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AdelaideSouth Australia
Population 3,209 (2006 census)
Postcode(s) 5118
Location 39 km (24 mi) NE of Adelaide CBD
LGA(s) Town of Gawler
State electorate(s) Light
Federal Division(s) Wakefield
Suburbs around Willaston:
Gawler Belt Gawler Belt Hewett
Buchfelde Willaston Hewett
Gawler West Gawler Gawler East

Willaston is a northern suburb 39 kilometres (24 mi) northeast of the Adelaide city centre in South Australia. It is located in the Town of Gawler.


William Paxton and Samuel Stocks obtained land in the area in 1848 and 1849. After Stocks died in 1850, Paxton laid out the village called Willaston. The village may have been named after Willaston in Cheshire, due to a probable association with the Stocks family.

Willaston Post Office opened on 1 November 1864.


The 2006 Census by the Australian Bureau of Statistics counted 3,209 persons in Willaston on census night. Of these, 47% were male and 53% were female.

The majority of residents (77.4%) are of Australian birth, with an additional 11.3% declaring England as their country of birth.

The average age of Willaston residents is similar to that of the greater Australian population. 67.2% of residents were over 25 years in 2006, compared to the Australian average of 66.5%; and 32.8% were younger than 25 years, compared to the Australian average of 33.5%.


Gawler Par 3 Golf Course is located on the southern edge of Willaston.

There is a cemetery in the north of the suburb, conveniently located beside the retirement village.


Elliot Goodger Memorial Park is located between Gawler River Road and Kelly Road. There are other parks throughout the suburb.



Willaston lies beside the Sturt Highway (Gawler Bypass) and the southern end of the Horrocks Highway. Willaston is also serviced by Main North Road, linking the suburb to Gawler.

Public transport

The nearest train station is Gawler Central.

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