is a rural locality in Perth
, the capital of Western Australia
. Its Local Government Area
is the City of Wanneroo
Prior to European settlement, Noongar Aboriginal
people had lived in the area for more than 40,000 years, taking advantage of the abundant food and water around the chain of wetlands on the coastal plain. In winter, they moved eastwards away from coastal weather, to return in summer as inland supplies dried up. The Mooro people (led by elder Yellagonga during the early years of European settlement) stretched from the Moore River near Guilderton
to what is now the Perth central business district
, and used to move between Lakes Joondalup, Neerabup and Yanchep.
In 1865, European settlers established the Aboriginal tracks as a stock route from Dongara (near Geraldton) to Fremantle, travelling along the west side of the lakes. Lake Neerabup was first recorded by surveyor J. Cowle in 1867, the name being a Noongar word which possibly means "swampy place" or "small basin". The part of the stock route between Joondalup and Yanchep is now part of the Yaberoo Budjara Heritage Trail, part of the Bicentennial Heritage Trails Network established in 1988.
The area was often spelled Neerabub, especially by postal and telecommunications authorities, until as recently as the 1960s. It was approved as a suburb name in 1982.
Neerabup is bounded by Wattle Avenue to the north, the proposed Mitchell Freeway
to the west, Pinjar Road
to the east and Flynn Drive and Burns Beach Road to the south.
Neerabup's population was not measured at the ABS 2001 census.
Neerabup is a sparsely populated agricultural suburb. Several plant nurseries, a fruit and vegetable shop at Menchetti Road and the Neerabup Lake wetland are situated along Wanneroo Road. The western strip between Wanneroo Road and the proposed Mitchell Freeway is approximately the southern half of the Neerabup National Park
. The area also contains a golf course, small wineries, a small industrial area on Flynn Drive and several sand and limestone quarries. Barbagallo Raceway
and Wanneroo Kartway
WA's premier motorsport
facilities, are located in the suburb's northeast.
Neerabup is not served by public transport at the present time. The nearest Transperth
bus services are the 490 bus route between Clarkson train station
and Two Rocks
along Wanneroo Road north of Hester Avenue, and the 391 between Joondalup train station
2km to the south. These services are operated by Path Transit
Neerabup's political leanings are unclear due to its small size and the lack of a polling booth. The nearest large booths tend to favour the Australian Labor Party
historically, although most have been won by the Coalition
in recent times, especially at federal level.