Atwell is a suburb in the City of Cockburn, promising a smooth work-life balance for those who choose to live there. This scenic suburb is just 21 kilometres south of Perth, the vibrant capital of Western Australia.
Atwell is only about 23 minutes’ drive to Perth’s bustling business and lifestyle centres. The busy port city of Fremantle is even closer – only 20 minutes west of Atwell. Despite the convenient commute, life in this suburb retains much of the relaxed countryside charm that has drawn many to live in Atwell.
Atwell is relatively small geographically, with an area of only 3.541 square kilometres. That doesn’t mean, however, that it didn’t play a significant role in Cockburn’s early development after European development.
Atwell started as part of the Jandakot Agricultural Area for colonist-settlers in Western Australia. It was named after Ernest Atwell, a prominent landowner who pioneered in Jandakot. As a rural community, Atwell drew its first settlers because of the fertile soil of the Jandakot area. The land here was used mainly for orchards, gardens, and dairy farming.
The rapid development of residential communities came to Atwell and Perth’s southern suburbs in the 1980s. The key growth drivers were primarily the extension of the Kwinana Freeway and increased public housing in and around Cockburn.
Today, young adults and families dominate the residents within Atwell’s neighbourhoods. The median age is 33 in this suburb, with a population of about 9,000.
Atwell is a great place to call home because it is a well-planned suburb. Its residents have easy access to modern city amenities while maintaining a quiet, country feel lifestyle.
Significantly, the Jandakot groundwater protection area is situated on the eastern side of Atwell. Property development is prohibited in this protected area, thus ensuring the preservation of Atwell’s natural setting. Even though Atwell residents are conveniently located for city employment opportunities, they don’t take the hustle and bustle of the city home with them after a long day at work.
In 1996, Conversion of the 115-hectare tract of former grazing land in Atwell, bounded by the Kwinana Freeway and Bartram, Beenyup and Gibbs roads became the Harvest Lakes residential estate as part of Perth’s great southward expansion.
In 2000, LandCorp, the Western Australian Governments land and property developer made decisions that would forever link its Harvest Lakes estate with high aspiration. It was decided, Harvest Lakes would be Western Australia’s first GreenSmart community, set upon the foundation of a bold new approach to community development. It would establish the commercial viability of land development that reflected a practical and meaningful commitment to environmental excellence, while also demonstrating that urban planning should be about people as well as spaces. Creating a new estate at Atwell wasn’t enough: the goal was to create a community.
The development began in March 2002 and the first 160 lots went on sale in November 2003. The land release was so popular that four weeks prior to the release, campers moved in to join the queue to make a land purchase. Bernie and Samantha Francis remember this so well as they were part of the group that queued for a block of land. By 2008 the final development was completed by Landcorp.
Owning a home in Atwell likely means living close to a scenic park or wetlands. One of these is Kurrajong Park, which was part of Ernest Atwell’s original landholding in the Jandakot area.
The sprawling Addison John Park and Atwell Reserve are also among the beautiful greenbelts across this suburb. The amenities that the Atwell Reserve offers include playgrounds, barbecue facilities, a skate park, and a lake, making it the perfect spot for family gatherings, exercise, or outdoor hobbies.
Outdoor delights and more can also be enjoyed at Atwell’s Harvest Lakes, featuring playgrounds and its trademark lake.
Atwell is fortunate to have 2 community centres for functions and community activities and events. At the north end is the Atwell Community Centre located at Lombe Gardens and the Harvest Lakes Community centre located at the south end on Aurora drive.
Atwell offers good transport options that help attract tenants and home buyers to this suburb. The Mandurah train line is easily accessible at the Aubin Grove train station which is located in Atwell.
In Atwell you will find a Woolworths supermarket at Harvest Lakes Shopping Village as well as a news agency, takeaway food options, and medical services.
Cockburn Gateway Shopping City is 5 minutes away and has Coles, Woolworths, Big W, Target, and more than 150 food, fashion, and specialty stores.
You can also rest assured your health is being looked after with Jupiter’s Harvest Lakes Medical Centre located in close proximity to the Harvest Lake shopping village.
Woodman Point is another wonderful destination nearby for residents of Atwell. It is just some 12 kilometres or 15 minutes’ drive via Russell Road. Woodman Point offers miles and miles of beach to explore, plus a kitesurfing school and sailing club popular during summer.
Atwell households with school-age children will benefit from the educational institutions based in the suburb. These include the Atwell and Harmony primary schools, plus Atwell College, a progressive school which opened in 2008.
Reliable transport infrastructure networks serve Atwell for more alternative choices on schools as well as life and leisure options. These connectors to the other points of interest in Western Australia include the Kwinana Freeway and the Aubin Grove Train Station.