Joondalup is the thriving urban centre of Perth's outer northern suburbs. The city is named after Lake Joondalup and the name Joondalup is a Noongar word, first recorded in 1837 and possibly meaning either "place of whiteness or glistening", or "place of a creature that can only move backwards".
Joondalup's development is relatively recent having only begun in the 1980s, where rapid growth occurred until 2006 and then steadied between 2006 and 2011 as fewer new homes and dwellings were built. Joondalup's 11 square kilometre land area is primarily used for housing and institutional purposes, with some industry sectors in the west and a commercial area in the suburbs centre.
Life in Joondalup
Joondalup's City Centre is relaxed and casual with an alluring combination of cultural, civic and commercial areas built on the edge of Lake Joondalup. Residents and visitors to the area have an array of restaurants and cafes to choose from, as well as a major shopping centre with over 240 stores and a cinema. There is a university in the area, as well as a private hospital and numerous recreational facilities like an aquatic centre, basketball stadium and an arena. Local schools in the suburb include Joondalup Primary School and Lake Joondalup Baptist College.