Postcode: 6155  |  Distance to CBD: 20km  |  Established: 1980's


Canning Vale is a large southern suburb of Perth, and is located 20 km from the Perth CBD. Its Local Government Areas are the City of Canning (west of Nicholson Road) and the City of Gosnells (east of Nicholson Road).

Canning Vale's name derives from the Canning River, located about 3 km to the suburb's northeast. It was locally known as North Jandakot until 1925.

Until the late 1970s Canning Vale was a farming area consisting of mostly market gardens and dairy farms due to its swampy terrain with an unusually high abundance of permanent fresh water. Most of the area which is now residential was zoned rural until 1994 on the Metropolitan Region Scheme.

Developers of residential areas have incorporated numerous landscaped lakes into their developments, which serve an important function in draining this swampy area.

Canning Vale is bounded by Warton Road to the southeast, Garden Street and Nicholson Road to the northeast, Roe Highway to the north and northwest, and Clifton and Acourt Roads to the southwest.

The suburb is split into three distinct regions. North of the rail line near Roe Highway is an industrial area that has a number of major warehousing operations including Market City, a wholesale fresh produce market. Also in the area are many distribution facilities such as the IGA distribution centre. Swan Brewery, ACI Packaging and BGC all operate manufacturing plants in the area. South of the line is residential with the normal shopping areas. The western edge of the suburb, contained within a nature reserve, is the Hakea Prison complex.

The industrial area is within the boundary of the City of Canning as well as a portion of the residential estates (including Livingston and Waratah). The remainder of the residential area and the prison complex are within the boundary of the City of Gosnells.

At the ABS 2001 census, Canning Vale had a mostly middle-income population of 12,849 people living in 4,115 dwellings, all but 205 of which were separate houses. The population is very diverse, with 14% of East or South-East Asian descent and sizable Indian and Italian minorities.

At the ABS 2006 census, Canning Vale had a population of 23,289 which was predominantly Catholic (24.9%), married (62.8%) and with a median household income of $1,591 per week. Canning Vale has 6,331 families of which 62.8% were couple families.

Canning Vale contains five retail precincts, four within the residential areas. A large industrial area is located in the north-west.

Community facilities include five primary schools - Canning Vale (opened 1994), Ranford (1999), Campbell (2002), Excelsior (2005) and Caladenia (2007) - a private school (St Emilie's Catholic) and a high school, Canning Vale College, a Sikh temple, a Hindu temple, community centre and two golf courses (Gosnells Golf Club and Canning Vale Country Club).

Canning Vale has a junior football club, going under the name of Canning Vale Cougars Junior Football Club. No AFL players have come from the Canning Vale Cougars, but a few WAFL players have come from Canning Vale. The club celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2006. Canning Vale also has cricket team which is run by the SEMJCC and goes by the name of Canning Vale Junior/Senior Cricket Club.

Season 2011 sees the newly-formed Canning Vale Senior Football Club take to the field for the first time as they participate in the WA Amateur Football League (WAAFL). Their home matches will be played at Clifton Park.

Canning Vale's northern boundary is the Roe Highway, which connects with the Kwinana Freeway (west) and Albany Highway (east) and provides access to Perth Airport, while Nicholson Road heads north towards Cannington, Western Australia and Westfield Carousel, and Ranford Road goes to Armadale (southeast) and Fremantle over Kwinana Freeway via South Street (northwest).

Canning Vale is served by a range of buses linking the area to the Perth CBD, Murdoch University and to Cannington. Many bus services connect with Transperth trains at Murdoch, Maddington or Thornlie stations. All services are operated by Swan Transit.

As of 2008, proposals are being considered which might involve extending the present Transperth rail spur from Thornlie to Canning Vale. This would follow the track of the freight line which bisects Canning Vale, and serve a new station to be built near the Nicholson Road / Garden Street roundabout.

Canning Vale is a classic "mortgage belt" suburb which leans towards the Liberal Party in federal and state elections.

Local Schools

Caladenia P.S.

Canning Vale P.S.

Campbell P.S.

Canning Vale Catholic P.S.

Canning Vale Ed Support Centre

Ranford P.S.

Canning Vale College

Carey Baptist College

Excelsior P.S.

Saint Emilie's Catholic Primary School



Other Nearby Schools

St Jude's Catholic School (Langford)

Sacred Heart Primary School (Thornlie)




Livingston Market Place Shopping Centre

Waratah Village




Bus service to Murdoch Station


Train Stations







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