Love Where You Live – Bull Creek

The name Bull Creek was chosen by the City of Melville Council in 1968, in recognition of one of the early European settlers, a man named Lieutenant Henry Bull. Bull explored the waters in the area with the Royal Navy, and acquired the land in 1830, although he never lived there himself. ‘Creek’ refers to the creek within the suburb, a useful feature of the area due to its easy access to the Canning River. It was used frequently for transportation purposes, to deliver various goods to farms. It was also a region favoured by Afghans who were responsible for introducing camels to the colony. They would rest their camels in Bull Creek before moving them north to the Goldfields where they would be used as transport vessels. Bull Creek also holds great cultural significance, the Aboriginal people from the Wadjik Beeliar tribe referred to the area as Gabbiljee, or ‘the watery place at the end of the river’, with the wetlands being a source of food and fresh water. 

The area didn’t witness much development until after the 1960’s but has grown into a thriving residential community with very similar family suited housing options to its close neighbour, Leeming. It’s flanked by both the Leach Highway and Kwinana Freeway, creating an easy drive to both Perth CBD and Fremantle and has great public transport options with the development of Bull Creek Train Station. 

Bull Creek is well stocked on the amenities front, with the Bull Creek Shopping Centre providing a large range of stores including a major supermarket, banks, department stores, and many smaller speciality shops.  The suburb also holds a smaller shopping centre which covers most of your basic needs through an independent supermarket, pharmacy and newsagency. Medical services as well as hair and beauty salons are also accommodated for. Food options are plentiful, with a good choice of retailers from both fast-food chains and independent food outlets. Whether it’s a café breakfast, pizza takeaway or a Chinese feast, Bull Creek has it covered.

This is a lively community, with plenty of activities to keep the whole family busy including clubs available for swimming, tennis and BMX (Bob Gordon reserve has a large BMX track). Bull Creek Community Centre provides a friendly hub for gatherings and a huge range of events and activities, including yoga, dance and art classes. There is also the Aviation Heritage Museum located at the Air Force Memorial Estate which has to be about one of the best retirement estates we have ever seen. The aviation museum has a wide collection of airplanes for viewing dating back to the 1930s and you can even get inside them! It’s a popular destination for the whole family.

For the outdoorsy types, Bull Creek has plenty of areas to explore. The wetlands provide a habitat to many native wildflowers and support birds including the Pacific Blue Duck and the Splendid Wren, as well as many frogs, snakes and lizards. There are many options for park visits to keep the family entertained. John Creaney Park is a great open space for enjoying recreational activities, and features a playground and BBQ area (plus it’s dog friendly). Other parks include Gemmell Park (a small area with a playground) which is located next to Ron Carroll Reserve. The reserve is a large area of open banksia woodland with sandy ridges. Another popular space is Bob Gordon Reserve, widely used for kids’ birthday parties and weddings. Bull Creek must be the place for getting hitched, since Centennial Park is another stunning location chosen as a wedding venue.

Bull Creek has a lot of choice in the education department with all your childcare needs taken care of within the suburb and catchment areas for two state primary schools and three state high schools. For the budding scholars, Murdoch University is just down the road. 

Local schools:

  • Bull Creek Primary School
  • Oberthur Primary School
  • Rossmoyne Senior High School
  • Leeming Senior High School
  • Willetton 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 Bull Creek, contact James on 0447 120 125 or via email at

Melville Mums
Author: Melville Mums


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