Gooseberry Hill, Western Australia

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Gooseberry Hill
PerthWestern Australia
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Gooseberry Hill viewed from the Kalamunda Zig Zag
Gooseberry Hill is located in Perth
Gooseberry Hill
Gooseberry Hill
Coordinates31°57′14″S 116°02′56″E / 31.954°S 116.049°E / -31.954; 116.049Coordinates: 31°57′14″S 116°02′56″E / 31.954°S 116.049°E / -31.954; 116.049
Population3,210 (2006 census)[1]
Location25 km (16 mi) from Perth, Western Australia
LGA(s)City of Kalamunda
State electorate(s)Kalamunda
Federal Division(s)Hasluck
Suburbs around Gooseberry Hill:
Hazlemere Helena Valley Darlington
Maida Vale Gooseberry Hill Piesse Brook
Forrestfield Kalamunda Kalamunda

Gooseberry Hill is a suburb of Perth, Western Australia, located within the City of Kalamunda. It is the site of Gooseberry Hill National Park.

It is located at the highest point south of the departure of the Helena River from the Darling Scarp on to the Swan Coastal Plain. It is often associated with the railway formation of the Kalamunda Zig Zag, and the northern most high feature of Statham's Quarry which lie on the north west of the locality within national park land.

Gooseberry Hill was the location of a war-time tragedy when a United States Navy C-47 Skytrain (DC-3) plane crashed in heavy fog on 19 April 1945 after taking off from Guildford Airport (later Perth Airport).[2] All of the ten US servicemen and three US Red Cross women on board were killed.[3][4] The plane crashed between Gooseberry Hill Road and Lansdown Road, 4.5 miles (7.2 km) from the end of the take-off runway, having travelled in an almost straight course to the point of impact.[2]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Gooseberry Hill (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
  2. ^ a b "Crash of a US Navy R4D-5 (DC-3), "Blue Goose" at Gooseberry Hill, Kalamunda near Perth, WA on 19 April 1945". ozcrashes.
  3. ^ Thirteen dead : U.S.N. transport plane crashes at Gooseberry Hill. (19 April 1945, a United States Navy C47 transport airplane crashed at Gooseberry Hill. Killed US servicemen, 1 officer of the Royal Navy and 3 U.S. Red Cross workers).The West Australian, 20 April 1945, p.6f
  4. ^ Crash victims, burial yesterday The funeral for the victims of the crash of the C47 transport airplane at Gooseberry Hill, 19 April 1945. The U.S. servicemen and the Royal Navy officer buried at Karrakatta, the 3 Red Cross workers repatriated to Sydney. The West Australian, 24 April 1945, p.4e