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
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.