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See Farrer Differently

See Farrer Differently

Farrer is a picturesque, quiet suburb. Photo: Region Media.

Farrer in Woden is a quiet, picturesque suburb with neat streets and homes hidden from the road by thick, luscious foliage.

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

Background and history

Farrer was established in the 1960s. It is named after William James Farrer, a pioneer of scientific wheat breeding whose work gave lead to the breeding of disease-resistant wheats.


Farrer’s local shops pack a punch for their size. There’s a supermarket, post office, cosmetic tattooist and hair salon. But there’s also popular brunch spot Fox and Bow, Nepalese restaurant The Mustang, and highly-rated Sri Lankan eatery Claypot Chef.

The Farrer shops are quite unassuming also with an IGA and a post office, until you reach the trendy Fox and Bow cafe at the end – complete with alleyway dining and a huge mural wall painting of, you guessed it, a fox.

See Farrer Differently

Creative street art by Abyss .607. Photo: Region Media.

Places of interest and things to do

  • Take a walk along Farrer Ridge. The nearby Farrer Ridge is a beautiful place for an afternoon bushwalk or early morning run as well as being a hotspot for some kangaroo-watching.
  • Visit Farrer Playspace. Farrer was the lucky recipient of a new nature playground and adventure track in 2019. It’s near Farrer shops, with access off Longeranong Street.
  • Have brunch at Fox and Bow. Family-run Fox and Bow does a roaring trade on weekends – and once you’ve tried its food and coffee it isn’t hard to see why. Bring the kids too – there’s plenty to keep them busy with a basketball hoop around the side.


Public school Farrer Primary School is in Farrer. Nearby schools include Torrens Primary School (public school), Sacred Heart Primary School (Catholic school) and Melrose High School.

Quick facts

  • Median age: 43 years
  • Median weekly household income: $2265
  • Median weekly rent: $376
  • Houses vs. apartments: 80% houses
  • Suburb sales record (excludes land sales): $1.49 million in 2018

Source: 2016 Census.

See Farrer Differently

The Croatian Catholic Centre in Farrer. Photo: Region Media.

Do you live, or have you previously lived, in Farrer? 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 Farrer Differently
bj_ACT bj_ACT 1:30 pm 08 Dec 15

Yeah I reckon Farrer is a fantastic suburb (I wish we had bought here). Good access to Yamba and Athlonn Drives on either side for commuting, walk to intercity rapid Bus and lovely houses and gardens. I also like the Ridge Restaurant and agree the walks over the back with views to the Brindabellas are great.

miz miz 10:36 pm 04 Dec 15

Yes Farrer is one of those suburbs that was foisted into Brindabella.

On another note, what is the obsession with making signs hard to read by putting the writing vertical??! It’s Bl***dy Annoying and unhelpful, given the whole point of signs.

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