Quinns Rocks



This is one of my faves. There are 9,000 humans in Quinns Rocks, or just ‘Quinns’ for short. They live in some amazing houses, loads of different styles, all spread over + up + down the rolling coastal sandstone hills typical of this part of Western Australia. Quinns is 38km north west from the Perth CBD – Perth is crazy like that, you can drive this far from the CBD + be on a beach with hardly anyone. There’s less + less capital cities like this [I surmise]. The Indian Ocean creates its western border, with Mindarie to the south [which is like a euro riveria suburb, got to do that one day, quite the contrast to Quinns], Jindalee to the north + then across the big main road, Marmion Avenue, there’s Butler + Meriwa to the east. I used to live north, so I’m not that city-centric, but I consider Quinns to be the last northern suburb of Perth as it just gets pretty remote + sparse from there up. Still, it only takes 35mins on the train [you first need to drive to Clarkson station] to get into Perth city or it’s about a 45min commute if you drive during peak hour. By Tokyo standards, this is a dream – he hee.

> I imagine that most of the people that live in Quinns, THEEEYYY LOOOOOVE IIIIIITT!!!!!!!! [say this in a drawn out Oprah-esque yell]. It’s mega peaceful + oozes a stress-free lifestyle. They’d probably feel like it was far enough away from the city rat race but not too far. Seems like it’d be a nice friendly community > with a mix of people, oldies, young families, professional people, tradies… I thought there’d be a high concentration of old people but interestingly, the median age is 33 years. Those aged 0-19 years make up just over a third of the population + only 6% of Quinns residents are aged 65 years and over. Technicians, tradies + labourers make up about 30% [high for Perth] whilst professionals, clerical + admin workers about the same. Almost 100% of dwellings are stand alone houses – no flats or units out here! About 68% have 4 or more bedrooms + 26% have 3 or more > this is huge! 30% of houses are rented. There are 184 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders – highest suburb I’ve done so far. Quinns seems like a bit of a hidden treasure actually. The beach is beautiful + activity centres on the Quinns Mindarie Surf Life Saving Club + Portofino’s Restaurant + Cafe [very nice]. You can see a shot of Salty’s a great little cafe right across from the beach.

Quinns was established in ’62 as a rural townsite focused around Quinns Beach. I reckon some of the houses are legit originals too, which appeals to me very much, that’s why I did this suburb quite early on in the piece. I’ve read about the history + it is very interesting. Google tells me… In 1930, the whole beachfront came under the control of the Wanneroo Road Board. They issued “boatshed and campsite permits” to holidaymakers for $4.20 per year [wow] – but they couldn’t stay for more than two days without permission. In 1942, Quinns got its first permanent residents + the caravan park was built in 1946. During the ‘50s more shacks were built along the ocean front but leasing was phased out in the late ‘50s + people were told they had to remove their shacks!  They were given first right of refusal for blocks on the ocean front at about $800 [wow]. Blocks were partitioned + in the early ‘60s Quinns Rocks was declared a town.

Most of the photos below are of ‘Old Quinns’ > an area made up of rolling hills and roads, overhead power lines + as I said, a myriad of unique houses with distinct architectural designs from the ’60s + ’70s. Much of this area still relies on septic tanks for waste management rather than a linked sewerage system, although infill sewerage works are scheduled in future. When I come back, I will do the newer sections like Norfolk Estate [built in the early ‘90s + is east of Tapping Way]. It’s almost the opposite of Old Quinns with its underground power, cul-de-sac street systems + modern bungalow housing. This is where a lot of the public housing is. Some are concerned about the community housing in the area, but there is community housing in some of Perth’s most glitziest suburbs, I don’t think it’s an issue here at all [not that I spend much time here]. I also have to get to the part that borders Jindalee in the north as that’s new too. Be good to see the contrast. I’m always visiting friends + family up north so I’ll do it soon.



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