New developments in Woden

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WOVA high-rise buildings

WOVA in Woden. Photo: Geocon.

When Dr James Murray bought 2500 acres of land 10 minutes from the centre of Canberra in 1837, he wondered what to call it.

In the end, Dr Murray named it “Woden” after the Norse God of War, who was also the patron of learning.

There wasn’t much happening in those days but after serious development began in the 1960s, Woden Valley became Canberra’s first new town. Since then, Woden has undergone several growth spurts. It’s also experienced stagnant times. At one point, the area became tired and lacked vibrancy.

Today, Woden is exploding and enjoying serious transformation on all fronts.

The population is growing. Infrastructure is booming. Revitalisation is underway. New residential developments and amenities are popping up. Woden is now a recognised and valuable mixed-use precinct with commercial and residential living comfortably side-by-side.

Modern Woden is a better place for people. In many ways, it has it all. The area features expanding shopping and commercial offerings and a growing food and wine scene, including the Bradley Street dining precinct. Creating higher-quality public spaces and community facilities is a focus. Woden is now also home to prominent public art pieces and lush parklands. Businesses and services are thriving.

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Woden is only 10 minutes from the city and close to the airport. It’s location is enviable and residents and visitors have access to the Transport Canberra Interchange and mass public transport. In development is Light Rail from the city.

Beyond the Town Centre, plans are underway for residential development to help turn Phillip into the ‘Braddon of the south’.

These are exciting times for Woden. Here are some of the residential developments appearing on Woden’s skyline.

New developments in Woden


One of Geocon’s most ambitious projects, WOVA is supporting the revitalisation of Woden. Designed by world-leading Fender Katsalidis Architects and Oculus Urban Design, WOVA will be a landmark mixed-use development with 800 apartments, contemporary workspaces and public and private amenities. Made up of four buildings, including a sleek 24-storey tower, this innovative project will change the makeup of Woden and surrounds.

WOVA is an industry-leading project that will enable vital connections between nearby businesses, government offices, recreational and shopping facilities, as well as local neighbourhoods. It will create new jobs and opportunities.

WOVA path between buildings

With a focus on public spaces for the community, including extensive landscaping and public art, WOVA will be a major attraction. Lively additions, such as street markets and family entertainment, will add even more colour to the Woden area. Connection will be easy with Stage 2 of the ACT Government’s Light Rail extending from the City.

Prospective buyers can register their interest today.

Grand Central Towers

Grand Central Towers, a joint venture between Geocon and Zapari, offers a unique residential lifestyle in the heart of booming Woden. Inspired by the urban splendour of New York's Grand Central Station, the ground floor features an industrial brick facade that leads to the glass fronted residences and commercial tenancies above.

One, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments and penthouses are available, with the option to choose from three interior design schemes. Grand Central Towers (one tower 26 storeys and the other 19) has sweeping views of the National Arboretum, Black Mountain and the Brindabellas.

Grand Central Towers has an enviable location. It’s just steps away from Westfield Woden, the Transport Canberra Interchange and the Woden junction for the Light Rail Stage 2. Also walk to Woden’s vibrant bar, cafe and restaurant scene. Grand Central’s display suite is at 15 Bowes Street, Phillip.


W2, by Keggins, has 222 bespoke and beautifully appointed appointments. One, 2 or 3-bedrooms are available. With infinite views and in an enviable Woden location, W2 is close to ample amenities. Shop at Westfield Woden, wine and dine in the area’s fast-growing hospitality scene, enjoy public art, nearby parks, sports facilities and weekend fresh food markets. Also travel with ease, using Woden’s network of public transport which will include the Light Rail extension. The display suite is open at Level 21, Lovett Tower, Keltie Street, Phillip.

Oaks Crown

Oaks Crown, by Amalgamated Property Group, offers a blend of lifestyle and landscape in the heart of Woden. The development is perfectly positioned to enjoy Woden’s most panoramic and lush outlooks. Light-filled apartments and spacious balconies open to panoramic views towards Black Mountain of Oaks Crown’s village green. Each apartment has a large living area. Choose from three colour schemes—Ash, Beech or Oak. Location is everything and Oaks is close to dining, shopping, sprawling parklands and convenient arterial roads. Amenities abound. The display apartment is open at 11 Irving Street, Phillip.

If you’re looking for more on the Woden area, read through our suburb profiles on how you can see Woden differently and see Phillip differently.

If you’re looking for more on new developments, read through our articles on new developments in Gungahlin, new developments in Belconnen, new developments in Canberra city and new developments in Tuggeranong.

And if you’re after some advice, you might like to check out our article on the best real estate agents in Woden, best mortgage brokers in Canberra and best home loan providers in Canberra.

Want to find the latest real estate listings for sale and rent in Woden? Zango can help you find them:

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the advantages of moving to Woden?

Woden offers many benefits. This includes a central location, close to the city, the airport and other amenities. It includes a tasty and growing dining scene. There’s great shopping, including at Westfield Woden, as well as schools, parks and fantastic public transport. Last, but not least, there lots of things to do in Woden … even ice skating.

Can I afford to live in Woden?

Woden has many price points when it comes to real estate (renting and buying). With new developments, this includes from one-bedroom apartments, which can be affordable.

Is Woden centrally located?

Woden has an enviable location. It’s only 10 minutes from the city and close to the airport. Its residents and visitors have access to the Transport Canberra Interchange and mass public transport. In development is Light Rail from the city.

Is Woden family-friendly?

Woden is family-friendly. Many families live in the area and there’s plenty for families to do. That includes entertainment, sports, playing in parks and shopping. Woden also has great community services and plenty of schools.

Are there plenty of schools in Woden?

There are plenty of schools in Woden and surrounding, starting from pre-school.

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