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Carine, Western Australia


The name "Carine" was derived from the two swamps in the area, which were recorded by R. Quinn in a survey in 1865 as "Big Carine Swamp" and "Small Carine Swamp". Carine originally formed part of the Hamersley Estate, which also included the suburbs now known as North Beach, Waterman and Hamersley.[2]

These areas were owned by the Hamersley family, who arrived from Europe to settle in the Swan River Colony in 1837 and built a summer home in what is now North Beach. The majority of land at Carine remained largely undeveloped until the 1960s, with a few market gardens and farms established in the low-lying portions around the swamps, the remainder being timber reserves and a small piggery and horse stable near Little Carine Swamp, and the Beetles Dairy in Okely Road which operated until 1915.[3]

In the early 1970s, the part of the suburb south of what is now Reid Highway was built, and in 1973, Carine High School opened. For several years, the high school and the Carine Gardens Caravan Park and surrounding market gardens on Balcatta Road were the only facilities in the suburb. From 1975 onwards, the residential suburb was built progressively, with the last two stages being completed in 1987, west of Osmaston Road and the Lake Carine Gardens estate (built on a site originally reserved for a school to serve eastern Carine).

The majority of buildings were single detached houses but, with the growth in popularity of infill development, duplexes have become more common.[4]

In 2000, the final stage of Reid Highway was completed despite considerable local opposition.[5] This effectively separated the southern 300m of the suburb (the oldest section) and the caravan park from the rest of Carine.

Birdlife at Lake Carine.


Carine is bounded by Beach Road to the north, Mitchell Freeway to the east, North Beach Road to the south and Marmion Avenue to the west. Carine Regional Open Space sits between Duffy/Monyash Roads and Okely Road, and represents about one-third of the suburb. Reid Highway runs through the southern part of the suburb, and is the suburb's outlet to the Mitchell Freeway and the city.[6]

At the ABS 2006 census, Carine had a mostly middle-income white population of 6,596 people living in 2,314 dwellings, nearly all of which were detached houses on single lots. The ABS reported that nearly half of Carine's workforce were managers or professionals, while the most common occupations were in retail, property and business services, education, and health and community services.[7]


Carine is a residential suburb, relying on the Carine Glades shopping centre on its northern boundary for basic commercial services, and nearby Karrinyup Shopping Centre and Centro Warwick for other services. The suburb is served by a primary school, and a high school (grades 7-12).

Carine Regional Open Space is a wetland reserve centred on the two large swamps, and is home to many rare waterbirds, frogs, turtles and other wildlife. They are served by walking and bicycle tracks. The northern end of the open space contains sports facilities, ovals and a skateboard ramp.[6]


Carine is served by the Warwick railway station at its northeastern corner, linking the area to the Perth CBD. The suburb is also served by Transperth bus route 425 along Beach Road, Okely and Osmaston Roads and Everingham Street, the 424 along North Beach Road in Carine's south, and other routes along Marmion Avenue and Beach Road.[8]


Carine is a reasonably affluent suburb with many "mortgage belt" families and socially liberal voters. It consistently supports the Liberal Party at both federal and state elections.

2007 Federal Election
Source: AEC
  Liberal 57.5%
  Labor 32.7%
  Greens 6.33%
  CDP 1.49%
  WWW 0.61%
2004 Federal Election
Source: AEC
  Liberal 58.9%
  Labor 29.2%
  Greens 6.25%
  CDP 1.93%
  Democrats 1.40%
2001 Federal Election
Source: AEC
  Liberal 55.5%
  Labor 28.4%
  Democrats 5.92%
  Greens 4.68%
  One Nation 2.88%
2008 State Election
Source: WAEC
  Liberal 43.1%
  Labor 21.4%
  Independent 19.1%
  Greens 11.4%
  CDP 2.15%
2005 State Election
Source: WAEC
  Liberal 51.8%
  Labor 34.6%
  Greens 9.00%
  CDP 4.57%
2001 State Election
Source: WAEC[permanent dead link]
  Liberal 39.2%
  Labor 23.9%
  Independent 20.9%
  One Nation 4.91%
  Greens 4.85%


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "State Suburbs: Carine". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 July 2012.   
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of metropolitan suburb names – C". Retrieved 2007-05-15. 
  3. ^ Heritage Council of WA (June 1999). "Heritage Trail - Star Swamp" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 August 2006. Retrieved 15 September 2006. 
  4. ^ City of Stirling. "Suburbs - Carine". Archived from the original on 18 September 2006. Retrieved 2006-09-15. 
  5. ^ Stirling Times (Community Newspapers), various editions, 2000-01, accessed at Karrinyup Library, July 2006.
  6. ^ a b Department of Land Information. StreetSmart Perth Street Directory (54th ed.). West Australian Newspapers Ltd. pp. Maps 280–281, 310–311. ISBN 978-0-909439-67-5. 
  7. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Carine (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  8. ^ Transperth website, accessed 18 November 2006.