The suburb of Farrer in the Woden Valley is one of those unassuming suburbs. I hadn’t heard of it until about a year ago, and I always thought it was part of Tuggeranong. The suburb’s namesake, William James Farrer, was a pioneer of scientific wheat breeding and his work gave lead to the breeding of disease-resistant wheats.
Farrer is a beautiful suburb with neat streets and many homes hidden from the road by thick, luscious foliage. It’s quiet, and on each occasion I’ve visited there’s not been many cars in the streets at all.
The Farrer shops are quite unassuming also with an IGA and a post office, until you reach the trendy Fox and Bow cafe at the end – complete with alleyway dining and a huge mural wall painting of, you guessed it, a fox. I once had a terrible, terrible dining experience at Fox and Bow some time ago but given all the rave reviews I have heard of late, it might be time for me to give it a second chance.
The nearby Farrer Ridge is a beautiful place for an afternoon bushwalk or early morning run as well as being a hotspot for some kangaroo-watching.
An all round lovely suburb, if you haven’t visited Farrer yet you should most definitely add it to your list.
Street theme: Agriculturalists
Federal Electorate: Canberra
Federal MP: Gai Brodtmann
Territory Electorate: Brindabella
Population breakdown: 48.5 per cent male, 51.5 per cent female
Average children per family: 1.9<
Crime: 122 incidents in 2014 (not including traffic infringements)