Loved by locals for its parks and green spaces, the serene suburb of Flynn is tucked away in Belconnen. Residents get to enjoy a comfortable suburban lifestyle with spacious homes and larger blocks, plus plenty of open space for the kids to run around, while older residents can just enjoy the peace and quiet.
While it may feel like you’re steeped deep in nature, Flynn is still close to everything you need.
So how much will a house on a decent-sized block in Flynn set you back? As of January 2020, the median house price is $597,500.
Thinking about visiting or moving to Flynn? Here’s what you need to know.
Flynn is named after Presbyterian minister and missionary John Flynn, who established the forerunner to Australia’s Flying Doctor Service. Its streets are named after workers in the flying doctor service and inland missions.
The suburb was gazetted in 1971, with many homes remaining in their original condition. Overall, the blocks are on the larger side and the streets are leafy.
Flynn Primary School was opened in 1974 as the first open-plan school in the ACT. It was one of only four school complexes designed by award-winning architect Enrico Taglietti, and its closure in 2006 was vigorously opposed by the local community. The appeal was dismissed in 2009.
Shops and eateries
There are no local shops in Flynn but the Charnwood and Dunlop shops are close by. The smaller, rejuvenated shops in neighbouring Melba are an easy walk via an underpass, and the buzzing Belconnen Town Centre, which has a Westfield, is a short drive away.
Places of interest and things to do
- Visit George Simpson Park. Smack bang in the middle of Flynn, George Simpson Park has a small playground and green spaces for the kids to run around.
- Take a stroll around Mount Rogers Reserve. Whilst technically located in Fraser, Mount Rogers is within walking distance from Flynn, and boasts a lovely view of Canberra from the top.
Parks and playgrounds
The well-maintained George Simpson Park behind the former school site in the centre of Flynn has a playground that’s popular with local kids. There’s a well-kept green space (formerly the school ovals) where dog owners and their pets can often be found enjoying the fresh air. There’s also a small skating area at the park.
Nearby Mount Rogers Primary School also has playground facilities, and there are parks and expanses of green dotted throughout the suburb.
Flynn is located between major thoroughfares Tillyard Drive, Kingsford Smith Drive and Ginninderra Drive, so motorists have easy access to arterial roads. It is around 12 km north west of the city.
Flynn is a priority enrolment area for Charnwood-Dunlop Primary School, Mount Rogers Primary School in Melba and Melba Copland Secondary School. St Monica’s Primary School in Evatt is also close to Flynn.
Why the locals love it
“We were among Flynn’s first residents and moved into our brand-new home in the early 1970s. Back then, it felt like we were living on Canberra’s outskirts, but we’ve enjoyed watching the whole surrounding area grow and thrive over many decades. So why have we stayed here so long? Flynn is green, serene and has a strong sense of community. Our neighbours are also our friends, and nothing is too far away. We love our big block where we can grow fruit trees and have a veggie patch. It’s a beautiful place to live.” – Anne and Tom, retirees.
- Median age: 38 years
- Median weekly household income: $2271
- Median weekly rent: $400
- Houses vs. apartments: 98.1% houses
- Suburb sales record (excludes land sales): $1.25 million in 2015
Source: 2016 Census.
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