8.2 out of 10

Shoalwater

Ranked 112nd best suburb in Perth (Greater)
-32.2968692321066 115.708704250432
Great for
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Clean & Green
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Beach Lovers
  • Singles

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Under rated"

While I still prefer Waikiki over Shoalwater, I would have to say that the rating Shoalwater has at the time I'm writing this review seems to be a bit low. For my research, and local knowledge, the schools and child care in the area is lacking for results and quality. However, you do have all the beaches and nature a person living in the suburbs could ever want. Further on the downside, the diverse nature of the housing is off putting to my family. I prefer an area where everyone is in a simular size and style of property.
Pros
  • Good beaches
  • Very quiet, nature all around
Cons
  • Occasional hoon
  • Older high density units
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Hidden gem. You don't buy a house, but a lifestyle"

Lived here for 15 years now, and for me it has everything I want. Friendly neighbours that look after your interest, relaxing feel, nature reserve and pristine beaches around the corner. Cooler than surrounding areas in summer, warmer in winter. Loooving it.
Pros
  • Very quiet, nature all around
  • Good neighbours
  • Favourable climate to surrounding suburbs
Cons
  • Older high density units
  • Occasional hoon
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Beach Lovers
Zoe Zoe
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Still has holiday town feel"

We moved to Shoalwater just over a year ago. We love the 'feel' this place has. The original part of Shoalwater still has a holiday town feel to it with the big trees, big blocks and some original shacks still remaining. In contrast there are also some gorgeous big houses that have been built with spawling balconys and beautiful finishes. Like anywhere it can have problems, our friend's house got broken into not long after they moved in, but I would like to think this was an isolated case. We have always felt very safe. We love the area; the beaches are beautiful and not packed, it is quiet and you feel like you are away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
becnick30
becnick30 Hi, my family are looking to move to Shoalwater and im hoping to enrol my children at safety bay primary, does anyone have any advice or thoughts on this please
2yrs+
becnick30
becnick30 and i loved your review of Shoalwater, feel very confident that this is the place for us
2yrs+
Zoe
Zoe Hi! Great to hear you liked my review, I hope Shoalwater proves to be all you desire and more.

I don't have any children and I went to Rockingham Beach Primary School so I can't comment on what Safety Bay Primary School is like unfortunately. There is also Star of the Sea which is very close to Shoalwater which is a catholic, private, co-ed school depending on whether you prefer public or private.

Good luck with it all again!
2yrs+
ShannaAndToby
ShannaAndToby Hi Bec,
I was wondering how your experience at Safety Bay Primary school has been? I am moving to Shoalwater in Jan 2013 and my 9 year old son will be going to Safety Bay PS. Would love to know how you got on there!.
Cheers,
Shanna
2yrs+
Glastocat
Glastocat I would also like to know about Safety bay primary, as we are moving to Shoalwater in February.
2yrs+
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