History

Ambia by name, ambient by nature

Ambia’s name is inspired by the relaxing ambiance of the golden sun slowly setting over the native landscape, bathing everything in a soothing orange glow. It’s relaxing. Reinvigorating. It’s a feeling of home.
Boasting mature Lemon Scented Gums and banksias, green open spaces and a central wetland conservation area, there will be no better place to soak up the natural environment of Southern River.

A glowing character village

Ambia is named for the rich, warm light of the setting sun, as it casts a relaxing glow over the surrounding natural bushland. So we created our homes with a character to reflect this. 

Verandahs and decks abound, allowing you to watch the sunrise over the Darling Scarp with a cuppa, or sit back and relax with a glass of wine as it makes its way towards the Western horizon.

Our houses are created in a cool colour palette, with lots of spotted gum and grey stone hues to reflect the timeless quality of this part of the world.

Born from a farming community

Named after the main watercourse flowing through the area, Southern River is a relatively new locality, only formally being declared in the 1960s. Prior to this, the area was grazing farmland. You could find market gardens, orchards, nurseries, and all sorts of farms—from horses, cows, and goats, and even a duck farm.

Gosnells’ ties to WA’s rich heritage

The suburb of Gosnells itself has a history dating back to 1829. Attracted by the abundant waters and rich waterside soils of the Canning River, early pioneers found and settled in the area.

The first European settlers in the area were John Okey Davis and his wife Frances Harriet Davis, who travelled to WA with their seven children on board the ship ‘Lotus’. This land stayed in the family for 30 years, until it was sold in 1862 to Charles Gosnell.

Gosnell bought this land, and the surrounding farms established on the banks of the Swan and Canning Rivers, from the Davis family. As the community continued to grow, and the gold rush in Kalgoorlie and Coolgardie brought in new arrivals from interstate and beyond, a group of developers purchased the land from Gosnell’s deceased estate in 1890.

Years later, in 1907, the name Gosnells was adopted for the area, in homage to Charles Gosnells.

Stay connected to everything

Ambia is made for easy travel, with access to Roe, Tonkin and Albany Highways, with Seaforth and Gosnells Train Stations just a short drive away.

Transport in Ambia
Education options for every level

Discover a range of private and public schooling options, from kindergarten to university, all just minutes from Ambia.

Schools in Ambia
Convenient shopping options

Located just 5 minutes away from Ambia, The Southern River Shopping Centre features over 35 specialty stores, a chemist, medical centre, cafes, banks as well as a large Coles Supermarket.

Shopping and retail

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