Kardinya, Western Australia

Kardinya is a suburb of Perth, Western Australia, located within the City of Melville. The suburb is home to under 10,000 people, including many international students due to its proximity to Murdoch University.

PerthWestern Australia
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Kardinya is located in Perth
Coordinates32°03′58″S 115°48′54″E / 32.066°S 115.815°E / -32.066; 115.815Coordinates: 32°03′58″S 115°48′54″E / 32.066°S 115.815°E / -32.066; 115.815
Population8,874 (2006 census)[1]
Location12 km (7 mi) from Perth
LGA(s)City of Melville
State electorate(s)Willagee, Bateman
Federal Division(s)Fremantle, Tangney
Suburbs around Kardinya:
Willagee Winthrop Winthrop
O'Connor Kardinya Murdoch
Samson Coolbellup North Lake


The word "Kardinya" is believed to be of Aboriginal origin, meaning "the place of the Karda"[2] (racehorse goanna), although it is also recognised as an Aboriginal word for "sunrise".[3][4]

Much of the area was originally farmland, dating back to the early 1900s. Welby Vineyard, established in 1922 by George Welby, which was the City of Melville's solitary winery, was built on what is now Kardinya. The winery was closed in 1964 and subdivided into housing lots.[2]

Part of the suburb was originally a Forest Departments and University of Western Australia pine plantation and reservation. Many streets in the suburb are now named after University of Western Australia personnel, as well as different varieties of pine as a result of the pine plantation.[2]

Kardinya is one of Perth's top 10 tightly-held suburbs (July 2013).[5]

Local businessEdit

Kardinya has its own local shopping Centre called Kardinya Park. It has a Coles Supermarket, Kmart, Bakers Delight, Australia Post and numerous other retail outlets. There is a local pub just outside Kardinya Park called "The Kardy" tavern.


There are regular bus services to Fremantle, the Perth CBD and Murdoch railway station, all of them only a short journey away. The 998/999 CircleRoute bus travels along South Street and links up with the Murdoch Station on Mandurah railway line.


Kardinya has a state primary school located on Ochiltree Way, which was established in 1977. Nearby private schools include Kennedy Baptist College, Corpus Christi College and All Saints' College. Murdoch University's main campus adjoins the eastern part of the suburb.


Kardinya is near two major hospitals: the privately owned St John of God Murdoch Hospital, and the public Fiona Stanley Hospital, opened in October 2014.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Kardinya (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 October 2008.
  2. ^ a b c "City of Melville - Kardinya". 30 January 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 October 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  3. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of metropolitan suburb names – K". Retrieved 28 June 2009.
  4. ^ Dallmeyer, James (11 June 2008). "Sunrise by name". Perth Now. Retrieved 28 June 2009.
  5. ^ http://www.perthnow.com.au/realestate/news/perths-most-tighly-held-suburbs/story-fnhlgriw-1226742561605 Source RP Data