Love Where You Live – Bateman

Bateman is named after the Bateman family, who arrived in the colony on the ‘Medina’ ship in 1830. John Bateman built a general store in Fremantle selling merchandise as well as working as a postmaster. He played an integral role in the establishment of a whaling business. After his death in 1855, his sons took over the family business and formed the well-known Perth merchant firm ‘Bateman’ in 1857.

Bateman is adjoined to the Piney Lakes Reserve, an area of great spiritual significance in aboriginal culture, and many historical artefacts have been found in the region. Bateman features a good number of parks, probably the most notable being Bateman Park, popular for bush walking, bird watching and fishing. Situated within the Bull Creek area, the park is loaded with river gums and melaleucas, making it an important habitat for flora and fauna. Encircling Bateman Park is the one kilometre long Kaalitj–ngort Koondaam trail, meaning Dragonfly Dreaming in Noongar language. The name was born through the overwhelming number of dragonflies that the Whadjuk elders encountered on their first visit to the site. Other parks and reserves include the Bill Ellson and William Murray Park, both named after former councillors of the Melville Roads Board. Bill Ellson is a large reserve found next to Bateman Primary School, used for sporting activities, personal training and private events. In contrast, the William Murray Park is small but also very active with family gatherings and kids’ parties.

Bateman is often a forgotten suburb, but it is in such a great location. It has excellent access to Perth City, Fremantle and the airports, being flanked by Leach Highway, Kwinana Freeway, South Street and Murdoch Drive. It has a great choice of public transport options, with Bull Creek railway station to the north, in addition to being crossed by numerous bus routes.

Bateman contains a small commercial centre servicing the immediate shopping essentials for residents, as well as medical and chiropractic facilities, a beauty salon and hairdressers. For those looking for a bite to eat, the suburb has a real Asian flavour with both a Chinese and Thai restaurant. For a larger choice of shops and eateries, major shopping centres such as Westfield Booragoon and Kardinya Park Shopping centre are not too far away.


Parents have the preference of two primary schools, Bateman Primary School and Yidarra Catholic Primary School. Corpus Christi College is a private secondary school in the area and, depending on which part of Bateman you’re in, the local secondary school is either Leeming Senior High School or Rossmoyne Senior High School.

Local schools:

  • Bateman Primary School
  • Yidarra Catholic Primary School
  • Leeming Senior High School
  • Rossmoyne Senior High School
  • Corpus Christi College

For more information on the local schools’ intake boundaries, you can refer to the Department of Education Schools Online site where you can search for a school or an address. 

If you would like MGP Property to provide you with the latest Property Market Report for Bateman, contact James on 0447 120 125 or via email at james@mgpproperty.com.au

Melville Mums
Author: Melville Mums

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