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See Franklin Differently

See Franklin Differently

Franklin is one of Canberra’s most family-friendly suburbs. Photo: Region Media.

It’s not always easy to find that perfect blend of a suburb that’s quiet and peaceful, yet still within reach of major town centres. Enter Franklin, one of Canberra’s most family-friendly suburbs.

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

Background and history

One of Canberra’s newer suburbs established around 2007, Franklin is named after esteemed novelist Miles Franklin (in fact, all the streets in Franklin bear the names of famous writers).

Bordered by Mitchell, Harrison and Gungahlin, Franklin has a lot to offer location-wise. It’s five minutes to the Gungahlin Town Centre and a 15 minute drive to both Belconnen and the city. Conveniently, Franklin is also served by Canberra’s light rail.

The Franklin Ponds are well equipped with cycle paths and BBQ facilities, providing residents with a relaxing outdoor space to enjoy.

Shops

The local Franklin shops are equipped with a Woolworths, Coffee Guru, frozen custard joint and Star Groceries supermarket.

For a wider range of stores and eateries, Marketplace Gungahlin is five minutes away from Franklin (and offers two hours of free parking every day).

Places of interest and things to do

  • Take the kids to Franklin Recreational Park. This expansive playground boasts a climbing rope for bigger kids, a toddler area for little ones and a FLEX area for adult exercisers. It also has a basketball court, soccer field, rock-climbing wall and skate bowl. Franklin Recreational Park has you covered for all the family’s active needs.
  • Visit Gubur Dhaura Heritage Park. Gubur Dhaura is a site of historical significance to the Ngunnawal people. It offers scenic views of the mountains in the Gungahlin basin and has artworks on site created by local Aboriginal people.
See Franklin Differently

You can play table tennis at Franklin Recreational Park. Photo: Region Media.

Schools

Franklin Early Childhood School supports students from preschool to Year 4, although the ACT Government has invested funding for the school to cater for students through to Year 6 by 2020.

Harrison School is also nearby, with over 1400 students from preschool to Year 10.

See Franklin Differently

Franklin Early Childhood School supports students from preschool to Year 4. Photo: Region Media.

Quick facts

  • Median age: 30 years
  • Median weekly household income: $2114
  • Median weekly rent: $373
  • Houses vs. apartments: 50% houses; 30% apartments, 20% townhouses
  • Suburb sales record (excludes land sales): 1,550,000 in 2017

Source: 2016 Census.

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