Major features of Applecross include Heathcote Cultural Precinct, Canning Highway commercial area, Jeff Joseph Reserve, and foreshore areas.
Before European settlement the Applecross area was part of the Wadjuk Beeliar peoples culture region, with the area bounded by present day Heathcote being of special significance. Nyoongar Elders have described the site Goolugatup, located on the Point Heathcote foreshore, as a meeting and birthing place.
Heathcote Cultural Precinct is now a heritage-listed public open space, and features a museum and contemporary gallery, a tertiary education campus, various community facilities including a Toy Library and Playgroup, a restaurant, and a popular playground. It is listed as one of the communitys favourite places within the Citys North East Neighbourhood.
Applecross contains several other early heritage-listed precincts such as Applecross Primary School, Old District Hall (now the Tivoli Theatre, which is home to a local community theatre group) and the former Canning Bridge Hotel (built c.1896) - now the Raffles Hotel. This site is considered significant in terms of Aboriginal heritage. The Applecross and Canning Bridge jetties were also of great significance to early inhabitants " the ferries being the only direct means of transport for workers travelling to and from Perth.
There are a number of community services, halls, sporting and social clubs and community centres catering for those living in the area. These include the 1st Waylen Bay Sea Scouts Hall, cricket and tennis clubs. The riverside Canning Bridge Library is a small and friendly local meeting place with a range of materials to satisfy all interests.
The City and stakeholders are currently undertaking a planning analysis of the Canning Bridge Rail Station Precinct. The studys main objective is to develop the area as a vibrant activity centre, considering options for use of City and State Government-owned land, infrastructure funding, business vitality and employment. Additionally it considers urban design, parking and public transport.
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