Swanbourne, Western Australia

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Swanbourne
PerthWestern Australia
Swanbourne is located in Perth
Swanbourne
Swanbourne
Coordinates 31°58′08″S 115°46′01″E / 31.969°S 115.767°E / -31.969; 115.767Coordinates: 31°58′08″S 115°46′01″E / 31.969°S 115.767°E / -31.969; 115.767
Population 3,508 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 974/km2 (2,520/sq mi)
Established 1880s
Postcode(s) 6010
Area 3.6 km2 (1.4 sq mi)
Location 10 km (6 mi) W of Perth
LGA(s) City of Nedlands
State electorate(s) Cottesloe
Federal Division(s) Curtin
Suburbs around Swanbourne:
City Beach Mount Claremont Mount Claremont
Indian Ocean Swanbourne Claremont
Cottesloe Claremont Claremont

Swanbourne is a western coastal suburb of Perth, Western Australia, and is an affluent, upper middle class locale with older Federation style homes, many being renovated. The suburb was established in the late 19th century. New housing estates have been built recently through the redevelopment of areas such as the Swanbourne Senior High School, Swanbourne Primary School and Lakeway Drive-In Cinema sites.

Welcome sign of Swanbourne Beach.
Swanbourne Nedlands Surf Life Saving Club building.

Swanbourne was named for Swanbourne House, in Swanbourne, Buckinghamshire, the family seat of Sir Thomas Fremantle (later Baron Cottesloe), a prominent Tory politician, and his brother, Admiral Sir Charles Fremantle, for whom the city of Fremantle was named.

Geography[edit]

Swanbourne is bounded by the Swanbourne Rifle Range and Cottesloe Golf Club to the north, Lake Claremont and Stirling Road to the east, the Fremantle railway line and North Street to the south, and the Indian Ocean to the west.

At the ABS 2011 census, Swanbourne had a population of 3,508 people living in 1,402 dwellings, all private dwellings and nearly all detached houses on separate lots. The ABS identified property and business services, health, and education as the three main occupations for people employed in businesses or enterprises located within the suburb. The census does not identify Swanbourne's largest employer, the Australian Army. Swanbourne is a high income suburb with a median family income of $2757, compared to $1722 for Western Australia and $1481 for Australia.[2]

Climate[edit]

Swanbourne has a Mediterranean climate (Köppen climate classification Csa) like much of southwestern Western Australia including Perth.

Facilities[edit]

Swanbourne includes the 18-hole Cottesloe Golf Club and Swanbourne Beach. Swanbourne is also well known for having the only nudist beach in Perth. The beach, situated on army land and thus not subject to local council authority, is immediately north of the officially named Swanbourne Beach. Allen Park contains a number of sporting facilities, including tennis courts, a football/cricket pitch and a rugby pitch. Also at Allen Park is the relocated Tom Collins House. Tom Collins was a noted Australian author. A veterinary practice in Devon road was originally started by Thomas William Hogarth. Scotch College, a major independent school for boys, is the suburb's largest employer after the Army.

The Australian Special Air Service Regiment is based at Campbell Barracks within the suburb, which occupies the coastline north of Cottesloe and south of City Beach.

Transport[edit]

Swanbourne is served by Swanbourne railway station and by various bus routes that pass through Swanbourne. All services are operated by the Public Transport Authority.

Politics[edit]

Swanbourne is part of the federal division of Curtin. The federal seat is held by the centre-right Liberal Party. It is regarded as a safe seat and has been continually retained by the Liberal Party, with the exception of former Liberal member Allan Rocher as an Independent politician between 1996 and 1998. For the parliament of Western Australia, the state electoral district of Cottesloe is also held by the Liberal Party.

Weather station[edit]

Swanbourne is the location of one of Perth's automatic weather stations [3]

Climate data for Swanbourne
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 42.3
(108.1)
43.0
(109.4)
42.8
(109)
35.9
(96.6)
31.5
(88.7)
26.2
(79.2)
25.9
(78.6)
26.2
(79.2)
28.9
(84)
36.6
(97.9)
41.1
(106)
43.0
(109.4)
43.0
(109.4)
Average high °C (°F) 29.2
(84.6)
30.2
(86.4)
28.8
(83.8)
25.0
(77)
22.1
(71.8)
19.3
(66.7)
18.3
(64.9)
18.6
(65.5)
19.6
(67.3)
21.7
(71.1)
25.0
(77)
27.6
(81.7)
23.8
(74.8)
Average low °C (°F) 17.9
(64.2)
18.4
(65.1)
17.3
(63.1)
15.0
(59)
12.8
(55)
10.6
(51.1)
9.8
(49.6)
9.8
(49.6)
11.0
(51.8)
12.0
(53.6)
14.5
(58.1)
16.3
(61.3)
16.3
(61.3)
Record low °C (°F) 4.7
(40.5)
7.3
(45.1)
7.5
(45.5)
3.0
(37.4)
6.0
(42.8)
4.0
(39.2)
2.4
(36.3)
3.1
(37.6)
3.1
(37.6)
2.0
(35.6)
4.3
(39.7)
5.7
(42.3)
2.0
(35.6)
Precipitation mm (inches) 18.0
(0.709)
7.1
(0.28)
20.7
(0.815)
39.7
(1.563)
91.2
(3.591)
131.7
(5.185)
152.2
(5.992)
114.9
(4.524)
81.1
(3.193)
45.6
(1.795)
23.8
(0.937)
7.4
(0.291)
733.4
(28.874)
Source: Bureau of Meteorology[4]

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