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See Mawson Differently

See Mawson Differently

What’s not to love about Mawson? Photo: Region Media.

What’s not to love about Mawson? It’s an established suburb close to the Woden Town Centre, good schools and a large local shopping centre.

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

Background and history

The Woden Valley suburb of Mawson was gazetted in 1966 and is named after Antarctic explorer Sir Douglas Mawson.

Mawson is close to Phillip, Isaacs, Farrer, O’Malley, Pearce, Torrens and Swinger Hill.

See Mawson Differently

Mawson has a large local shops. Photo: Region Media.


Mawson has a large local shops with a Woolworths, a newsagent, a gym, the Austrian Club, The Mawson Club, and a handful of eateries. Saigon Bakery & Espresso is well-known for its banh mi, Jabal Halal is a go-to for fresh produce, while California Café serves up American-style food – with American-sized portions.

See Mawson Differently

The Austrian Club, Mawson. Photo: Region Media.

The ACT Government outlined its plans to rejuvenate and revive Mawson shopping centre in 2019, with plans for a second supermarket and an eight-story development.

Places of interest and things to do

  • Practice your tennis serve at Southlands Tennis Club. Southlands Tennis Club is a community-run club with courts available to book by both members and the general public.
  • Have a drink or a bistro meal at The Mawson Club. The Mawson Club is an award-winning club with a café, bar and lounge. If you don’t feel like travelling all the way into the city for a beer with friends, this is the local haunt for you.
  • Learn about what life in Canberra was like in years gone by. Enderby Street, Hurley Street and Du Faur Streets have many homes in close to original 1960s and 1970s condition, offering a window into Canberra’s past. For some early 1980’s architecture, check out Shackleton Park’s Garry Willemsen-designed townhouses.


There are two primary schools in Mawson: Mawson Primary School (public school) and Canberra Christian School (Catholic school from preschool to Year 6). The closest high schools are Melrose High School (public school for students in Years 7 to 10) and Marist College Canberra (Catholic boys school for students in Years 4 to 12), both over the road in Pearce.

See Mawson Differently

Local Mawson ovals are popular for all sports. Photo: Region Media.

Quick facts

  • Median age: 38 years
  • Median weekly household income: $1777
  • Median weekly rent: $320
  • Houses vs. apartments: 56.1% houses; 20.3% apartments; 23% townhouses

Source: 2016 Census.

Do you live, or have you previously lived, in Mawson? 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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One Response to See Mawson Differently
Evilomlap Evilomlap 4:21 pm 16 Feb 15

Did you find that restaurant that doesn’t allow meal sharing??

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