About the Town
The Town of Victoria Park is a vibrant and diverse urban community located just 10 minutes from Perth’s CBD, across the causeway on the south side of the Swan River. The Town is centred around the bustling Albany Highway, famed for its culinary smorgasbord, buzzing café strip and unique retail stores.
Recorded history of the Town dates back to pre-European settlement, where there was evidence of Aboriginal presence on the Perth Coastal Plain and the site near the present-day Causeway was known as ‘Matta Gerup’ (knee deep). In 1829 the first non-Indigenous people settled in the area and the first land grants were issued. Originally established in 1894, it was absorbed into the City of Perth in 1917, before being proclaimed an independent municipality and closely resuming its original boundaries in 1994.
Victoria Park, East Victoria Park, Lathlain, Carlisle and Burswood, as well as sections of suburbs from surrounding localities including Welshpool, Bentley and St. James, make up the Town. The current population is over 35,000 and is expected to grow to 50,869 by 2031.
In recent years there has been a transformation within its residential areas from being traditionally seen as a diverse working‑class suburb of Perth into becoming an increasingly sought after destination for residential, commercial and leisure pursuits, with a thriving café culture and increasing investment in mixed‑use developments.
The Town promotes a ‘vibrant lifestyle’ and its vision for the future is to foster a creative, attractive, friendly and environmentally sustainable place for members of the local community to live, work and play.
Friday night hawkers markets, parklets, a pop-up cinema, weekend farmers’ markets, free WiFi, as well as commissioning murals and urban artworks are just some of the activation projects that have garnered the Town of Victoria Park both local and international attention. The Town attributes the success of these projects to its enabling attitude when it comes to partnering with local community groups; cutting the red tape and encouraging them to implement initiatives that will activate the Albany Highway ‘strip’ and other community activity areas.
The Burswood Peninsula, with Crown Perth, the new Perth Stadium, Perth Racing and pop-up waterpark Splash City, is set to be the entertainment capital of Western Australia.
The Town is also home to Curtin University, Brightwater Care Group, VisAbility, Perth Football Club and the future home of the West Coast Eagles at Lathlain Park.
Leisure and sporting facilities available to residents and visitors include the Victoria Park Library, Aqualife and Leisurelife Centres, as well as local parks and reserves.
For the foodies, there is an array of popular eateries, ranging from historic pubs and established restaurants, through to brand new, funky cafes and bistros. Whether you’re after a long Sunday afternoon lunch or a quick takeaway coffee and a home-made delicacy, there is something to please every palate.