Canley Vale, New South Wales

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Canley Vale
SydneyNew South Wales
Canley Vale Westacott Cottage.JPG
Westacott Cottage, Railway Parade
Canley Vale is located in Sydney
Canley Vale
Canley Vale
Coordinates33°53′11″S 150°56′46″E / 33.88639°S 150.94611°E / -33.88639; 150.94611Coordinates: 33°53′11″S 150°56′46″E / 33.88639°S 150.94611°E / -33.88639; 150.94611
Population10,216 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density3,400/km2 (8,800/sq mi)
Area3 km2 (1.2 sq mi)
Location30 km (19 mi) south-west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)City of Fairfield
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s)
Suburbs around Canley Vale:
Canley Heights Fairfield Fairfield
Canley Heights Canley Vale Carramar
Cabramatta Cabramatta Lansvale

Canley Vale is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Canley Vale is located 30 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Fairfield and is part of the South-western Sydney region.


Aboriginal people from the Cabragal clan, a sub-group of the Darug nation, have lived in the Fairfield area for over 30,000 years. Canley Vale was once a woodland area and was originally part of the Male Orphan School Estate.

In the 1800s, Sir Henry Parkes (1815–96) settled in the district in a mansion which he built near the railway line between Fairfield and Cabramatta. He named it Canley Grange after his birthplace of Canley, in Coventry England. He named the railway station Canley Moat House and had his own private landing beside the line.

"Vale" means valley or dale. Cabramatta and Canley Vale were regarded as a single community and from the 1920s it was known as Cabravale, a name which some organisations still use, such as the Cabravale Diggers rugby league club. In 1899, the municipality of Cabramatta and Canley Vale, which had been established in 1892, was redivided, and the two separate wards were gazetted on 8 January 1900. In 1948, they became part of the Fairfield local government area. Canley Vale's first public school opened in 1884.[2] Whereby the school has remained in operation to the present day as a primary/elementary school.


According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 10,216 residents in Canley Vale. 34.8% of people were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth were Vietnam 28.9%, Cambodia 6.0%, China (excludes the special administrative regions (SARs) and Taiwan) 4.4%, Iraq 2.7% and Thailand 1.5%. 16.3% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Vietnamese 35.5%, Cantonese 9.9%, Khmer 4.9%, Mandarin 4.8% and Arabic 3.6%. The most common responses for religion were Buddhism 37.1%, Catholic 18.0% and No Religion 17.8%. The most common ancestries were Vietnamese 29.0%, Chinese 22.5%, English 5.6%, Australian 5.3% and Khmer (Cambodian) 5.0%.[1]


Canley Vale railway station is on the Inner West & Leppington and Cumberland lines of the Sydney Trains network.


Westacott Cottage on Railway Parade is the site of the Fairfield City Arts and Crafts Centre.

Thien An Temple, a Vietnamese Buddhist Temple is located on Sackville St. A Di Da Temple is located on Bareena St, and Minh Quang Temple on Chadderton St are in the eastern part of the suburb.[3]


Private schools in Canley Vale include Pal Buddhist School, a co-educational private Buddhist school for primary and secondary school students. Public schools in Canley Vale includes Canley Vale Public School (Canley Vale Public School), a school forprimary students (Kindergarten to 6th Grade) with an added on-campus preschool, and Canley Vale High School (Canley Vale High School), a government-funded secondary school (7th to 12th Grade).

Sport and recreation[edit]

The Cabravale Leisure Centre is located close to the railway station in Broomfield Street, but is technically in the adjacent suburb of Cabramatta. It features a fitness centre including a 25-metre indoor pool and gymnasium and meeting rooms for various clubs and community groups, including a Vietnamese martial arts class.[4]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Canley Vale (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 July 2016. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollen, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8
  3. ^ "THÀNH VIÊN GIÁO HỘI". The Unified Vietnamese Buddhist Congregation of Australia – New Zealand. Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Fairfield City Council". Archived from the original on 2 November 2007. Retrieved 12 November 2007.

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