Goolugatup Heathcote is a cultural precinct overlooking the river in Applecross, WA. The heritage site is home to thriving cultural and recreational activities including a contemporary art gallery, artist studios, creative small businesses, restaurant, public markets and events. Goolugatup is renowned for sunset river views and expansive children’s playground, both which attract locals and visitors from across the metropolitan area.
Goolugatup Heathcote, part of the City of Melville, acknowledges the Bibbulmun people as the Traditional Owners of the land on which we stand and pay respect to the Whadjuk people, and Elders past, present, future.
Goolugatup is a Noongar word meaning place of children. Read more about reconciliation and history through the links below.
Goolugatup is a Noongar word meaning the place of the children. The area was a permanent lookout, fishing and camping ground for the Noongar Beeliar people particularly Midgegooroo, Yagan and Mundy. From the 1840s it was used for grazing horses and cattle, and then as a holiday retreat. In 1929 it became the site of a new mental health facility named Point Heathcote Reception Home. The facility closed in 1994, and after a community campaign to 'save Heathcote', the area became an arts and cultural centre.
For research enquiries regarding Heathcote or the historical collection, please contact Melville Museums & Local History team on 9364 0158 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Goolugatup's five heritage buildings accommodate dozens of professional artists, not-for-profits, and creative small businesses.