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Quick Facts

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With the availability of land for residential and industrial development, an abundance of parks and recreational facilities, university and TAFE campuses, military base, airport and a major bus and train hub in the City centre, the City of Salisbury offers a wealth of opportunities for business and an enviable lifestyle for residents.

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At a glance

  • Population: 141,484 (Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics)
  • Population density: 8.95 persons per hectare
  • Area: 158.1 km2 (61 sq miles)
  • State Electorates: In SA, the electoral districts are revised after each election. Visit the Electoral Commission SA web site to find your current State district or call 1300 655 232).
  • Federal Electorates: Visit the Australian Electoral Commission web site to find your current federal electorate or call 13 23 26.
  • Mayor: Gillian Aldridge
  • CEO: John Harry
  • Suburbs: Bolivar, Brahma Lodge, Burton, Cavan, Dry Creek, Direk, Edinburgh, Globe Derby Park, Greenfields, Gulfview Heights, Ingle Farm, Mawson Lakes, Parafield, Parafield Gardens, Paralowie, Para Hills, Para Hills West, Para Vista, Pooraka, Salisbury, Salisbury Downs, Salisbury East, Salisbury Heights, Salisbury North, Salisbury Park, Salisbury Plain, Salisbury South, St Kilda, Valley View, Walkley Heights, Waterloo Corner.
  • Sister city: Mobara, Japan

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Geography and climate

Located 25km north of Adelaide, South Australia, the City of Salisbury occupies an area of 158 square kilometres extending from the shores of Gulf St Vincent to the Para Escarpment and the foothills of the Mt Lofty Ranges. The region enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, having cool, wet winters and warm to hot, dry summers. 


Parks for relaxing and recreation, wetlands to learn from and explore, recreation centres for our much-loved sports, an aquatic centre, libraries, adult learning centres and the arts - Salisbury offers a wealth of ways our residents can enrich their lives and enjoy their leisure time.

Visit the parks and reserves section of our web site to find a park with options such as picnic areas, dog friendly exercise, playgrounds, walking trails and more.

Want to stay on top of your game or learn something new? The recreation centre section of our web site will help you find sporting facilities ranging from swimming to tennis. Or, explore community centres to find an adult education class with topics that range from cooking to dance and yoga.

For the art enthusiasts, the John Harvey Gallery in Salisbury has monthly exhibitions by established and emerging local artists.

Check out Salisbury Libraries to learn more about the information hubs for residents of all ages available. 


The University of South Australia Mawson Lakes Campus is a specialist science and technology institution, which provides education and facilitates technology research of national importance. In doing this, the University capitalises on its proximity to Technology Park.

TAFE SA Salisbury is a vibrant hub for language, literacy and numeracy and English language preparation, as well as offering training programs in community services, aged care and music.

TAFE SA Parafield is located within Parafield airport and is dedicated to specialised training of pilots (underpinning knowledge and theory only) and Licensed Aviation Maintenance Engineers.

Bordering on the northern boundary of the City of Salisbury Council is TAFE SA Elizabeth, offering training programs in automotive, information technology, community food services, children's services, business services, retail, engineering, metal fabrication, hair and beauty, vocational preparation and women's education.

Other educational institutions include more than 20 kindergartens and pre-schools, more than 30 primary schools, and 10 secondary schools. 


Our city is a recognised national leader in a range of industries from defence, electronics and technology industries and environmnental endeavours as well as a centre for manufacturing plants, factories, distribution outlets and warehousing. And the availability of quality land in Salisbury, both for residential and industrial means Salisbury can support growth for businesses who locate here well into the future.

Our success in developing wetlands technology has seen Salisbury become a world leader in this field; while our diverse export economy is home to organisations including BAE Systems, Motorola Australia, Mayne Pharma, Tenix Defence, Michell Australia, SAAB Systems, Air International, Dana Australia, and Inghams Enterprises.

Salisbury is increasingly acknowledged as a good place to do business and employment opportunities are now available in everything from production line, retail, information technology and defence sciences. In addition to employment of semi-skilled workers, the area is increasingly providing opportunities in the industries of the future through the development of Technology Park, Mawson Lakes, and the new Edinburgh Park industrial development in which a cluster of high tech defence companies are being established.

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In 2009, Salisbury recorded the largest growth of any local government area in the Adelaide metro region, yet we are nationally recognised for innovations in environmentally sustainable uses of resources.