Grand vision for Two Rocks revitalisation
A revitalisation of Two Rocks is on the cards, with Transport Minister Rita Saffioti recently announcing a draft master plan for the outer northern suburb.
A significant milestone in implementing a long-term blueprint to capitalise on the potential of the area, the model will establish Two Rocks Marina as an entertainment and recreational precinct. The plans include a pedestrian bridge which will extend over the water to form the limits of a protected swimming beach.
“Perth’s northern suburbs are growing rapidly and the Two Rocks Marina is well-positioned to accommodate future demand and provide the local community with safe maritime facilities, access to the ocean and to generate economic opportunities and jobs in construction, retail and tourism,” Ms Saffioti said.
An eight-lane boat-launching facility, parks and additional public spaces are also features of the long-term vision, which is the work of the Two Rocks Marina Redevelopment Reference Group.
The marina is currently undergoing $6 million worth of upgrades, including breakwater improvements and the demolition of ageing maritime structures such as the original fuel jetty.
Atlantis Beach Estate Manager Blaine Hall-Jones said the project would ignite buyer interest in the area.
He said revitalised marinas had historically played a key role in transforming local coastal property markets in Perth.
“The Perth property market is focused on lifestyle and marinas are an icon for the wonderful coastal lifestyle the city has to offer,” Mr Hall-Jones said.
“You only have to look at how the marinas at Hillarys, Coogee and Mindarie have helped to transform these areas into much sought-after lifestyle locations for property buyers.”
Travelling time between Two Rocks and the Perth CBD will be substantially reduced over the next three years. This follows the investment of over $700 million in new transport infrastructure, which includes the Perth to Yanchep railway and extension of the Mitchell Freeway to Romeo Road.
Mr Hall-Jones said the release of the draft master plan had also sparked interest amongst property buyers and investors in the eastern states.
“Enquiry levels from buyers in the eastern states interested in the Atlantis Beach Estate have more than doubled in the past month or so,” he said.
“These astute investors understand new infrastructure such as marinas can play a key role in driving the development of outer coastal townships and they now expect this to occur in Two Rocks.”
A suburb rooted in history
Two Rocks has rich historical and social significance.
In the 1970s, businessman Alan Bond sought to transform the suburb’s residential market with his ambitious ‘Sun City’ plan. After buying 19,600 acres of pastoral property, the vision was to create a Gold Coast-like satellite city and tourist resort of 200,000 people. Schools, a shopping centre and a tavern were established, creating much-needed amenities to stimulate interest.
Opened in 1974, the Two Rocks Marina development was meant to attract buyers. Soon after, in 1981, Atlantis Marine Park was opened. Nestled in the heart of Two Rocks, Atlantis was dotted with charming displays, statues, waterslides, pools, paddling boats, a golf course, aquarium, theatre, trampoline park, playgrounds and more. By 1982 more one million visitors had walked through the gates, but financial troubles and declining interest saw the park close in August 1990.
Frozen in time, the park’s statues and diving platforms are still scattered throughout the area. The most striking aspect of Atlantis was the statue of King Neptune, which is now heritage-listed and remains in its original spot overlooking the marine park.