8.4 out of 10

Rivervale

Ranked 97th best suburb in Perth (Greater)
-31.9553465377267 115.907653237892
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  • Clean & Green
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
Oct 28, 2016

"Central inner suburb"

I moved here about 5 years ago and it has been the best decision I've made. I'm still here and I love it. The only problem I've had was some graffiti on my front boundary wall which was cleaned and removed the very next day, no other problems. I'm only a 3 min walk to the river. So close to everything, city 5km drive, Vic Park cafe strip & shops 3 min drive, international airport 20 min drive and domestic 10 min drive. Bus outside takes me through city centre onto Kings Park or the other way straight to the airport. Can walk to the new stadium and Casino. I only fill up the car fuel every 2 weeks because I don't need to travel far to get anything. Great schools and parks, well kept. NBN fibre to the house is brilliant, Netflix 4K streamed directly to the TV. Joondalup only 20-25 min drive, just hop through the tunnel and freeway north, one road. 7 min drive to South Perth, park the car, ferry to Elizabeth Quay, nice change to go for a day in the city. Great Eastern Highway upgrade was finished ages ago and works well. The best area in Rivervale is between Francisco Street and the river.
Pros
  • Very central to everything
  • Good buses
  • Close to airport
  • Close to city
  • close to shopping
  • lots of well kept parks
  • Friendly Residents
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  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • 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+

"Rivervale - the PERFECT Perth suburb to live in"

We lived in Rivervale for some time and watched it become the centre hub of Perth... It's now the central Riverside suburb with great proximity to the city, the airport, shops, and the new stadium.

It's a safe and friendly area - the welcoming nature of the locals is a huge Plus. Everything is convenient from here, and all so close. Our neighbours are fly-in / fly-out residents so it's nice and quiet almost all through the week. Love walking along the Riverfront (I'd recommend renting or buying in a property as close to the Riverfront as possible since that's the nicest part of the suburb)

Definitely my favourite part of Perth since it has the most overall positives. Good for families, couples and singles as well :)
Pros
  • Friendly Residents
  • Central Hub of Perth
  • Perth's hidden Gem
  • Close to airport
  • Close to city
  • close to shopping
  • lots of well kept parks
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  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • 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
2yrs+

"Brilliant investment, nice place to live."

I moved here about 10 months ago. It's an absolutely brilliant location, close to everything and I always seem to be going the opposite way to the bad traffic.

The council is investing lots in making the area safe and green. There are lots of parks and they are well maintained.

The area is an up and coming area and in my view a seriously good investment. The best area is between Francisco, Great Eastern Hwy and Orrong rd (ie: streets like Surrey, Armadale etc have the nicest houses and people). This is where the majority of houses have been renovated beautifully or replaced with lovely new homes.

It's a nice change to be in an area where everyone says hello on your morning walk with the dog.

Lots of young professional couples, families and a few older couples etc.

Yes it does have the last of the residual homes west people who haven't moved on but in my view they are getting fewer and father between and moving outwards away from this rapidly developing area. I wish it would happen faster but you can't have everything.

In general though, the people in the area are just honest, hard working, lovely people. Our dog managed to get out twice without us knowing and each time a kind stranger has doorknocked and found his home, we were very grateful!

Close to the restaurants of Vic park which are really coming alive and are great.

With such close proximity to the casino and the up and coming developments of the new stadium and entertainment precinct at the casino, I think it's an absolute bargain and prices will go through the roof in coming years. We are happy to own here and live here for now.
Pros
  • Close to airport
  • Close to city
  • close to shopping
  • lots of well kept parks
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"An up and coming suburb"

Living in Rivervale is great, so close to the city, Vic Park and access to major arterial roads. This is a dramatically changing suburb, old places being knocked down or renovated and new stylish homes being built. The population of the area is also changing with more affluent families moving into the area. We feel safe and secure in our home and have great neighbours and enjoy the parks and the proximity of nearby Belmont Forum and the new Bunnings. The council is investing in upgrades and makeovers of the infrastructure within the area. In all, it is an area on the move - all good!
Pros
  • close to shopping
  • lots of well kept parks
  • Close to airport
  • Close to city
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • 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+

"You have to take the good with the bad"

I have lived in Rivervale for 24 years and love it. It is so close to the CBD, it is almost an inner city suburb. It takes me 5 minutes max to drive to my work in East Perth. Plus a taxi ride from the middle of the city is approx $14. There are some lovely parks and great schools. However on our street there is a brothel & quite a lot of state housing which does get a little noisy at times. As long as you have a reasonable alarm system installed you should be fine. I would reccommend getting a dog as this does help a lot with break ins

The belmont security patrol does look after Rivervale as well and they are very prompt if you report any kind of problems. Love the area dont love the bogans.
Pros
  • Close to airport
  • Close to city
Cons
  • Dodgy neighbours
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Sometimes good, sometimes bad."

Rivervale is supremely located with access to the CBD, airport and major arterial routes very accessble. There are nice pockets of housing where social housing presence is low. But there are also significant problem hotspots that should be avoided such as, for example, upper Gladstone Road and lower Knutsford Avenue. Typcially these are where there are Homeswest properties and dysfunctional family units prowling the streets. Rivervale has a very high presence of social housing, even rivaling the northern suburb of Balga. Were it not for this, Rivervale would be far more sought after.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Superb Location and Value for Money"

I bought in Rivervale back in 2001 and 9 years on, the area has just blossomed! Old houses are being knocked over daily and replaced by quality new homes. Although some sub-division is occurring, a lot of the time the original size blocks (600 to 700m2) are being left alone and redeveloped with new homes (this avoids the area becoming a high density inner city slum which can happen to high density developments and creates a "modern Nedlands" feel).

I have nothing but praise for Rivervale - the people are friendly, the location is extremely convenient (City, River, Casino, Shops and Public Transport are just minutes away) & unbelievable the local council is actually very proactive and supportive of it's residents (unless a lot of councils). I have never had any issues security wise (crime has really fallen over the last 10 years) and I just wish I had the vision to buy several properties in 2001 when they were $170K for a full size block and house!
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Paul124
Paul124 Totally agree, we all should have bought them all.
2yrs+
perth-guide
perth-guide which realestate agent do you work for. re read the terms and conditions of thise forum - you must be HONEST.
anyone who has actually lived in rivervale (as i have) knows it's got massive crime problems due to the scummy homeswest people living there. i like the way you have glossed over the aircraft noise that will only get worse with the 2nd runway.
2yrs+
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
2yrs+

"Dodgy and Disappointing"

I moved to Rivervale from Coolbellup to be closer to work. I was excited at the thought of living somewhere where I didn't have hoon neighbours doing burnouts at all hours of the night, and where I would feel somewhat secure. I was mistaken. In the 8 months that we have been living here, we've heard countless domestics that have spilled out into the street (even had to call the cops once because, judging by the screams, we genuinely feared someone had been murdered); we've had numerous break-ins into our complex; and I am now really nervous spending the night alone in our unit.

One night my husband and I decided to go for a run around the neighbourhood. After encountering 3 separate, aggressive drunks in the space of about 10 minutes; needless to say we have never gone for a jog around the neighbourhood again.

I do believe that the proximity to the Bursewood Casino and Great Eastern Hwy are contributing factors to Rivervale's problems. But I am certainly looking forward to moving far, far away when our lease expires in July!
Pros
  • Close to city
  • Close to airport
Cons
  • Dodgy neighbours
  • Road works on Great Eastern HWY
  • Unsafe
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dec03
dec03 Hi. I am considering a property in Rivervale and your comment is making me think twice. If you don't mind... which street are you at?
2yrs+
qwertyK5
qwertyK5 Rivervale is a great suburb I went to school here, and walk around the suburb for a jog or walk. I feel perfectly fine. You obviously aren't a local as you spelt Burswood with and e. I'm only 13 and I feel perfectly safe. and dec03 if your planning to move here. Don't go to the dodgy part eg. Bottom of Gladstone Rd, Desmond Pl, Cambell St, or Gerring crt. The best bit is around the park at Chamberlain Rd, and St Kilda Rd. To get the best part you have to have lived there.
2yrs+
Emma_
Emma_ I agree with qertyk5, if you are in the nicest area (the pocket between Orrong, Great Eastern Hwy and Francisco) then you are pretty good. I moved there (from Subiaco) and actually generally find people friendly and lovely. I walk or jog every single day (sometimes early morning in the dark) in the area with no problems. The dodgy people are moving away from the city and whilst there's the odd one or two that you see they have never bothered me. The security patrols are an ongoing presence for peace of mind.
2yrs+
Les-boss
Les-boss I currently live actually next to Burswood casino in the sky rises. The casino has nothing to do with the people. I barely hear or see anyone and i am about 200 yards away from its front door. Granted there are often bogans in the place but that doesnt mean they wander the streets. Just saying.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"What a fantastic location"

We moved to Rivervale 4 months ago and just love it, so close to evertything, parks, public transport, river and Perth City. It's very access to CBD. Most of the neighbours are very friendly and helpful. I noticed that a lot of old houses getting renovated/knocked down and there are quite a number of new houses getting built. I'd recemmend anyone to live in this affordable suburb. We always eat out at Vic Park or Northbridge so just only less than 10 minutes drive.
Pros
  • Close to airport
  • Close to city
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+
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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 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"Great Location"

I moved here about four years ago and I love it here. Its so close to everything and thats what I love about it. So convenient. Lovely leafy street and nice parks around the area. Local council really take care of this suburb. The people are very friendly and I have never had any issues with security. Would recommend to anyone
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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 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 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+

"10 out of 10"

safe and quiet environment and perfect for family or wroking couple. Top End Rivervale is the way to go, somewhere between Fransisco Street and Great Eastern highway.
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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 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Best suburb to live in WA"

Rivervale is a great location just off Great Eastern Highway with easy access to CBD, Burswood Casino, airport and freeway.

with the plan to expand Great Eastern Highway to 6 lanes from Kooyong Road to Demestic Airport. In my opinion, it's still undervalued suberb in comparison to Burswood or Victoria Park.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
2yrs+

"Recommend for City workers"

Far enough out of town to be green and relatively peaceful but easy commute with reasonable buses. Great for couples who aren't worried about too much night life. Definately an improving area and the next few years should see big improvement. We are very comfortable here. Big cross section of age groups in the area
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great location by the river"

Just 5 km from the City of Perth, Rivervale is a wonderful place to live, and attracts families, singles, as well as retirees. A range of shops is located within the community, and health and community services are available. As one would expect, the lovely Swan river is a feature of Rivervale, providing parklands, and facilitating walking, cycling, fishing and boating. A very convenient and reliable direct public transport link exists to the city of Perth, major shopping centres, and the domestic airport. A number of primary schools are within easy walking distance. Neighbours are friendly and willing to be helpful.
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Paul124
Paul124 I couldn't agree more!! Excellent place to live, especially the top end part close to Great Eastern Highway. It's still undervalued suburb!!
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"How delightful"

I always had my reservations for Belmont until I moved here. Such an underated suburb. So close to the city. Excellent value for money. Great Family enviroment and an excellent place to bring up our children. We bourght a huge block in Sydenham St within a short walking distance from the forum.
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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 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+
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Paul124
Paul124 Top End rivervale (between Fransico and Great Easten Highway is the best area to live)
2yrs+
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Geographically fantastic."

Lots of parks and open areas, close to the city, river and all the amenities you would want.

Larger blocks are still available.

High percentage of rental and homeswest accomodation.
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Best Streets in Rivervale

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Tanunda Dr

3/5
"Great Location"
-31.9525 115.91396

Unranked Streets in Rivervale

Armadale Rd

4.5/5
"Great street (above Francisco)"
-31.95569 115.91013

Surrey Rd

4.5/5
"Close to the terrific parks, burswood, city, airport and racing"
-31.9575057302 115.9056874225

Fitzroy Rd

4.5/5
"Top End Rivervale - The best investment you will make."
-31.9651760326 115.9195390461