Town of Bassendean

The Town of Bassendean nestles within a curve of the Swan River, opposite the confluence of the Helena River and has a border with the Bennett Brook at Pyrton.

Beginning as a small settlement called West Guildford in 1829, Bassendean was renamed in 1922. Bounded on two sides by the Swan River, Bassendean became a separate local authority in 1901. The Town now has a mix of housing, parks and recreational areas, as well as light industry and commercial areas. It also has riverside public open space, some of which was land used by Aboriginal people for thousands of years as ceremonial places.

With seven kilometres of river frontage, the river foreshore is possibly the Town's most valuable natural resource. The Town has a relatively tranquil and undeveloped river foreshore and some highly significant areas of public open space. These include the riverside parks of Success Hill Reserve, the former Pyrton site, Point Reserve, Sandy Beach Reserve, Ashfield Flats and the river foreshore itself. Two areas, Success Hill Reserve and Ashfield Flats are 'Bush Forever' sites and have great conservation value.

The Town is recognised as a cultural hub of Perth with the ever increasing popularity of its annual public and cultural events program and a plethora of renowned artists, writers, actors and dancers taking up residence in the Town.


Ashfield, Bassendean, and Eden Hill.


Please refer to the Australian Bureau of Statistics for the latest Census of Population and Housing data.

Distance from Perth (km) 10
Area (sq km) 11
Length of sealed roads (km) 95
Length of unsealed roads (km) nil
Population 14,404
Electors 9,528
Dwellings 6,383


Swan River foreshore and reserves

Railway Heritage WA's Rail Transport Museum

Bassendean Historical Museum

Steel Blue Oval and its Heritage Gates

The charm of the main street - Old Perth Road

Pensioner Guard Cottage

The former Masonic Hall


The McDonald and Billy Walker Stands

Success Hill Lodge (the former Lockridge Hotel)

Daylesford House

For more information

Contact the Town of Bassendean:

Address: 35 Old Perth Road, BASSENDEAN WA 6054
Postal Address: PO Box 87, BASSENDEAN WA 6934
Telephone: (08) 9377 8000
Fax: (08) 9279 4257