More about Whitby

More about Whitby

A place to call home

Whitby is a place steeped in history where you are surrounded by picturesque views of the hills, a place you can see yourself living, and a place to call home.

Whitby is located on the doorstep of Mundijong’s historic town site in Perth’s southeast, within the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale. Whitby’s rolling 500 hectares will be transformed over the next 15 years into the region’s new residential, social and economic heart.

Whitby is your kind of place

Every detail has been considered to create new living, investment and business opportunities for the region, which will increase employment in the local area. This includes new schools for the thriving community and an abundance of community facilities. 

On completion, Whitby will be home to an energised community of over 10,000 residents.

A growing community

Whitby will develop into a signficant location in the southeast of Perth. It will grow to include:

  • 3,750 homesites;

  • District shopping centre;

  • Two primary schools;

  • Over 10,000 residents;

  • High school and a proposed technical college; and

  • Nature reserves and an abundance of open space including a feature playground.

Whitby's story

A brief history

Nestled in the foothills of the Darling Ranges, the towns of Whitby, Mundijong and Jarrahdale boast a rich tapestry of places and people set amongst a unique natural environment.

In the 1830’s the area’s forest, streams and fertile soil attracted European settlers to the land that sustained Indigenous Australian culture for many thousands of years. The settlers established small farms for cattle, sheep, horses and crops and in the 1870’s a thriving timber industry became the driving economy of the state. Close by Jarrahdale was the first “Timber Town” in Western Australia and to this day the region’s dairy and poultry farms still provide food for Perth’s growing population.

History in 19th century
  • 1830's - European settlement.
  • 1870's - Timber industry established.
  • 1893 - Townsite of Manjedal gazetted.
  • 1893 - First section of Perth – Bunbury railway line opened.
History in 20th century
  • 1905 - Population increases and town amenity improved – first bakehouse opened in town.
  • 1911 - Mundijong and surrounds connected to Perth by telephone.
  • 1912 - Local school committee established to control regional educational facilities.
  • 1915 - Mundijong supply store opens to provide hardware and supply materials to services associated with WWI.
  • 1920 - Mundijong Progress Association formed and race club established one and half miles from town, near Rockingham.
  • 1923 - Soldiers Memorial Hall opened to honour servicemen of WWI and first bus service between Mundijong and Perth established.
  • 1934 - Police station transferred from Jarrahdale to Mundijong.
  • 1945 to 1950 - Prosperity post WWII sees town infrastructure increase dramatically.
  • 1953 - Electricity connected to the town.