The Ultimate Guide to Balcatta
A popular Perth suburb, Balcatta is a thriving location where you’ll find plenty to see and do. Before the 1960s, land in Balcatta was predominantly used for market gardens and other agricultural activities. As residential development progressed rapidly from the late 1960s onwards, blue-collar workers began to put down roots in the area close to where they worked. First recorded by Alexander Forrest in 1877, Balcatta is the Aboriginal name for the northern portion of Careniup Swamp, derived from the words “bal”, meaning his, and “katta”, meaning hill.
Located in the City of Stirling, this suburb is now home to many families from different parts of the world, making up a connected, close-knit community of many cultures.
There are many reasons we love this suburb, from the café culture, to wide open spaces and beautiful areas to enjoy nature. We think everything you need is just minutes away from home which creates a vibrant, ever-evolving community.
For our residents soon to be calling Mosaic Balcatta home, here’s our guide to the ins and outs of your new suburb. It’s time to start exploring!
Coffee, breakfast, lunch, cakes and takeaway, there’s always a reason to pop into this local gem any time of day. A busy and welcoming café, Little T’s caters for all dietary requirements and is a lovely spot to sit for brunch or a grab-and-go a snack on the way to work. Doggo friendly too, this will become a favourite, especially as it’s a two-minute drive from Mosaic Balcatta.
Blue Lotus Café
Located inside Walldeck’s Stirling, this makes for a relaxing pit stop when you’re shopping for your newest plant project to add to your home décor. Offering freshly made coffees, homemade light lunches, cakes and desserts, take some time out among the plants and flowers while you’re getting through your to-do list.
For when you have a little more time in the day or would like to spend the weekend exploring things a little further afield, Yelo Trigg is a Scarborough icon worthy of a look-see. Pouring some of the freshest coffee in town, blitzing up smoothies and a cabinet full of feel-good food, you’ll soon realise why this is such a popular spot. The relaxed vibe paired with beautiful ocean views makes this little casual cafe a must-visit.
Little Donkey Corner Featuring an all-day brunch menu and a cabinet full of cakes, toasties and croissants, this is a lovely place to sit down, kick back and explore their imaginative menu. French toast with vanilla custard sauce, banana crumble, berry compote, pistachio and fairy floss is just the start… just don’t forget to share those pix on Insta.
One of the most appealing things about this estate is the chance to enjoy the existing public space and playing fields. After-school playdates, daily dog walks or an easy way to get your daily 30, the below are some of the areas to keep in mind for when you head outdoors. And the best part? They’re all metres away from home;
- Grindleford Park
- Macedonia Park
- Roselea Lake
- Collier Milton Barker Reserve
- Cranberry Gardens
With the increase of shopping centres being built around Mosaic Balcatta, our estate is ideally positioned in the heart of things, where nothing is too far out of reach. From stocking up on groceries for the week to choosing a last-minute birthday gift or finishing touches for your new home, you’re spoilt for choice!
Karrinyup Shopping Centre
After a $800-million redevelopment, Karrinyup is one of the largest shopping centres in Western Australia. This leading fashion, dining, lifestyle and entertainment destination, is less than a 10-minute drive from Mosaic Balcatta. Pick up your weekly grocery shop, plan a special celebration which calls for a fancy dinner at one of the new restaurants or browse through the hundreds of retailers, you can see why Karrinyup is a real jewel in the crown for Perth shoppers.
Roselea Shopping Centre
Located just a few minutes from Mosaic Balcatta, Roselea Shopping Centre will become your new regular local. Consisting of all the necessities to make the work week a breeze including Woolworths, BWS and nine smaller shop tenancies, Roselea is a new, vibrant and fresh shopping mini-hub.
A one-stop shop for fashion, entertainment and fun, Westfield Carousel, or Innaloo as it’s also known, has been a local legend for many years now. Currently undergoing renovations and set for improvement and more development over the coming years, Innaloo is an easy pop in for a Kmart shop, to update your wardrobe or to stock up on your kid’s school supplies. Plan a movie night with the family or invest in a new wardrobe, it’s a quick and easy drive from your front door.
Cocktails at Scarborough Beach
When your backyard happens to be our gorgeous coastline, you don’t really need an excuse to head on down and watch the sunset or meet friends at one of the many new bars and restaurants along the front. There’s such a great collection of casual dining options as well as the chance to bar hop, so add Peach Pit, Scarborough Beach Bar and The Sandbar Scarborough Beach to your list.
Located in a suburban location, there are many local parks to head down if you have a pup in tow, but if you have a little more time and want to make it more special, pack the picnic blanket and hamper, and head to one of the beautiful places nearby. Lake Monger, Lake Gwelup and Carine Regional Space are all lovely picnic spots.
Day trip to the Swan Valley
Whether a wine connoisseur, chocolate lover or long lunch lover, the Swan Valley region is jam-packed with some of WA’s very best produce. Go for a drive and stop wherever you fancy. Perfect for a special anniversary, a place to take the family or a lunch where the kids can run around, there’s always something to see and do in this gorgeous part of Perth’s countryside. Don’t forget to leave some room in the car so you can bring some goodies back home.
For golf pros, Lake Karrinyup Country Club and Wembley Golf Course are the gold standard and popular options, with challenging pars and a driving range to practice your skills. If you want a little more family fun, head to Holey Moley Golf Club inside Karrinyup – it’s a colourful way to enjoy mini golf, even if you’ve never picked up a club!
The Balcatta lifestyle is one which can be embraced and loved by many. To call Mosaic Balcatta home, click the link below and view the current lots for sale;