The Perth suburb of Joondalup is named after Lake Joondalup. The Lake is situated on the eastern side of the suburb.
Joondalup is an Aboriginal word first recorded in 1837, and possibly means “place of whiteness or glistening”. Another account states that a ‘joondal’ is a creature that can only move backwards.
Neil Hawkins Park Joondalup
Grand Boulevard in the heart of Joondlaup City Centre is complemented by well-designed townhouses and apartments while north of the city centre, we find more traditional suburban housing with the main residential area of the Perth suburb of Joondalup having a primary school and a number of attractive parks.
Joondalup City is a central city hub in the suburb, that acts like a magnet attracting people day and night. You will find cafes, restaurants, taverns and nightclubs, together with a large regional shopping centre.
Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City is a popular shopping centre with a host of services including Woolworths (great for the weekly shop)and Target Home. Attached to the Complex is the Grand Cinema so you can drop the hubby and the kids off to see a film if you want to shop in peace. Lakeside which is opposite the Retail Park on Joondalup Drive is just one of the many retail outlets in the Perth suburb of Joondalup.
Two of the Western Australia Universities have a campuses in the Perth suburb of Joondalup. They are located close to Joondalup City centre. Both Curtin and Edith Cowan University, , as does the West Coast College of TAFE. Along with this country’s first purpose built police training academy and Joondalup Health Campus, they make this a “city of learning” that attracts thousands of students from around the world.
Joondalup Hospital on Shenton Avenue is a major hospital which also has an emergency department.
There is a train station where a train journey into Perth will take you 22 mins. If you prefer to drive then you can always go to Perth by car via the Mitchell Freeway.
Popular in the summer months is the Friday Night Markets, where you can find hand made crafts and local products for sale at street side market stalls.
Lake Joondalup to the east of Joondalup
Arena Joondalup which is just a stones throw from the Centre of Joondalup is the largest multi-purpose sport, recreation and entertainment facility in Western Australia and home to Rock iT the largest locally produced outdoor rock concert in WA.
A popular park in the Perth suburb of Joondalup is Neil Hawkins Park. The park can be found on the western bank of Lake Joondalup. The park is popular for its friendly parrots who generally desend into the park in the late afternoon (4pm). Its a great place to see other birds and wildlife including kangaroos. The park has gazibos, BBQ, toilet and parking facilities so it is a great place to bring your family and visitors for a picnic.