If you have a young family and are considering a move to Canberra, chances are Gungahlin is on your list of potential suburbs to live. With a lower median age relative to the rest of the ACT, the fast-growing suburb is known for its affordability, focus on family and being one of the first in Canberra to benefit from light rail.
It’s also close to kid-friendly amenities like swimming pools, Lake Ginninderra, sporting ovals and some of the most popular nature reserves in Canberra.
Thinking about visiting to moving to Gungahlin? Here’s what you need to know.
Gungahlin has a rich Aboriginal history that goes back at least 20,000 years. The broader Gungahlin district, of which the suburb of Gungahlin is a part, has a number of protected Aboriginal archaeological sites including tool making sites and clay pits.
The name Gungahlin is thought to be derived from the Ngunnawal people’s word for ‘white man’s house’.
And while the Gungahlin district was formally established in 1966, it wasn’t until 1991 that the Gungahlin Town Centre was developed.
Since then, the suburb of Gungahlin has become a thriving metropolitan hub with over 6000 residents and a bustling town centre.
Shops and eateries
When it comes to food, locals recommend Cornerstone Café and Bar for its friendly staff and great food, bubble tea outlet Cha Time and one of Canberra’s Institutions Dobinsons Bakery for freshly baked deliciousness.
Iconic snack van The G Spot, which you’ll find in the Gungahlin Lakes Golf Club car park, serves up treats including deep fried mars bars, burgers and late night chips and gravy. In addition to being Canberra’s longest-standing food truck, The G Spot is a proud and active supporter of the local community. It regularly raises funds for important causes like bushfire relief.
Places of interest and things to do
Here are some of our favourite activities in and around Gungahlin:
- Test your fitness at the Gungahlin Parkrun. Gungahlin Parkrun is a free, weekly 5km timed run that takes place every Saturday at 8am at Yerrabi Pond. You don’t have to be a seasoned athlete to join in – runners of all fitness levels are welcome.
- Take your car for a wash. This might seem like an odd suggestion but bear with us. On weekends, the huge Waves Car Wash in O’Brien Place is almost always packed. People love it. Head down on a Saturday morning and find out what all the fuss is about.
- Watch a local game of sport. Gungahlin is home to local teams from many sports codes; including Gungahlin Bulls (rugby league and league tag), Gungahlin Eagles (rugby union), Gungahlin Jets (AFL) plus many more.
Playgrounds and parks
There are two main outdoor areas of interest in the suburb of Gungahlin:
- Yerrabi Pond District Park (Wunderlich Street). More than just a lovely spot for a picnic or barbeque, Yerrabi Pond District Park is also great for kids. It has a shaded playground, flying fox, skate park and basketball courts.
- Mulanggari Grassland Nature Reserve (access from Gungahlin Drive). Mulanggari Grassland is a grassland reserve with walking and equestrian trails. Keep an eye out for wildflowers in the spring, kangaroos and maybe even a nationally vulnerable striped legless lizard.
Light rail departs towards the City from Gungahlin Place, which has gone some way towards alleviating traffic congestion in and out of Gungahlin during peak times.
That said, there are a few roads out of Gungahlin. These include Flemington Road from Mitchell/Harrison; Tuggeranong Parkway via Palmerston/Mitchell; and Horsepark Drive, which takes you to Costco and IKEA.
There are also multiple bus services from Gungahlin Place to Civic, Dickson and other suburbs in the Gungahlin district.
As a fast-growing district, Gungahlin residents are spoiled for choice when it comes to schools. There are more than 15 schools in the Gungahlin area, including two in the actual suburb of Gungahlin.
Gungahlin College is a public college for students in Years 10 to 12. It’s located on Gozzard Street in the heart of the Gungahlin Town Centre.
Burgmann Anglican School is a co-educational independent school for preschool to Year 12. Its Valley Avenue campus in Gungahlin caters to preschool to Year 5, and Year 9 to 12.
Other nearby schools include Good Shepherd Primary School in Amaroo (Catholic primary school), Ngunnawal Primary School (public primary school), Amaroo School (public primary and high school), Gold Creek School (public primary and high school), and Harrison School.
Why the locals love it
“Gungahlin has a real community feel to it. There are lots of outdoor areas to take the kids, the local shops have everything you need in the one place, and it’s easy to get into the city with the light rail.” – Elise, 25.
- Median age: 31 years
- Median weekly household income: $2066
- Median weekly rent: $380
- Houses vs. apartments: 21.1% apartments; 39.1% semi-detached houses (i.e. townhouses/terrace house); 39.6% separate houses.
- Suburb sales record: $1.25 million for a four-bedroom, three-bathroom home in 2016
Source: 2016 Census.
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