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Canley Vale
SydneyNew South Wales
Canley Vale Westacott Cottage.JPG
Westacott Cottage, Railway Parade
Population 9,296 (2011 census)
 • Density 3,100/km2 (8,000/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 2166
Area 3 km2 (1.2 sq mi)
Location 30 km (19 mi) south-west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) City of Fairfield
State electorate(s)
  • Cabramatta
  • Fairfield
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 Cabrogal tribe, a sub-group of the Gandangara tribe, 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 in Warwickshire, 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. 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.


According to the 2011 census of Population, there were 9,296 residents in Canley Vale. 35.7% of people were born in Australia. The most common other countries of birth were Vietnam 26.9%, Cambodia 6.0%, China 4.6%, Iraq 2.6% and New Zealand 1.3%. In Canley Vale 15.6% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Vietnamese 33.4%, Cantonese 10.6%, Khmer 5.0%, Mandarin 4.8% and Arabic 3.4%. The most common responses for religion in Canley Vale were Buddhism 41.0%, Catholic 20.2%, No Religion 10.9%, Eastern Orthodox 5.0% and Anglican 3.6%.


Canley Vale railway station is on the Airport, Inner West & South Line of the Sydney Trains network.


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

Sport and recreation

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.

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