Set amid a distinctive estuarine environment, West Lakes is a modern, upmarket living area built to make optimum recreational use of water and extensive parkland. In 1992, in fact, West Lakes took out an international award as ‘the best residential development in the world’.
West Lakes is part of a long chain of metropolitan beaches that is one of the glories of Adelaide. To the coastal suburb’s immediate north lie Semaphore and Largs Bay, both of which are favourite spots to bask in Adelaide’s ocean sunsets. Largs Bay is the last remaining metropolitan home for the red capped plover and is home to 20 forms of native coastal plant series. Semaphore hosts an international kite festival and the steam train which operates during school holidays is a winner with the young at heart.
To West Lakes' immediate south lie the popular Grange and Henley beaches and neighbouring West Beach boasts an award-winning caravan park and holiday village and The Woolshed theme park.