Port Kennedy, Western Australia


Port Kennedy is an outer southern suburb of Perth, the capital city of Western Australia, located within the City of Rockingham.

Port Kennedy
PerthWestern Australia
Port Kennedy, July 2019.jpg
Houses near the beach
Coordinates32°22′08″S 115°44′10″E / 32.369°S 115.736°E / -32.369; 115.736Coordinates: 32°22′08″S 115°44′10″E / 32.369°S 115.736°E / -32.369; 115.736
Population13,477 (SAL 2021)[1]
Area21.2 km2 (8.2 sq mi)[2]
LGA(s)City of Rockingham
State electorate(s)Warnbro
Federal division(s)Brand
Suburbs around Port Kennedy:
Warnbro Baldivis
Indian Ocean Port Kennedy Baldivis
Secret Harbour Karnup

Port Kennedy is built on Becher Point and because of its geomorphological history it is home to an unusual wetland formation, called the Becher Wetland Suite. These wetlands are linear in form rather than circular and have formed in dune swales parallel to the coast. Some wetlands have been absorbed into the Port Kennedy golf course and the remainder are protected in the Port Kennedy Scientific Park. Like Lake Walyungup, located In the east of the suburb, Port Kennedy Scientific Park is part of the Rockingham Lakes Regional Park.

The Threatened Ecological Community FCT19, Sedgelands in Holocene Dune Swales, is known to occur in these wetlands.


Port Kennedy is named after a feature in the southeastern corner of Warnbro Sound which was initially named by Surveyor-General John Septimus Roe in 1859 after the Governor of Western Australia (1855–1862), Sir Arthur Edward Kennedy.[3]

On 17 November 1953, a Townsite of Port Kennedy was declared.[4] However, when the suburb was named in 1974, it was named Becher after Point Becher, located within its boundaries.[5] On 1 June 1990, the suburb was renamed Port Kennedy.[6]


Port Kennedy Primary School opened in 1996 and is part of the Department of Education and Training's Peel District. Initially, with an enrollment of 300 students, the school has grown to about 670 (2009) with a staff of approximately 55. Endeavour Schools is another primary school located in Port Kennedy which has an education support centre. There is also one private school linked to Roman Catholic which is St Bernadettes Catholic Primary School.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Port Kennedy (Suburb and Locality)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022.  
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "2016 Community Profiles: Port Kennedy (State Suburb)". 2016 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 26 November 2021.  
  3. ^ "History of metropolitan suburb names – P". Western Australian Land Information Authority. Retrieved 3 February 2009.
  4. ^ "New Townsite – Port Kennedy (per 1259/41)". Western Australia Government Gazette. 17 November 1953. p. 1953:2291–2292.
  5. ^ "Naming of Localities in the Shire of Rockingham (per 13014/02 V4)". Western Australia Government Gazette. 5 April 1974. p. 1974:1206.
  6. ^ "Change of Name of Locality – City of Rockingham (per 1851/967)". Western Australia Government Gazette. 1 June 1990. p. 1990:2526.

External linksEdit

  • Port Kennedy Planning Project
  • Port Kennedy Primary School Information