The name ‘Wanneroo’ comes from the word ‘Wanna’, meaning digging stick used by Aboriginal women and ‘Roo’ meaning ‘the place of ’. Like the Nyoongar people the new settlers used the natural resources of the ‘lakes districts’ to sustain them and by 1872 there were 60 new families in the area. Check the City of Wanneroo website for a timeline history of Wanneroo.
The area is rich in history and is proud of its heritage, with a number of original buildings and sites with stories to tell.
The City of Wanneroo stretches from Girrawheen and Koondoola in the South, north to Two Rocks and is a thriving, expanding area on the fringe of Metropolitan Perth. With 32kms of coastline and 53% of the area classed as regional reserve, the area has plenty to offer the recreation or leisure visitor.
Wanneroo is in a perfect location, being only 20 minutes from Perth (at its southernmost tip) and is borded by the stunning Swan Valley to the East, rural Gingin to the North and the City of Joondalup on our western corner. All of these areas offer a multitude of amazing experinces, including;-
- Wine tasting in the Swan Valley, along with specialist cheese, coffee, chocolate and nougart outlets.
- Hillarys Boat Harbour with AQWA, boat trips to Rottnest and many cafes and restaurants along the boardwalk
- Lakeside Joondalup City Shopping Centre, the largest shopping mall in WA
- Explore the Moore River region, heading north along the Indian Ocean Drive