Karrinyup, Western Australia

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PerthWestern Australia
Karrinyup Shopping Centre Busport.JPG
Karrinyup Bus Station (Transperth)
Karrinyup is located in Perth
Location in metropolitan Perth
Coordinates31°52′30″S 115°46′37″E / 31.875°S 115.777°E / -31.875; 115.777Coordinates: 31°52′30″S 115°46′37″E / 31.875°S 115.777°E / -31.875; 115.777
Population8,524 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density1,311/km2 (3,396/sq mi)
Area6.5 km2 (2.5 sq mi)
Location12 km (7 mi) from Perth
LGA(s)City of Stirling
State electorate(s)Carine
Federal Division(s)Stirling
Suburbs around Karrinyup:
North Beach Carine Carine
Trigg Karrinyup Gwelup
Scarborough Doubleview Innaloo

Karrinyup is a suburb of Perth, the capital city of Western Australia, and is located 12 km north of Perth's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Stirling.


The name Karrinyup was originally derived from the word Careniup, a Noongar name for a nearby swamp which means "the place where bush kangaroos graze". In the 1840s, Samuel Moore took up a grant of 780 acres (3.2 km2) in the northern part of the suburb. Moore's grant, Swan Location 92 was surveyed by P Chauncey in 1844 and Chauncey recorded a large swamp just to the east of Karrinyup as Careniup Swamp.[2]

In 1929, the foundation committee developing the Lake Karrinyup Country Club golf course opted to change the spelling.[3]

While the area had been subdivided by Charles Stoneman in 1904 and roads built, the country club remained the only significant feature in the area, and rapid growth did not begin until 1957, with the part south of Karrinyup Road developing first. At this stage, the only access to the area from Perth was via Wanneroo Road and Balcatta Beach Road. The building of the Mitchell Freeway to Karrinyup Road in 1983-84 facilitated the growth of Karrinyup and nearby Stirling as a regional hub.


Karrinyup is bounded by North Beach Road to the north (Reid Highway is located just a few hundred metres further north), Marmion Avenue to the west, Newborough Street to the south and Huntriss Road and the country club to the east. About one-third of Karrinyup's land area is reserve or bushland, or part of the suburb's two golf courses. Karrinyup Road links Marmion Avenue and West Coast Highway to Mitchell Freeway through the suburb.[4]

At the ABS 2006 census, Karrinyup had a population of 7,793.[5] Most of the houses in Karrinyup are relatively modern, though the prolonged period of development has resulted in a range of styles from various eras. Many of the homes within the suburb are of two storeys and the vast majority are of brick and tile construction.


The Karrinyup Shopping Centre contains a bus station, community centre and library as well as two major department stores. It was built in 1973 and has since been extended to offer 54,587 m² of retail accommodation with undercover and open-air parking.

Karrinyup has two golf courses, Hamersley (public) and Lake Karrinyup (private). Open spaces exist at Lake Karrinyup and at the south-west of the suburb. Karrinyup contains three state primary schools (Karrinyup, Deanmore and Newborough) and a private college, St Mary's Anglican Girls School, founded in 1921 at West Perth and relocated to Karrinyup in 1961.


Karrinyup is served by the Karrinyup bus station, located at the shopping centre, with Transperth bus routes 422, 423, 424 and 425 providing a link to Stirling train station.[6] Further west is a bus depot operated by Swan Transit. All services are operated by Swan Transit.


Karrinyup is a reasonably affluent suburb with many "mortgage belt" families and socially liberal voters. It consistently supports the Liberal Party at both federal and state elections, although the part south of Karrinyup Road leans more towards the Australian Labor Party.

2004 Federal Election
Source: AEC
  Liberal 55.5%
  Labor 31.4%
  Greens 7.77%
  CDP 2.03%
  Democrats 1.44%
2001 Federal Election
Source: AEC
  Liberal 49.6%
  Labor 31.7%
  Democrats 6.47%
  Greens 6.27%
  One Nation 3.36%
2005 State Election
Source: WAEC
  Liberal 46.7%
  Labor 35.0%
  Greens 11.4%
  CDP 5.3%
2001 State Election
Source: WAEC
  Liberal 38.6%
  Labor 33.8%
  Independent 8.25%
  Greens 8.23%
  One Nation 5.79%

Notable residents[edit]

Jeff Newman OAM, former Seven Network weatherman and telethon anchor. Peter Dowding former Premier of Western Australia (1988 to 1990) Birthplace of author Tim Winton. Dennis Lillee former Australian cricketeer Hometown of actor Kurtis Wakefield. Emma Matthews superstar Soprano and head of Classical Voice and Opera Studies WAAPA.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "State Suburbs: Karrinyup". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 July 2012. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of metropolitan suburb names – K". Retrieved 2007-04-17.
  3. ^ City of Stirling. "Suburbs - Karrinyup". Retrieved 2006-09-15.
  4. ^ Department of Land Information. StreetSmart Perth Street Directory (48 (2007) ed.). West Australian Newspapers Ltd. Maps 310–311. ISBN 1-921048-10-7.
  5. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Karrinyup (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
  6. ^ Northern 62 timetable Archived 30 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine., Transperth, effective 8 August 2005. Accessed 17 January 2007.

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