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#1 Mechicching

Posted 09 December 2019 - 08:53 AM

We are looking at moving to Perth early 2020 from VIC and need some advice as to the suburbs to look for a rental in.
We need to be somewhere between Cockburn and Kwinana.
We have 2 dogs so will need a backyard. We also have a 4yo due to start 4yo kinder next year (I think its called pre-primary in WA?)
I can drive but prefer to catch public transport where its available.

We have only ever been to Perth on a few days holidays so don't know Perth suburbs at all.

Can anyone suggest some family friendly suburbs we should be looking at?

#2 Sandra

Posted 09 December 2019 - 09:11 AM

I would go for Cockburn over Kwinana... Cockburn has a train station which run Mandurah to north of Perth and it is by a large shopping centre.

I am not sure on housing around that area or school, but there are lots of new sub divisions and the buses will run to the train station  ( is easy short walk to the shopping centre from the train there)

Good luck

#3 babybug15

Posted 09 December 2019 - 09:27 AM

Currently you can rent/buy a house in Perth very cheaply, so you shouldn't struggle to find a place that meets your needs. It's very much a renter/buyer market right now.

I agree with looking at Cockburn over Kwinana because of the train line.

https://www.transperth.wa.gov.au/ is the website for public transport, so you can have a look at different options for that area.

#4 NannyPlumPudding

Posted 09 December 2019 - 09:33 AM

Welcome to Perth

I live in the cockburn area. I lived in Beeliar (just moved to another suburb) and I didn't have any issues. It's clean, safe - it does have the usual car break ins, occasionally a house break in but I don't think you can avoid that anywhere too he honest.

It's about a 5min drive to the train station or there is a bus route through the suburb.

My kids didn't go to the primary school but I have heard it quite good. My daughter will still go to a daycare in the area. (We moved down the road about 5 minutes but closer to the beach and further from the train station).

I know people who have lived in Atwell (opposite side of the freeway from the train station & beeliar). I believe Success &Hammond Park are quite nice as well. Yangebup is alright in some places but it is an older suburb.


Hope that helps! And feel free to PM me with any questions. The Facebook page "Cockburn Chat" is great place to ask questions as well

Edited by Sandra, 09 December 2019 - 09:51 AM.


#5 MayaTheGrinch

Posted 09 December 2019 - 09:34 AM

I can’t help with the housing but preprimary is the first year of school. 4yr kindy is kindergarten (and usually done at the school but some form of 5 day fortnight. Some schools do 2.5 days/week some do 2 days one week 3 the next, I know one school that does 2 days week for the 1st semester then 3 days the 2nd semester). The cut off is June 30 and WA is fairly strict on it. So if you child is 5 before June 30 they will need to go into preprimary next year. If they are 4 before June 30 it’s kindergarten.

Edited by mayahlb, 09 December 2019 - 09:35 AM.


#6 melanieb530

Posted 09 December 2019 - 09:56 AM

Would choose Cockburn area over Kwinana area for schools generally.

#7 BusbyWilkes

Posted 09 December 2019 - 10:06 AM

As PP mentioned, there is very little flexibility re school starting age in WA compared to VIC. If your child is already 4 (and will turn 5 in 2020) they will be preprimary. This is full time and part of primary school. The bonus will be that (if govt school) it only costs $60 for the year in fees! (Plus shared stationery about $100).

Cockburn also has an awesome new rec. centre with swimming pool (with big water slides), afterschool sports classes for kids etc.

#8 llamarama

Posted 09 December 2019 - 01:30 PM

View PostBusbyWilkes, on 09 December 2019 - 10:06 AM, said:

As PP mentioned, there is very little flexibility re school starting age in WA compared to VIC. If your child is already 4 (and will turn 5 in 2020) they will be preprimary. This is full time and part of primary school. The bonus will be that (if govt school) it only costs $60 for the year in fees! (Plus shared stationery about $100).
Partly - if they are turning 5 before June 30 it's Pre-Primary, if they turn 5 after June 30 it will be kindy next year.

This is a good school age calculator that is WA focused: https://www.educatio...lling-in-school

ETA I don't know much about Cockburn vs Kwinana sorry, except that Kwinana has a bit of a bad reputation. Possibly there are some areas that are better than others... it's also got big industrial refineries, so the air pollution levels are not as good as the rest of Perth.

Edited by llamarama, 09 December 2019 - 01:32 PM.


#9 Mechicching

Posted 09 December 2019 - 01:50 PM

Thank you all so much.
It looks like I'll have to enrol DS in school, he will be 5 in March 2020.I'm not sure I'm ready for that Posted Image.

@Nannyplum those were the suburbs I've been looking at, in particular, Beelier and Atwell I'm glad they are both good suburbs.Ill

Edited by Sandra, 09 December 2019 - 01:55 PM.


#10 iwanttosleepin

Posted 09 December 2019 - 02:01 PM

Yep.  If he’s 5 in March he’s going straight to pre-primary.

#11 Ellie bean

Posted 09 December 2019 - 02:16 PM

View PostMechicching, on 09 December 2019 - 01:50 PM, said:

Thank you all so much.
It looks like I'll have to enrol DS in school, he will be 5 in March 2020.I'm not sure I'm ready for that Posted Image.

@Nannyplum those were the suburbs I've been looking at, in particular, Beelier and Atwell I'm glad they are both good suburbs.Ill
Remember too that most or all of the other kids will have done a year of part time kindy to get used to school etc, it would be worth talking to the school about tips for ensuring your son is prepared eg can open his lunch box, water bottle etc
I’d prefer cockburn to Kwinana personally

#12 babybug15

Posted 09 December 2019 - 02:21 PM

View PostMechicching, on 09 December 2019 - 01:50 PM, said:

those were the suburbs I've been looking at, in particular, Beelier and Atwell I'm glad they are both good suburbs.Ill

One of my very good friends has been living in Beeliar for the last few years. Really enjoys it- it seems like a safe suburb with decent amenities close by. They don't have kids, so can't speak for schools.

#13 BusbyWilkes

Posted 09 December 2019 - 04:10 PM

View PostMechicching, on 09 December 2019 - 01:50 PM, said:

Thank you all so much.
It looks like I'll have to enrol DS in school, he will be 5 in March 2020.I'm not sure I'm ready for that Posted Image.

@Nannyplum those were the suburbs I've been looking at, in particular, Beelier and Atwell I'm glad they are both good suburbs.Ill


The good thing about PP in WA is that, as a March birthday, you are guaranteed there will be younger kids in the class (April, May, June birthdays). In Vic, a march birthday would likely be the youngest). PP classes also have a teacher and education assistant for a max of 27 kids, which generally works well. Good luck.




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