Shire of Serpentine JarrahdaleCommunity profile

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Jarrahdale area

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Jarrahdale area is 2,414, with a population density of 0.05 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

The Jarrahdale area is bounded by the City of Armadale in the north, the Albany Highway and the Shire of Wandering in the east, the Shire of Murray in the south, and the South Western Highway, the quarry, Nettleton Road, Crossing View, Old Brickworks Road, Beenyup Road, Darling Range Regional Park and the South Western Highway in the west.

Name origin

Jarrahdale is named after the Jarrah forest.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1830s, with land used mainly for sheep grazing and wheat and vegetable growing. Population was minimal until the 1870s when timber mills and flour mills were established at Jarrahdale. The Rockingham-Jarrahdale railway line opened in 1872 for transporting timber. Growth took place from the late 1800s into the early 1900s, particularly in the township of Jarrahdale. The Serpentine Dam was constructed in 1961. Bauxite mining commenced in Jarrahdale in 1963, with ore being transported to the Kwinana Alumina Refinery by rail. Mining ceased in the late 1990s. The population generally increased between 1991 and 2011 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

The Jarrahdale area is predominantly rural and national park, with recent rural-residential growth. Rural land is used largely for water catchments, agriculture and timber production.

Major features

Major features of the area include Serpentine National Park, Darling Range Regional Park, Serpentine Dam, Serpentine Pipehead Dam, Wungong Dam (part), Serpentine Falls, Whitby Falls, Old Post Office Museum, Millbrook Winery, Gooralong Park, Jarrahdale Heritage Park, Langford Park, Hendley Park Motocrosse, Jarrahdale Equestrian Centre, Federation Park, Jarrahdale Oval, Jarrahdale Skate Park, Korribinjal Brook Reserve, Serpentine Camping Centre, Bodhinyana Monastery, Serpentine Retreat Centre, the Munda Biddi Trail, various state forests and one school.

Included areas

The Jarrahdale area encompasses the localities of Jarrahdale and Karrakup, the eastern parts of the localities of Cardup, Serpentine and Whitby, most of the eastern part of the locality of Keysbrook, and the north-eastern and south-eastern parts of the locality of Byford.