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Coordinates: 31°43′08″S 115°43′26″E / 31.719°S
Burns Beach is a suburb of Perth, Western
Australia, located 34 kilometres (21 mi) north of
Perth's central business district at
the northern fringe of the City of Joondalup. Burns Beach has
managed to maintain much of its original character as a small
coastal village even with its loss of isolation, and the beach is
popular among hang
The land at Burns Beach was originally owned by the Midland Railway Company. In 1908, following
a request from 50 local residents, the Wanneroo Road Board (which
eventually became Wanneroo City Council) successfully applied for a
20-hectare (49-acre) reserve for camping and a health resort. By
the 1920s, the area was well used by locals who knew the area as
"Burns Beach" after a farmer who ran sheep in the area.
For many years it was accessible only by track or boat and
functioned as a small coastal village, and tourism and fishing were
the main occupations. After the Second World War,
it was connected by road to Wanneroo Road.
The sprawl of housing development extending northwards from
Perth reached Burns Beach in the early-to-mid 1990s with the growth
of Joondalup as a regional
centre and the construction of the suburbs of Currambine and Kinross.
View of Indian Ocean - South towards Ocean Reef and Hillarys at
Burns Beach. The coastal nature walk can be seen to the top
Burns Beach has managed to maintain much of its original
character even with its loss of isolation, and the original caravan
park is still in operation. Burns Beach marks one end of a coastal
nature walk extending to Fremantle. The suburb also contains a cafe
and restaurant (Burns Beach Cafe and Restaurant) with outdoor
seating, as well as a picnic area with barbecues and toilets.
A new estate, Peet Limited's Burns Beach Estate, is presently being built
north of Burns Beach Road. In early 2006 clearing and road widening
were undertaken to facilitate the construction. A community centre
and school is expected to be built as part of the development.
Burns Beach is bounded by the ocean to the west, Marmion Avenue to the east and Burns Beach
Road to the south.
A bushland buffer to the north separates Burns Beach and Kinross
from the Mindarie-Clarkson urban region.
At the ABS 2001 census, Burns
Beach had a population of 225 people living in 90 dwellings, with a
median age of 39 years (among the oldest in the northern suburbs).
A caravan park at the end of Ocean Parade (technically in Iluka)
houses another 90 residents.
Residential styles in Burns Beach include a mix of holiday
dwellings from before and after World War II.
The nearest primary schools are at Beaumaris (Ocean Reef),
Currambine and Kinross. Burns Beach falls within the Ocean Reef Senior High
School and Clarkson Community High
School catchment areas.
Burns Beach is served by the 470 and 471 Transperth bus routes from Joondalup,
operated by Path
Burns Beach is a reasonably affluent suburb with a large elderly
population. While this would normally point to a clear Liberal Party preference,
fishermen and permanent residents of the caravan park who favour Labor comprise a fair proportion
of those voting at Burns, making it a marginal booth with no clear
preference at either federal or state elections. Nearby
Kinross, an urban
residential estate suburb similar to the proposed Burns Beach
Estate, favours the Liberal Party although not as strongly as
Currambine and Ocean Reef to the south.