Established along the banks of the Canning River, 17km south-east of Perth’s CBD, Gosnells was first developed in 1829 by European settlers who relished its fine loam soil and abundant water supply.
Today, the city of Gosnells is about the same size as Paris (around 127 sq km) and is growing rapidly, the local council being the fourth largest in the state.
In conjunction with local businesses and the State Government, the City of Gosnells is now engaged in a major revitalisation of the town centre and it is estimated that almost two billion dollars will be spent on development in the shire in the next 10 years.
Meanwhile, there are some delightful colonial buildings to see out this way, a decent wildlife park, flourishing wineries and some good bushwalking opportunities in the Darling Range.
The range forms a dramatic backdrop to Perth and the coastal plain and is the spine of Australia's biggest regional park. Hills, bush, streams and waterfalls can be explored along old railway routes in the Darling Range Regional Park, which covers 35,000 hectares.