Mundaring, Western Australia

Mundaring is a suburb located 34 km east of Perth on the Great Eastern Highway. The suburb is located within the Shire of Mundaring.

PerthWestern Australia
Mundaring park statues gnangarra.jpg
Statues in Sculpture Park, Mundaring
Mundaring is located in Perth
Coordinates31°53′49″S 116°10′16″E / 31.897°S 116.171°E / -31.897; 116.171Coordinates: 31°53′49″S 116°10′16″E / 31.897°S 116.171°E / -31.897; 116.171
Population3,011 (2011 census)[1]
LGA(s)Shire of Mundaring
State electorate(s)Kalamunda
Federal Division(s)Pearce
Suburbs around Mundaring:
Parkerville Stoneville Mount Helena
Mahogany Creek Mundaring Sawyers Valley
Paulls Valley Paulls Valley Mundaring Weir

The Aboriginal name of the area "Mindah-lung", said to mean "a high place on a high place", was anglicised to become "Mundaring".[2]

The Mundaring area is also considered to be part of the Perth Hills area.


The Mundaring region is currently well served by weekly and monthly newspapers:

Earlier newspapers in the area included:

  • The Darling[7]
  • Swan Express – although Midland based, had considerable space to "Hills" stories[8]
    • It is also extracted in entries in the J S Battye Library catalogue with items about the Hills.


The only railway line current in the Mundaring Shire – is the third route of the Eastern Railway which passes through Bellevue and Swan View. The railway routes mentioned below – first route and second route are no longer operational – and constitute sections of the Railway Reserve Heritage Trail.

The Eastern Railway passed through Mundaring on its first route through to Chidlow. Mundaring railway station, and the branch railway leading from it – the Mundaring Weir Branch Railway were significant locations for the construction of the Mundaring Weir. Following the construction of the second route of the Eastern Railway, the Mundaring line served as an alternative to the second route at the time of accidents and derailments, until its closing to traffic in 1954.

The line through Mundaring was known as the Mundaring Loop to railway administration in its later years of operation, while in earlier years it was known as Smiths Mill Branch (the earlier name for Glen Forrest). The line served a small population but played an integral part in the development and history of Mundaring.

The Mundaring Hotel opened opposite the Mundaring Railway Station in 1899 and served patrons on the route.

Mundaring Geophysical ObservatoryEdit

Mundaring was the location of a Bureau of Mineral Resources Geophysical Observatory from 1959 to April 2000.[9][10] The annual reports from the Observatory constituted the seismic record of the state of Western Australia for that period of time as well as reports and summaries of activity.[11][12][13]


The town lies within the Mundaring-Kalamunda Important Bird Area, so identified by BirdLife International because of its importance as a non-breeding season roost site and foraging base for the long-billed black cockatoos.[14]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Mundaring (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 October 2012.  
  2. ^ History of Mundaring (accessed 1 April 2006)
  3. ^ Echo. Midland, W.A. : Echo Newspapers, has been operating since 1988- For while it had been broken into separated editions:
    • Midland echo. 1985-1988.
    • Mundaring echo.1986-1987.
    see for details
  4. ^ History of the Hills Gazette (and its predecessor the Hills Reporter) and 1972-1997. Articles about the Gazettes beginnings local news of the last 25 years. Hills Gazette (Eastern edition), 24 Aug. 1997, Insert p. 15-22
  5. ^ see also - Swan hills gazette.Mundaring [W.A.] : Hills Gazette, 1990-1992. Vol. 18, no. 526 (28 May 1990)-v. 21, no. 656 (6 Dec. 1992).
  6. ^ Mundaring magazine. Vol. 1, no. 1 (Jan. 2001)-v. 10, no. 3 (Mar. 2006) followed by Swan magazine. Mundaring, W.A. : Bruce Publishing, 2006 - Vol. 11, no. 4 (Oct. 2006)- see also "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 1 January 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ The darling. Mundaring [W.A.] : Darling Advertiser, 1971-1979. Vol. 1, no. 1 (5 Sept. 1971)-v. 12, no. 15 (18/25 Apr. 1979)
  8. ^ The Swan express Midland Junction [W.A.] : The Express, 1900-1979. Vol. 1, no. 1 (1 Dec. 1900)-v. 80, no. 38 (8 Nov. 1979)
  9. ^ <Gordon, F.R and J.D. Lewis (1980) The Meckering and Calingiri earthquakes October 1968 and March 1970 Geological Survey of Western Australia Bulletin 126 ISBN 0-7244-8082-X - Appendix 1 - page 213 Catalogue of Larger Earthquakes recorded in Southwestern Australia and in National archives ref CA 3539 Mundaring Geophysical Observatory, WA[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ Photos from 1966
  11. ^ Gregson, P.J. 1994 Mundaring Geophysical Observatory, 1986 to 1989 Canberra: Australian Geological Survey Organisation. ISBN 0-642-20345-8 Record (Australian Geological Survey Organisation); 1994/25.
  12. ^ Gregson, P.J 1985 Mundaring Geophysical Observatory : twenty-fifth year 1983 Canberra: Bureau of Mineral Resources, Geology and Geophysics ISBN 0-642-11082-4 Record (Australia. Bureau of Mineral Resources, Geology and Geophysics) ; no. 1985/37.
  13. ^ Mundaring Archived 10 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine on Geoscience Australia
  14. ^ "IBA: Mundaring-Kalamunda". Birdata. Birds Australia. Retrieved 23 August 2011.

Further readingEdit

  • Elliot, Ian (1983). Mundaring – A History of the Shire (2nd ed.). Mundaring: Mundaring Shire. ISBN 978-0-9592776-0-9.
  • Spillman, Ken (2003). Life was meant to be here: community and local government in the Shire of Mundaring. Mundaring: Mundaring Shire. ISBN 978-0-9592776-3-0.
  • Watson, Lindsay (1995). The railway history of Midland Junction: commemorating the centenary of Midland Junction, 1895-1995. Swan View, WA: L & S Drafting in association with the Shire of Swan and the Western Australian Light Railway Preservation Association. ISBN 978-0-646-24461-7.

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