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The townsite of Waroona is situated on the South West Highway, 108 kms from Perth.

It can be reached by road from Perth via Mandurah or Armadale and is a comfortable 1.5 hour drive from the Perth City Centre.

Other distances are:

  • Waroona to Armadale - 83km
  • Waroona to Mandurah - 42km
  • Waroona to Bunbury - 72km
  • Waroona to Rockingham - 77km

Alternatively Waroona is on the Perth/Bunbury railway and the Australind passenger train serves the town daily in each direction.

Waroona Shire has approximately 3,843 people and is a progressive country town situated on the foothills of the Darling Range with many views out over the coastal plain and irrigation areas.

Total Land Area 83,512.6 Ha
Distance from Perth: 108km
Revenue: $6.4 million
Shire Population: 3,843
Number of Dwellings: 1885
Electricity Supply: Western Power 250.240V AC
Water Supply: Water Corporation
Sewerage System: Septic Tanks and Water Corporation Sewerage Systems
Lengths of Roads: Sealed 258 km Unsealed 150 km
Area in Sq Km 835
Land Use:Recreation and/or camping Reserve 488.5 ha
Water Reserve 94.5 ha
Townsite Reserve 713.1 ha
Other Reserve 234.4 ha
Public Works Department 435.3 ha
Water Corporation 3.9 ha
State Forest 35,735.2 ha
Timber Reserve - Land Act 13.8 ha
Conservator of Forest Land 195.0 ha
Vacant Crown Land 640.2 ha
Private Property 39,100.5 ha
National Park 5,414.0 ha
Flora and/or Fauna Reserve 443.2 ha
Length of Coastline 19 km

Townsites In Area

Waroona, Hamel, Preston Beach, Lake Clifton, Nanga Brook, and Wagerup. Several rural residential developments are located throughout the Shire e.g. Tuart Grove and Armstrong Hills.

Library

Located Cnr Hesse & Thatcher Streets, Waroona.

Local Industry

Dairy, whole milk, horticulture, vegetables, tourism, forestry, beef, sheep, engineering, earthmoving, bauxite mining, Wagerup Alumina Refinery.

Recreation

Recreational activities such as tennis, basketball, football, soccer and golf are well catered for in the town. A Recreation and Aquatic centre in Waroona caters for indoor aquatic activities, basketball, badminton, squash, volleyball, netball, indoor tennis, gymnastics and a gymnasium. There are also a creche available at the Recreation/Aquatic Centre for patrons.

The Drakesbrook Weir (Lake Moyanup), 2kms south east of the town provides the residents with swimming and fishing opportunities. Fishing in the local streams and at Preston Beach, 32km west, bushwalking and picnicking in the Darling Ranges directly to the east of the town provide sources of passive recreation.

Waroona Dam (Lake Navarino) 7km east of the town, provides opportunities for freshwater swimming, sailing, water skiing and fishing.

Climate

During the year the rainfall averages about 1060mm. The wettest months as you would expect are June/July/Aug but the rest of the year is most pleasant.

Commercial

The Commercial Centre consists of a SupaIGA Supermarket Plus Liquor, numerous small shops, including Cafes, Bakery, Ladies Boutique, Hairdressers, Chemist, Banks, Road House, Motor Mechanics/Fuel Stops/Garages, Hardware store, Newsagency, Antique Store, Produce Store, Commercial Hire facilities, Real Estate Agencies, Hotel, Tavern, Guest House/B&B and others.

A Veterinary Clinic serving large and small animals is also located in the town.

There is a small Industrial area where factories operate including panel beating/spray painting, aluminium window and door manufacture, concrete products manufacture, steel fabrication and machinery hire premises, electrical contractor.

Two hotels are in the town:

Waroona Hotel - located between Fouracre Street/South West Hwy in the centre of town, provides accommodation, dining facilities, bottle shop, and TAB facilities

Drakesbrook Hotel Motel - located on South West Highway, on the northern approach to the town consisting of motel units, restaurant, public bar, bottle shop and TAB facilities.

Housing And Land

Waroona Town is expanding every year with a steady growth of new housing construction.

Housing developments are also occurring on the coast at Preston Beach and nearby rural residential areas of Lake Clifton including Tuart Grove, and Armstrong Hills.

All land within the townsite is serviced by bitumen roads, scheme water, telephone and Western Power.

In the Special Residential areas the electricity is underground.

Health Services

Waroona currently has two Doctor Surgerys

  • Forrest Medical Service, located within Waroona Community Resource Centre, 10 Henning Street
  • Waroona Harvey Medical Group, located at 22 Fouracre Street, Open Mon – Fri 8.30 – 5.00pm and alternate Saturdays (by appointment)
  • People requiring hospitalisation use Pinjarra 23kms north, or the Peel Health Campus at Mandurah. The nearest Emergency Services are available at Harvey Hospital and the Peel Health Campus.
  • Infant Health - Clinic is serviced by visiting Sister every Tuesday.
  • Silver Chain - Nurses service the district from their Harvey base.

Education

  • Waroona District High School - Kindergarten to Year 10, transport via School Bus Services to Pinjarra Senior High School is provided for students in Years 11 and 12. A number of Private schools utilise School Bus Services from Waroona to Mandurah including South Yunderup.
  • St Joseph's School, Waroona - A Catholic education school also takes students from Kindergarten to Year Six.
  • Play Group - A self help group meets in a modern Council owned building, Henning Street, Waroona.

Employment

The principal employer in the Shire is Alcoa Australia operating an Alumina Refinery and minesite just south of the town and employing nearly 800 people.

Other industries employing significant labour include stock transporters, and local earth moving contractors.

Clubs

Many opportunities exist for joining Clubs.

There are Clubs for all sorts of arts and crafts, church groups, girl guides/boy scouts, Lions Club, Agricultural Society, exercise groups, dancing and swimming, and a varied number of sports.

Other organisations include Fire Brigade, St John's Ambulance, and RSL.

Arts And Crafts

Many opportunities exist to participate in a variety of arts and crafts and to sell the produce.

A Creative Arts centre caters for many types of arts and crafts and an arts and crafts/tourist information centre operates in the centre of Waroona.

Churches

Currently there are 3 major churches in town Anglican, Roman Catholic and Uniting. These all have their Ladies Guilds. Other churches also cater for the religious needs of the community.

Aged Accommodation

Within the town is Frail Aged Accommodation called Quambie Park Inc (Pam Corker House) that consists of cottage, unit and hostel accommodation for the elderly.  Website - www.quambiepark.com.au  

Aged & Day Care

Home and Community Care offers transport to the Shopping Centre, plus day care facilities on a regular basis. Meals on Wheels service is available.

Emergency Services

St John Ambulance

The St Johns Ambulance sub-branch in Waroona has modern well equipped vans available.

For more detailed information relating to Waroona and its surrounding areas, please contact our office on 9733 7800 or email us at warshire@waroona.wa.gov.au.