Murdoch is home to some of the biggest institutions in WA, meaning it’s visited frequently by a large proportion of Western Australians. The name Murdoch was chosen in 1974, in recognition of Sir Walter Logie Forbes Murdoch. Murdoch was appointed Professor of English at the University of Western Australia in 1912 and worked as Chancellor from 1943 to 1947. The area of Murdoch was once part of UWA’s Somerville Pine Plantation, but it became largely residential during major development in the 1970’s and 80’s – today it holds a substantial population of over 3,500.
Murdoch services a large percentage of the state with its two major hospitals, the privately-owned St John of God Hospital and public facility, Fiona Stanley Hospital. Murdoch University attracts students from around the globe and the suburb also contains a campus for the South Metropolitan TAFE. Other major facilities include the district police station and fire station.
Murdoch features excellent public transport services, with Murdoch train station incorporating a park ‘n’ ride, plus a number of handy bus routes. Travelling to major destinations like Fremantle and Perth CBD is easy with the suburb flanked by primary access routes South Street and the Kwinana Freeway.
Just over Farrington Road is Beeliar Regional Park, which contains the Quenda wetland. This area is rich in wildlife and provides an important habitat for many birds and animals, including the Fairy Wren, Southern Brown Bandicoot and Long-Necked Tortoise. The wetlands have historical significance in aboriginal culture, forming part of a transport route dating back 38,000 years ago.
Murdoch has a number of parks for those that need to escape into the great outdoors, including the multi-purpose Bert Jeffrey Park. It’s a great space for kids parties, picnics and community sporting events, and features a playground and public toilets. Another option for a kids party venue with playground is Frawley Park. For the dog walkers, Norm Godfrey Reserve is a popular spot which will bring you a little closer to nature.
Murdoch University is a fantastic hub of activity, with numerous sporting and recreation activities, many open to community members. These include netball, basketball and touch rugby. Although not overwhelmed with eateries, there are a huge number of dining options in neighbouring suburbs, particularly just over South Street, including options for Chinese food, pizza and pasta. There are also some budget-friendly options for the students at the university.
Given so much of the suburb is taken up by the university and hospitals, there is a low volume of housing in Murdoch, and there are no primary schools within the suburb. However, there are plenty of schools in surrounding areas to choose from, as well as a few childcare centres, and a kindergarten at the grounds of Murdoch University. Most of the housing in Murdoch is very similar to Winthrop and Kardinya, which might seem obviously given the only portion of Murdoch with housing in it is tightly bordered by these two suburbs. Most of the housing is suited to families though and are on good sized parcels of land so all in all, it’s a still a great suburb for the family.
- Kardinya Primary School
- Bateman Primary School
- Melville Senior High 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.
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