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See Macgregor Differently

See Macgregor Differently

Macgregor’s local shops were replaced with a Kingswim School. Photo: Region Media.

Macgregor is a quiet Canberra suburb that offers sweeping views of the Brindabellas and Ginninderra Creek. It’s popular because of its proximity to nature as well as Belconnen Town Centre, schools and public transport.

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

Background and history

Macgregor, in Canberra’s far west, is bordered by Latham, Dunlop, Holt, Charnwood and the ACT/NSW border line. Locals divide it into two areas: old Macgregor with houses on large, leafy blocks; and new Macgregor, which has newer housing suited to first home buyers and investors.

The Belconnen suburb was gazetted in 1971 and is named after former Queensland governor Sir William Macgregor.

According to the latest census data, Macgregor has more young families compared to the national average.


Macgregor used to have a local shops off Osburn Drive, built back in the 1970s, but it’s now a Kingswim School. There are shops nearby in Holt and Charnwood.

Places of interest and things to do

  • Visit a local playground. There are a few basic playgrounds in Macgregor: Chalmers Place (near Kingswim), Beaney Street and Ginninderra Creek Playground on Berne Crescent.
  • Enjoy the wide open spaces at Umbagong District Park. While Umbagong District Park is one suburb over in Latham, it’s accessible from Macgregor. The park has facilities like playground equipment, picnic areas with barbeques and paths for cycling and walking.
See Macgregor Differently

There are a few basic playgrounds in Macgregor. Photo: Region Media.


Macgregor Primary School (public school from preschool to Year 6) is the only school in Macgregor. The nearest high school is Kingsford Smith School in Holt .

Quick facts

  • Median age: 32 years
  • Median weekly household income: $2063
  • Median weekly rent: $392
  • Houses vs. apartments: 81.6% houses; 18% townhouses
  • Suburb sales record (excludes land sales): $870,000 in 2015

Source: 2016 Census.

Do you live, or have you previously lived, in Macgregor? 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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6 Responses to See Macgregor Differently
Madam Cholet Madam Cholet 11:45 am 25 Jan 15

Land value up = increase in rates. Not always desirable.

frankie frankie 9:48 pm 24 Jan 15

miz said :

I’ve certainly heard of ‘old’ and ‘new’ Macgregor – ‘old’ being quite desirable, ‘new’ significantly less so (having really small blocks with ticky tacky houses, and being downwind of the egg farm).

I live in one of those ticky tacky houses in “new Macgregor”, thank you very much. Our front yard is managed by the council for free, and we have NBN FTTH. Our land value also just went up $10,000 last year, and views are spectacular because there are virtually no trees blocking the panaroma, nevermind the low fire hazard. Now ask those living in “old Macgregor” if they have the same pros… they’re probably too busy raking up all the leaves and branches in their desirable backyards (half of which are filled with broken down cars and old furniture) to dial in to Dodo and respond to your post :P.

miz miz 9:01 pm 19 Jan 15

I’ve certainly heard of ‘old’ and ‘new’ Macgregor – ‘old’ being quite desirable, ‘new’ significantly less so (having really small blocks with ticky tacky houses, and being downwind of the egg farm).

And how quintessentially Canberran is your feature photo of unmown weeds!

house_husband house_husband 7:20 am 19 Jan 15

One of the best bits of Macgregor is Goodwin Hill. Lovely to walk around with panoramic views in all directions.

wildturkeycanoe wildturkeycanoe 6:13 pm 18 Jan 15

Macgregor is quiet like that all the time, especially the new Macgregor. Sometimes I wonder if our kids are the only ones allowed outside as the only noise in the neighborhood can be heard from our backyard.

Evilomlap Evilomlap 1:10 pm 16 Jan 15

Thanks for doing my old stomping ground Alexandra. My parents bought one of the first houses ever built there. I grew up near the Macgregor shops and went to the primary school. It has indeed changed a lot. The shops used to be the typical suburban shops that are few and far between now – a takeaway, grocery shop, hairdresser, video shop, newsagent. There was even a medical centre at one stage and it was the original home of Butts N Brew (now at Kaleen).

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