Willetton’s name derives from Henry Willett of Willett & Co, who settled in the area in June 1832.
The original subdivision was opened in the early 1970s with the section to the east of Vahland Avenue being developed in the 1980s. Most housing and infrastructure was completed in the 1990s.
Willetton is located about 13 kilometres south of the Perth CBD. It is built on a section of flat sandy coastal plain which was originally covered with open Banksia woodland and stands of Paperbark trees marking the edges of shallow seasonal swamps.
The suburb has an area of approx. 8.6km2 and is part of the City of Canning.
Willetton is bounded by Karel Avenue to the west, Leach Highway and High Road to the north, Willeri Drive to the east and South Street and Roe Highway to the south. Vahland Avenue runs north-south through the suburb.
Willetton contains the Southlands Boulevarde shopping centre, with two levels and businesses including two supermarkets, Hoyts cinemas and a food court. A light industrial area exists in the north of the suburb near Leach Highway and High Road, containing a Bunnings, pool shops and various trades. Three small neighbourhood shopping centres offer local services in the corners of the suburb.
Adjacent to Willetton on High Road, the Riverton Leisureplex, a large facility with sporting, fitness and recreation facilities first opened on 9 November 2001, is operated by the City of Canning and includes the council’s largest library. The Willetton Library is located near Southlands Boulevarde.
Willetton contains the Castlereagh, Burrendah, Willetton, Rostrata primary schools and Orana Catholic Primary School, as well as Willetton Senior High School, the largest public high school in Western Australia with approx 1,850 students.
Willetton contains the Southlands bus station, where the Circle Route takes passengers to Murdoch Train Station, Murdoch University and Curtin University of Technology, while other bus routes go to Cannington. All services are operated by the Public Transport Authority.
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