Located some 29 km from Perth and 5 km from the Indian Ocean, Joondalup was designed as a satellite city in the Northern suburbs of Perth.
In 1838, prolific explorer of Western Australia, George Grey set up camp near Lake Joondalup; records show friendly relations with the traditional owners, the Yellagonga mob of the Noongar people. The name 'Joondalup' is a Noongar Aboriginal believed to mean 'place of shining' in reference to Lake Joondalup. Little white settlement occurred, with Joondalup being part of the stock trail frequented by some early settlers, such as the Clarkson brothers and in later years part of a rural and market garden area, feeding Perth. In 1977 Act in Parliament on was proclaimed and in 1979, the Shire of Wanneroo Administration Centre in Joondalup officially opened, followed by the opening of Wanneroo Hospital Joondalup Health Campus in 1980. By 2002, Joondalup housed the WA Police Academy, the Joondalup Campus of Edith Cowan University; Joondalup Arena; Joondalup Civic Chambers and Public Library; Joondalup Police Station and Courthouse; Joondalup Country Club and Golf Course as well as schools and major shopping centres. The main Freeway and rail lines service Joondalup from Perth.
The new city of Joondalup boasts a large UK born population; well over 90% of the dwellings in Joondalup being very modern homes set in gardens and a very high proportion of the residents of Joondalup are homeowners who have lived in Joondalup for less than 5 years. Many Joondalup people work in Perth or in local service industries.
With the beaches and attractions of the pristine Indian Ocean some 5 km to the west, surfing, snorkelling, fishing, boating are great attractions. A short distance away at Hillarys Harbour ferries leave Hillarys for Rottnest Island. Yanchep and Yanchep National Park is a short drive north from Joondalup and the Swan Valley wineries are some 30 minutes away. World class golfing is available at the Joondalup Golf Course.