Living in Forrestfield

It is named after Western Australia's first premier, John Forrest, although local folklore suggest that the name comes from Charles Hale, who settled in the area in 1902 and planted a crop amongst the trees.

His neighbour referred to him as wanting a forest and a field at the same time and the name was later applied to the area.

The suburb is split by Roe Highway into residential and industrial areas. In the industrial area is a major rail hub in Perth with the Australian Railroad Group (ex Westrail) yard being located here. Specialised Container Transport (SCT) have a large intermodal warehouse with connection to the railway line. the $120 million CHB metro Grains Centre was built in 1998. In mid-2005 BlueScope Steel constructed a large warehouse on former Westrail land. Kenworth DAF also relocated from Guildford to a new $10 million complex on Abernethy Rd in 2005.

Forrestfield had the "heartfield Park Sporting Complex" which includes an indoor stadium as well as playing fields for cricket, rugby, Australian rules football, hockey, soccer (football), an 18 hole golf course, an equestrian centre and support facilities for each.

In addition there is a nature conservation park and lake. 


Contact Information

Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce,
50 Railway Road Kalamunda
Tues+Wed 9am-4pm
Thurs 9am-12pm
(08) 9257 3508
After hours:
+61 (0) 487 431 361


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