One71 Baldivis | Best of Both Worlds


  • Officially Australia’s fastest growing suburb, Baldivis is turning heads as a rare locale that offers a vibrant and growing urban scene set against a pristine natural backdrop.

    There is clearly something about Baldivis. Just 35 minutes from Perth down the Kwinana Freeway, the suburb has for many years been a well-kept secret among West Australians in the know.

    But since being named the fastest growing suburb in Australia, more people are hearing about its sought-after status – testament to the increasing popularity of Perth and its surrounds among savvy homebuyers.

    Baldivis was named for three ships that arrived there in the 1920s, which all left England within six weeks of each other, carrying excited free settlers, who were among the first to see the region’s potential. The ships were the BALranald, DIogenes and the JerVIS Bay.

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  • A great place to meet up with friends and shop for the latest fashions, Baldivis is becoming a thriving urban hot spot.

    The main shopping centre has recently undergone a $116 million redevelopment and expansion, offering locals an even bigger choice of shopping options.

    New nightlife and entertainment options are also planned for the suburb – with five new restaurants and bars due to be opened in the Settlers Avenue precinct.

    Another draw card for the suburb is its easy access to the thriving beachside suburb of Rockingham.

    Rockingham is renowned as a water sports mecca, where you can bob around on a boat in the protected waterways. For the more adventurous, the nearby islands offer interesting diving options. Plus there’s excellent surfing and kiteboarding to be had.

    If you fancy getting up close and personal with the local wildlife, Rockingham is famous for the dolphins and penguins that regularly visit local inlets.

    But Baldivis and its surrounds don’t just boast a fabulous aquatic lifestyle. Head inland for just a few kilometres and there’s an array of natural attractions.


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  • One of the best is the Serpentine Falls and national park. These striking waterfalls are an ideal option if you’re looking for an effortless day trip or picturesque picnic spot.

    And winter’s the perfect time to do one of the popular local bushwalks. The area is popular for its wildflower displays, with peak season from now until September, when the hills will be a glorious riot of colour.

    There are lots of distinguished wineries in the area if you’re looking for a leisurely weekend activity. The Baldivis Karnup wine rail is a perennial favourite with locals and visitors alike. With harvest well behind them, now’s the time of year when the wine makers are able to tell you all about this year’s vintage, and give you the inside running on which wines are their very best.

    But when Monday rolls around, Baldivis is only a short commute back to Perth. So it’s a great option for people who value a quick trip to the office. There are also many good local schools in the area – public and private – with more scheduled to open soon. There is an abundance of reliable public transport, as well as a bike track to Perth, if freewheeling is your preference.

    There’s no doubt we’ll be hearing a lot more about this exciting region. Its close proximity to the Perth CBD, plus ultimate downtime options, means it’s likely Baldivis and its surrounds won’t remain a local secret for much longer.

  • This article first appeared in The Right Place by Mirvac Winter 2015 magazine.

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