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See Duffy Differently

See Duffy Differently

Photo: Region Media.

The leafy suburb of Duffy in Weston Creek might be quiet, but it’s also in-demand with house prices on the rise.

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

Background and history

Duffy is named after former Victorian Premier Sir Charles Gavan Duffy.

Sadly, when the 2003 bushfires hit Canberra, Duffy copped the brunt of the damage. It lost around 200 homes (out of 400 destroyed) and a petrol station. 15 of the homes destroyed in Duffy were in one street, and one of the fatalities also occurred in Duffy.


Duffy’s local shopping centre has a supermarket, bottle shop and cafe Niugini Arabica. Cooleman Court is just around the corner if you need to stock up on more than bread, milk, beer and caffeine.

See Duffy Differently

Duffy’s local shops has a supermarket, bottle shop and cafe. Photo: Region Media.

Places of interest and things to do

  • Walk to the top of Narrabundah Hill. Narrabundah Hill is a former pine forest, with pleasant views from the top and a range of birds and other wildlife often on display.
  • Explore the Bicentennial National Trail. The Bicentennial National Trail is one of the longest trails in the world, stretching from Queensland, through NSW and the ACT all the way to Victoria. It was originally intended as an equestrian trail but is also suitable for cycling and walking. The trail runs along Eucumbene Drive at the top of Duffy.
See Duffy Differently

Or visit the local playground. Photo: Region Media.


Duffy has one primary school: Duffy Primary School. Nearby schools include Canberra Montessori School in Holder (independent school up to Year 6), St Jude’s Primary School in Holder, Charles Weston School in Coombs and Mount Stromlo High School in Waramanga.

Quick facts

  • Median age: 40 years
  • Median weekly household income: $2125
  • Median weekly rent: $390
  • Houses vs. apartments: 88% houses
  • Suburb sales record (excludes land sales): $2.075 million in 2018

Source: 2016 Census.

Do you live, or have you previously lived, in Duffy? 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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2 Responses to See Duffy Differently
creative_canberran creative_canberran 7:23 pm 21 Aug 15

The bushfire memorial isn’t in Duffy. Forgiven for getting it wrong, seems no one can figure out that area. ACT Gov says the memorial is in Weston, it isn’t. Meanwhile Mt Stromlo next-door gives its own location as in Western Creek, it isn’t.

They’re both in “Stromlo”, one of those signless suburbs and districts to the SW of Canberra that few realise exist and has a formal name.

Zan Zan 4:24 pm 21 Aug 15

Did you look at the shops properly? There is a Niugini Arabic Cafe there.

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