily accessed on-line. Other regional and national newspapers such as The Advertiser and The Australian are also available.[9]

Community and Arts

There is a very active community arts scene in Kilkenny, pursued strongly through local arts community group Kilkenny Gorilla Art".


Challa Gardens Primary School is located on Humphries Terrace[10] and Kilkenny Primary School is located in the adjacent suburb of West Croydon on Jane Street, just south west of Kilkenny.

Facilities and attractions

Shopping and dining

Armada Arndale Shopping Centre is located on Torrens Road in the north of the suburb.[7]


The main park in the suburb is Alton Reserve on Reynell Street. McInerny Reserve, in West Croydon, is accessible from Pinda and Mundulla streets.[7]


Near the edge of Kilkenny, on Kilkenny road is the Spanish Club of SA, catering to the Spanish of South Australia. [11]


Kilkenny railway station


Kilkenny is serviced by Regency Road and Torrens Road, the latter of which connects the suburb to Adelaide city centre.[7]

Public transport

Kilkenny is serviced by public transport run by the Adelaide Metro.[12]


The Grange and Outer Harbour railway lines pass through the suburb. The closest station is Kilkenny.


The suburb is serviced by bus routes run by the Adelaide Metro.[12]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f "2016 ABS census data".
  2. ^ a b "Place Names of South Australia". The Manning Index of South Australian History. State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Kilkenny, South Australia (Adelaide)". Postcodes-Australia. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
  4. ^ a b "City of Charles Sturt Wards and Council Members" (PDF). City of Charles Sturt. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 August 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Electoral Districts - Electoral District for the 2010 Election". Electoral Commission SA. Archived from the original on 22 August 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
  6. ^ Manning, Geoffrey. "Challa Gardens". Manning Index of South Australian Place Names. State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d Adelaide and surrounds street directory (49th ed.). UBD. 2011. ISBN 978-0-7319-2652-7.
  8. ^ a b "Find my electorate: Adelaide". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  9. ^ "South Australian Newspapers". Australia G'day. Archived from the original on 29 April 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
  10. ^ "Australian Schools Directory". Australian Schools Directory. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
  11. ^ "Spanish Club of SA Inc". Government of South Australia. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  12. ^ a b "Public Transport in Adelaide". Adelaide Metro official website. Dept. for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure, Public Transport Division. Archived from the original on 26 April 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2012.

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Coordinates: 34°52′26″S 138°32′53″E / 34.874°S 138.548°E / -34.874; 138.548