Quinns Rocks, Western Australia

Quinns Rocks, Western Australia

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Quinns Rocks, Western Australia

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Quinns Rocks (colloquially shortened to Quinns) is a coastal suburb of Perth, Western Australia. It is 38 kilometres north of the Perth CBD and sits within the City of Wanneroo local authority.


Quinns is bounded by Mindarie to the south, Merriwa to the east, Butler to the north-east and Jindalee to the north. The suburb faces onto the Indian Ocean. Almost the entire Quinns coastline is taken up by Quinns Beach, one of the largest beaches in Perth's northern suburbs.



Quinns Rocks takes its name from the offshore reef first noted during a coastline traverse by Assistant Surveyor James Cowle in 1867. Cowle was continuing a survey begun by Robert Quin who had reached a spot about 4 kilometres south-east of the rocks in 1866. Although spelt with a double 'n', the rocks are thought to have been named after Quin, who emigrated to Western Australia in 1863 and was appointed as an Assistant Surveyor on his arrival. He occupied this position for 22 years, carrying out most of his surveys in the Gingin-Moore River area. He died in July 1886. The general area on the coast opposite the rocks was referred to as Quinns Rocks by the Wanneroo Road Board when they requested the survey of a road that led there in November 1925. Later the place also came to be called "Wanneroo Beach".


In 1930 the whole beachfront came under the control of the Wanneroo Road Board, which issued "boatshed and campsite permits" to holiday...
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