Ferndale, Western Australia

Ferndale is a southeastern suburb of Perth, Western Australia. Its local government area is the City of Canning. It is approximately 15 kilometres (9 mi) from Perth's central business district.

PerthWestern Australia
Ferndale is located in Perth
Coordinates32°01′52″S 115°55′26″E / 32.031°S 115.924°E / -32.031; 115.924Coordinates: 32°01′52″S 115°55′26″E / 32.031°S 115.924°E / -32.031; 115.924
Population4,259 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density1,183/km2 (3,060/sq mi)
Area3.6 km2 (1.4 sq mi)
Location15 km (9 mi) from Perth
LGA(s)City of Canning
State electorate(s)Cannington
Federal Division(s)Swan
Suburbs around Ferndale:
Wilson Wilson Cannington
Riverton Ferndale Beckenham
Parkwood Lynwood Langford


The name Ferndale originated from developers who decided not to proceed with the City of Canning's choice of Shearnstead. In 1965, the name change was approved.[2] The eastern section of Ferndale Crescent was once Menzies Road. Low scrub forest covered most of the suburb until developed in the late 1960s and 1970s.[3]


Ferndale is bounded by Metcalfe Road to the south-east, the Canning River to the north and north-west, and Bannister Creek to the south-west. Its main street is Ferndale Crescent, which runs like an inverted U-shape from Metcalfe Road – the eastern leg of the street serves as a "centre line" to divide south-west and north-east Ferndale.[4]


Prominent features of the suburb also include Ferndale Reserve, a large sports ground; and the small Ferndale Shopping Centre. The Canning River Regional Park, located in Ferndale's north, is a popular route for cycling and walking as it is the parkland of the Canning River.

There were two primary schools in the suburb for several decades: Ferndale Primary, located in west Ferndale; and Kinlock Primary in the east. However, Kinlock closed following the 2007 school year, along with Lynwood Primary in a neighbouring suburb. In 2008, students from those two schools moved to Ferndale Primary School. At the end of the 2009 school year, Ferndale Primary closed and was replaced by Bannister Creek Primary, which had been built on the former Lynwood Primary school site. Bannister derives its name from the creek that starts in Lynwood and passes through Ferndale, where it discharges into the Canning River.[5][6] Each of the primary schools mentioned were and are feeder schools to Lynwood Senior High School, the main secondary school of the surrounding suburbs.

There are cricket and football grounds along Metcalf Road. The cricket grounds are shared with facilities of a club nicknamed Faries. Similarly, the football grounds are shared with facilities of a club nicknamed Panthers.


Ferndale's main road, Metcalfe Road, links two routes - Nicholson Road, which links Ferndale to Cannington and Westfield Carousel, and High Road, linking to Riverton and the Bull Creek railway station.

Ferndale is served by the Transperth bus service 508 linking the area to Bull Creek and to Cannington. It is operated by Swan Transit. Prior to the commencement of the Mandurah railway line, Transperth operated two routes through Ferndale (877 and 878), which had linked the suburb to Perth via Willetton and the Kwinana Freeway.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Ferndale (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 August 2013.  
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of metropolitan suburb names – F". Retrieved 15 May 2007.
  3. ^ Western Australian Planning Commission. "1955 Atlas - Soil classification and vegetation". Archived from the original on 2 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-24.
  4. ^ Department of Land Information. StreetSmart Perth Street Directory (54th ed.). West Australian Newspapers Ltd. pp. 404, 434. ISBN 978-0-909439-67-5.
  5. ^ Department of Education and Training "School Information - New Schools" http://www.det.wa.edu.au/education/schoolinfo/ESTAT/Latest/NewSchools.htm Accessed 2 January 2008.
  6. ^ "Bannister Creek Primary School". about us. Education Dept of WA. Retrieved 4 November 2012.