Joondalup – Perth, Western Australia

Joondalup is a suburb of the Australian capital city Perth, Western Australia, and is about 15.5 miles (25 km) northeast of downtown Perth. Perched on the banks of Lake Joondalup, Joondalup is in the upper northeast boundary of the local government area (LGA) of the City of Joondalup. Joondalup covers approximately 11 square kilometres, and as of the 2018 census, had a population of 9,181 people.

The name Joondalup derives from the Nyoongar word Doondalup, which translates to ‘the lake that glistens.’ The Nyoongar were an indigenous Aboriginal people who originally inhabited the southwest corner of Western Australia in which Joondalup is now located.

In an effort to reduce the strain on the central business district (CBD) of Perth, a land plan called the Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS) was created in 1963 and administered by the Western Australia Planning Commission. This scheme created several “sub-regional retail centres”, each with its own central business district, and accessible by bus and/or rail. The sub-region of Joondalup was one of the retail centres developed, with the suburb of Joondalup serving as the sub-region’s central business district. The area was governed by the local government area City of Wanneroo until 1998, when Wanneroo’s coastal areas were set off and became the LGA of City of Joondalup.

Until the 1960’s, Joondalup was primarily undeveloped land and remained relatively unpopulated until the 1980’s when residential and business development accelerated, earning Joondalup the moniker “city of the north.” Until this time, one of the only buildings of note was the Wanneroo Hospital, which is now the Joondalup Health Campus. In 1994, the Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City retail centre was opened adjacent to the Joondalup railway station, which itself opened in 1993.

Housing within the Joondalup CBD is mostly townhouses and apartments, while housing developments have been cropping outside of the business district.

Some notable services and attractions offered in Joondalup are:

Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City – 96,000 square metres of retail space, with over 300 retailers.

Joondalup Health Campus – a 722-bed hospital; the largest health care facility in the northern Perth suburbs.

Edith Cowan University (Joondalup campus) – ECU is a 30,000-student public university centered in Perth, with a campus located in Joondalup.

Yellagonga Regional Park – located in the LGAs of City of Joondalup and City of Wanneroo, this 1400-hectare park with protected wetlands, lakes, bicycle paths, hiking trails, and recreational areas.

Joondalup Library – located in the complex containing the CIty of Joondalup council chambers, the Joondalup Library serves as the main library for the City of Joondalup and City of Wanneroo.

Joondalup Arena – also called HBF Arena, this multi-purpose athletic complex is the largest of its kind in Western Australia and is home to WAFL side West Perth FC.

Once planned as an “extension” of Perth, Joondalup is now a self-contained destination. One can work, shop,and play, all without leaving Joondalup.


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