Halls Head, Western Australia

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Halls Head
MandurahWestern Australia
Population 13,044 (2011 census)[1]
Established 1832, 1970
Postcode(s) 6210
LGA(s) City of Mandurah
State electorate(s) Dawesville
Federal Division(s) Canning
Suburbs around Halls Head:
Mandurah
Halls Head Dudley Park
Falcon Erskine Dudley Park

Coordinates: 32°31′37″S 115°42′07″E / 32.527°S 115.702°E / -32.527; 115.702

Halls Head is a coastal suburb of Mandurah, immediately west of Mandurah's central area. It is largely residential and contains several canal estates developed since the 1980s.

The locality was named after Henry Edward Hall (1790-1859) who received a land grant of some 16,594 acres (6716 ha) to establish a farm there in the 1830s.[2] The suburb was officially gazetted in 1970 [3]

Geography[edit]

Halls Head is one of four Mandurah suburbs (along with Erskine, Falcon and Wannanup) that lie on an island bound by the Mandurah Estuary to the north, the Peel-Harvey Estuary to the east, the Dawesville Channel to the south and the Indian Ocean to the west. Halls Head is the northernmost and most-populated of the four suburbs. The main roads are Mary Street, which links Halls Head directly to Mandurah CBD and Pinjarra Road. The other access road is the Old Coast Road, part of the national Highway 1 which links the suburb to not only Mandurah but also Perth and Bunbury. This road also acts as a suburban boundary, with Erskine on the opposite side of the road. Peelwood Parade and McLarty Road forms a general north-south arterial through the suburb, with other major roads including Leighton Road, Casuarina Drive and Seascapes Boulevard.

Subdivisions[edit]

Due to the suburb's size and residential and commercial diversity, the area can be divided into four main areas.

Old Halls Head[edit]

The oldest part of the suburb lies at the far north of the island. This was where the Hall Family established their farm in the 1830s. In 1834, Halls Cottage was built and still stands today as one of the oldest buildings in Mandurah.

Halls Head Estate[edit]

This part of the suburb is based around the retail nexus of both Centro Halls Head (which is anchored by a Supa IGA) and Halls Head Shopping Centre (anchored by a Mitre 10 and Farmer Jack's supermarket). Halls Head Community College and Halls Head Primary School are located in this region.

Seascapes[edit]

The newest part of the suburb. Seascapes lies near the border with Falcon and is considered to be a little more expensive than older parts of Halls Head. Considered an unofficial suburb of Mandurah itself and developed by the company Mirvac, Seascapes has a number of amenities especially near the beach, and a shopping centre is currently under development Link.

Port Mandurah[edit]

The most expensive, and exclusive, part of Halls Head. Port Mandurah lies directly opposite Mandurah CBD and is built upon a series of canals. Port Mandurah (along with Port Bouvard in neighbouring Wannanup) becomes a tourist attraction in December, when river cruises are typically organised to tour the Christmas lights decorations that light up the area.[4]

Tourism[edit]

Doddies Beach is the area's most popular beach with barbecues on the foreshore and a cafe directly across from the main road. Kings Carnival is also located in Halls Head and offers family-oriented fun such as mini-golf and bumper cars.

Public transport[edit]

Halls Head is well-serviced by public transport which is provided by Transperth. Route 591 serves areas in north-western and central Halls Head. 592 operates through Port Mandurah and the western parts of Seascapes (via McLarty Road and Peelwood Parade) while 594 passes to the east of the suburb via Old Coast Road. 591 and 594 operates seven days a week while 592 operates six days a week.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "2011 Census QuickStats: Halls Head". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2012-10-08. 
  2. ^ Wilson H M Hall, William Shakespeare (1825 - 1895) in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Online Edition Australian National University 2006
  3. ^ "History of Metropolitan Suburb Names - H". Landgate. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Bouvard Cruises Channel 7 Xmas Lights Story". Youtube. Retrieved 8 October 2011.