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4/5
Nov 25, 2009

"suburb close to CBD"

Bayswater is a suburb of Perth, northeast of the CBD and is serviced by rail making an easy commute to those working in the capital. One of the major attractions of Bayswater is that it has the only Wave Pool in WA. The aquatic centre where is it housed also has training pools etc plus a fully equipped gym, fitness classes, child minding and coffee shop. Other sporting facilities in this area include a golf course, tennis courts, skate park, two indoor recreations centres as well as playing fields for numerous sports. Being so close the CBD there is plenty of shopping with large modern shopping centres and local stores, hotel etc. As far as education goes there are plenty of schools, pre primary, primary and secondary both state and private as well as further education institutions. Entertainment and night is not far away in Perth and there are numerous restaurants and fast food outlets in close proximity. The price of property in Bayswater is quite reasonable for both purchase and rentals considering how close you are to Perth.
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mattenglish
mattenglish Bayswater is East of Perth, sorry.
Other than that, it is also close to Morley Galleria and close to major roads, the Airport as well as excellent rail service.
Nov 24, 2009
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2/5
Nov 23, 2009

"Good place to stop but you wouldn't want to live here."

Kumarina is a two hour drive to the north east of Meekatharra or is you are coming from Perth be prepared for a two day drive along the great Northern Highway. The town is really only a stopover point and had limited facilities. The nearest medical centre and hospital are in Meekatharra and should you be determined to live out here the main educational facilities are either Meekatharra or distance education via correspondence or School of the Air. The town consists of a roadhouse which has a restaurant, motel and hotel incorporated as well as a caravan park. This road house is well stocked and has takeaway meals as well as restaurant service. There is no real estate for sale here and the best you could do should the urge take you would be to enquire about buying land and build your own house. Good comfortable place for a stopover but definitely not a relocation option. Also be warned that mobile phone services in this area are unreliable and if you are traveling be sure to carry extra water.
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Nov 22, 2009

"Dairy farming town with big cow."

Brunswick Junctionis known for its dairy farms and has a large statue of a Frisian cow affectionately call daisy, standing in the town park. Located on the South Western highway between Harvey and Bunbury, Brunswick Junction is a scenic town with many historical buildings to see as well as many forest areas. Being only 26 kms from Bunbury, and with a population of only 800 residents, Brunswick Junction is serviced by the Australind passenger train. The town is also known for its manna crabs and prawns. There are some great beaches in this area with boating fishing and swimming being very popular. Dolphins are often seen very close to people here and have been known to interact well with humans. There are two primary schools here the Brunswick Junction Primary and St Michaels catholic primary. Students go to high school in Bunbury. There is a good medical centre in town and a large fully equipped hospital also in Bunbury, There are many sporting clubs and association which use the playing fields for many different sports. People are friendly here and all too happy to lend you some assistance where needed.
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4/5
Nov 22, 2009

"Interesting town with interesting history."

Dongara is on the brand Highway some 360 kms north of Perth. This fishing village is famous for its catches of the Batavia Coast Rock Lobster and is a great tourist destination with great beaches, historic buildings dating back to the early settlers. There are many fine homes with manicured gardens overlooking the ocean as well as old churches and rectories. Then of course there are the huge Moreton Bay Fig trees. Dongara has a District High School which caters for children from K -12 and has plenty of sporting activities to keep them occupied in their free time with many sports association using the towns play fields etc. The nearest major hospital is in nearby Geraldton although Dongara has a good medical centre. The town has some restaurants for those who like to eat out, take away food outlets as well as supermarkets and specialty stores for your basic needs. Major shopping can be done in the large shopping centres of Geraldton. All in all a nice little town for a sea change.
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username Spoken like a true real estate agent. I notice you have comments for Geraldton and Greenough also, however you forget to mention Geraldton’s HUGE crime problem, especially in the West Bank. Spalding was rated as the highest crime suburb in the state! in 2008. I thought these comments were meant to be a guide for people not a vehicle for agents to generate business. Who do you work for?
May 29, 2010
Notimportant
Notimportant Yes, it's tiring isn't it. Comments such as "We liked it so much we will be buying property there. A place to watch and definately invest in. Not a dying town this one is alive and growing", and recommended for 'professionals'. This was written about Meekatharra. A more dire place you could not wish to happn upon.

Go away please.
Oct 14, 2011
Shin
Shin I agree these comments are from Real Estate Agents. I was only in Dongara for 12 months I would never return. Their are drug and alcohol problems especially with the young. No public transport. My friend badly cut her hand there was no one at the health centre to stitch the wound, she had to Geraldton. Eating out , shopping is very overpriced. People who have brought here cannot sell their homes unless at a loss. My list of negatives outweighs the positives. I suggest people rent before deciding.
Nov 21, 2012
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5/5
Nov 22, 2009

"Growing area, Buy now"

Pinjarra is situated on the South West Highway 86 KMs from Perth and 21 kms south east of Mandurah. Famous or rather infamous for the battle of Pinjarra where many Aboriginals were killed by British Colonists. This is a fast growing town and real estate prices are likely to reflect this very quickly. At present home purchase is still within the reach of the average family with rental also being affordable. There are new subdivision opening up and a large new shopping centre has just been completed with supermarkets, specialty stores fast food outlets etc. There is a train station where the Perth to Bunbury service stops over on its way down the coast. Pinjarra has both state and catholic primary and secondary schools as well as day care centres and play groups. There are good medical facilities here with medical centres and Pinjarra Hospital. There are numerous sporting venues with playing fields for most sports and club and associations to join. Peel Zoo is located nearby and is famous for its birdlife which freely interact with humans. Water sports are also popular here with great beaches.
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5/5
Nov 22, 2009

"Shhh- Tell no one"

Yallingup is on the south coast of Western Australia in the Margaret River region. Yallingup is an aboriginal word meaning “Place of Love” and once you visit this area you will understand why. Away from the major tourist areas, this town is surrounded by the bush on three sides and the ocean on the fourth. Yallingup has local shops for your basic need but is close to the major towns of Dunsborough and Busselton for larger shopping centres. Markets are held at regular intervals in the area. There are good medical centres dotted around the area and there is a hospital within easy reach. Primary and secondary schools both sate and catholic are close by in Dunsborough or Busselton and Yallingup has a Steiner School. There is plenty to do here with beautiful beaches, good surf, safe swimming and a sheltered lagoon ideal for the children or non swimmer to cool off in. There are also local bars for you cold ales after a heavy morning on the beach or catching some good fish. Real estate prices are steady and in line with most other coastal towns of this size.
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4/5
Nov 22, 2009

"Mecca for tourists"

Kalbarri is located on the coast 592 km north of Perth in the mid western region. This small town’s population explodes during the tourist season and has been known to reach over the 10,000 people mark from the usual 2,000 residents. Surrounded by national park, Kalbarri is on the mouth of the Murchison River and has a thriving fishing industry as well as tourism. Kalbarri District High School caters for children from K – year 12 and has an enrolment of over 270 students. Being so near the cost housing prices are quite high as are rentals which are becoming more scarce. Kalbarri has a good health service with Asthma Management, child health, emergency services radiology etc. Kalbarri has a sport and recreation centre as well as playing fields for most sports. Fishing is very popular with good catches a regular occurrence. There are fishing charter services available too for the serious fireman. There is a good community spirit here with friendly and helpful locals who welcome the new comer and tourist alike.
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4/5
Nov 22, 2009

"Great town in great area."

Jurien Bay is well known for its fishing industry especially cray and rock lobster and is a popular tourist destination. Just two and a half hours north of Perth by car the area has much to offer. There are beautiful sandy beaches, clear blue water and an abundance of fish. Snorkeling is very popular here with the many offshore reefs and islands. Living in this environment would be a holiday every day. Jurien Bay as a state school which caters for students right through school from K-11. There are some great restaurants and cafes for those who like to dine out. Shopping wise ther4 is everything you need such as a butchers, bakery, supermarkets, specialty stores, service station etc. the town also has a police station , St John Ambulance, a chemist and a library. There are medical centres and services and a hospital is within easy reach. There are plenty of sporting activities to keep you and the kids occupied with clubs and associations for moist sports. Real estate is on the rise here as everywhere in WA but bargains can still be found.
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4/5
Nov 22, 2009

"Quiet community away from it all"

Boyanup is approx 190 kms south of Perth and is located on the Preston River about 21 kms from Bunbury. Boyanup is a farming community and is surrounded by wetlands. Being on the peninsular there are many beaches here offering good swimming, snorkeling and diving as well as some great fishing with the river system as well as the ocean. There is also good crabbing and prawning. Boyanup has shopping facilities for your basic needs and has a number of specialty shops and essential services such as service station, newsagent etc. There are medical centres dotted around the area with the major hospital in Bunbury on a short drive away. Boyanup has a primary school which caters for student K – 7 when most students will go to Bunbury High School. There are is very pretty and the residents are very friendly. Home prices reflect the great area and are still on the rise.
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3/5
Nov 22, 2009

"Prison Swimming Pool open to local residents?"

Wooroloo is located just north of the Mundaring Shire east of Perth. The town is well known as the site of two of Western Australia’s major prisons. Wooroloo Prison is a minimum security prison and Acacia prison is medium security. With a population of around 900 or so residents Wooroloo is serviced by a bus service three times a day being the 328 Transperth service from Midland. The town has a primary school which caters for students from K-7 from there student usually attend the Eastern Hill Senior High School at nearby St Helens. There are medical centres and hospital dotted around the area and all within easy reach. Wooroloo has a general store, liquor store and a community hall as well as being home to the famous El Cababallo resort. There are sporting facilities including a golf course, playing fields and a swimming pool at the Wooroloo Prison which is open to the public. Horse dressage events are very popular here. Housing prices are very reasonable and are excellent for those just starting out.
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4/5
Nov 22, 2009

"Good amenities for this sized town."

Kellerberrin is in the central east region 202 kms from Perth on the great Eastern Highway. The town has a population of around 870 but counting the outlying areas this figure is closer to 1185. This is a friendly town with a good community spirit and has good amenities including a medical centre and the Kellerberrin Memorial Hospital which has up to date equipment and well trained staff. The Kelleberrin District High School caters for students from K – 10 and then students wishing to go on to do years 11 and 12 will attend nearby Merredin High School. Kellerberrin has a playgroup and a CBH Group Little Learners as well as the C.Y. O’Connor College of TAFE. There are shops for all your needs including a supermarket, convenience stores, specialty shops, newsagents, chemist etc. The town offers some good sporting options with a speedway track, pony club, swimming pool, playing fields for football (all codes), cricket, netball etc. Real estate prices here are very affordable and you can sometimes pick up a sub $200k bargain. Rentals too are affordable. The climate is very Mediterranean with cool winters and very warm to hot summers. Most of the rainfall here is in the winter months.
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4/5
Nov 21, 2009

"Growing community- get in now."

About 21 kms northeast of Perth you will find the outer suburb of Ellenbrook. Although still classed as a suburb this outlying spot has been purposely designed to be a self supporting community which appeals to many residents. The population of the area is around the 20,000 mark and growing. Transport is by road and bus service with a rail line planned to commence construction in 2012. There are some natural woodlands and wetlands around the area with great spots for picnics and walks. There are five primary schools, state, catholic and private and two high schools a state and a private. With more schools either under construction or about to begin construction. Sports wise there are plenty of clubs and associations to join. There are playing fields for most sports, cricket nets, skate park and BMX track, tennis and netball courts and a private swim school. There is also a large public water park. There is good medical centres and nearby hospital as well as allied health professionals. Property prices are still very affordable here but with great infrastructure these prices will rise in the future.
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cheryl
cheryl Def. a potential goldmine area for investors. Funny how some folk who don't know the place still see it as a backwater. Wish there was a way we could hang on to our place here (we're emigrating) because in a year or so it will be worth thousands more.
Oct 03, 2010
LisaB
LisaB Ellenbrook is the place to be. It is cleaner and more friendly than nearly every other suburb in perth, it has more schools and parks compared to other suburbs of similar size. It has heaps to do for kids and teenagers - there are dozens of skate parks, BMX tracks, lakes, parks, 2 gyms, a large indoor swimming pool, a theatre, a large shopping centre, a pool and snooker centre, games arcades, walking trails, sporting clubs and rec centres, the list goes on. It is a mini city in its own right so the fact that it is not "close" to the CBD is irrellevant because all you ever need is right on your doorstep. There are numerous medical centres, vets, beauticians, mechanics, shops, pubs, cafes, restaurants, childare centres, etc. and the best part is you are right on the door step of the Swan Valley so you are surrounded by beautiful scenery and plenty more restaurants and animal parks etc. You also have Whiteman Park down the road which is beautiful for family picnics and wildlife. Some people seem to think that it is 'ages away' from everything when in actual fact you are only approx 15 minutes from 3 major shopping centres (Midland,Joondalup & Morley) plus you have access to every major highway. There is a bus station with transperth buses going to Morley and Midland and a trainline to be built in the future. It has the best value for money in perth with some of the nicest new houses cheaper than some of the ugly dogboxes seen in many other parts of perth. It has the highest growth rate than any other suburb in WA and for good reason. You cant go wrong here, there is something for everyone. I have heard alot of people say "oh but its so far away' yet they have never actually made the drive to find out, it is no further than say Armdale or Joondalup (its actually closer to the city and airport than either of these), and I actually like the fact that it is not cramped inbetween other suburbs, it has a great country community feel.
Nov 02, 2011
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4/5
Nov 21, 2009

"Much to offer and not far from the water"

Spearwood is a suburb located in the City of Cockburn and is south of Freemantle. Spearwood once grew to fame for its market gardens and was named for its Melaleuca Trees. There are good educational facilities here including primary and secondary state schools as well as an Alternative school. There are medical centres and many major hospitals are only minutes away. Stargate shopping centre includes a supermarket, butchers and fresh fruit and veges shop as well as specialty and boutiques stores and a food court. There are newsagents, chemist etc throughout the area as well as service stations with ATM and EFTPOS facilities. There are takeaway food outlets dotted around as well as hotels, restaurants and cafes. There is a large health and fitness centre which has courts for many ball sports, fully equipped gymnasium, aqua centre with both indoor and outdoor pool and many other facilities. There are parks in the area with playing fields as well and numerous sporting clubs and associations to join. Spearwood has a friendly caring type atmosphere and property prices are with reach of the average worker.
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4/5
Nov 21, 2009

"Great town not far from the city"

Mundaring is only 40mins east of Perth and is surrounded by beautiful jarrah forests. The town itself has a long history with the Mundaring Weir Hotel and the Mahogany Inn well over 100years old and there are plenty of other sites to see here as well. Tourism is a big industry here with many visitors from the city coming for a day, weekend or extend break. There is plenty of shopping opportunities here with supermarket etc for you basic needs plus many specialty and boutique stores and you are still within easy reach of major centres. Mundaring has primary and secondary schools, state, private and catholic and there are pre primary, daycare centres and playgroups for the little ones. Medical centres are dotted around the area and good hospitals are close by. The recreation centre offers many group classes such as aerobics, Tae Kwon do, yoga, belly dancing and so on as well as sports like netball and basketball. The playing fields cater for sports such as football (all codes), soccer, cricket and hockey. There are tennis courts, a skate park and an aquatic centre. Great family atmosphere.
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5/5
Nov 21, 2009

"World famous seaside spot-great form the rich and famous"

Cottesloe is known worldwide not only for the great beach but for the many prestige homes which overlook the Indian Ocean. Located 15 mins from Perth CBD, Cottesloe has everything you could need with a myriad of boutique style shops, art and craft shops and small specialty stores all in a village type atmosphere, yet there is also a large shopping complex call Cottesloe central which offers all the shopping experiences of the city with department stores food court etc. There are a great number of modern facilities here and the area is very community minded. There is a well stocked library, many performing arts opportunities and galleries. Medical centres are dotted around the area with major hospitals close by. Educational wise the Cottesloe area has schools and colleges as well as universities and TAFE colleges within easy reach. For entertainment there are numerous sporting and social clubs which offer entertainment for the family. You will find numerous restaurants and cafes as well as takeaway and fast food outlets and of course the local hotel for those wanting a cold ale. Getting around is easy as Cottesloe is well serviced by rail and bus services. If you want to buy a property at Cottesloe you will find some beautiful homes and units but bring you cheque book.
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5/5
Nov 21, 2009

"Beautiful beach side suburb"

Just 20 mins from Perth CBD is Scarborouogh and this is one of the best beaches on the West Coast. Living here is like being on holiday every day. From here you can walk to many of the other city beaches including the topless beach and a pet friendly beach. The area offers great activities especially water s[ports such as swimming, surfing fishing, windsurfing etc or you can cycle, fish or just enjoy the sights. There are many sporting associations to join with most sports being catered for. There are numerous restaurants and cafes as well as takeaway and fast food outlets. You can shop till you drop with an amazing array of specialty and boutique stores and with easy reach of the larger shopping centres of Perth. There is plenty of nightlife here with clubs, bars and live entertainment venues. There are primary and secondary schools here with TAFE and University campuses not far away Public transport is good with buses running to the city at frequent regular intervals. Medical centres and good fully equipped hospitals are within a short distance as are specialists and allied health professionals. Unfortunately, living in a great place like this will cost you as property prices are rather high and although there is plenty of rental accommodation those prices are on the steep side as well.
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4/5
Nov 21, 2009

"Unique residential suburb"

Mosman Park is 14 kms from Perth but only 3 from Fremantle and is situated on the Stirling Highway. Mosman Park has the Indian Ocean to the west and the Swan River to the east. This residential type suburb has only minimal commercial dwelling and offers some very prestige properties at very prestige prices. Educational facilities are top class here with six schools two of which have boarding school amenities. There are some beautiful parks here and the river parklands are truly amazing. Of course, being such a friendly family orientated area there are numerous sporting activities such as football, soccer, netball, basketball lawn bowls cricket, tennis golf etc . Those interested in the Arts are not left out with a community art foundation, plays and galleries. Medical centres are dotted around the area as are specialist’s services. Fremantle Hospital is close by. There is plenty of shopping facilities here with supermarkets and conveniences stores, specialty shops and of course the large centres and malls of Perth CBD not too far away.
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3/5
Nov 21, 2009
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4/5
Nov 21, 2009

"Sister town to Armadale"

Kelmscott is a suburb is the south east of Perth CBD and is a very family orientated place to live. There are a number of pre primary, primary and secondary schools, state, catholic and private catering for students from K-12, as well as day care centres and playgroups. Medical facilities here are A1, with good medical centres and allied health professionals as well as the Armadale Kelmscott District Memorial Hospital which is a large modern hospital with state of the art equipment. This hospital has many connected services such as aged care, children’s and community services etc. There are some large shopping centres which house supermarkets, large department stores, specialty shops, boutiques and food courts. There are sporting activities close by to suit all taste with bowls, swimming, ten pin bowling, golf etc as well as playing fields for football of all codes, netball, basketball, tennis courts etc. property prices are not cheap but there are always bargain to be had with good transport to Perth CBD.
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4/5
Nov 21, 2009

"Large suburb with good amenities"

Melville City is a southern suburb of Perth and is only 12 kms from the CBD and is close to Fremantle. The City of Melville area has a population of around 93,000. Melville has every amenity you could need and has medical centres and many allied health professional and is within easy reach of Fremantle Hospital which is large and well equipped. There is a good choice of school with pre primary, primary and secondary state, catholic and private schools. There are also daycare centres and playgroups for the little ones. Being within easy reach of the water, fishing is very popular as are other water sports, there are playing field for most field type sports and a large recreation centre with fully equipped gym, lifestyle classes, and courts for netball, basketball, soccer and AFL. This recreation centre also has an aquatic centre with heated pools learn to swim classes and squad training. Property prices here are rising to keep up with the demand. Shopping centres offer supermarkets, specialty and boutique stores. There are Banks with ATM’s, newsagents, chemists and of course the local hotel for a few cold ales.
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Jonelle
Jonelle A great, suburb if you can afford it if you are used to heavy traffic. Wouldn't mind living there my self . But saying that I live in Meadow springs just south of Mandurah and I love it there and feel much safer . Then living closer to the city.
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holmanst
holmanst Heavy traffic ?? My street hardly has a car on it. Very quiet tree lined street. So quiet that parents let their kids play on road.
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2/5
Nov 21, 2009

"Outback town in the middle of nowhere."

Meekatharra is approx 760 kms north east of Perth and is the largest town in the Murchison Shire with around 800 residents. Many of these residents are aboriginal. Meekatharra is the main supply centre for the surrounding mining and farming districts. The town is growing with many roads and new building being erected. There is a new recreation centre with gym and basketball court being added to the existing centre. The local swimming pool is open from October until April and a number of sports are played on the playing fields in town. The is a well stocked library and a good telecentre. There is a hospital here with good facilities and a medical centre. Meekatharra is serviced by pre primary, primary and high state schools as well as a play centre. There are good shopping facilities, open air movie theatre when weather permits and of course hotels. There are motels, services station and caravan parks. The people here are friendly and very help and there is a great community spirit. Property prices here are quite reasonable and there is plenty of scenery and natural wonders to explore.
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Nov 19, 2009

"Remote settlement servicing stations in the area."

Murchison is often described as a “Shire with no Town” as the area is made of 29 stations. These stations pull their income from cattle and sheep producing meat and wool. The population of the area is around 160 residents spread out over the area. There is a settlement site which serves the Murchison community. The Settlement is on the Carnarvon-Mullewa Road where there is an administration centre, staff housing, a roadhouse, which has fuel, take away food and emergency groceries, a caravan park and museum , five polo crosse fields, cricket pitch, floodlit tennis courts, childrens playground and horse stables. There is the Murchison Sportsmans Club where locals from the properties around gather for sporting events, family days, fund raising, workshops and meetings. There are events held regularly and at Christmas there is a Christmas tree and a get together. There are many natural attraction around the area, some easy to drive to whilst others may require a 4 wheel drive. People traveling in this area should make sure they have ample fuel, water and emergency equipment. And be advised that mobile phone services are not good and signal may not available in all areas. The climate is very warm with summer temperatures well over the 30 degree mark. The nearest school is Pia Wadjarri Remote Community School and all other students use distance education methods.
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Nov 18, 2009

"Wheat belt town with all amentities"

Narrogin is situated approx 192 km south east of Perth in the fertile wheat belt of Western Australia. Narrogin has every amenity needed for the 4,240 residents, including a modern fully equipped district hospital and medical centres with caring doctors and staff. There are also many allied health professionals and a good aged care program. The educational standard here is high with a senior high school, an agricultural college, residential College, Tafe campus and 3 primary schools as well as day care centres and kindergartens. Narrogin offers good shopping with supermarkets, specialty shops, restaurants, newsagents, banks with ATM’s as well as cafes and pubs etc. There are a number of galleries and arts and craft stores and markets on a regular basis. Narrogin has plenty to occupy the sports person with Little Athletics, football cricket, bowls, clay shooting, badminton, golf, netball, swimming, tennis as well as taekwondo, squash and equestrian clubs. The area as many playing fields, a great recreation centre with indoor heated pool. Getting to and from Narrogin is easy with a good highway and rail system.
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4/5
Nov 18, 2009

"Ideal suburb close to all amenities."

Midland is a suburb which is a 30 minute drive east of Perth CBD and is in the heart of the Swan valley wine district. The area has much to offer with both the Midland gate and Centrepoint shopping centres offering a large range of shops including major departments stores such as Kmart, Myer, Target etc, boutique stores and a myriad of specialty stores for all your needs as well as supermarkets and food courts. There is an 8 screen cinema in Midlands Gate. There are some outstanding secondary schools here namely La Salle College which is a co-ed school and caters for students from year 8 – 12. Governor Stirling Senior High School is another excellent high school and offers students special programs in sport, music language programs and other vocational areas. Midland has a number of good primary schools and pre primary and day care facilities as well. The district is well serviced by modern hospitals with up to date equipment and a number of medical centres offering all types of necessary services. Swan Hills Swimming Club is a large club and the clubroom is located in a newly renovated aquatic centre. There are also large playing fields, golf courses and a BMX track. Home prices have risen quite a bit but with a little shopping around a good home at a reasonable price can be found.
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babydoll
babydoll Are you kidding me? Get off this site, stop giving people false and misleading information about suburbs. U have no idea what your talking about do you? Midland is a terrible suburb, full of drugies and bogans. I refuse to drive past the area let alone live in it
May 23, 2012
progressor
progressor WOW say what you really think!
Jun 11, 2012
candy21
candy21 Its not actually that bad. It has great markets, shops, relaxed environment, good transport and when ever i go there i never have had a problem. Its all in your attitude.
Jun 26, 2012
booga
booga hahah babydoll is so funny love readin her .. i think its a her?
Aug 26, 2012
truthrighterrr
truthrighterrr Quite frankly I am sick and tired of people who are most likely real estate agents trying to sugar coat areas, unless you want to have to teach your kid MMA from a very young age or to have him/her become a drug user I really wouldnt recommend living here theres so many better places in perth for similar prices, midland isnt the place to be for a good beginning.
Dec 25, 2012
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4/5
Nov 18, 2009

"Close to many major towns"

Katanning is a three hour drive south east of Perth and is two hours from Albany. This beautiful area has everything to offer including your choice of schools with both state and catholic primary and high schools as well as kindergartens and pre schools. There is also a TAFE college at Katanning. There are a number of medical centres with allied health clinics as well. Katanning Health Service and Hospital has up to date equipment with fully trained experienced staff. There is home and community care and disability services. There are plenty of shops with supermarkets, specialty stores, tavern, chemists, etc. Sport is popular here with good sized playing fields, a leisure centre and a swimming centre for those hot summer days. Property prices are rising steadily although it is possible to still pick up a bargain. Rentals too are on the rise and are becoming more and scarcer. The area boasts some beautiful scenery and has many vineyards and wineries as well as galleries and arts and craft shops.
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Nov 18, 2009

"Northern suburb close to huge parklands."

Noranda is a leafy suburb 6 kms to the north of Perth. Close to Whiteman Park which is over 100 acres of bush, parklands and lakes ideal for barbeques and picnics, Noranda has some fine stately homes in the upper price range. The shopping facilities here are excellent with large centres offering everything from supermarkets and food courts to department and specialty stores and boutiques. There are excellent medical centres as well as your choice of hospital in the neighbouring suburbs. There are any number of allied health services such as physio and occupational therapists, optometrist, dentists etc. being so close to the city centre there is an unlimited choice of educational options both state and private with TAFE colleges nearby. Apart from Whiteman Park with its many features there are many playing fields, recreation centres and other sporting venues in Noranda and surrounding suburbs for your entertainment. There are also a number of cinemas, clubs and hotels with live entertainment and restaurants and cafes. The area has something to offer most people, those who prefer the suburbs as opposed to those who love a night on the town or a major shopping fix.
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4/5
Nov 18, 2009

"Northern town great for a sea change."

Denham is located in the Shark Bay area and is situated on the Peron Peninsula. Denham is famous for its prawns and has a large seafood industry although it was once a major pearling port. Denham is also the main administrative centre for the area. Many of the major attractions here are out of town with some being accessible only by 4 wheel drive but they are well worth it... Tourism is very big here and many of the town’s residents are employed in the tourist industry in some way. Getting to Denham is easy traveling on the 840 km sealed road from Perth or there are flights available several times a week. Coaches are also used both only by tourists but by many locals as well. Denham has motels, caravan parks and bed and breakfasts for the tourist and although property prices here are getting quite high due to all the area has to offer. There is a supermarket, specialty shops, fast food outlets as well as newsagents, chemist, souvenir shop etc. There are also a number of cafes and restaurants, a post office and several service stations. There is a good sized airport, boat ramps and jetties for the boatie and fisherman. Educational facilities are good with Shark Bay School catering for students from K-12.
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5/5
Nov 18, 2009

"Great area with plenty of surrounding towns."

Augusta is in the south west area of Western Australia, the region houses the most westerly point on Australia’s coastline and is a popular tourist destination 317 km south of Perth. Situated on the near the hardy Inlet the area boasts wonderful scenery, great surfing and fishing as well as other water sports and has many amenities for the local and tourist alike. There are over 40 wineries here famous for producing some fine wines. Augusta is serviced by a good well equipped hospital and medical centres as well as physiotherapists, chiropractors etc. There are plenty of shops with a good supermarket, specialty shops for most of your needs and a number of banks with ATM’s, newsagents, chemist etc. There are also arts and craft shops and galleries to visit or to display and sell your wares. Augusta has good educational facilities nearby with Augusta Primary school and a high school in Margaret River. TAFE colleges and university campus are all within easy reach. There are many sporting venues with playing fields, recreation centres, golf courses and swimming pools and a number of sporting clubs and association for you to join. Augusta is easy to reach by car via good roads and highways as well as by coach or the very efficient rail system.
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4/5
Nov 12, 2009

"Upmarket suburb with quality homes"

Situated in the northern inner suburbs Morley is approx 10 kms from the Perth CBD. Built in 1994 the Centro Galleria is the second biggest commercial shopping centre in Perth and features supermarkets, large department store such as Kmart, Myer and Target as well as around 227 specialty and boutique stores, a court and cinemas. Morley has some good restaurants as well as the usual multinational fast food outlets and local fish and chip and pizza shops. There are pre primary, primary and secondary schools both state and catholic and the area has some great sporting venues including a swimming pool, playing fields for numerous sports as well as AMF Bowling, rollerdome and many other sporting activities. Morley has a medical centre and is well serviced by several hospital is nearby suburbs. Because of the close proximity to the CBD the housing prices in Morley are quite high although the quality of housing is very high. Rental properties are scarce and prices tend to reflect the demand. Morley is not on a train line and commuting to the city is by bus, private transport or a drive to the near railway station some kilometers away.
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4/5
Nov 12, 2009

"Prestige area with many new estates"

Ascot is a popular suburb of Perth and is close to the Great eastern Highway. Ascot is well known for its horse racing track and many horse racing meets are held here including the Autumn Cup. This is a very upmarket area and is surrounded by luxury homes and prestige units and townhouses all of which are quite expensive. There are many schools here ranging from pre primary to secondary and you have the choice of state, catholic or private. Apart from horse racing there are many sporting venues including indoor recreatio0n centres, go kart and motor cycling, tennis, golf etc. as well as playing fields for numerous sports with many clubs and associations offering membership and coaching. Ascot boasts some good shopping facilities and being so close to Perth there is no end of nightlife. There are good medical facilities by way of medical centres and hospital all within easy reach. Ascot is a great place for young career minded singles and business executives.
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4/5
Nov 08, 2009

"Get away from it all."

Want to get away from the rat race but still be with in easy reach of a major centre? Yanchep is 45 kms north of Perth and is joined to the town of Two Rocks here there are some beautiful unspoilt beaches and is near Yanchep National Park with its unique vegetation and wildlife. There are also caves and Aboriginal heritage sites. Locals and visitors to the area can also enjoy swimming, fishing, bushwalking and diving etc. there are some good restaurants here and a café as well as shopping facilities for your basic needs and being so close to the major shopping centres in Perth is a definite bonus when in need of major retail therapy. There is a pre primary to secondary school and medical facilities are close at hand. Being out of the city environment you will find Yanchep a very friendly and community minded place and real estate prices her are moderate for both rental and purchases. Many people use this area as a weekend or holiday destination and are in awe of those lucky enough to live here permanently.
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4/5
Nov 08, 2009

"Friendly area with good facilities."

Located 940 km north of Perth, Carnarvon is well known for its bananas, seafood and tropical fruits and has a very warm tropical climate and so is also prone to cyclones during the summer season. Carnarvon has good medical facilities with a medical centre and well appointed hospital. There are pre primary, primary and secondary schools both state and catholic, a TAFE college and is serviced by School of the Air. The town has an airport and good roads. Supermarkets, specialty and boutique stores are plentiful with everything you could need at your finger tips. There are numerous sporting venues with a recreations centre, oval, playing fields and courts a swimming pool and skate park and has many clubs and associations to join. The apart from horticulture the town is also known for salt and gypsum mining at Lake McLeod some 65 km north of the town. The Fishing Industry is also alive and well at Carnarvon. Real estate bargains can be found.
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4/5
Nov 08, 2009
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5/5
Nov 08, 2009

"Beach side suburb with great amenities but a little too expensive to buy."

8 kms west of Perth CBD, City Beach is a coastal suburb and the area which is made up of several sections and has two popular beaches, Floreat Beach and City Beach itself. Many major surf carnivals are held here and there is great surfing for all with certain sections of the beaches suitable for different levels of surfer. There are public toilets, kiosks and restaurants handy as well as children’s playgrounds. Being a major coastal centre so close the city real estate prices are extremely high with many prestige properties. Rentals too are priced at the high end of the market with supply and demand forcing these properties upward. There is plenty of shopping here and there are major shopping centres in Perth. Education wise there are pre primary, primary and secondary schools, both state and private as well as TAFE colleges and university campuses all in close proximity. There is no end of sporting facilities with venues for most sports, playing fields and of course many water sports with windsurfing and kite surfing being very popular during the summer months.
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4/5
Nov 06, 2009

"Handy to everything and easy commute."

Greenwood in a suburb in the northern area of Perth and is with easy distance to the CBD and is well serviced by public transport including rail and bus lines. There is no end of shopping options with large stores and specialty shops as well as supermarkets, convenience stores, service stations etc. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes as well as takeaway food outlets with the usual multinational fast food chains within a short distance of each other. There are pre primary and daycare centres, primary and secondary schools both state and catholic catering for students right through schools and there are TAFE colleges and universities close by. There are a number of medical centres and numerous hospitals in surrounding suburbs. Sporting activities such as swimming, little athletics, team sports, tennis and football etc are all played at the many sporting venues dotted around the area, with sporting clubs and associations plentiful. Real estate prices are within reach of most people if you are prepared to buy at the lower end of the market. Moderately priced rental properties can be found and bargains are always available to those with a good rental history.
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5/5
Nov 06, 2009

"Great community spirit and ideal for families."

Armadale is an outer suburb of Perth and is only 28 kms from the CBD of Perth. Many people commute to the city for work using a very good public transport system of rail and bus lines as well as driving in private vehicles. Depending on the type of work you do there are also many employment opportunities in Armadale itself as the area is large and continues strong growth. Armadale has many sporting venues including an aquatic centre, playing fields for most sports, an indoor recreation centre with gym, and courts for netball basketball etc. There is a BMX track located nearby as well as a skate park. There are numerous clubs and associations operating in the area. Armadale is a very family orientated area and there are lots of parks and reserves for family picnics and BBQ’s with children’s play areas. There are Pre primary, primary and secondary state and private schools in this area and Armadale is serviced by the Armadale –Kelmscott Memorial Hospital and there are several medical centres. Home prices have risen and are now quite expensive. Rental market is stable and prices are higher than one would expect. Plenty of shopping available with large centre with supermarkets variety stores boutique and specialty stores.
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4/5
Nov 06, 2009

"Fast growing agricultural area."

Dardanup is approx a 15 minute drive from Bunbury and is located 200kms from Perth. On the edge if the scenic Ferguson Valley, Dardanup is a fertile faming area and is well known for its cattle. This is a very fast growing region with many people moving here both from Perth as well as from the eastern states, great infrastructure and friendly people make this a very alluring place to settle or retire. There are plenty of shopping facilities in Dardanup with supermarkets and specialty shops in the town plus the larger centres in Bunbury. Educational facilities are good here with pre primary and primary state schools as well as a catholic school. Bunbury or Australind High Schools are nearby for secondary students as well as Tafe colleges. Bunbury hospital is nearby and is modern and well equipped. and there are medical centres in Dardanup. This town has a number of sporting venues, with associations and sporting clubs for most sports. Naturally in an area such as this there are rock pools, the river with sandy beaches and numerous fishing spots. Bush walking in also a popular pass time. Property prices as well as rentals have risen sharply in recent years but there are bargains available at both ends of the market for the serious buyer.
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4/5
Nov 06, 2009

"Satellite suburb of Bunbury with plenty of good features"

Australind is bordered by Leschenault Inlet and the Collie River and is only 10km north of the major centre of Bunbury and is 165kms south of Perth. The town is a satellite type suburb of Bunbury and being in such close proximity has all the amenities of Bunbury on hand yet offers everything you could want in the way of shopping, with the large Australind Village Shopping Centre which has many specialty and boutique style stores as well as a Coles Supermarket. There are numerous sporting venues covering a myriad of sports and there are numerous local sporting clubs and associations. There are five primary schools in Australind including a catholic primary school. Australind High School was officially opened in 1987 and caters for high school students to year 12. There are medical centres here and the area is serviced by Bunbury District Hospital. With the river and the inlet being so close water sports are popular and the fishing is quite good. Australind is a community minded area is spite of the fact that it has grown rather rapidly and continues to do so.
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Wuff australind has so many different pockets, that is what makes so different and caters for all types of lifestyles from semi rural at the meadow landing, Leschenault end to close to centre of Bunbury with River access in Clifton Park with every thing in between. Good high school, and lots of primary school options both public and private. Clifton Park even has its own school. Strangely the Bunbury Golf Club is in Australind-that's how good it is!
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3/5
Nov 06, 2009

"Mining town with great community spirit"

Newman is 1186 kms from Perth and is in the Pilbara region. This is a mining town and relies heavily from this industry for it economy. The town is rather modern and despite its desert location has been ‘beautified’ by the mining company with the planting and care of thousands of shrubs. With a population of around 5000 Newman serves two mines and has an excellent shopping centre with supermarkets and specialty stores for all your needs and there are restaurants and tavern serving good meals at affordable prices. There is a primary and secondary school in Newman as well as a catholic college which caters for students from K -12 and there is a pre primary and child care facilities. The town has a medical centre and fully equipped modern hospital. There is plenty to do in the way of sport with many local clubs and associations using the golf course, swimming pool, playing fields for most sports and the tennis courts. As with many other towns in W.A. lately, property prices have gone up and are now at the same level as the eastern states. Rental prices too have risen but shopping around could find you a bargain.
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westaussie Sorry pah123 but you have lead people up the road with your comment. Having lived locally in Newman for over 6 years you are way off base. to set people straight Newman is nothing like the above comment except that it is a long way from Perth and driven by the mining sector. It is a dirty dusty hot place to live with temperatures over 40 degrees every day for 6 months of the year. There is one small shopping centre with a Woolworths, pharmacy, Bankwest, Sky building society, Rockmans, a coffee shop (currently closed), subway & chicken treat and a Chinese shop for takeaway and a Retravision. There are two primary schools and a high school, no catholic college. 2 daycare centres which will cost you tour entire wage. Eating out is expensive as is a trip to the doctors if you can get an appointment with one of the two doctors servicing over 8000 people. The hospital requires an upgrade and the community complains about this constantly. If anything major happens you will be flown to Port Hedland. There is also a large FIFO community which should be considered in your decisions in moving to a mining town as this community of people impacts on the local community services with additional pressure which in turn drives up prices on everything. This is a town where people come for one reason and that is the $$$ so don't expect a warm fuzzy community vibe. While some people try to make the most of it others are more interested in gossiping and bringing everyone else down around them. It is good while your kids are young but there is nothing for teenagers to do and they can often go astray through boredom. Education standards are well below the national average at all schools which can be seen on the myschool website.
Feb 20, 2012
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kala1 hi i have read your comment and have some questoins, My partner and i are looking at come there as he has been offered a good job, We currently live in a tiny town in gove NT, how ever want a change, I just wanted to no if there are many things to do here on your days of for a young couple with no kids. We are looking for good friends BBQ's and camping and also the acasonal road trip. i just want to no if its going to much like here, were you find yourself bored on your days of with no were to go and nothing to do but drink :S lol
please help me with some insite because i dont want to make a bad move for our relationship. And thanks for the Honest comment.
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2/5
Nov 02, 2009

"Mining town in the middle of nowhere"

Nullagine is a town virtually in the middle of the desert being 1364 km northwest of Perth and is located 110 km south of Marble Bar and 200 kms from Newman. First settled during the goldrush the town is still famous for gold nuggets and is also a great base for four wheel drive destinations with Carrawine Gorge, Skull Springs, and Running Waters within a day’s drive. There is some good fishing around these areas and camping is permitted. Nulligine does not have a lot of real estate to purchase and does not have much to offer the local resident. There is a roadhouse which supplies fuel and oil etc as well as groceries, is an agent for the Commonwealth Bank, has an ATM, and also serves takeaway food and cold drinks. The town has a primary school and also relies on School of the Air. Medically, there is a community health service and is serviced by the Royal Flying Doctor Service. The climate is very warm during the day but being in a desert area night time temps in winter can drop dramatically.
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Nov 02, 2009

"Not a place for city folks"

Paraburdoo is a town which was built in the late 1960’s to house the miners working at the Hammersley Mine. The town is approximately 1556 kms from Perth and 79 kms from Tom Price. Most of the residents here are employed either by the mine or work to support workers from the mine. The population is around 1600 and the town has its own airport 8 km from the town centre. The climate is variable with highs in the 40’s and lows dropping to single figures. Rainfall too is variable especially in cyclone season. There is not a lot of real estate for sale here and what there is can be quite expensive given the area and rentals can be very scarce as well. Paraburdoo has both a primary and a secondary school as well as pre primary, day care centre and a TAFE college. There is a good medical centre and is also serviced by the Royal Flying Doctor Service. The town has shopping facilities to cater for all your needs including a supermarket, pharmacy, hairdresser, newsagency, bottle shop, hardware store, clothing store etc. There are sporting venues including a swimming pool, tennis courts, netball, cricket and football fields.
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3/5
Nov 01, 2009

"Mining town with plenty of amenities"

Tom Price is a large mining centre situated in the Pilbara region and 400kms from Port Headland. Most of the people here are involved in the mining industry or associated services in some way. The Tom Price Visitors Information centre is very large and can provide lots of information regarding the area, travel, tours, permits etc. and there is ample accommodation options for the visitor. There are plenty of shops for retail therapy with department stores, supermarket chains, and specialty and boutique stores. The town is well serviced by medical centres, allied health professionals and a modern well equipped hospital and several pharmacies. Educational needs are well catered for with a choice of pre primary, primary and secondary schools as well as a TAFE college. Tom Price is big on sport with great playing fields, running tracks, swimming pools, tennis courts etc and a large indoor recreation centre. There are plenty of entertainment venues with numerous clubs and pubs as well as restaurants and cafes. Real estate prices are still very affordable in the area as are rentals which are slightly more scarce. The Karijini National park is just outside town and there are some amazing park tours available as well as trips to the Hamersley Iron Mine.
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cgreen Pah123 not one of your descriptions are correct please stop commenting.
Tom Price is still very much a mining town, but with the most "community" spirit you will find. The facilities described are just wrong. Do some more research instead of reading these stupid reviews
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4/5
Nov 01, 2009

"Long way from Perth but has everything you need."

Karratha is located between Exmouth and Port headland and is approx 1557 kms north of Perth. The climate here is very tropical with a monsoon and cyclone season. Karratha is a large town and is the main administration centre for many businesses and government departments in the Pilbara area. There is a very large shopping centre here with department stores, supermarkets, specialty and boutique stores as well as a food court. Sporting facilities here are numerous with most sports being catered for. There is a large recreations centre, swimming pool, tennis courts, golf course and bowling greens as well as playing fields for many sports. There are sporting clubs and associations to join as well. The fishing here is great and many people also enjoy snorkeling, and diving or just lazing on the beautiful beaches. Visiting the Millstream-Chichester National park is a great day out with pools, forestry and historical sites. Karratha has primary and secondary schools both state and private as well as a TAFE college and a campus of Curtain University. Property prices have risen and can be a little on the expensive side given the towns distance from the capital, yet bargains are always there to be had. Karratha has a good medical centre, a modern hospital and many allied health professionals.
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3/5
Nov 01, 2009

"Interesting place but miles from nowhere"

Situated in the Kimberly region, Wyndham is WA’s most northerly town and is an important port. The town has around 800 residents and has some amazing scenery. The port plays an important role for the handling of export cattle, nitrate used in the Argyle Diamond mines as well as fuels and other goods leaving and entering the Kimberley. Real estate prices here are average and still affordable by most people although rentals are scarce. There is good shopping with supermarkets, convenience stores etc. the town has a district school which caters for students from K-12 as well as a catholic school and a TAFE campus. There is a medical centre and a local hospital. Wyndham has an indoor recreation centre, public swimming pool and a golf course as well as playing fields and a number of sporting clubs and associations. There are many spectacular sights around this area including El Questro Station, Diggers rest station and the Parry Creek Wildlife Reserve. The climate here is very tropical with a monsoon season each summer and cyclones possible during cyclone season.
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Nov 01, 2009

"Very hot and dusty"

Marble bar has the reputation of being known as the hottest place in Australia and is situated 218 kms south east of Port Headland. This town’s name comes from the early settlers who mistook the jasper in the area for a large bar of marble. Marble Bar has a small population of around 500 and is basically a mining town with gold, tin, ore jade, zinc etc still being mined here. There are many old building dating back to the early settlement and gold rush days. The town has a supermarket, a few assorted specialty shops and convenience stores for you needs and has licensed restaurants, café and of course a hotel for a cold beer as well as a seafood treat at the Travellers Stop. Play a round of golf or take a dip in the local swimming pool to cool off. There are some good playing fields in Marble bar for a variety of sports. Chinaman’s pool is a great spot for a picnic. The town also has a post office, visitor information centre, motel and backpacker accommodation. Real estate prices here are moderate but rental accommodation is scarce. This hot arid town is generally comfortable from April through winter to the middle of September
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ally18 I'm sorry to report that your facts are either outdated or incorrect. I live in the Pilbara and I know for a fact that Marble Bar does not have all of those amenities you have listed. There is no backpacker accommodation nor any cafe's. However, it is still a charming place to visit and a beer in the Iron Clad Hotel is highly recommended. I quite often visit Marble Bar and it's great for a family picnic afternoon in the cooler months.
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Nov 01, 2009

"Friendly town but quite small"

Wyalkatchem is located in the wheat belt approx 200 kms north east of Perth. The area is renowned for some amazing displays of wildflowers and the town itself is a small friendly community with a population of around 500 residents. Basically an agricultural area Wyalkatchem is accessible by road and air and has good amenities available. There are district schools which cater for students from Kindy to year 12 with many extra courses being available. There is plenty of sporting activities to keep you busy including swimming, golf, bowls etc and playing fields which cater for a number of other sports. Hang Gliding is very popular with many hang gliders coming to the area especially when the championships are being held in late January or early February each year. There is a supermarket and other shops that cater for your needs as well as a hotel, and a caravan park. Wyalkatchem has a good medical centre and district hospital. Being such a small community there is not a lot of real estate for sale although some good block of land are available at very good prices to build your dream home.
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4/5
Nov 01, 2009

"Pilbara town with lots of passing trade."

Roebourne is located in the Pilbara regions and is about 1,563 kms from Perth and only 200 kms from Port Headland. With a population of just over 1,100 Roebourne is the gateway to many National parks in the inland regions, caters for many tourists and as it is on the main highway this town services all the passing traffic. Roebourne has a district school which caters for student from Kindy to year 12. The town has a TAFE campus a telecentre and a well stocked library. There is a medical centre and a district hospital as well as a supermarket and some specialty stores for all basic needs. Other services are only 40 km away in Karratha. Roebourne offers good fishing, swimming and camping as well as canoeing, rowing and windsurfing. There are numerous playing fields, a golf course and swimming pool. For sightseeing there is a scenic drive or plenty of bushwalking trails. There is not a great deal of residential property on the market here although there are some good sized block available at fairly reasonable prices. It is wise to keep in mind the climate in the area as it is tropical with a dry arid interior. Coastal areas are prone to cyclones in the summer season.
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4/5
Nov 01, 2009

"Great wine growing area close to Margaret River"

Situated only a few minutes drive north of Margaret River, Cowaramup is in a wine growing area which produces some world class wines. Each year in November sees Cowaramup host the Margaret River Wine Festival that attracts many visitors. This is a busy little town with lots to see and do and there are many arts and craft shops for your enjoyment as well as restaurants, cafes and places to sample some of the great wines. There is a supermarket and some specialty shops and being so close to Margaret River you will find everything you need close by. Being close to the coast there are plenty of water sports to indulge in like snorkeling, swimming, fishing and diving. For the land lovers there are playing fields etc as well as cultural activities. Visit the many galleries here and see good painting, sculptures and woodwork. This agricultural area has a local primary school and with a high school and several private schools 5 minutes away in Margaret River. There are good medical facilities here with a district hospital as well as a medical centre. Real estate prices are moderate but climbing slowly and rentals are still affordable for most families and singles.
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Oct 27, 2009

"Important northern port but quite isolated"

Dampier is 16.5 Kms from Karratha, 1550 kms north of Perth and is a large industrial port on the Dampier Archipelago. Exports from here include natural gas, iron ore, salt and petrochemicals. Most of the area outside the main centre is national park or owned by the local aboriginal people and as such is to be respected. Dampier has plenty of shops for all basic needs as well as being able to service the tourist with accommodation, dive shops charters etc. There are a number of schools both primary and secondary, state and private. Dampier has a medical centre and hospital with up to date facilities. Real estate is at a premium here with not a lot for sale although apartments can be purchased in the resort and there are often a few homes on the market but be prepared for the price tag. Apart from work, water based activities dominate here as Dampier beach has ocean pool barbeque facilities with picnic table, etc. There is a boat ramp and a sailing club right on the water front. Tourism is a growing industry here with many people finding work in the seasonal hospitality industry. This area has a tropical climate and is very hot in summer with cyclone not uncommon. Winter in Dampier is mild and many southerners head up here to escape the southern winter.
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Oct 27, 2009

"Not much to offer."

Walkaway is situated near Geraldton and is on the Greenough River. This is a small community and there is not much to the town. There is a primary school here with an attached preschool but students have to travel to nearby Geraldton to attend high school. There same applies to medical facilities with a trip to Geraldton a must to seek medical advice or attention. Walkaway is serviced by a general store and of course there is the Walkaway Tavern. There are several places of interest around town such as the Walkaway Station Museum which has a souvenir shop and of all things a tennis club. All in all the town does not have a lot to offer yet to some people this may be bliss and add to that the very affordable housing prices here and the towns close proximity to Geraldton and the great countryside it may be just the place to get away from it all.
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Oct 27, 2009

"Not much in the way of a town"

Witchcliffe is just south of Margaret River on the Bussell Highway. The town has a small population of around 400 and is well known for its wineries. The area is basically a southern suburb of Margaret River as such has only minimal facilities listed. For all medical attention Margaret River has the medical centres and hospital. There are numerous schools in the area and again have Margaret River addresses but are in close proximity to Witchcliffe. There is a service station here for fuel supplies, a post office and several specialty shops selling convenience items. Many visitors come to Witchcliffe to see the caves and this area has over 40 of them and those people wishing to stay overnight in the area can stay at one of the B&B’s in Witchcliffe. The town is also important to the Bureau of Meteorology as the climate is measured here and weather patterns passed on the Margaret River. The town is growing slowly and there is not much in the way of real estate here but might be worth watching for the future.
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Oct 27, 2009

"Friendly town with modern facilities"

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Located in the south west area of the state Manjimup is 307 kms from Perth. The area is has good water supplies and fertile soils ideal for agriculture. Manjimup has a population of over 5,000 and has excellent facilities including a great shopping centre with supermarkets, specialty shops for all your requirements. The town relies on industries such as timber and farming as well as fruit and vegetable products with walnuts being a leader. There are primary and secondary schools here both state and catholic and there are also preschools and day care centres. The town is well serviced by good medical centres and a well equipped district hospital. Transport to and from Manjimup is easy these days and the town has an airport as well. Dining out is a pleasure with many restaurants, cafes and wineries and well as several clubs. The area has good sporting facilities with playing fields, indoor heated pool, motocross tracks and a splendid golf course. Buying property in Manjimup is very affordable with prices for a three bedroom home well below $500K and many bargains are around for the serious buyer. Rentals are a good alternative with price well with most budgets.
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jasadu
jasadu Think you may need to update your review as the town is dying with no speciality shops but lots of empty ones. No restaurants with the only decent one closing its doors from ohyes thats right a lack of local support and no tourism. Good doctors??? You can no longer get to see one in Manjimup. Don't give people false ideas about this town its not fair to them.
Feb 04, 2012
manjilocal
manjilocal jasadu - If you are referring to the restaurant we think you are, the media have made out that it was lack of local support and tourism that was the driving force. That is certainly not the case... there are more than enough tourists frequenting the region, and the locals were definitely supportive. We know FOR A FACT that this was not the reason behind it's closure, so get your facts right.
Doctors, yes there arent enough in town, but how many towns in country Australia not just WA, have doctor shortages? Drive to Perth if you must. We too, are a young "vibrant" family as you refer to yourselves as, and we have never had an issue getting in to see a doctor.
Feb 12, 2012
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4/5
Oct 24, 2009

"Growing town with moderate house prices."

Pemberton is only a 4 hour drive south of Perth and in “Karri Country”. Here the Karri tree “Eucalyptus Diversicolor” is found and it is the largest tree on earth. The main industry here is still timber and farming although the wine industry now supports many people, with trades and retail as well. Pemberton is slightly inland with a 57 km drive to the coast (shorter if you have a 4WD). The town has a Post office, hardware store, supermarket, specialty shops and a general store but for larger purchases Manjimup is only a 25 km drive and offers good shopping with larger department stores. Pemberton has a state school which caters for student from Kindy right through to year 10 as well as a catholic school and a Telecentre with Tafe facilities. There is a medical centre and a relatively new hospital with up to date equipment. Sport is a big pass time here with many playing fields for different sports and there is a heated swimming pool in Manjimup. There are a number of cafes, takeaway food outlets and several restaurants in town as well as wineries to visit. Real estate prices are moderate so there are often good bargains but with growing tourism prices are set in increase.
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4/5
Oct 24, 2009

"Small fishing village with roaring tourist trade"

Lancelin is located 94 kms north of Perth and is a small coastal fishing town well known for its water sports and many tourists come to the town for snorkeling as there are many reefs as well as shipwrecks to explore. There is a thriving rock lobster industry here with the bay providing safe anchorage. Lancelin is known as the gateway to a dive trail which is known internationally. The area is also popular with international windsurfers. Apart from the Rock Lobster Industry the town is also supported by the growing tourist industry and many new businesses are opening up. There is a supermarket and specialty shops, a hotel, accommodation for tourists, including backpackers and a number of cottages, restaurants and takeaway food outlets, a swimming pool and other sporting venues, as well as a local police station, post office and petrol station. There is both a primary and a secondary school here for the children’s educational needs and there is a small medical centre with one doctor, but no hospital and the nearest is at nearby Moora. Real estate varies in price with many taking advantage of the growing tourist trade which is lifting prices in the small town.
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4/5
Oct 24, 2009

"Ideal centre away from it all yet close enough."

Kalamunda can be found east of Perth about 25 kms away from the CBD and encompasses a large shire with over 50,000 residents scattered over several towns. There is a state forest here and is a beautiful spot. The town its self boasts everything you could need with good medical centres with GP’s and allied health professionals, and a well equipped district hospital. There are some good shopping facilities with supermarkets as well as specialty shops, convenience stores, banks, chemists etc. Kalamunda has numerous sporting fields for cricket, football hockey etc and indoor recreation centres that cater for sports such as netball, basketball, gymnastics and group fitness. There is also a swimming pool and golf courses scattered around the area. Kalamunda has primary and secondary schools both state and private as well as preschools and daycare centres. As Kalamunda is close to Perth and all facilities of a large city, property prices tend to be higher than in many regional centres and prices are now starting to climb to match those of many eastern centres. Rentals too are on the increase but still affordable especially is you are moving from one of the eastern states Of course bargains are always there to be had.
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4/5
Oct 24, 2009

"Large town with good facilities"

Located 285 kms east of Perth, Merredin is the largest town in the central wheat belt area and has everything for the local and tourist alike. The town has preschools and child care centres as well as primary schools and secondary schools and a TAFE Campus. The district is serviced by several medical centres and allied health professionals and has a fully upgraded district hospital with modern equipment. Merredin being such a large town has many government agencies and is a major administration centre for the Central Wheat belt. The town has a good rail and road transport system with regular services to Perth. Naturally with any town this size there is good shopping with many specialty shops as well as supermarkets etc with banks, ATM’s , restaurants and takeaway food available. There is an ever increasing interest in sport and Merredin has many playing fields and recreation venues for sports such as football, hockey, cricket, golf, squash, swimming, rifle range and areo club to name a few. Housing prices in Merredin are very good with regular growth and are still affordable for most people with some bargains still available. The rental market offers people a chance to get to know the area and look for a good property to purchase.
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4/5
Oct 24, 2009

"Close enough to Perth to commute"

Northam is about an hour and a half drive north west of Perth and is in the Avon Valley. Located on the banks of the Avon River the area has fertile land and is used extensively for agriculture. There are many wineries in the area as well and some great wines come from Northam. The town is a major administration centre for the area and has everything you could need. There are good shopping facilities in the town with supermarkets and specialty shops, banks to ATM’s and some great restaurants, cafes takeaway food outlets. There are hotels and taverns for your entertainment some of which offer good economical meals. Northam has modern medical centres and a fully equipped hospital. In Northam you have a choice of educational facilities with state, religious and private, primary and secondary schools. Home prices and rentals in the area are very reasonable and given the close proximity to Perth and the easy train commute to the capital it makes the area very appealing. There are plenty of sporting activities to get involved with here including cycling, swimming, basketball, football, cricket, netball etc. There are numerous playing fields and indoor recreation centre. The town has a great community spirit with many community based activities held at regular intervals.
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4/5
Oct 21, 2009

"Family orientated centre close to Perth"

Wanneroo is a 30 min drive north of Perth and only 15 min from Jundalup and is a commercial and industrial area with many businesses. The area offers some great sporting facilities including an indoor aquatic centre, golf course, large indoor sports stadium, as well as tennis courts, skate park and BMX tracks. Wanneroo has very good medical facilities with several medical centres a hospital and allied health professionals. There is a choice of schools with state, catholic and private schools both primary and secondary. Renting a property in Wanneroo is becoming quite expensive but the quality is very good with very modern properties for rent. Housing prices are creeping up as well but once again there is a choice of quality with newer homes available. There are good restaurants and plenty of entertainment in the area and being so close to Perth there is always plenty to do. People in this area are friendly and Wanneroo is a very family orientated suburb with a good climate and plenty of room to grow.
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4/5
Oct 21, 2009

"Old suburb close to Perth"

Guildford is a suburb of Perth about 14 kms from the CBD. Guildford is as old as Perth and Fremantle and is an inland port. Many of the building are very old with shops with old verandahs still in use today and the whole suburb has been heritage listed. Given the close proximity to the capital there is a good chance you will find employment in any number of fields and there is a good transport system for those who wish to commute by public transport. Guildford is surrounded by good schools both primary and secondary, state and private and is close to TAFE Colleges and universities. There are plenty of sporting and recreation venues including golf courses, playing fields and recreation centres. There is no shortage of medical centres and allied health professionals, with dentists etc all close. There is plenty to do in Guildford with some great restaurants, hotels with live entertainment as well as all the cultural activities in Perth. Being close to Perth the property prices have risen in recent years and almost reflect those of the eastern states. Rental properties are climbing in value as well but with good employment it is not an issue.
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4/5
Oct 21, 2009

"Friendly town with plenty to do."

Collie is located 200km south of Perth and but is 60 kms inland from the coast. Collie is well known for the mining industry here and since 1994 all mining is open cut method. Mining, manufacturing and agriculture are the main industries here as well as a growing tourist trade. Collie has warm to hot summers with cold crisp winters producing many misty mornings. There is also quite a lot of cold rain here during winter. Collie boasts a few large shopping centres with supermarkets, specialty stores including camping and sports stores, gift and clothing including boutique style stores. There are banks with ATM facilities, newsagents and chemists etc. There are also many weekend markets selling arts and crafts as well as fresh locally grown produce. There are some really good restaurants as well as pubs serving counter meals and of course there are always fast food outlets. Collie has several pre schools and primary schools and a high school and TAFE College. There are plenty of sporting groups and associations to join and there is a swimming pool, playing fields and a recreation centre as well as many natural activities such as bush walking, canoeing, white water rafting, fishing and waterskiing. Real estate in the area is quite reasonable as are rental properties.
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4/5
Oct 20, 2009

"Ideal town to take it easy in."

Bridgetown is about a 2 ½ - 3 hour drive south from Perth and is on the banks of the Blackwood River. The main industry here is forestry as well as a mineral company which has an open cut and underground mine as well as operating a mineral processing plant at nearby Greenbushes and employs about 300 people. Bridgetown has a good medical centre as well as a district hospital. There are also dentists, physiotherapists and a pharmacy. The town has a state and a catholic primary school as well as a high school which caters for students to year 10. There is a school bus which takes older students in the high school in Manjumup to complete their studies. There is a supermarket, butchers etc plus some smaller specialty shops in the town as well as a hotel. There is a swimming pool which is open during the summer months and other sports include golf, bowls, tennis and croquet. There are a number of bush trails for the bush walker. Bridgetown Jarrah Park is a great place for a family picnic with barbeques and picnic tables as well as toilet facilities. Buying a home in Bridgetown is still within reach of the average family.
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Emmaline
Emmaline There is no dentist in Bridgetown. The closest dentist (and Optometrist) is 45 minutes away in Manjimup.
Nov 16, 2009
shoegal
shoegal I'm with PAH123 in saying I am glad to live in Bridgetown, and feel glad to have found my home.
Dec 09, 2009
Sheddles
Sheddles I've never heard of anyone taking 45 minutes to drive the 35km to Manjimup. I drive from 10km south of Manjimup (where I live) to Bridgetown (where I work) every day and it takes me 35mins driving steadily. It's a lovely straight drive and only 20-25mins between the two towns. I would say a lot of people in the city would travel 20-25 mins to visit a dentist twice a year, wouldn't you?
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4/5
Oct 20, 2009

"Relaxed town but catching up fast."

Harvey is a slightly inland community being 42 km from the coast and situated 140 kms south of Perth. Harvey has a laid back relaxed atmosphere. The people in this town are very friendly and helpful. Harvey is a mixture of lush green farming areas, clean unspoilt beaches, large jarrah tress, a maze of shops and galleries as well as many wineries. Harvey has all the facilities you would need including some fine medical centres with GP’s as well as allied health professionals and public hospitals. There is a choice of state, catholic and private primary and secondary schools as well as a fully equipped to TAFE Colleges etc. There is a local bus service that also acts as a school bus service that enables users to travel not only around Harvey but also into Bunbury, 50 kms away. TransWA services run to Perth regularly. There is a population which is now in excess of 5,000 residents and real estate prices, although still affordable, are on the increase, as to is the rental market with few properties for rent and also at a higher price. Harvey is still an amazing place for families with everything close at hand.
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5/5
Oct 20, 2009

"Great place with plenty to do."

Rockingham is just under 50 kms south of Perth and has a large population of around 90,000 in the Rockingham Shire. There are many industries in this area including forestry, agriculture, fishing, tourism and hospitality as well as the nickel refinery. There are also many wineries with great cellar door sales. Apart from the normal coastal activities such as swimming, snorkeling and fishing, there are numerous walks, galleries to see and the WA Water Ski Park. For those who enjoy nature and conservation the Naragebup Environmental Centre is open 6 days a week. There is a large shopping centre at Rockingham offering shops of all descriptions from supermarkets to boutiques as well as a food court. As with everywhere these days there are numerous takeaway food outlets and a good selection of restaurants of all descriptions. There is a wide variety of educational choices including state, religious and private primary and secondary schools as well as the Murdoch University Rockingham Campus and a TAFE College. There are various preschools and child care centres. Medical facilities are exceptional and real estate in varied but prices are increasing as fast as the population.
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5/5
Oct 20, 2009

"Environmentally aware community"

Kwinana is in between Fremantle and Rockingham on the West Australian Coast. This town is very environmentally aware and has a large contingent of Coastcare supporters. Kwinana has much to offer with employment being often available at the Alcoa Kwinana refinery or the Kwinana Power Station which can use three fuels, coal, gas or oil to run. Kwinana is also an important port second only to Fremantle. The town offers some great facilities including the recquatic centre which not only offers swimming, coaching and water based activities but also has a gym, Pilates, yoga, netball soccer, badminton etc and has a cafe. The Golf club welcomes new members for competition as well as social and there are many other sporting activities available. Kwinana offers good medical facilities as well as great shopping centres, a library, a choice of primary and secondary schools as daycare centres. There is plenty of art and culture in the town with displays, galleries, photography and plays. Home prices are very reasonable with some really good bargains to be had and rental properties offer the renter fair and realistic accommodation. This town has some very friendly people who care not only for the area but the community in general.
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4/5
Oct 20, 2009

"Important Port City with High Price Tage"

With a population of over 26,000 Fremantle is about 20 kms from Perth and is at the mouth to the swan River. Fremantle is an important port city used for large exports of commodities to overseas buyers. Fremantle has everything you would expect in a city of this magnitude, large fully air conditioned shopping centres, preschools primary and secondary schools including state, catholic and private and is the main campus for the University of Notre Dame. There are many galleries, museums and historic heritage listed buildings to see. There is sporting clubs and venues of all descriptions to suit most and is home to the Fremantle Dockers AFL Football Club. There are many good medical centres and allied health professionals and Freemantle is well serviced by the Fremantle Hospital which is also a teaching hospital. Fremantle has a local bus service, a service to Perth as well as rail services. The Fremantle Airport Shuttle Service ferry people from Fremantle to the airport in Perth. As with any large city so close to the capital property prices tend to be higher than other more regional centres and Fremantle is no different and the WA prices are fast catching up with the eastern states.
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4/5
Oct 20, 2009

"Residential area great for families"

Eaton is only about 6 kms North West of Bunbury CBD and in fact Eaton is a like a suburb of Bunbury. Eaton sits on the banks of the Collie River and has a great hinterland of rich green farming land. Eaton is a very residential area with some great housing options available at reasonable prices with rental properties equally affordable. There are good shopping facilities in Eaton with a Woolworths Supermarket, many specialty shops as well as hairdressers and convenience stores etc. There are some really good restaurants nearby as well as service stations and hotels. Eaton is a family orientated area with children and adults alike being involved in a variety of sports. There are two good golf courses nearby, boat ramps and ideal fishing. The Glen Huon Oval is also at Eaton. There is a local bus service which has many routes in services into Bunbury and school bus service as well. Education in Eaton is serviced by the Eaton Community College which caters for students in both primary and secondary and is opposite the Glen Huon Primary School. Eaton has grown dramatically over the past few years and shows no signs of slowing down. Great area for families to settle.
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3/5
Oct 19, 2009

"Growing community within the Kalgoorlie -Boulder area"

Boulder is just south of Kalgoorlie and was always a separate town, then in 1989 the two merged to be called Kalgoorlie- Boulder. Boulder still has its own Post Office though and for that matter post code and has most of its uniqueness. Boulder still has facilities called Boulder this and Boulder that such as Boulder primary school, Boulder Caravan Park etc. Living in the area has really only gone ahead and being joined to Kalgoorlie has had many advantages. One of the most well known streets in boulder is Burt St and there are many heritage listed building here some are still operating, especially the hotels! Boulder has some good shopping, schools and playing fields with the Boulder sports oval is still a favorite. As the town of Boulder has merged with Kalgoorlie it is easy move around with a good public transport system to and from the major centres both administration and retail. Housing is generally affordable although higher priced properties are being bought and sold regularly. The population of the Boulder are itself is over the 6,000 mark but with areas now combined it is hard to get an accurate figure. Boulder is still an interesting place to live and work with a friendly community of like minded people.
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4/5
Oct 19, 2009

"Very friendly, community minded town."

Northampton is only 22kms from Horrocks on the coast and is North West of Geraldton, 51 kms away. Northampton is 475 km from Perth. As well as being in the wheat belt Northampton is also known for its sheep. Although a relatively small town Northampton has everything you could need including petrol stations for all your fuel supplies, a supermarket with ATM, pharmacy, Post Office, medical centre and Hospital as well as other allied health professionals whether they full time or on a visiting roster. The town has both state and Catholic schools from primary right through secondary school and provides a multitude of sporting activities for both young and old. Many people who live here and enjoy the water travel to nearby Horrocks or other nearby coastal towns where in addition to the water also have great beachside parks and provide barbeques and picnic areas. Other interests may include the garden club CWA and a large quilters association. Golf is very popular as is tennis, bowls, netball, cricket and basketball. Both Qantas and Virgin fly into Northampton and Sky West fly to Geraldton where you can pick us a TransWA coach. Real estate is still affordable for most.
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supadupa Qantas & Virgin & SkyWest DONT fly to Northampton, they fly to Geraldton.
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5/5
Oct 19, 2009

"Large town with plenty of activity."

Geraldton is the fourth largest city in WA and has a population of over 32,000. Located 424 kms north of Perth the area is growing in popularity and has a large tourism industry. Geraldton in also a port and is important for mining, wheat, sheep and fishing. Some of the major attraction of Geraldton is the memorial to the HMAS Sydney which was lost of the coast here and the wreckage finally found 150 kms a north at Shark Bay and the St Francis Xavier Catholic Cathedral which was started in 1916 but wasn’t finished until 1938. Being near the sea Geraldton has a Mediterranean climate but becomes very dry and arid away from the coast. There is a good choice of schools in this city from primary through to secondary with both state and private being catered for. Geraldton is a sporting town with all water sports being popular especially surf board riding and windsurfing. Horse racing is also popular with the Geraldton Gold cup an annual event. There are numerous sporting fields in the area catering for sports such as football (most codes), netball, cricket, athletics, swimming and golf etc. Real estate prices in Geralton vary and depending on what you want and how much you have to spend there is something for you to buy.
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5/5
Oct 19, 2009

"Great community spirit and great surfing"

Depending on your lifestyle Margaret River can be known for several things. This area is famous for the surf and many surfers travel across the country to challenge themselves in this great surf. Margaret River is also famous for its wine. It is reported that the area receives over 500,000 visitor each year’s which means a busy tourist industry. Located on the coast 277 kms south of Perth, the area also has a strong agricultural and forestry industry. There is plenty of shopping in town with supermarkets, boutiques and specialty shops and there are primary and secondary schools both state and private. Margaret River also has preschools for the younger children. There are some good restaurants, hotels serving quality counter meals and bistro type fare as well as take away and fast food outlets. There is a hospital and Margaret River boasts good medical centers and allied health professionals. There are plenty of sporting activities with most sports being catered for with playing fields, gold course etc and many clubs to join. There is an array of galleries and craft shops, a library and entertainment venues in the area. There is a wide range of real estate options open to you with homes at both ends of the market awaiting interested buyers.
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Dizel We are moving to Margs next month and your review is much appreciated, many thanks for your positivity and encouraging review. We love Margs too!
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5/5
Oct 19, 2009

"Ideal location to work"

Monkey Mia is 800km north or Perth and is in the Shark bay Marine Park district and is world heritage listed. There is no private real estate available at Monkey Mia and the nearest town is Denham 25 kms south west. Monkey Mia is famous for the Bottle nose dolphins which come in daily to feed and interact with people. Many tourists line up to feed and stroke the dolphins and these activities are closely watched by the Department of Environment and Conservation rangers. Anyone living in the area is usually employed and housed at the Monkey Mia resort and there are a number of hospitality occupations available as well as trades people, maintenance etc. The resort has everything for both the tourist and the employee such as great restaurants, wonderful rooms etc as plenty to occupy your free time such as snorkeling, swimming, tennis, 4 wheel driving and of course the world famous camel rides. Getting to Monkey Mia is easy these days with flights from Perth four times a week, coach trips or you can drive yourself. The drive is about 9-10 hours from Perth and the roads are tar sealed all the way and are kept in good order. The climate is very hot and humid in summer and cyclones are not uncommon in this area. Winter is an ideal time to visit and escape the southern cold.
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4/5
Oct 18, 2009
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5/5
Oct 18, 2009

"Great community spirit"

Donnybrook has a population of approximately 2500 and is 206 km south of Perth. Slightly inland Donnybrook is on the Preston River and the main industry here is fruit growing. Many people will go for a drive just to get fresh fruit from Donnybrook, including people from nearby Bunbury. Donnybrook can offer a country atmosphere yet still be close enough to drive to a city and the beach and there is a very friendly community spirit here. There is a primary school, high school which caters for students to year 10 and Tafe College. Donnybrook also has medical centres, aged care facilities and a hospital as well as allied health professionals and dentists. There are several banks, shops and a supermarket, a heated swimming pool, sports fields and a recreation centre. Donnybrook has the largest free fun park in Australia called the Apple FunPark which has play equipment for children of all ages and has picnic areas and barbeques. There is also running water and power points. The children’s play area is fully enclosed. Home prices in Donnybrook vary from the mid $200k to over the $1 mil mark depending on what you are looking for.
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4/5
Oct 17, 2009
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Oct 17, 2009
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4/5
Oct 17, 2009

"Great place to buy or invest"

Busselton is 220kms south of Perth and the Busselton Shire now has a population of over 26,000. Apart from being a popular tourist destination the area Busselton has a thieving agricultural industry with beef dairy cattle as well a grape growing and wine making. The timber industry is also big in this area. The famous Busselton jetty is 140 years old and is measured at 1841 m making it the longest jetty in the southern hemisphere and is a major big tourist draw card and it also boasts a wonderful underwater observatory. Busselton has much to off with great shopping facilities with supermarkets, boutique style stores and other stores offering all the goods you need. There are a number of primary and high schools as well as preschools and daycare centres in the area and there is any number of sporting and recreation venues, with sporting clubs in abundance. Swimming, surfing and other water sports are all extremely popular here. Busselton has medical centers and a district hospital and is in close proximity to the larger hospital facilities at Bunbury. Because of the size and popularity of the area house prices as well as rental properties are bring higher prices yet Busselton is one of those places well worth it.
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3/5
Oct 17, 2009

"Plenty to do and close to coast"

Located on the Albany Highway 50kms north of Albany is Mount Barker. With a population of approximately 1,700 people Mount Barker is the administrative centre for the Plantagenet Shire and is growing at a steady rate. As well as being a major agricultural centre Mount Barker has a growing tourism industry as well as grape growing and the cultivating of wildflowers. The climate in the area is very moderate, it has wet cool winters with July being the wettest month and the summers are warm and dry. Mount Barker has a primary and a high school as well as a preschool for the younger ones. There are all the basic facilities in the town such as a medical centre and hospital, a dentist, pharmacy and a library. There are supermarkets and convenience stores, several banks with ATM’s and a police station. Recreation wise, there is the Mount Barker Recreation Hall, swimming pool and a golf course. Housing prices are very good with some really good bargain available if you can find enough work. Rentals are also affordable with some 3 bedroom homes well under the $200 p.w. mark. There is plenty to do with the coast only a short drive away as well as the Stirling Ranges National Park to explore and take a bush walk.
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4/5
Oct 17, 2009

"Growing town with much to offer."

Denmark is only 55 kms west of Albany and 420 south of Perth and is quite a good sized town with over 5,000 residents. Denmark is a bustling town where the main industries are agriculture, cottage industries, wineries and vineyard as well as forestry and tourism. The town gives you a choice of pre schools, primary and secondary schools and has sporting and recreational venues for most sports and interests. There is a medical centre and hospital as well as dentists. Denmark has banks, petrol station and a good transport system including its own airstrip. There are plenty of shops for all your needs including several supermarkets, libraries and a host of galleries with goods and display by local artists. For those who like to eat out there are cafe and restaurants serving different types of food. There is some great fishing and boating on the waters around Denmark and the area is well known for the good surf. Busk walks, 4 wheel driving and mountain biking etc is always popular with the land lover. Many people come to the area for whale watching and this increases the tourism aspect of the town. Property prices are rising sharply as the area is growing and becoming very popular.
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3/5
Oct 17, 2009

"Out of the way but great unspoilt beaches"

Bremer Bay is a small community on the south coast of WA, 516 kms south of Perth. The town has a population of only 250 people and the main industry here is fishing and tourism with some agricultural properties nearby. The town has a good supermarket, liquor store, hardware and camping store. As well as newsagents and lotto outlet. The town has medical facilities and a preschool as well as the Bremer Bay Primary School. For entertainment the Bremer bay Sports Club runs cricket, bowls, tennis and golf. There is a library and telecentre Naturally you can get fuel and other supplies for your car or boat and banking can be done via the Commonwealth bank agency at the Post office and general store. Bremer Bay is close to Fitzgerald River National Park and offers some great opportunities to see some beautiful flora in the area. Being right on the Southern Ocean, Bremer Bay has beautiful beaches with very white sand and is a good spot for beachgoers and board riders as well as being a Mecca for the fisherman. Real Estate in the area is average, on one hand you look at the distance from a large town and think that the prices are a little on the high side but then consider the unspoilt beaches and great fishing and these prices can be justified.
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5/5
Oct 15, 2009
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  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
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Oct 15, 2009

"Plenty of room to grow, still affordable."

Perth is the capital of WA and the city centre is located on the Swan River but the suburbs reach out of many kms. Perth has long been regarded as one of the most remote cities in the world with the nearest major city being Adelaide some 2104 km away and is must closer to some international cities than to Australian cities. In saying that Perth has everything you would expect from a city. Massive shopping centres, business opportunities employment in many fields and a growing population. There are numerous schools and colleges dotted throughout the city and adjoining suburbs with Tafe Colleges and Universities all within easy reach. The city has good medical facilities as well as fully equipped hospitals with trained and caring medical and nursing staff. Sport and recreation is superb with clubs and associations catering to all tastes with many sporting venues for all sport. Cultural activities abound and there are many theatres etc. Housing is still affordable for the average person with prices still less than the eastern states but catching up fast. Rental properties are also still within the range of most people. New subdivisions are opening up in many outlying suburbs giving those on a tight budget a chance to enter the property market.
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Oct 15, 2009

"Interesting town with all amenities"

Situated on the Goldfields of WA Coolgardie is 550 kilometres east of Perth, Gold was found here in 1892 and has played a part in the building of this area ever since. Coolgardie has much to offer those looking to relocate to the area. There in work in the mining industry in many fields as well as associated industries such as hospitality and tourism. Transport around the town is well serviced by local bus lines that also cater for schools, trip s to Kalgoorlie and a bus line to other areas such as Perth, Norseman and Esperance. There are several primary schools in Coolgardie as well as a high school. There are a number of preschools offering extended daycare. Shopping is plentiful and for that extra something you can take a trip to Kal. For those interested in sport and recreation there are a number of sporting clubs and the town has a swimming pool, sports playing fields and an indoor recreation hall for indoor sports and activities. These days getting to Coolgardie is no problem with Qantas flights via Kalgoorlie, the Indian Pacific Train as well as the bus services to and from Perth and the eastern states. There are a number of museums to visit as well as some great parks with barbecues and playgrounds for the kids. A good day out can be had at the camel farm where you can try camel riding or go on an overnight trek.
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fotomethodika The bus lines through the town cut out about two years ago and I wasnt aware that there was a town bus.So it would be impossible to get to Coolgardie from Kalgoorlie if you didnt drive a car.There is only one story in Coolgardie which is Morans so I would not class it as plentiful unless you are talking about the amount of goods in the one store.I didnt know there was a high school I thought the children went to Kalgoorlie.Employment this is a small town with a butchers shop,local store,couple of service stations, one pub and basically one cafe that last time I went there the coffee was like water.
Jan 16, 2010
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Elner Ah so Pah123, you haven't actually BEEN to 'Gardie have ya? Okay, the town is clean, quiet and great to live in. If you have horses there are horse blocks 5km out of town with good water supply and friendly horsey people. Kalgoorlie folk even keep their horses out here. There is a primary school and CAPS school (which goes to year 12). Two roadhouses, both of which supply a good feed. The pub, well it's a pub and it smells bad but they have a kickarse cook and at reasonable prices. Morans Store is an Ezyway (IGA) supermarket now and is EXTREMELY well stocked and also has hardware and chook food, oh and booze! If they don't stock what you want, they will order it in just for you! The owner and staff are all lovely, prices are comparable with Kalgoorlie with weekly specials and fruit and veg is fresh (delivered twice a week). Cullens butchers have THE BEST sausages in the world, yes the world and double as a newsagent. True, no bus to Perth now but Bonnievale station is only 14km out and you can book a ticket online or by telephone. The school bus can take you to Kalgoorlie in the morning and home in the afternoon, or if you have no car and have to get to Kal, you can grab a ride with one of the locals who will happily give you a lift in. It's a pleasant 30 minute drive to Kalgoorlie. We have a pool, HACC, activities for seniors, meals on wheels, bingo twice a week, an excellent rec centre, a health centre with doctors coming out from Kalgoorlie two days a week and a fairly close knit, but not stifling community. There's always something happening and never a dull moment really. Coolgardie is what you make of it. If you put in, it will give back. I love it.
Apr 14, 2010
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Oct 14, 2009

"Great place to stop and revive"

On your journey from east to west Mundrabilla is 62 kilometres west of Eucla and is a very dry arid area which only averages about 6 inches of rain a year. South of Mundrabilla on the Great Australian Bight a small Rock Lobster industry has developed. There is no other industry so there is no work, schools, shopping facilities or housing. there is no real estate to be bought for hundrends of kilometres. Many travelers stop at the Mundrabilla Roadhouse which is open till midnight and reopens at 5.30 am, 7 days a week and offers meals, take always, cold drinks etc. The roadhouse has a reputation for having the cheapest fuel on the Nullabor. Also at Mundrabilla and attached to the roadhouse is the Mundrabilla bar which has lots of interesting pub memorabilia. The only accommodation here is at the roadhouse which has ensuite motel units as well as powered caravan sites and campsites. There are no real attractions at Mundrabilla as it is really a refueling or rest stop. For the adventurist type, the Great Australian Bight is just 20 kilometres to the south and Wanteen beach road offers the locals a fair fishing spot with some good catches a regular occurrence. You can also visit the Rock Lobster Receival depot and buy a fresh crayfish. Before leaving the main roads though it is advisable to get directions from the roadhouse proprietors and always let someone know where you are heading. Always read and obey all signs whilst travelling in this area for your own safety.
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Oct 14, 2009

"Important truck stop on Nullabor"

The name Eucla is said to come from the aboriginal word for bright and its original owners were the Marning Tribe and it was in 1877 that Ecula was first inhabited by Europeans when it was set up as a repeater station for the Overland telegraph. Only 13 kms from the South Australia/Western Australia boarder a tram line and jetty was built to help unloading supplies. Today the telegraph station ruins are said to be haunted by a ghost. Shifting sands over the years have consistently covered and uncovered these ruins in sands since a rabbit plague in the 1890’s ate out all vegetation causing sands to move. When crossing the Nullabor many people like to stop here and view the surrounding scenery. There is not a town as such with no shops suitable for local habitation and no houses to buy either. basically the area is only a stop over on your way to or from the west. You can stay at the Eucla Motel Hotel complex which apart from motel units has a caravan and camping ground as well of course a petrol station. The Amber Motel is a modern building and has great facilities for the passing tourist and includes a restaurant but the adjoining caravan park does not have any overnight vans for hire. The BP Travellers Village petrol station provided fuel, oil, cold drinks and snacks for the journey
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Oct 14, 2009

"Interesting place where you really need to stop"

Cocklebiddy is 64 kms east of Caiguna and about 83 kms west of Madura on the southern edge of WA’s sheep grazing belt. There are several large sheep stations here that are larger than some European countries but virtually no other industry and no infastrcture making it impossible to buy private real estate. If employed on one of the large properties all suppplies would be flown in and with the nearest medical facilities a long distance the Royal Flying Doctor Service would be your only option in an emergency. Arubiddy for example covers an area over 3200 square km’s. Cocklebiddy was once the site of an aboriginal mission and the remains of the mission are still just visible today in the form of its foundations. Cocklebiddy has one of the world’s largest cave systems and has gained international recognition. And just 10 kms north west of the Cocklebiddy Roadhouse is Cocklebiddy cave. Within the large cave are a number of limestone caverns, rockfalls and saline subterranean lakes that extend for several hundred metres. It is advisable to explore this cave with a guide and always be on the lookout for snake. The Cocklebiddy Roadhouse is open 7 days a week from 6.30 until 10pm and offers fuels, takeaway food and cold drinks as well as having a restaurant and bar which boasts a pool table. The Wedgetail Inn has 24 motel units and the Cocklebiddy caravan park offers sites for caravans and campers. Twilight Cove offers some great scenery with good catches of fish often reported.
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Oct 14, 2009

"Ideal rest stop withlong history"

Madura is a roadhouse located 115 kilometres west of Mundrabilla and around 1876 was a pastoral homestead and for many years bred both polo and cavalry horses for the British. During the Second World War Madura was used by the army engineers who were sent out to upgrade the now Eyre Highway. Today, this tiny town is known mainly for sheep grazing and the roadhouse which services travelers heading across the country. Aprat from the sheep grazing there is nothing else here and no real estate for sale. there are no eductional institutions, shopping or medical facilities, making this an unsuitable area to want to live. Situated at the bottom of the Hampton Tablelands this is a scenic area and in addition to fuels, food and drinks the Madura Roadhouse has a great complex with motel style units, caravan and camping facilities as well as a swimming pool to cool off in and a licensed restaurant. A few kms west of the roadhouse is a beautiful lookout offering some great views of Madura Pass and the Roe Plains. It is amazing to think that this area was once a seaside area. Other attractions in the area are interesting old blowholes. These can be found by markers on the roadside. These blowholes are not overly spectacular anymore but do give and insight into the changes that have taken place over thousands and thousands of years. Just as a tip, there are not many 24 hour service stations on the Nullabor although there is one at Border village 189 kms east and one at Caiguna 147 kms west so if you intend to travel at night be sure to fill up.
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Oct 14, 2009

"Eyre Bird Observatory - Ideal place to sty and learn"

About 50 kms to the southeast of Cocklebiddy is the Eyre Bird Observatory which is totally remote being only 1 km from the Great Australian Bight. Original names the “Sandpatch” because of earlier exploration the Eyre Telegraph Station was a major repeater station by the 1897 Transcontinental Telegraph network. After it ceased operation is was abandoned and then restored by Birds of Australia and the Post office Historical Society and renamed the Eyre Bird Observatory. The area is surrounded by the Nuytsland nature reserve and is home to over 240 birds some of which are rare and endangered. Travevllers will enjoy a rest stop here and the observatory runs educational courses for people interested in environmental protection etc. You cannot drive all the way the Eyre Bird observatory in a regular car and those not in possession of a four wheel drive can arrange to be picked up and dropped up by observatory wardens and staff. A bus service operates from Cocklebiddy Roadhouse where enquiries should be made. Fees are charge for the bus pick up service as well as for day visits. The Eyre Bird Observatory also has overnight accommodation but booking are advisable as it can sometime become rather busy. Unless employed by the proprieters of the Observatory there is no other industry here and as it is surrounded by natioanl park there is nom private real estate available and with no other facilities and infastructure, it would not be an ideal place to settle.
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Oct 14, 2009

"Start of the longest straight just do it."

Caiguna is in between Balladonia and Cocklebiddy and the name is believed to be from the aboriginal for spear track. Just 20 kms away there is a memorial to explorer John Baxter he was murdered here. Today, unless you are running the roadhouse or employed by the proprieters there is no other work available here and no real estate to buy or rent. No other shops, schools or facilities. There is only a 24 hour roadhouse at Caiguna which is one or three on the Eyre Highway.. There is a good range of supplies here including fuel of course and plenty of takeaway food, cold drinks snacks, etc There are public phones and EFTPOS is accepted. There are also pay showers for those who want to freshen up before the long trip ahead. For those who may be flying in there is a landing strip beside the roadhouse. For your accommodation needs the John Eyre Motel has 10 units as well as a caravan and camping park and during peak times this can be very busy so it pays top book in advance. Whilst in the area take the time to visit the blows, which are a feature of this area. The trip from Caiguna to Balladonia will have you drive across the longest stretch of straight road in Australia and is referred to as “The 90 Mile Straight” even though we measure in meters today. This equates to 146.6 kms without a bend.
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Oct 14, 2009

"Interesting roadhouse stop with good museum."

Balladonia is 181 kms west of Caiguna, it is at the beginning or the end of the longest stretch of straight road in Australia and has an average population of 9 people. Since there is no industry here it is not the kind of place you would normally think of buying real estate and settleing down. In fact, there is no real estate to buy. naturally there are no schools so should you contemplate staying it would definately be a "School of the Air" situation and all basic shopping etc would have to bought in by transport. All there is here is the roadhouse which is open 7 days a week but closes mid evening so if you are traveling at night, be warned that it is not 24 hour. As well as the usual roadhouse facilities there is a bar, restaurant and a motel and caravan park with powered or unpowered sites. Whilst here take the time to check out the museum which has interesting artifacts from pioneer days to the crash landing of the Skylab space station in 1979 as well as a Red X car Trail exhibit. There are a number of places off the main highway including Afghan Rocks, Fraser range Station which specializes in Damara Sheep and has accommodation available. There are a number of “tacks” you can take to short cut to places such as Esperance, Cape Le Grande N.P and Cape Arid. Always check with roadhouse staff before leaving the highway and always advise them where you are headed. Should you break down whilst off the main roads or worse, off a main track, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CAR. It may save your life.
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Oct 14, 2009

"Lower priced town on the edge of nowhere."

Norseman is situated between Kalgoorlie and Esperance on the southern coast and was first bought to notice with a gold find in 1892 at Lake Dundas. Legend has it that Norseman was actually a horse named Hardy Norseman and was tied up to a tree over night and after kicking around, unearthed a nugget of gold which was found by his owner next morning. Gold Mining is still an industry here with reports of the gold fields of Norseman having produced over 5 million ounces of gold and the nmines offer employement in a number of fields .There are all the facilities in town need including good motels and two 24 hour roadhouses The roadhouses all take EFTPOS. There is a bank, supermarkets and takeaway meals. Hotels for entertainment and Norsemand has both primary and secondary schools here as well as plenty of sporting activities. Norseman home prices are relatively cheap so you can afford to get into the property market for well under what you would expect in other areas. There are playing fields and a swimming pool for those hot days. There are plenty of adventure to be had, you can visit Beacon Hill Lookout and take in views of the surrounding countryside as well as going to Bromus Dam which is popular with the locals and tourist alike for swimming, picnics and camping. Fossicking for gold or gemstones can be fun but permits are required and available from Norseman’s tourist bureau
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Oct 14, 2009

"Everything for the local and tourist."

Just south of Kalgoorlie is Kambalda which was once to be the tribal lands of the Galaagu Tribe. In 1897 a prospector named Percy Larkin found gold and sparked a major rush and over the next 10 year over 30,000 ounces of gold were found. Today Kambalda is a modern town today with a major shopping centres, banks, supermarkets and food shops. There are some good sporting facilities including swimming pools for those really hot days. The town has children’s playgrounds and parks and some offer coin operated barbecues. There is a pre school, primary and secondary schools. Recreation facilities include swimming pools, sports fields and an indoor recreation centre and there are many sporting clubs and associations available to suit most people's taste in sporting activities. The local bus service is very good and offers trips into kalgoorlie as well as servicing the local area and schools. Red Hill Lookout offers some great views and there are good walking tracks in the area. Whilst in town visit the Garden Memorial and Miners Memorial Wall. Visit the site of the old King’s Battery and have a picnic or bush walk in the area or nearby Lake Lefroy offers land sailing opportunities and cabins can be rented at Widgiemooltha. There is also a Roadhouse and motel caravan park here.
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Oct 14, 2009

"Large Gold MiningTown with plenty to offer"

Kalgoorlie is 595 kms east of Perth and was once inhabited by the Maduwangka people and the word Kalgoorlie come from the aboriginal language meaning Silky Pear Bush. In 1893 gold was discovered at Mount Charlotte and within days the population exploded and by 1903 the population was 30,000 and there were 93 hotels and 8 breweries. Many large mining companies moved in the later years and the Golden mile as it became know is still being worked to this day. Kal as it is affectionately called has a good visitor centre which give information on finding your way around, local buses etc. There are some great opportunities for work in kalgoorlie not only in the mines but in retail, hospitality etc. House prices are quite good with bargain to be had and rentals are very much the same. Educations wise there are a choice of primary schools and 4 high schools to meet the educational needs of the population. There is plenty of shopping facilities for all your needs as well as pubs, clubs, cinema for entertainment. Getting to Kal is far easier now than in days gone by with regular rail and bus services from Perth and the eastern states via the Indian Pacific. Air travel has made Kal easily accessible in a relatively short time from Perth. A visit to the Kalgoorlie Museum is a must and a walk down the main street offers some great examples of historic buildings. See the School of Mines Museum and the Goldfields war Museum. Now seeing you are here what about a little prospecting? Contact the Western Australian Dept of Minerals and Energy or you local Minelab Store for information.
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