Postcode: 6148  |  Location: 15km to perth  |  Established: 1970's



Ferndale is a southeastern suburb located approximately 15 kilometres from Perth's central business district.  Development of the suburb of Ferndale commenced in 1964 and the City of Canning proposed to name the area Shearnstead after an early landowner. The alternative name "Ferndale" coined by developers, was approved as the suburb name in 1965.



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. The eastern section of Ferndale Crescent was once Menzies Road. Low scrub forest covered most of the suburb until developed in the late sixties and seventies.

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.

Prominent features of the suburb also include Ferndale Reserve, a large sports ground; and the small Ferndale Shopping Centre. There have been two primary schools in the suburb for several decades: Ferndale Primary, located in west Ferndale; and Kinlock Primary in the east. However, Kinlock has closed following the 2007 school year, along with Lynwood Primary in a neighbouring suburb. From 2008, students from those two schools will be moved to Ferndale Primary School. In 2009, a new Primary school, now named Bannister Creek Primary, will be built on the former Lynwood Primary school site, and this will take all students from the both Ferndale and Lynwood after Ferndale Primary closes late in that year. Each of the primary schools mentioned are feeder schools to Lynwood Senior High School, the main secondary school of the surrounding suburbs. 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.


Local Schools

Kinlock P.S.


Bannister Creek P.S


Ferndale P.S.




Nearby Schools

St Emilie's Catholic Primary School (Canning Vale)


St Jude's Catholic School (Langford)


Sacred Heart Primary School (Thornlie)





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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 Perth-Mandurah rail line, Transperth operated two routes through Ferndale (877 and 878), which had linked the suburb to Cannington and Perth.




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