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PerthWestern Australia
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Wireless Hill Museum, Ardross
Population 4,232 (2016 census)
Postcode(s) 6153
Location 9 km (6 mi) from Perth
LGA(s) City of Melville
State electorate(s) Alfred Cove
Federal Division(s) Tangney
Suburbs around Ardross:
Applecross Applecross Applecross
Alfred Cove Ardross Mount Pleasant
Booragoon Booragoon Mount Pleasant

Ardross is a suburb of Perth, Western Australia, located within the City of Melville. It was once an area of land acquired by the Scotsman, Sir Alexander Percival Matheson in 1896. In Matheson's subdivision of the adjoining suburb of Applecross, he created "Ardross Street" naming it after either the town of Ardrossan on the Scottish west coast or Ardross Castle, located about 40 kilometers north of Inverness. The suburb derives its name from this street.


Ardross, together with Applecross and Mount Pleasant, is situated on a peninsula jutting into the Swan River. Ardross is roughly bordered by:

  • the aforementioned Ardross Street to the east
  • Canning Highway to the north
  • Wireless Hill Park to the west
  • Garden City shopping centre to the south

Wireless Hill

Wireless Hill Museum
Wireless Hill Museum.

Within the suburb’s boundaries are the Wireless Hill Museum and lookout, from where river vistas can be viewed. This is the landmark site of the first communications radio in Western Australia and now an oasis for wildflowers and rabbits. The hill was mostly denuded for its original telecommunication purpose and then left to the ravages of weeds. Since 1985, however, extensive replanting of mostly native species has resulted in a diverse collection of 20,000 - 30,000 plants. During late winter and spring, orchids, Geraldton wax, wattles, grevilleas, callistemon and kangaroo paws may be seen.

Photos of the suburb

  • Department of Land Information. StreetSmart Perth Street Directory (54th ed.). West Australian Newspapers Ltd. pp. 400. ISBN 978-0-909439-67-5.
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