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See Bruce Differently

See Bruce Differently

Find out what makes Bruce so popular, below. Photo: Region Media.

Surrounded by bushland to the east and with close proximity to both the city and Belconnen, Bruce is popular with students, professionals and families alike.

It’s also a suburb dominated by some of Canberra’s best known healthcare, education and sporting institutions.

You’ll find Canberra Stadium, the Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra International Sports & Aquatic Centre, University of Canberra, the University of Canberra Health Hub, Canberra Institute of Technology and Calvary Hospital all nestled within this central precinct.

See Bruce Differently

Have you visited The AIS? Photo: Region Media.

Thinking about visiting or moving to Bruce? Here’s what you need to know.


Bruce is named after Australia’s second-youngest Prime Minister, Viscount Stanley Melbourne Bruce. It was established in the late 1960s, and is part of Belconnen.

Shops and eateries

Bruce has a local convenience store, florist and café on Thynne Street, which is inbetween the University of Canberra and CIT campuses.

Residents can also enjoy public amenities at the University of Canberra including the post office, hair salon, Commonwealth Bank branch and Dominos Pizza.

For a suburb with around 7000 residents (not to mention the countless students, tourists and athletes that visit each day), Bruce has limited dining options. The good news is that Emu Bank, Westfield Belconnen and the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets are just a short drive away – all of which have plenty of spots to grab a bite to eat.

Places of interest and things to do

Bruce has plenty of activities on offer for locals to enjoy.

  • Take a gym class or enjoy a swim at CISAC. CISAC is home to two gyms, a fully heated swimming pool, a day spa and other health and fitness facilities.
  • Tour the Australian Institute of Sport. Check out Australia’s premier elite sports precinct for your chance to go behind the scenes of athletic training facilities, participate in interactive sports exhibitions and, if you’re lucky, see some of the nation’s top athletes in training.
  • Catch a Super Rugby or NRL game at GIO Stadium. Also known by its former moniker, Bruce Stadium, GIO Stadium can fit 25,000 spectators. It’s also the best place in Canberra to watch the University of Canberra Brumbies and Canberra Raiders.
See Bruce Differently

Canberra International Sports & Aquatic Centre, commonly known as CISAC. Photo: Region Media.

Playgrounds and parks

Parks in Bruce include:

  • Bruce Ridge Nature Reserve (access via Belconnen Way, Dryandra Street and Purdie Street). Bruce Ridge Nature Reserve offers 98 hectares of natural bushland and is popular with hikers, runners, mountain bikers, dog walkers and anyone who appreciates nature. Bruce Ridge is home to unique and endangered plants and birds, and has numerous registered Aboriginal cultural heritage sites.
  • Gossan Hill Nature Reserve (access from College Street). Compared to Bruce Ridge, Gossan Hill is a quieter nature reserve and an important habitat for vulnerable woodland birds. It’s an ideal spot for a peaceful bushwalk or bird watching.
  • Fern Hill Playground (Linke Street). Set in parkland, Fern Hill Playground has play equipment, seats and lots of space for kids to run around. It also has views of the surrounding hills and mountain ranges.
  • Mugglestone Place Children’s Park (Mugglestone Place). This playground is small and simple, with views towards the Belconnen Town Centre.

Getting around

Getting from Bruce to Belconnen, Civic and Woden is relatively straightforward.

Bus routes R2 R3 R4 R9 and 30 service the suburb. On game days, Transport Canberra provides free chartered buses to GIO Stadium to and from regular bus interchanges.

If you’re travelling by bike, dedicated and shared cycling paths connect to the inner north, Belconnen Town Centre and Kaleen.


Radford College is a co-educational Anglican independent school located in Bruce with approximately 2,000 students enrolled from pre-kindergarten to Year 12.

The University of Canberra and Canberra Institute of Technology have campuses in Bruce.

Why the locals love it

“I lived in an apartment in Bruce while I was studying at the University of Canberra, and it was convenient and close to everything I needed. Even without a car, it was easy to jump on a bus or ride to Belconnen, Dickson or the City. I really would have liked for Bruce to have had more nightlife, or even spots for brunch on the weekend, outside of the uni, though.” – Rachel, 29.

Quick facts

  • Median age: 27 years
  • Median weekly household income: $1924
  • Median weekly rent: $375
  • Houses vs. apartments: 18.7% houses; 37.7% apartments and 43.5% townhouses
  • Suburb sales record (excludes land sales): $1,835,000 in 2019

Source: 2016 Census.

Do you live, or have you previously lived, in Bruce? What are your favourite things about the suburb? What advice would you give to people considering moving there? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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8 Responses to See Bruce Differently
Jordania Jordania 5:08 am 07 Aug 15

When an English friend of mine, a huge fan of the Monty Python University of Wooloomooloo Philosophy Department sketch, heard that there is a suburb of Canberra called Bruce, he nearly expired from mirth. Same as we, I guess, would be amused by somewhere called Slough.

DavidStephens DavidStephens 10:46 pm 06 Aug 15

Hidden treasure is South Bruce: Jaeger Circuit and a few side streets. And retirement home on the corner. What more do you need?

Kalliste Kalliste 3:48 pm 01 Aug 15

There’s also Zierholz in UC.

screaming banshee screaming banshee 9:48 pm 31 Jul 15

Never been particularly fussed by Momo, best cafe in Bruce would be plunge.

creative_canberran creative_canberran 6:18 pm 31 Jul 15

Not to nit pick, but Prime Minister is the second highest office in the land.

Nilrem Nilrem 4:48 pm 31 Jul 15

Ezy said :

Like Isaacs – Bruce also has a network of mountain bike trails, although Bruce Ridge are more cross country than the down hill trails at Isaacs. If you drive along the GDE and look over to the ridge, you will almost always see riders out and about there. They are great trails. Map below:

Good running on Bruce Ridge too. Also don’t forget Calvary Hospital, which has the northside’s Emergency Department.

Ezy Ezy 1:53 pm 31 Jul 15

Like Isaacs – Bruce also has a network of mountain bike trails, although Bruce Ridge are more cross country than the down hill trails at Isaacs. If you drive along the GDE and look over to the ridge, you will almost always see riders out and about there. They are great trails. Map below:

MonarchRepublic MonarchRepublic 11:48 am 31 Jul 15

Don’t forget Seasalt Dining on Braybrooke Street as another dining option. The atmosphere is not as cosy as Ellacure, but still very pleasant, and they do some very tasty food!

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