Armadale, Western Australia
Perth, Western Australia
|Population||12,853 (2011 census)|
|• Density||1,610/km2 (4,160/sq mi)|
|Area||8 km2 (3.1 sq mi)|
|Location||28 km (17 mi) from Perth|
|LGA(s)||City of Armadale|
Armadale, Western Australia, is a suburb within the City of Armadale, located on the south-eastern edge of Perth's metropolitan area. The major junction of the South Western and Albany Highways, which connect Perth with the South West and Great Southern regions of Western Australia respectively, is located within the suburb. It is also the terminus of the Armadale railway line, one of five major railway lines to service Perth.
Armadale, being an urban centre and transport hub for the surrounding districts, contains a variety of educational institutions. It is home to two state high schools, four state primary schools, three independent schools (one of which extends to year 12), an Australian Trades College campus and a campus of Polytechnic West (formerly Swan TAFE).
In 1899, Armadale School was established at the intersection of Church and Third Roads. With the construction of social housing in the 1950s, Armadale Senior High School (1955) and John Calvin Christian College (1957) were opened. As new areas opened, new schools followed: Kingsley (1969), Neerigen Brook (1970) and Challis (1974), as well as Cecil Andrews Senior High School (1980). In 1983, the Pioneer Village School and Dale Christian School opened. Finally, in 1987, Armadale Primary School was relocated to its current location at Carradine Road following the redevelopment of the Armadale city centre precinct — its old location is now home to Armadale Shopping City.
In approximately 2000, a TAFE Centre was built in Commerce Avenue as part of the South-East Metropolitan College of TAFE; it became a fully functioning campus in 2003 when SEMC merged into Swan TAFE, and is now a campus of Polytechnic West. In 2010, the Federal Government opened a campus of the Australian Trades College specialising in carpentry and joinery, cabinet making and electrical trades.
The intersection of four key roads is located at the centre of Armadale:
- Armadale Road (State Route 14) – west to Cockburn Central and Fremantle;
- Albany Highway (State Route 30) – north to Cannington and Perth;
- Albany Highway (State Route 30) – east to Albany;
- South Western Highway (State Route 20) – south to Pinjarra and Bunbury.
Armadale is the terminus of the Armadale railway line, which links the suburb to Perth's central business district and the suburbs of Cannington, Maddington and Gosnells. Its railway station serves as an interchange for Transperth buses, operated by sWAn Transit, which serve surrounding areas, as well as a stop on the Australind train to Bunbury.
Bus routes 243–245 serve western Armadale and Cecil Andrews SHS, whilst 250 serves the southwest, 251, 252, 253 and 254 serves the growing area of Byford with 252 services terminating at Mundijong plus the 253 at Jarrahdale and 220 and 249 service Albany Highway. The 519 travels between Armadale and Murdoch. There are no bus routes servicing eastern Armadale. The 519 travels between Armadale and Murdoch.