Griffith is known among Canberrans for its leafy green streets, gorgeous homes, central location and high-end boutiques. For the professionals and families that call Griffith home, there’s plenty to love about one of Canberra’s oldest suburbs.
Thinking about visiting or moving to Griffith? Here’s what you need to know.
Background and history
Griffith is a small suburb in Canberra’s inner south, bordered by Kingston, Forrest, Narrabundah and Red Hill. It was established in 1927 and has several areas listed by the ACT Heritage Council.
Some of Griffith’s most iconic sites include St Paul’s Anglican Church, Manuka Shopping Centre, Manuka Oval and Manuka Swimming Pool.
The local Griffith shops is a gem amongst locals and visitors, featuring one of Canberra’s most popular butcheries, a convenience store, a takeaway, a day spa and a yoga studio. Griffith Shops also has two fine dining restaurants, Aubergine and Rubicon, and the much-loved Gryphons Caffe Bar.
In addition, Griffith is home to the Manuka Shopping Precinct, a historic shopping hub first built in the 1920s. Affectionately known as ‘Manuka’ to locals, the precinct covers much more than just the daily essentials. In addition to the Coles supermarket, Priceline pharmacy and Shell petrol station, Manuka has endless options for cafes, bars, restaurants and boutique stores.
Places of interest and things to do
- Peruse the book selection at Paperchain. Paperchain is Canberra’s leading independent bookstore, known for its attentive customer service and thoughtful book selection. Paperchain hosts regular story time, book signing and meet-the-author events.
- Meet friends for a coffee or drink at Gryphons. This café and bar is a local institution that offers a relaxed atmosphere for people to enjoy a sporting event or catch up with friends over a coffee, beer or wine. There’s a little something for everyone at Gryphons.
- Catch a game at Manuka Oval. Manuka Oval is the premier site for AFL and cricket games in Canberra. Head on down to enjoy a Big Bash League cricket game or the PM’s XI, or support Canberra’s adopted AFL team – the GWS Giants. Manuka Oval retains original tree plantings from the 1920s, which helps visitors feel enclosed from the surrounding city.
There are two schools in Griffith:
- St Clare’s College is a Catholic girls high school for students in Year 7 to Year 12.
- St Edmund’s College is a boys school in the Edmund Rice Tradition, which is open to boys from Year 4 to Year 12.
Residents of Griffith are also considered in area for the nearby Telopea Park School and Narrabundah College.
- Median age: 40 years
- Median weekly household income: $2155
- Median weekly rent: $380
- Houses vs. apartments: 40% houses; 60% apartments and townhouses
- Suburb sales record (excludes land sales): $3.3 million in 2019.
Source: 2016 Census.
Do you live, or have you previously lived, in Griffith? 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.