Wanneroo Road

Wanneroo Road is a 44 kilometre arterial highway in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia, linking Joondanna and Yokine in the south with Wanneroo and Yanchep in the north. As part of State Route 60, it begins from Charles Street in the inner city and becomes Indian Ocean Drive up to Dongara.

Wanneroo Road

Looking south, towards Perth in Tuart Hill
General information
Length43.6 km (27 mi)
Route number(s) State Route 60
Major junctions
South end Charles Street, (State Route 60), Joondanna
North end Indian Ocean Drive (State Route 60), Yanchep
Major suburbsTuart Hill, Wanneroo, Yanchep
Highway system

Originally a narrow and often country road with a single lane in each direction it has been periodically widened and (particularly north of Wanneroo) straightened. Around the Carabooda area the road has been realigned. Short sections of the original, narrow road remain providing access to properties and businesses along the road.

The road is also multiplexed with State Routes 81 and 83 for short lengths.


After the enactment of the Road Districts Act 1871, the Perth Road Board requested that the Legislative Council proclaim eight public thoroughfares through its territory,[1] and on 4 June 1872, Road No.3, intended as a route from Perth to Champion Bay (now Geraldton) via Wanneroo, was published in the Government Gazette.[2] However, the act of proclaiming the road was not contiguous with its development, and progress on surfacing the track occurred at a slow rate.

A proposal to rename the road as "Yanchep Highway" was made in November 1940.[3] The Perth Road Board (now City of Stirling) was in favour of the proposal, subject to the Wanneroo Road Board (now City of Wanneroo) renaming their portion of Wanneroo Road,[3] but the Wanneroo Road Board indicated that they would support a name change if it included Charles Street, in the Perth City Council area.[4] There was no agreement reached.

In 2008, the intersection with Ocean Reef Road (SR84) was upgraded. A second left turn lane was added for drivers entering Ocean Reef Road westbound from Wanneroo Road from the North, a second right turn lane to enter Ocean Reef Road westbound, and a second left and right turn lane at Ocean Reef Road (westbound).

In 2010 Wanneroo Road was duplicated from Wallawa Street to Joondalup Drive.

In 2013, traffic lights were installed at Hester Avenue and widened.


StirlingJoondannaYokine boundary0.00.0 London Street (State Route 61)  Leederville, Subiaco, Nedlands south-west / Charles Street (State Route 60)  North Perth, Northbridge south-eastWanneroo Road terminus; road continues south as Charles Street; Traffic light controlled y-junction
Tuart Hill–Yokine boundary1.00.62Cape Street  Yokine, Tuart Hill, Osborne ParkTraffic light controlled intersection
1.60.99Royal Street  Yokine, Tuart Hill, Osborne ParkTraffic light controlled intersection
Tuart Hill–Yokine–BalcattaNollamara quadripoint2.51.6 Morley Drive (State Route 76)  Karrinyup, Stirling, MorleyTraffic light controlled intersection
Balcatta–Nollamara boundary3.22.0Nollamara Avenue  Nollamara, MirrabookaTraffic light controlled t-junction
Balcatta–Nollamara–Westminster tripoint4.32.7Amelia Street  Balcatta, Westminster, MirrabookaTraffic light controlled intersection
Balcatta–Westminster boundary4.93.0Main Street  Balcatta, Osborne ParkTraffic light controller t-junction
5.53.4 Balcatta Road (State Route 77)  BalcattaTraffic light controlled t-junction
5.73.5Halley Road  Balcatta west / Victoria Road  Westminster eastTraffic light controlled intersection
Balcatta–Westminster–HamersleyBalga quadripoint6.03.7 Reid Highway (State Route 3)  North Beach, Morley, MidlandDiamond interchange
Stirling–JoondalupWanneroo tripointHamersley–Balga–WarwickGirrawheen quadripoint7.94.9Beach Road  Carine, Malaga, DaytonTraffic light controlled intersection
Joondalup–Wanneroo boundaryWarwick–Girrawheen–GreenwoodMarangaroo quadripoint8.95.5 Warwick Road (State Route 81)  Warwick, DuncraigState Route 81 southern concurrency terminus; Traffic light controlled t-junction
Greenwood–Marangaroo boundary9.25.7 Marangaroo Drive (State Route 81)  Marangaroo, BallajuraState Route 81 northern concurrency terminus; Traffic light controlled intersection
Greenwood–Marangaroo–KingsleyMadeley quadripoint10.46.5 Hepburn Avenue (State Route 82)  Hillarys, MalagaTraffic light controlled intersection
Kingsley–Madeley boundary11.27.0Woodlake Retreat west / Kingsway  Darch, Landsdale eastTraffic light controlled intersection
12.37.6 Gnangara Road (State Route 83)  Wangara, EllenbrookState Route 83 southern concurrency terminus; Traffic light controlled t-junction
Kingsley–Madeley–WoodvaleWangara quadripoint12.77.9 Whitfords Avenue (State Route 83)  Padbury, CraigieState Route 83 northern concurrency terminus; Traffic light controlled intersection
WannerooWoodvale–Wangara boundary13.78.5Prindiville Parade  WangaraTraffic light controlled intersection
Woodvale–Wangara–WannerooPearsall quadripoint14.79.1 Ocean Reef Road (State Route 84)  Ocean Reef, Wangara, EllenbrookTraffic light controlled intersection
Wanneroo18.411.4Hastings StreetEntrance to Wanneroo Central; Traffic light controlled intersection
18.511.5Dundebar Road  WannerooTraffic light controlled t-junction
Wanneroo–SinagraAshby tripoint19.812.3Pinjar Road  Ashby, Tapping, Banksia GroveTraffic light controlled t-junction
Wanneroo–Ashby boundary20.312.6Wallawa StreetTraffic light controlled t-junction
Wanneroo–TappingNeerabupCarramar22.914.2 Joondalup Drive (State Route 85)  Joondalup, BullsbrookTraffic light controlled intersection
Neerabup26.416.4Neerabup Road  Clarkson, Mindarie west / Flynn Drive   Neerabup, Banksia GroveTraffic light controlled t-junction
Neerabup–Nowergup boundary29.518.3Hester Avenue  Ridgewood, Merriwa, Quinns RocksTraffic light controlled t-junction
Yanchep43.627.1Yanchep Beach Road  Yanchep, Two Rocks west / Indian Ocean Drive (State Route 60)  Guilderton, Lancelin, Jurien Bay northNorthern terminus of Wanneroo Road; Road continues north as Indian Ocean Drive

See also


  1. Cooper, W.S.; G. McDonald (1999). Diversity's Challenge: A History of the City of Stirling. City of Stirling. p. 82.
  2. "Major Roads". Western Australia Government Gazette. 4 June 1872. p. 1872:126.
  3. ""YANCHEP-HIGHWAY."". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 21 November 1940. p. 4. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  4. "PROPOSED YANCHEP HIGHWAY". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 14 February 1941. p. 4. Retrieved 27 November 2012.

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