Love Where You Live – Booragoon

Booragoon is the aboriginal name meaning ‘lower reaches’ or ‘south part of the Canning River’. The WA Museum found evidence that the western side of the Booragoon Lake had been used as a camping spot for at least 38,000 years. Today, it forms part of the Beeliar Regional Park and provides a safe habitat and breeding ground for an abundance of wildlife and you will find the lake on the State Heritage listed.

Booragoon is probably most known for being home to Westfield Booragoon, a major shopping centre featuring well known department stores, services such as a library and regional bus station, and a cinema. The shopping centre also adjoins the City of Melville Civic Centre. The centre was built in 1972 and was formerly called Garden City, with the name reflecting the many gardens and jacaranda-lined streets of the time. 

Booragoon’s centralised location provides convenient transport links to the CBD and Fremantle, with the CBD being only a 15 minute via the Kwinana Freeway and Fremantle only 15 minutes away via Leach Highway. Other notable points of interest include the Swan River and Canning River which are both less than a five minute drive away. It really shows how well-located Booragoon is and, to top it off, Port Beach is only 15 minutes away and a great beach location to take the kids. 

The wealth of shopping options in the area attracts visitors far and wide, but Booragoon has plenty to offer for those that crave the great outdoors. There’s a large number of family-friendly parks and reserves, including Booragoon Lake, a freshwater lake making up part of the wetland of Beeliar Regional Park. Dogs are welcome, there’s a playground for the kids and a handy viewing platform to spot some aquatic animals. Karoonda Reserve is the preferred option for many dog walkers, plus it features a playground and it’s home to Booragoon Junior Football Club. You can find more playgrounds at Ratcliff Park and Layman Park. Another highlight of the area is Wireless Hill, a great spot for a picnic with playgrounds, exceptional views of the city and plenty of history being home to the Wireless Hill Museum. 

Children are accommodated for with a number of childcare services within the suburb or at Booragoon Primary school, and for the older kids Applecross Senior High School is only next door in Ardross. The kids of Booragoon will keep busy weekends with a number of good sporting clubs to try including Bateman Junior Cricket Club, Booragoon Junior Football Club and Melville University Football Club, plus swimming lessons at LeisureFit Booragoon. For the sporty types, LeisureFit is popular regardless of age, being one of many gyms in the area.

Housing in Booragoon is characterised by a mix of low, medium, and higher density housing options. There are plenty or apartment options around Westfield Booragoon, a number of modern townhouse and villas and plenty of large family homes throughout the suburbs. Housing in the area is always evolving but there really is something for everyone in Booragoon. 

Local schools:

  • Booragoon Primary School
  • Applecross Senior High School

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 Booragoon, contact James on 0447 120 125 or via email at

Melville Mums
Author: Melville Mums


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