Kwinana is the outer suburb of Perth, situated on the west coast of Australia and is located near to Rockingham. Kwinana is predominantly an industrial area. Although Kwinana has a small population of approximately 25,000 people and is located near to holiday settlements and beaches, it is developing into a major centre for oil refinery and alumina works.
The Port of Fremantle is the biggest and busiest general cargo port in Western Australia. The port operates from two locations, one being Fremantle Inner Harbour and Kwinana which is the Outer Harbour and is located 20 kms south of Fremantle.
Kwinana Outer Harbour is one of Australia’s major bulk handling ports.
BP was the founder of the Kwinana industrial area and you can see the huge Perth oil refinery and power stations located there.
The name ‘Kwinana’ is aboriginal in origin from the Kimberley area and means ‘pretty maiden’. The town is named after the SS Kwinana, a ship which was driven ashore in a storm in 1922. The hull has been filled with cement and is used as a diving platform for swimmers.
A number of the suburbs in Kwinana take their names from the sailing ships that first brought immigrants to Western Australia, for example Medina, Calista and Parmelia. Kwinana is a good base for boat trips to the offshore islands.