West Lakes is a suburb of Adelaide, the state capital of South Australia, Australia. It lies within the City of Charles Sturt. It contains the Westfield West Lakes Shopping Centre, Woodlake Shopping Centre and West Lakes Golf Club. It also contains Delfin Island, a residential island within the boating lake.
West Lakes was constructed on a tidal swamp by property developer Delfin (now Lend Lease Communities) from reclaimed land during the early 1970s. Development earthworks commenced in September 1970 and West Lakes was officially opened on 18 March 1977 by the Hon Des Corcoran, MP, Deputy Premier and Minister of Marine. West Lakes Post Office opened on 27 August 1975.
The suburb was home to Football Park (also known by its sponsored name of AAMI Stadium), which was a 51,240-seat sports stadium where Australian Football League (AFL) and South Australian National Football League (SANFL) games were played. Demolition was completed in 2019.
The suburb was also home to a Douglas C-47 Skytrain military transport aircraft, owned by McDonald's and used as part of a play area for children's parties. The plane was removed in the late 1990s, and is now being restored privately.
As of 2020, bus routes that go through West Lakes are 110, 112, 115, 117, 155, 157, 157X, 288, 371, 372, 376, AO18, H30, H30C, H30S, J7, J7M, J8, N30, X30, X30C, & X30S.
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the Geographical Names Board has recommended that the names “West Lakes Shore”, “West Lakes”, “Semaphore Park”, “Tennyson”, “Seaton”, “Grange” and “Royal Park” be assigned to the areas defined hereunder in the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh schedules respectively
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