Black Forest, South Australia

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Black Forest
AdelaideSouth Australia
Forest Avenue Reserve
 • Density1,226/km2 (3,175/sq mi)
Area1.63 km2 (0.6 sq mi)
Location4.7 km (3 mi) SW of Adelaide city centre[4]
LGA(s)City of Unley
State electorate(s)Badcoe
Federal Division(s)Boothby
Suburbs around Black Forest:
Glandore Everard Park and Forestville Forestville
Glandore Black Forest Millswood
Edwardstown Clarence Park Clarence Park
Entrance to the Clarence Park Community Centre
Princess Margaret Playground
Wayville Baptist Church
Uniting Church History Centre

Black Forest is an inner southern suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. It is located in the City of Unley, bounded by the Glenelg Tramline (northwest), the Seaford railway line (southeast), South Road (west) and East Avenue (east).[5]


"A dense area of bush known as the Black Forest ('Kertaweeta' in Kuarna) once covered the Unley region of the Adelaide Plains. The woodland forest was a mix of grey-box, blue gum, red gum, native pines and sheoak trees, with grass trees, native grasses and orchids; these plants had deep roots that held the soil together and the plant debris that fell on the earth decomposed releasing nutrients into the soil."[6]

In the early years of colonial settlement, the Black Forest was supposedly "frequented by bush rangers and cattle thieves".[7]

There have been three Post Offices named Black Forest: the first opened on 1 September 1899 and was renamed Glandore in 1915, the second opened on 10 November 1947 and was renamed Clarence Park West in 1966, and the third, located on South Road between Byron and Cowper Roads, opened on 8 January 1996.[8]


The 2006 Census by the Australian Bureau of Statistics counted 1,846 persons in Black Forest on census night. Of these, 47.2% were male and 52.8% were female.[2]

The majority of residents (79.0%) are of Australian birth, with other common census responses being England (3.1%) and Greece (2.3%).[2]

Facilities and attractions[edit]


Black Forest Primary School opened in 1919,[9] it is located off South Road and School Avenue, between Forest Avenue and Addison Road.[10] The east end of the school grounds are adjacent to the "Forest Avenue Reserve".


The Forest Avenue Reserve is located on Forest Avenue near the centre of the suburb. There is another small park, the Princess Margaret Playground, at the east end of Byron Road.[5]

Uniting Church History Centre[edit]

The Uniting Church History Centre is based in the former Church of Christ building on East Avenue.[11]

Community Centre[edit]

The Clarence Park Community Centre is located in the Institute Building and surrounding buildings on the corner of East Avenue and Canterbury Terrace; the centre includes a childcare facility and a men's shed.[12][13]



Black Forest is serviced by South Road, and to a lesser degree by East Avenue.[5]

Public transport[edit]

Black Forest is serviced by three tram stops, two train stations and buses on East Avenue and South Road. All services are run by the Adelaide Metro.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Black Forest (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 June 2014. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Black Forest (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 April 2011.
  3. ^ "How Unley Developed". City of Unley. Archived from the original on 27 December 2008. Retrieved 1 January 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Black Forest, South Australia (Adelaide)". Retrieved 16 April 2011.
  5. ^ a b c Adelaide and surrounds street directory (47th ed.). UBD. 2009. ISBN 978-0-7319-2336-6.
  6. ^ Our city, City of Unley
  7. ^ Tim Bowden (9 October 2013). "The A-Z story of the history behind Adelaide's suburbs". The Advertiser (Adelaide). Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  8. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
  9. ^ "The Manning Index of South Australian History". State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 8 September 2011.
  10. ^ "Australian Schools Directory". Australian Schools Directory. Retrieved 16 April 2011.
  11. ^ Uniting Church History Centre,
  12. ^ Clarence Park Community Centre,
  13. ^ Community Centres, City of Unley
  14. ^ "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 15 April 2011.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°57′50″S 138°34′34″E / 34.964°S 138.576°E / -34.964; 138.576