7.5 out of 10

Northam

Ranked 2nd best suburb in Midlands
-31.6536132919782 116.665728699532
Great for
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Safe & Sound
  • Schools
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Country Lovers
  • Singles

Reviews

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2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
Jan 09, 2017

"Fairly standard country town"

The critics of northam say it's boring, dead- well it's not abnormal for a country town. If you like country towns then northam is ok as it comes with all the usual features of a country town. Some like the fact that life can be less crowded, less shopping, less traffic!! And lower prices for housing. That being said, northam does have a very busy courthouse for such a small town....Educational outcomes are notably lower than many metro schools- again normal for a country town. It is what is is
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
2/5
2yrs+

"Wanna live in Northam? Think again"

I've been living in Northam for a while and so far have found it one of the most boring places that I've ever seen.
1. It's always claimed that Northam is close to Perth so it's a good choice to live or work, theoretically yes. But in reality, road is not safe, lots of truckies, hoon drivers, animals which makes you tired while you drive. There is a train and some road coaches which are strangely slow with non efficient timetable.
2.It's not a safe place specially for teenagers, although it looks like a calm city but lots of things happening underneath. There are lots of mental, criminal drug induced problems among young ones. There are lots of mental health helps, alcohol rehabs and so on just in a city with 7500 population.
3. It's a dead city after 5 and after 9 the only place open is mac an old dirty pub. There is not even a cinema in town.
4. Majority of people are aboriginals and white christians who hate each other and try to remain in their gangs, btw having gang is something really popular here.
5. It's hospital is one of the most notorious ones in AU, just google it.
6. This is the only place in Australia that I've seen men honk for women and bully them on streets.
7. Phone and internet coverage are not bad if you have them with telestra otherwise its like living in a panic room.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great town, very friendly"

We have lived in Northam for 3 years and have found the town very friendly and helpful. I work a 2 and 1 FIFO roster and its fairly close to Perth Airport. Whether you have lived here for a week or all your life, someone will help you. Our kids go to Avonvale Primary, some may say its "shabby" but its a small school with a huge community spirit. Bernard Park is a great park to take energetic kids to run amok in. Certainly not a small town, with almost 10,000 in the shire. Shopping has a good choice with Coles and Woolworths, and Midland is only 45-50 mins away. You can get everything you need. The medical side is good also, lots of Doctors and the Hospital is a Regional Hospital and has every specialist that is either based at the hospital or visits regularly from Perth, yes theres a few services that you will need to go to Perth for. We have lived in other towns like Kalgoorlie and Northam comes very close in likeness to Kalgoorlie, however Northam is smaller and friendlier and the distance to Perth makes it very attractive to many people. This town may not be for everyone, but for us its home, and a fine town it is to call home to.
Pros
  • Pretty in the Winter
Cons
  • Parts of West Northam are shabby
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Very nice place"

Cool hot darty
Pros
  • Natives are friendly
  • Pretty in the Winter
  • Virtualy crime free
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"I came here 8 years ago... And Im not leaving!"

I followed my fiancee here 8 years ago. We married, had two children and divorced. However the town is great and I'm not going anywhere. I have purchased two quality properties (An acre of land with all amenities for 98k and a 4x2 quality home for 350k). Considering as the town in 50 minutes from midland and has great schools and a lot of spirit I'm glad I'm here.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Been there 6 Months...and I'm staying!"

Im a FIFO worker who came to Northam because my wifes a Northam Girl. Northam constantly suprises me. Its obviously not Claremont but its has a pleasant rural aspect and its housing is 75% cheaper. I was there when the winds hit in Feburary and saw first hand the generousity and spirit of the townsfolk. It is still a true country town wheras in my view York is full of city "types". Im not a snob but you can get a decent Coffee and a meal. In reality Perths just down the road anyway for those exotic experiences and weekends away when required. It takes about the same time to get into Perth as it does to get from Rockingham to Perth in the traffic.
There are some good schools here Northam Primary and St Joesephs for my kids age group. There are an abundance of parks and recreation areas and overall the main street has many interesting old buildings which go well beyond the turgid shopping malls which populate many the desolate urban areas of Perth.
Pros
  • Virtualy crime free
  • Natives are friendly
  • Pretty in the Winter
Cons
  • Parts of West Northam are shabby
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
2/5
2yrs+

"Yikes"

They say Northam has a golf course and racetrack.... Northam only has a population of 10 people! How do these places make their money?!
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A great place to give your children the childhood they deserve"

I can not rate this town highly enough, there are many schools to choose from for primary and a government and a private school for high school. there is any sport you could hope to play, and almost any other pastime you could think of. The town is friendly and has great community spirit. the housing affordability is beyond you wildest metropolitan expectation!!! And all of this less than 100km from perth!!! if you have a dream of self sufficient living or just want to dial stress back 20years or so, come up and have a look. the local tourist bureau is fantastic for information.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
2yrs+

"An excellent place"

My wife and I bought a house in Northam 2 years ago. We looked at York and we looked at Toodyay. (and elsewhere) Toodyay was okay, but we found York 'prententious' and somewhat snobby.

Northam people spealk well of Northam. We asked people working in Northam what they thought of the town. We asked in banks, service stations, cafe`s and received ne're a bad word.

Did find some Real Estate Agents a bit lacklustre, but were lucky to find Nikki at Hollett & Laurence and her help and guidance was 'OUTSTANDING'. In fact, the entire team at Hollett & Laurence were and are 'First Class'.

I don't yet live there, but I will and I can't wait to get involved in the local community.

Bill & Sue S.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"sleeping beauty"

We have lived in Northam for 5 years and we do love the place .
We commute to Perth daily for work and enjoy the peaceful drive back home after a hectic day at the office.
Do find the shops closing at 12 on a saturday a bit of a pain and definately Cafes closed after 12 on weekends a definate loser for the town, and tourism.
Northam is a friendly town and quiet and peacefull most of the time we find busineses very willing and able to accomadate your needs without to much trouble.
Being not too far from Perth we do find it strange that we are not on natural gas here ???
The facilities such as Hospital and emergency services are second to none.
House prices are very affordable we highly recommend bringing families, or retirees into Northam.
A great place to live down by the river ................
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Potential Plus!"

Northam's great! We have lived & worked here for many years. The facilities are good. Great schools and modern hospital. The people friendly. There are numerous community and sporting groups. Real estate is still reasonable and being less than one hour from Perth if you can't get what you want here it's no biggy to hop in the car (or train). A $9mill sports facility has just been given the go ahead. New houses are popping up, Macca's has moved into town - Northam is on the move!!!
Like any town it's what you put into it. No use bagging a place if you haven't made an effort to become part of the community. :-)
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Northam is a way of life."

You have to live and work in Northam to understand the beauty within. Plus, Perth is less than an hour drive for those who wish to visit parks, zoos and shopping centres.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"a town is what you make it"

we have lived in Northam for over 17 years and i've found the neighbours friendly if you take the time,in Perth you don't even know your next door neighbour.Houses and gardens are average when you compare us to Perth gardens, but we are in the country remember.There are enough shops and food outlets etc to satisfy or take a run to Midland 1 hour away for the outing.We have a hospital,doctors,dentists, etc,lots of schools, parks and gardens, on the river free entertainment.We have spent many years making our home lovely, but it is time to downsize as we're getting older, but we will still live in Northam, it's a lifestyle that you can't get in Perth.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"DEAD Town, lifeless, a good place to hide, bring some steroids!"

Like some towns in the wheatbelt, Northam is quite lifeless especially on the weekend. If you want to buy something at the local hardware store on a sunday forget it, it will be closed as are most of the shops. Don't expect any intellectually stimulating conversations with the locals either! It is controlled by some old cronies and that''s why Northam is what it is and will remain so for many decades to come. What does it offer? Nothing, steer clear! A place to die...
Recommended for
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"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.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees