Mirrabooka, which is the Aboriginal name for the Southern Cross, was originally planned as a satellite city, but this was revised into a suburb instead.
Mirrabooka, which takes its name from the Aboriginal name for the constellation known as the Southern Cross, was planned in the 1960s as a satellite city to accommodate the rapidly increasing post-war population.
The area was envisaged to contain over 16,000 dwellings, in addition to commercial and recreational facilities. It was imagined that workers from Perth and the northern industrial areas would be attracted to the development. In the following decades the concept was revised several times, resulting in changes to suburb boundaries and various residential developments.
By 1982 the proposal for a complete satellite city was abandoned and the suburb of Mirrabooka was formally created from an area previously known as Yirrigan.
Mirrabooka is largely characterised by single detached dwellings on small to medium sized lots. The average block size is 600 m², though lots of up to 890 m² can be found.
Much of the area has been developed, however there are still a small number of vacant lots remaining in the eastern sector of the suburb.
Houses are predominantly of brick and tile construction and are generally single storey.
Mirrabooka is well-provided with public open space and parks, with the largest reserve being the Mirrabooka Regional Open Space on Reid Highway. Recreational facilities include the Stirling Leisure Centres - Herb Graham Recreation Centre, squash courts and the Western Australian Softball Association softball fields.
The Mirrabooka Regional Centre, including Mirrabooka Square Shopping Centre, provides the region with a wide range of goods and services and also offers a significant number of employment opportunities.
The suburb also contains a smaller local shopping centre, called Mirrabooka Village, to supplement the larger retail core.
Three primary schools, one high school and a public library are located in Mirrabooka to serve education requirements.