New Northbridge

A culturally rich urban village

Creating New Northbridge

Our vision for New Northbridge is to create a safe, friendly and enjoyable place for Perth people and visitors to live, work and play.

Northbridge is a vibrant inner city community featuring a fusion of culture, history, arts, business and much more. If you’ve lived in Perth long, you’ll know that it wasn’t always this way. Before our New Northbridge project began the area had become run-down and under-utilised and, in 2000, part of the area made way for the construction of new Graham Farmer tunnel.

Ongoing activity and investment now flows into the area which offers a cosmopolitan lifestyle close to the CBD and at the centre of Perth’s major roads and public transport system.

As New Northbridge has developed, we have seen:

  • Evidence of the area’s rich heritage and cultural values in the plazas, street names and public art
  • Easier access, especially with Perth’s free Central Area Transit (CAT) bus services, cycle ways and pedestrian-friendly streetscapes
  • Integration between the Northbridge entertainment area and the residential areas of Vincent
  • More places to live with around 10% to 15% of new land releases reserved for social and affordable housing
  • New visitors and businesses attracted to New Northbridge as the area continues to grow

This is an exciting project that has already spanned more than a decade and is nearing completion. We’re continuing to work on bringing existing built form and uses together with new architectural solutions and land mixes, to provide hundreds of new dwellings for Perth’s booming population.

New possibilities opened with the Northbridge Tunnel

In the late 1990s, part of the new Graham Farmer Freeway was sunk to create an underground tunnel and connect major transport arteries across the city. The people of Perth were enthusiastic about this much-needed road, but a corridor of vacant, dilapidated land was left above the tunnel.

New Northbridge project area before development (green outline) and the Northbridge Tunnel footprint (white outline)

New Northbridge project area before development (green outline) and the Northbridge Tunnel footprint (white outline)

New Northbridge project area before development (green outline) and the Northbridge Tunnel footprint (white outline)

Inner city living

New Northbridge features a range of new and revitalised townhouses, apartments and other mixed-use dwellings.

New business initiatives, offices, private investments and a $60m government investment are encouraging the area to flourish.

“The success of New Northbridge is testament to the commitment not to ‘wipe the slate clean’, but to embark on a ten year program to integrate existing urban forms, land uses and street pattern, with new architectural solutions, use mixes and the creation of a new public realm, integrating the area with surrounding streets.”

- UDIA Award for Excellence in Urban Renewal Judges' Citation

General Documents

New Northbridge