From the latest hipster enclaves to established family-friendly neighbourhoods, Canberra has a huge range of diverse suburbs and precincts for everyone to find their niche.
Although there’s always been a friendly rivalry between North and South, there are more than two sides to our city’s story. Canberra is divided into seven districts, each with their own town centre, schools, sport grounds, community centres as well as character and energy.
North Canberra, or the Inner North, has 14 suburbs and is home to the main headquarters of the Australian Defence Force, the Australian National University, the War Memorial and of course the ever-changing shopping and foodie precinct, Braddon.
South Canberra lies on the South Bank of Lake Burley Griffin. It’s one of the oldest parts of Canberra and has many cultural sites of significance. Parliament House, Government house and the city’s most affluent area, Forrest, is in the Inner South.
Woden was the first satellite city to be built separate from the central Canberra area. The district houses the Canberra Hospital, an ice rink, the capital’s tallest building and hundreds of metres of colourful murals by incredible local, interstate and overseas graffiti artists.
Belconnen is the most populated district in the ACT and has the beautiful lake Ginninderra as its centrepiece. The district caters well for the three S’s: Sports, Shopping and Studying as it is home to the Canberra Stadium, the AIS, the Belconnen markets a major shopping centre, the University of Canberra and the Canberra Institute of Technology.
Weston Creek has an interesting combination of old and new homes, because of the Canberra bushfires of 2003 which sadly destroyed 500 homes in this district. Weston Creek has had quite a few notable residents, including a former Wallabies captain and a former Australian representative cricketer, growing up in its streets.
Tuggeranong is the most Southern district in Canberra and any nature lover’s heaven. With the magnificent Brindabella Mountains as backdrop, the beautiful Lake Tuggeranong at its heart and many parks and adventure activities on their doorstep, it’s hard to believe you’re in a major city.
Molonglo Valley is Canberra’s newest district—in the most recent census it had a population of 4 578 and it’s planned to accommodate approximately 55 000 new residents over the coming decades. With its magnificent views to surrounding mountains and valleys, wide tree-line streets and a range of housing options, it’s easy to see why some of its suburbs are among fastest growing in Australia!
And last but not the least, is Gunghalin—with three of its suburbs still under construction, it’s not far behind Molonglo when it comes to growth. Gunghalin is also the starting point of the exciting new light rail development. This northern district is incredibly culturally diverse, with suburbs like Franklin being home to 115 different ancestries and 45 religions!
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