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.
- 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.