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A Look Around Canberra: Calwell

By Alexandra Craig - 19 December 2014 18

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Heading down the Monaro this week to check out the Tuggeranong suburb of Calwell. Like last week’s visit to McKellar, I’d never been to Calwell before (with the exception of last week when I drove through at night time in search of Christmas lights).

Calwell, named after former Labor leader Arthur Calwell, was gazetted on 5 August 1973. While I cruised around, I couldn’t stop admiring all the amazing views of the beautiful mountains. The people who live high up on a hill here are very lucky! The homes in Calwell are much newer that I expected, most with really luscious gardens and the roads are nice and wide – no cramped streets with cars parked up both sides either!

86.3 per cent of dwellings in this suburb are houses, 7.5 per cent are townhouses and 6.2 per cent are apartments. The most recent property prices available are from 2011, where the median property price was $445,000, back in 2000 it was $159,000. There was also quite a big jump in just one year between 2002 ($193,000) and 2003 ($270,000). The highest selling property to date is 19 Denovan Circuit which went for $900,000 back in 2006 when the average property price was $342,000.

The median family income (with children) is around $154,000 which is higher than I would have guessed. Calwell has three schools: Calwell Primary School, Calwell High School, and St Francis of Assisi Primary School. There is also a Pre-School program for the little ones held at Calwell Primary.

The shops here, Calwell Centre, seem really decent as far as a local set of shops go. There’s a major supermarket, as well as a bakery and butcher, a hairdressing salon, a chemist, plus a bunch of takeaway food outlets, and even a dentist.

I spotted two playgrounds, one was on the far side of a field and just like in McKellar, I couldn’t work out how to get there without walking across the field. The other playground I realised was actually part of a school so I chose not to go and take a photograph of it.

All in all, a lovely suburb. It’s a bit of a hike from Civic if you have to commute, but if you worked in Tuggeranong or even Woden, you’d be all set for a pretty comfy lifestyle.

Quick stats

Streets are named after:  Victorian politicians
Federal Electorate:  Canberra
Federal MP: Gai Brodtmann
Territory Electorate: Brindabella
Population: 5833
Population breakdown: 48.6 per cent male, 51.4 per cent female
Average children per family: 1.9
Crime: 294 incidents in 2014 to date (not including parking infringements)

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A Look Around Canberra: Calwell
dkNigs 9:39 pm 23 Dec 14

KB1971 said :

“It’s a bit of a hike to civic”

I love north siders ideas when it comes to travel into civic, it takes 20 minutes from Calwell the same time it takes to get from Mitchell to civic. ………..

Our friends from Calwell like to say the same thing. Funny though, they can never actually make it to civic in 20 minutes :p

Madam Cholet 2:03 pm 23 Dec 14

My drive to work from Calwell is usually less than 30 minutes at any time – that’s on the Monaro Highway. If I took the Parkway it may take longer.

If I take the popular commuter bus at 7.20am, I’m actually in work at 7.55am.

I can’t comprehend what timeframes people think they should actually be getting places in!!

Alexandra Craig 9:43 am 23 Dec 14

KB1971 said :

“It’s a bit of a hike to civic”

I love north siders ideas when it comes to travel into civic, it takes 20 minutes from Calwell the same time it takes to get from Mitchell to civic. ………..

I’d say the same thing about Mitchell. It took me a little longer than 20 minutes to drive from Capital Hill area to Calwell on a weekday in non peak hour. Probably took about 25-8 minutes all up.

I lived in Gungahlin once upon a time – some days it took me 50 minutes to get to work. Never again.

KB1971 7:59 am 23 Dec 14

“It’s a bit of a hike to civic”

I love north siders ideas when it comes to travel into civic, it takes 20 minutes from Calwell the same time it takes to get from Mitchell to civic. ………..

Evilomlap 5:04 pm 22 Dec 14

Alexandra Craig said :

Masquara said :

“The median family income (with children) is around $154,000 which is higher than I would have guessed.”

The burghers of Calwell make their children work? : ]

You raise a good point, on the Census – it divides family income by those that have children as opposed to those that don’t. I have no idea why. Maybe it’s got something to do with children families are more likely to have one parent working full time and the other part time or stay-at-home parent. If anyone can shed more light on this that would be awesome.

They separate it into kids vs no kids households because a ‘kids’ household with an income of say $2000 per week can’t be compared to a ‘no kids’ household on the same income because the no kids household naturally has lower living expenses. Hope this makes sense and is helpful 🙂

Alexandra Craig 1:09 pm 22 Dec 14

Masquara said :

“The median family income (with children) is around $154,000 which is higher than I would have guessed.”

The burghers of Calwell make their children work? : ]

You raise a good point, on the Census – it divides family income by those that have children as opposed to those that don’t. I have no idea why. Maybe it’s got something to do with children families are more likely to have one parent working full time and the other part time or stay-at-home parent. If anyone can shed more light on this that would be awesome.

Masquara 9:02 pm 21 Dec 14

“The median family income (with children) is around $154,000 which is higher than I would have guessed.”

The burghers of Calwell make their children work? : ]

Alexandra Craig 7:18 pm 21 Dec 14

Southmouth said :

I went to Calwell recently. I thought I’d take my kids to the new indoor pool. Trouble is, the new pool doesn’t allow such things as free swimming or water play. You can either sign up for lessons or hit the highway. They missed out on my $20 and my kids got their swim elsewhere.

Oh what? That is super annoying. People can be so boring!

Me2 8:46 am 21 Dec 14

Madam Cholet said :

Me2 said :

Madam Cholet said :

You forgot to mention Tuggeranong Homestead which is located in Calwell also, not far from the shops.

This is where Charles Bean wrote the offical history of Australia in World War 1. It still runs a few cattle and has a great mob of kanagroos hanging out in the morning and evening.

It was also occupied by the Cunninghams who began life at Lanyon Homestead (I believe), which is one of the most beautiful spots in the whole of Canberra – and just down the road from Calwell in Tharwa.

Actually, the homestead is in Richardson. Johnson drive being the border between the two suburbs

It’s physical address is 51 Johnson Drive Calwell

http://www.tuggeranonghomestead.com.au/location/

Madam Cholet 6:24 pm 20 Dec 14

Me2 said :

Madam Cholet said :

You forgot to mention Tuggeranong Homestead which is located in Calwell also, not far from the shops.

This is where Charles Bean wrote the offical history of Australia in World War 1. It still runs a few cattle and has a great mob of kanagroos hanging out in the morning and evening.

It was also occupied by the Cunninghams who began life at Lanyon Homestead (I believe), which is one of the most beautiful spots in the whole of Canberra – and just down the road from Calwell in Tharwa.

Actually, the homestead is in Richardson. Johnson drive being the border between the two suburbs

It’s physical address is 51 Johnson Drive Calwell

Me2 2:47 pm 20 Dec 14

Madam Cholet said :

You forgot to mention Tuggeranong Homestead which is located in Calwell also, not far from the shops.

This is where Charles Bean wrote the offical history of Australia in World War 1. It still runs a few cattle and has a great mob of kanagroos hanging out in the morning and evening.

It was also occupied by the Cunninghams who began life at Lanyon Homestead (I believe), which is one of the most beautiful spots in the whole of Canberra – and just down the road from Calwell in Tharwa.

Actually, the homestead is in Richardson. Johnson drive being the border between the two suburbs

Madam Cholet 11:53 am 20 Dec 14

Southmouth said :

I went to Calwell recently. I thought I’d take my kids to the new indoor pool. Trouble is, the new pool doesn’t allow such things as free swimming or water play. You can either sign up for lessons or hit the highway. They missed out on my $20 and my kids got their swim elsewhere.

I might be wrong, but from my experience with Kings at Majura, they are entirely set up for lessons, especially for kids. I think the as far outside of that they get are adult exercise programs. So not a case of them losing your money, more a case of they couldn’t take it. And 20 dollars wouldn’t get two kids a lesson there either…

Southmouth 11:20 am 20 Dec 14

I went to Calwell recently. I thought I’d take my kids to the new indoor pool. Trouble is, the new pool doesn’t allow such things as free swimming or water play. You can either sign up for lessons or hit the highway. They missed out on my $20 and my kids got their swim elsewhere.

miz 8:10 am 20 Dec 14

Yes, Tuggeranong Homestead is gorgeous, a fantastic place for weddings (went to one recently). And they have markets. It’s such a pity they are going to rezone some of the Homestead land for residences, which in my view is really short sighted given its heritage.

Madam Cholet 10:20 am 19 Dec 14

You forgot to mention Tuggeranong Homestead which is located in Calwell also, not far from the shops.

This is where Charles Bean wrote the offical history of Australia in World War 1. It still runs a few cattle and has a great mob of kanagroos hanging out in the morning and evening.

It was also occupied by the Cunninghams who began life at Lanyon Homestead (I believe), which is one of the most beautiful spots in the whole of Canberra – and just down the road from Calwell in Tharwa.

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