Forde has been described as one of Canberra’s greenest communities, and with more than half the suburb surrounded by parkland, wetlands or nature reserve, it’s not hard to see why. Tucked away in the ACT’s northern-most pocket, there are very few streets that are just rows of houses looking at other houses. Instead, most homes have easy access to the best of what nature has to offer.
Thinking about visiting or moving to Forde? Here’s what you need to know.
Background and history
Forde is a northern Gungahlin Suburb, named after Frank Forde, who served as an Australian Prime Minister for just one week in 1945. Settlement of the suburb, which has beautiful countryside views and some little wetland areas with strong picnic potential, began in 2008.
The suburb abuts the Mulligans Flat Reserve, which is a haven for native wildlife as all invasive species have been removed from the area.
Forde is a cat containment area, which means all pet cats must be inside at all times unless in a secure enclosure or run, or on a leash.
Forde has a local shopping centre which includes a supermarket, pharmacy, hairdresser, and a fabulous café, Frankies at Forde. Drop in for breaky, lunch or dinner with the locals and keep an eye out for their great deals during the week.
Places of interest and things to do
There are not many suburbs where you can have a native animal encounter without going far from your home, but in Forde it’s easy.
- Meet an Eastern Bettong in the wild. Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary is on the border of Forde and Bonner. In 2009, all the introduced predators in the area were removed and Eastern bettongs, bush-stone curlews and quolls were introduced. The sanctuary is the only place where you can see Eastern bettongs on mainland Australia in the wild, plus there are wallabies, kangaroos and abundant birdlife to look out for.
- Explore Heritage Park and Pathway. In Ray Ellis Crescent, you’ll find a shady playground, barbecue facilities and picnic spots, as well as a walk which has signs explaining the history of the area’s early settlers. You can also discover the remains of huts, fences, sheep shearing sheds and an old school as you wander along the Heritage Pathway nearby.
While Forde does not have any schools within it, Neville Bonner Primary School, Amaroo School (Kinder to Year 10), Harrison School (preschool to Year 10) and Gungahlin College (Years 11 and 12) are in nearby Gungahlin suburbs.
- Median age: 33 years
- Median weekly household income: $2,944
- Median weekly rent: $510
- Houses vs. apartments: 80.8% houses; 1.4% apartments
- Suburb sales record (excludes land sales): $2,035,000 in 2018
Source: 2016 Census.
Do you live, or have you previously lived, in Forde? 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.