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See Coombs Differently

See Coombs Differently

Judy Harris Park in Coombs is a fun, colourful park, perfect for families. Photo: Region Media.

If you can’t decide whether you’d prefer a tranquil place to live with magnificent views or whether easy access to the Canberra CBD and all it has to offer is more important, take a look at the Molonglo Valley suburb of Coombs.

Residents of the new and rapidly growing region enjoy the best of both worlds. The suburb is right on nature’s doorstep but just a stone’s throw from community facilities and a short drive to the Weston Creek centre and the city.

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

Background and history

The suburb of Coombs is under development. It’s on the eastern side of the Molonglo Valley’s main arterial road, John Gorton Drive, which means residents can enjoy spectacular views to the surrounding mountains and valleys in different directions.

Coombs is named after H.C. “Nugget” Coombs, a prominent public servant and economist and the first Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

See Coombs Differently

Did you know Coombs was named after H.C “Nugget” Coombs? Photo: Region Media.


The Coombs shopping centre in Fairhall Street will provide convenient shopping and community services for residents once it is fully tenanted. There is a site designated for a supermarket and bottle shop and speciality stores.

Just up the road, there is a Club Lime gym, childcare centre, and general practice.

Places of interest and things to do

There are plenty of wide-open spaces to discover in Coombs. Here are some of our favourite things residents can access without going far from home.

  • Get your fitness on. Coombs is surrounded by walking trails, the Molonglo River, bike paths and parks. A fitness circuit with high-quality equipment has also been created to make exercise convenient and fun. The 25 fitness stations support flexibility, strength, cardio and balance and are easily accessed by residents of Coombs and Wright, with stations dispersed across both suburbs.
  • Discover one of Canberra’s best river landscapes. Molonglo River Reserve contains some of Canberra’s best river landscapes and is home to a wide range of native plants and animals, including the endangered Pink-tailed Worm-lizard, Superb Parrot and Box-gum Grassy Woodland habitat. If you enjoy spending time in nature, you won’t have to go far from home to immerse yourself in it in Coombs.
  • Have fun with the little ones at two new playgrounds. The great thing about new suburbs is that they come with brand new play facilities, and Coombs has two of them that promise fun for families with young children. You won’t miss the bright and colourful play areas in Terry Connolly Street and Noffs Crescent.
See Coombs Differently

Enjoy a leisurely stroll around Coombs. Photo: Region Media.


The suburb is home to Charles Weston Primary School which opened in 2016 and is located between Woodberry Avenue and Madgwick Street. The nearest high school is Mt Stromlo High, while Years 11 and 12 students are catered for at Canberra College.

There are several private schools in the area, including St Jude’s Primary in Holder and Orana Steiner School in Weston.

Quick facts

  • Median age: 30 years
  • Median weekly household income: $2,315
  • Median weekly rent: $410
  • Houses vs. apartments: 53.2% houses; 7.6% apartments
  • Suburb sales record (excludes land sales): $1,775,000 in 2017

Source: 2016 Census.

Do you live, or have you previously lived, in Coombs? 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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