Alkimos is a presently unpopulated suburb north-northwest of the central business district of Perth, the capital of Western Australia alongside the Indian Ocean. The suburb is within the City of Wanneroo local government area. For the most part, the suburb is covered in native banksia woodland, scrubland and heath typical of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Alkimos is bounded to the north by Eglinton, to the east by Carabooda and to the south by the newly-developed suburbs of Butler and Jindalee. The area is part of the Alkimos-Eglinton region being considered by the State Government for a future city centre and urban region.
Alkimos is named after the shipwreck
of the Greek freighter Alkimos
which ran aground on the coast nearby in 1963.
There are future plans for an Alkimos-Eglinton Satellite City, covered by Amendment 1029/33 to the Metropolitan Region Scheme (May 2006). LandCorp, the State's land development agency, estimates that 55,000 people will live in the area once it is complete, that the centre will include "hospitals, tertiary educational institutions, major retail, commercial and recreational facilities" and that stage 1 blocks would be offered for sale in 2008. The Environmental Protection Authority, however, raised concerns in November 2005 about the amendment, saying that it "would, in part, be inconsistent with the conservation and protection of significant environmental and geoheritage values in the area", and recommended that the amount of reserves be greatly increased.
When the town is developed, a proposed extension of the Joondalup railway line will see three stations in the area.
Alkimos lies roughly between the proposed Mitchell Freeway
to the east and the Indian Ocean to the west.
Alkimos had a nil population at the ABS 2001 census.
Alkimos has no conventional facilities at the present stage and is inaccessible by road. Eglinton Rocks and the Alkimos wreck can be viewed from the coastline, where almost untouched beaches are accessible by sandtrack. The suburb offers a wide array of native scrubland, woodland and heath, varying in condition from excellent to completely degraded, and including Xanthorrhoea
preissii (commonly known as "black boys"), banksia
and Nuytsia floribunda. Some degradation has occurred due to uncontrolled vehicular access, clearing for stock grazing, fire and rabbits.
Alkimos is inaccessible by road. Plans to extend Marmion Avenue
through the area in 2008-2009 are in progress.