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City of Wanneroo

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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for City of Wanneroo is 195,697, with a population density of 2.85 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

The City of Wanneroo is located on the north-eastern fringe of Perth, between 12 and 60 kilometres from the Perth CBD. The City of Wanneroo is bounded by Gingin Shire in the north, the Shire of Chittering and the City of Swan in the east, the Cities of Stirling and Joondalup in the south, and the Indian Ocean in the west.

Name origin

Wanneroo is thought to be named from an Aboriginal word meaning “a place where women dig up roots”.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from 1838 when the first land grants were made. Land was used mainly for cattle grazing, market gardening and poultry farming. Population was minimal until the late 1800s and early 1900s, with the township of Wanneroo established in the 1880s. Significant development occurred during the post-war years, aided by the provision of electricity in 1954, the State Government Corridor Plan in 1970, and the northern spread of development from Perth. Rapid growth took place from the 1970s, starting in the southern suburbs of Girrawheen and Koondoola, and moving northwards over time. The population more than trebled between 1991 and 2011, rising from 45,000 in 1991 to 149,000 in 2011. Population increase is expected to continue.

Land use

The City of Wanneroo is one of the fastest growing local government areas in Australia. The City is a predominantly rural area, with rapidly expanding residential areas and some commercial and industrial land uses. The City encompasses a total land area of about 685 square kilometres, including coastal plains, wetlands, market gardens, bushland and wineries. Most of the rural areas are in the north and east. Rural land is used mainly for horticulture, agriculture and quarrying.


The City of Wanneroo is served by the Mitchell Freeway, Wanneroo Road and the Joondalup (Clarkson) railway line.

Major features

Major features of the City include Neerabup National Park, Yanchep National Park, Crystal Cave, Koondoola Regional Bushland, Yellagonga Regional Park, Kingsway Regional Sporting Complex, Barbagallo Raceway, Mindarie Marina, Perth International Telecommunications Centre, Wanneroo Museum, Limelight Theatre, Wanneroo Town Centre, Kingsway City Shopping Centre, Ocean Keys Shopping Centre, West Coast Institute of Training (Brighton Campus), and several beaches and lakes.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of the Wanneroo area were the Yellagonga Aboriginal people.

Included areas

The City of Wanneroo includes the suburbs and localities of Alexander Heights, Alkimos, Ashby, Banksia Grove, Butler, Carabooda, Carramar, Clarkson, Darch, Eglinton, Girrawheen, Gnangara, Hocking, Jandabup, Jindalee, Koondoola, Landsdale, Madeley, Marangaroo, Mariginiup, Merriwa, Mindarie, Neerabup, Nowergup, Pearsall, Pinjar, Quinns Rocks, Ridgewood, Sinagra, Tamala Park, Tapping, Two Rocks, Wangara, Wanneroo, Woodvale (part) and Yanchep.