Tapping, Western Australia

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PerthWestern Australia
Tapping is located in Perth
Coordinates31°43′08″S 115°47′42″E / 31.719°S 115.795°E / -31.719; 115.795Coordinates: 31°43′08″S 115°47′42″E / 31.719°S 115.795°E / -31.719; 115.795
Population9,464 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density7,900/km2 (20,400/sq mi)
Area1.2 km2 (0.5 sq mi)
Location27 km (17 mi) N of Perth CBD
LGA(s)City of Wanneroo
State electorate(s)Wanneroo
Federal Division(s)Cowan
Suburbs around Tapping:
Neerabup Carramar Banksia Grove
Joondalup Tapping Mariginiup
Ashby Ashby Mariginiup

Tapping is a suburb of Perth, Western Australia, located within the City of Wanneroo. It came into being in the early 1990s as a subdivision of Wanneroo, originally as part of the Carramar estate.

Tapping was chosen as the suburb name in honour of an early settler family in the Wanneroo area. William Tapping arrived in 1886 and Molly and Dolly Tapping were long time postmistresses in Wanneroo. The name for the suburb was approved in 1997.[2]


Tapping is bounded by Joondalup Drive to the north, Pinjar Road to the east, Conti Road to the south, and Wanneroo Road to the west.[3]


In the 2011 census, Tapping had a population of 8,946, an increase in comparison to the 2001 census, which had the population at 229.[1][4] This increase can be directly attributed to continued housing development within the suburb on previously undeveloped land previously used for farming and horticulture activities. The median age of Tapping residents was 30, and median individual incomes were $831 per week.[1] 0.8% of the population identified themselves as Indigenous persons.[1]

The most common religious affiliation was "No Religion" (25.3%}; the next most common responses were Anglican (23.7%), Catholic (22.0%), and Uniting Church (3.6%).[1]


Tapping contains one private School, St Stephen's School, Carramar Campus, an extension of the original St Stephens School in Duncraig. The school supports both primary and secondary education. Tapping also has two public schools, Tapping Primary School which opened at the start of 2007 and Spring Hill Primary School, which opened in 2011. Both schools provide education for Kindergarten through to Year 6.

Tapping does not contain a public high school. High school studies are provided through Wanneroo Senior High School and Kinross College.


The suburb is served by bus links which provides connections back to the Joondalup Line via either the Whitfords or Joondalup railway stations.[5][6]

Bus routes[edit]

  •    390 Joondalup - Banksia Grove
  •    391 Joondalup - Banksia Grove
  •    467 Whitfords - Joondalup
  •    468 Whitfords - Joondalup


  1. ^ a b c d e Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "2016 Community Profiles: Tapping (State Suburb)". 2016 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 14 January 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of metropolitan suburb names – T". Retrieved 27 June 2007.
  3. ^ Maps 165-166, 2007 UBD Directory (49th Edition), Universal Publishers Limited, Perth.
  4. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (19 November 2002). "Community Profile Series : Tapping (State Suburb)". 2001 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 27 June 2007.
  5. ^ Route 390 and 391 timetables Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine. Transperth. Retrieved on 10 April 2007.
  6. ^ Route 468 timetable Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine. Transperth. Retrieved on 10 April 2007.