Wanneroo is a well established residential area, with some undeveloped areas in the east. Wanneroo is bounded by Joondalup Drive, Wanneroo Road, the northern edge of St Anthonys Primary School, Servite Terrace, Cafaggio Crescent, Senario Drive, Dundebar Road, Griffiths Road and Caporn Street in the north, Franklin Road, Trichet Road, Hawkins Road and Badgerup Road in the east, Ocean Reef Road, Lenore Road, Elliot Road, Wanneroo Road and Ocean Reef Road in the south and the City of Joondalup in the west. Wanneroo is thought to be named from an Aboriginal word meaning “a place where women dig up roots”. It was originally spelt as Wanneru.
Settlement of the area dates from the 1840s. Population was minimal until the 1880s when the township was established. Growth took place during the 1890s and early 1900s. Many market gardens and poultry farms were established after World War I. Significant development occurred during the post-war years, particularly during the 1970s. The population has increased since the mid 1990s, a result of new dwellings being added to the area.
Major features of the area include Lake Joondalup, Yellagonga Regional Park, Wanneroo Town Centre, Wanneroo Central Shopping Centre, Limelight Theatre, Wanneroo Civic Centre, Wanneroo Community Centre, Banyandah Park, Botanic Golf Gardens, Edgar Griffiths Park, Lake Joondalup Park, Nanovich Park, Scenic Drive Park, Wanneroo Showground, Wanneroo Horse & Pony Club, Badgerup Lake, Lake Island and numerous schools.