Cannington originally got its name from the Canning River which is part of the southwestern boundary of the city. This area was first subdivided in 1882 and the railway station was built in the 1890s.
For many years, Cannington, Beckenham, and East Cannington were locally known as “Waverley”. Many buildings and businesses used the name Waverley to indicate their location, such as the Waverley Drive-In Cinema and the Waverley Hotel. Originally named by Cecil Gibbs, the Waverley Hotel had been considered a landmark for many generations. Sadly, the hotel was demolished in order to widen the Albany Highway. Between 1860 to 1883, William Lacey Gibbs accumulated most of the land that is now Cannington.
Cannington is bordered by Nicholson Rd to the southeast, the Armadale Railway Line to the northeast, Mills & Burton Streets to the northwest, and Fleming Ave and the Canning River to the southwest. The new and improved Albany Highway runs through the western part of the area. The highway has a range of shops and warehouses along with the City of Canning council offices.
Cannington is home to one of the area’s largest shopping complexes, the Westfield Carousel. It was built in 1972 and was expanded and refurbished in the 1990s which also houses the fabulous Hoyts Cinema Complex.
The Canning River Regional Park runs along the Canning River and is very popular for picnics and walking trails. Enjoy being surrounded by beautiful shade trees and lush surroundings. It is also home to the Woodloes Museum which was originally built as a home by architect and pioneer Francis Bird and restored in 1874. While enjoying your stay in the park, stop by the old homestead which is now the museum and discover life in the 19th century for settlers. You can also enjoy canoeing down the river from their launching facility.
There primary and junior high school is in the Cannington Community College. They also have a great senior college for levels 11 and 12.
Cannington is mostly a lower-middle-class blend of many ethnic backgrounds and generally supports the Australian Labor Party at both Federal and state levels.