Forrestfield, Western Australia

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PerthWestern Australia
Roundabout at entrance to Hartfield Park
Forrestfield is located in Perth
Coordinates 31°58′48″S 115°59′37″E / 31.98°S 115.993611°E / -31.98; 115.993611Coordinates: 31°58′48″S 115°59′37″E / 31.98°S 115.993611°E / -31.98; 115.993611
Population 11,811 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 6058
LGA(s) Shire of Kalamunda
State electorate(s) Forrestfield
Federal Division(s) Hasluck
Suburbs around Forrestfield:
High Wycombe Maida Vale Kalamunda
Perth Airport Forrestfield Lesmurdie
Kewdale Wattle Grove Wattle Grove

Forrestfield is a suburb of the Shire of Kalamunda in Western Australia. It lies 15 km to the southeast of Perth at the base of the Darling Scarp and the southern border of the Perth International Airport.

The suburb is split by Roe Highway into a southern residential area and a northern industrial area.

Industrial area[edit]


The industrial area contains a major rail hub. It was originally Forrestfield marshalling yard[2] operated by WAGR and then Westrail.

It is currently the Aurizon depot for Perth.[3]

Specialised Container Transport (SCT) have a large intermodal warehouse with connection to the railway line.

The $120 million Co-operative Bulk Handling Metro Grains Centre was built in 1998. In mid-2005 BlueScope Steel constructed a large warehouse on former Westrail land.

Kenworth DAF also relocated from Guildford to a new $10 million complex on Abernethy Road in 2005.


In June 2014, the Forrestfield Airport Link was announced by the State Government. The Airport Link is a $2 billion train line connecting with the Midland line near Bayswater Station, servicing the airport and finishing in the Forrestfield/High Wycombe area.[4] Completion of the new train lines is scheduled for 2020.[5]

The Western Australian State Government has prompted the Shire of Kalamunda to investigate the possibility of business and infrastructure opportunities arising from the completion of the new link for Forrestfield and it's surrounding areas.[6] The final completion of the Airport Link is expected to facilitate the continuing growth of Perth's Airport as a nationally integral part of employment, commerce and international trade.

Forrestfield's northern and eastern outskirts are home to the majority of the areas industrial enterprise. The area is host to a wide range of commercial business to business industries. Some of the most notable occupants include Grace Bros Australia Improvid Construction and the Super Retail Group.[7]


Settlement of the area dates from the late 1800s. Population was minimal until the early 1900s, with growth during the interwar period. Significant development did not occur until the post-war years, with rapid growth from the 1950s into the 1970s. The population has been relatively stable since the early 1990s, a result of some new dwellings being added to the area, but a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

There is authority to suggest it is named after Western Australia's first premier, John Forrest. However, local folklore suggests that the name comes from Charles Hale, who settled in the area in 1902 and planted crops amongst the native forest bushland, hence Forrestfield.


Forrestfield Forum and Forrestfield Marketplace[edit]

On Hale Road and Strelitzia Avenue are Forrestfield's largest aggregation of retail businesses. They border each other and join by their carparks. They contain one Woolworths and one Coles Supermarkets amongst a collection of lower-order retailers and services. Parking is ample.

Edinburgh Road Shopping Centre[edit]

On Cumberland Road, it contains a Foodworks Supermarket, a newsagency, a hairdresser, some dining and fast-food venues.

Other Retail Establishments[edit]

There are a range of other retail establishments scattered throughout Forrestfield, including:

  • Taverns,
  • Liquour shops,
  • A nursery, and
  • Various delis.


Forrestfield contains the following educational institutions:

  • Darling Range Sports College
  • Forrestfield Primary
  • Hillside Christian School
  • Woodlupine Primary
  • Dawson Park Primary


In the 2011 census, Forrestfield recorded a population of 11,811 people: 49.4% male and 50.6% female. The median/average age of the Forrestfield population is 37 years. The country of birth of people living in Forrestfield is 1.1% Scotland, 8.4% England, 1.1% Philippines, 1.1% India, 4.6% New Zealand. 86.7% of people spoke only English at home; the next most common languages were 0.4% Dari, 0.4% Tagalog, 0.4% Dutch, 0.5% German, 0.6% Italian. The religious make up of Forrestfield is 20% Anglican, 3.7% Christian, nfd, 3.3% Uniting Church, 29.1% No Religion, 20% Catholic. 46.9% of people are married, 34.7% have never married and 9.6% are separated or divorced. There are 518 widowed people living in Forrestfield. The median individual income is $646.00 per week and the median household income is $1302.00 per week. The median rent in Forrestfield is $320 per week and the median mortgage repayment is $1842 per month.



Hartfield Park Recreation Centre: This complex includes an indoor stadium as well as playing fields for cricket, rugby, Australian rules football, hockey, soccer(football), an 18-hole golf course, an equestrian centre plus support facilities for each. There is also a nature conservation park and a lake.

Public transport[edit]

Bus routes are

Forrestfield is scheduled to gain a railway station in 2020, when Forrestfield station opens as part of the Forrestfield-Airport Link.[8]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Forrestfield (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 October 2008. 
  2. ^ Western Australian Government Railways Commission (1976), Forrestfield Marshalling Yard operating manual, WAGR, retrieved 5 March 2017 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Forrestfield Airport Link". Government of Western Australia: Forrestfield Airport Link. Government of Western Australia. 7 October 2016. 
  5. ^ Barham, J (4 August 2016). "Forrestfield airport link (FAL) project". Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  6. ^ "Structural and Local Development Plans: Local Development Plans". Shire of Kalamunda. Western Australian Land Information Authority. 27 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Perth Construction and Building". Perth Construction News. 25 April 2017. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  8. ^ Forrestfield-Airport Link Public Transport Authority August 2014