See Casey Differently

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See Casey Differently

Do you want to live in a neighbourhood that feels like a community? Look no further than Casey. Photo: Daniella Jukic, We Are Found.

If you want to live in a neighbourhood that feels like a little community, with low-maintenance housing, picturesque surrounds and convenient local amenities, Casey in Canberra’s north could be the suburb for you.

Casey is a small enclave tucked away in Gungahlin, popular with families and people aged under 35. With a median house price of $630,000 (compared to the ACT’s $680,000), houses are affordable and generally well-designed for growing broods.

And while Casey might be one of Canberra’s most northern suburbs, it’s still less than a ten-minute drive to Gungahlin, around 15 minutes to Belconnen and just over 20 minutes to the city.

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

History

Long before Casey was a residential suburb (construction started around 2008), it was part of sprawling rural property Gold Creek. Parts of the suburb were even used as a practice track for racing horses.

Casey is named after former Australian Governor-General Richard Casey, and is bordered by Ngunnawal, Nicholls and Taylor.

Shops and eateries

Casey has a large shopping centre, known as Casey Market Town. There are plenty of places to grab a quick bite (think Zambreros, Subway, Sushi Island) or stock up on the essentials (there’s a Supabarn Farmers Market, Aldi and Priceline Pharmacy).

If you want to relax with friends, try the ever-popular Casey Jones (try the gumbo or the creole hot dog), Pixie and Bear Cafe (we’re told the eggs benny is worth sampling) or native Myanmar eatery Myanmar Corner.

See Casey Differently

Make sure you try out the eggs benny from Pixie and Bear Cafe. Photo: Daniella Jukic, We Are Found.

Still not satisfied? Casey is a short drive from The Marketplace Gungahlin, which has an even more extensive range of shops, eateries and local services.

Places of interest and things to do

  • Get together with mates at Casey Jones. This local pub likes to do things differently, offering a pleasant dining experience with a friendly smile. It’s spacious, welcoming and a great place to unwind over a drink and a meal with friends.
  • Take your four-legged friends to Springbank Rise Dog Park. Casey’s local dog park offers stunning grassland views, as well as two large enclosures for small and large dogs with plenty of shade for the summer months.
See Casey Differently

Manpreet from Punjab Grocery House describes Casey as a friendly and growing community. He opened the Asian grocery store to meet the demand for specialised cooking ingredients from the surrounding community. Photo: Daniella Jukic, We Are Found.

Playgrounds and parks

Parks in Casey include:

  • Casey Recreational Park. Located between Plimsoll Drive and Whitrod Avenue, Casey Recreational Park has a shaded playground with equipment suitable for older and younger kids. Grab a coffee from the nearby Cafe Aurora and watch the kids play, or bring a picnic to enjoy on the grass.
  • Critchley Street Playground. This is a small, shaded playground that is again suitable for older and younger kids.
  • Beanland Street Playground. No shade, but there is a baby swing.
  • John Crawford Crescent Playground. John Crawford Crescent playground isn’t shaded, but there is a variety of equipment including a spider web climbing frame.

Getting around

Transport Canberra bus routes 25, 26 ,27 and 28 service Casey. From Casey, it’s a relatively easy commute (just over 20 minutes outside of peak hour) into the Civic from the Barton Highway via Clarrie Hermes Drive.

Schools

While Casey doesn’t have any schools, there are several in surrounding suburbs:

  • Holy Spirit Primary School is a Catholic school in Nicholls for students from preschool to Year 6.
  • Gold Creek School is a public school for preschool to Year 10 students in Nicholls that offers International Baccalaureate world school education.
  • St John Paul II College is a Catholic school for Year 7 to Year 12 students in Nicholls.

Why the locals love it

See Casey Differently

Why do the locals love it? Photo: Daniella Jukic, Region Media.

Casey might be one of Canberra’s northernmost suburbs, but it’s also one of the suburbs that make up our city’s Nappy Valley (a title originally bestowed on Tuggeranong and handed over to Gungahlin sometime around 2015).

With more than a quarter of its population aged 14 or under, Casey is suburb packed with young families. It’s appealing to this demographic because the houses are new and modern, there are plenty of schools, shops and green spaces nearby, and property is generally more affordable than in other parts of Canberra.

And because the suburb is full of families with kids, chances are your neighbour won’t be giving you the side eye when your toddler has a meltdown at the local park.

Quick facts

  • Median age: 30 years
  • Median weekly household income: $2302
  • Median weekly rent: $420
  • Houses vs. apartments: 61.9% houses; 35.6% townhouses, 2.1% apartments
  • Suburb sales record (excludes land sales): $1.46 million in 2018

Source: 2016 Census.

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Do you live, or have you previously lived, in Casey? 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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Alexandra Craig Alexandra Craig 3:29 pm 23 Jan 15

gome55 said :

You can literally see a black fence behind the “Woof woof” sign you posted in the story (middle left of the photo). That is the Dog park. There are two big areas there fenced off.

Yeah, I went up and had a look. I just didn’t think it looked like a dog park. There was a few big ditches and stuff. I don’t know – maybe my idea of what a dog park should look like is different to everyone elses. 🙂

beardedclam beardedclam 3:18 pm 23 Jan 15

I can see the dog park from the Sekisui House display home. A beautiful home.

rosscoact rosscoact 1:05 pm 23 Jan 15

gome55 said :

You can literally see a black fence behind the “Woof woof” sign you posted in the story (middle left of the photo). That is the Dog park. There are two big areas there fenced off.

And isn’t the vertical white thing (above the first oo) partially hidden by the grass, the drinking fountain in front of the gates?

gome55 gome55 12:09 pm 23 Jan 15

You can literally see a black fence behind the “Woof woof” sign you posted in the story (middle left of the photo). That is the Dog park. There are two big areas there fenced off.

RB78 RB78 11:30 am 23 Jan 15

There is a dog park, from memory the sign is just a little bit down the road from it (I haven’t been there for about a year). Access is from the roundabout at Yeend Avenue and Minty Grove.

There are two separate play areas for the dogs, though from memory it was this park that had the gates pinched last year.

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