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See Ngunnawal Differently


Ngunnawal is named after the local inhabitants of the region, the Ngunnawal people. Photo: Region Media.

Thinking about visiting or moving to Ngunnawal in Canberra’s north? Here’s what you need to know.

Background and history

Ngunnawal is one of Canberra’s northernmost suburbs, bordered by Casey, Amaroo, Gungahlin and Palmerston.

It is named after the local inhabitants of the region, the Ngunnawal people. Many of the streets in Ngunnawal relate to Indigenous Australian culture.


There are two local shops in Ngunnawal. The Ngunnawal Shopping Centre offers various amenities including a supermarket, bakery, takeaway and pharmacy. There is also an IGA on Mirrabei Drive.

Ngunnawal is a six-minute drive from Marketplace Gungahlin, which offers an extensive range of shops, eateries and local services.

The various amenities at the Ngunnawal Shopping Centre. Photo: Region Media.

Places of interest and things to do

  • Visit the Gold Creek Homestead. This 140 year old building dates back to the 1840s, when English labourer Anthony Rolfe and his family established a sprawling property on the homestead and surrounds.
  • Enjoy one of Ngunnawal’s many playgrounds. There are plenty of places to take the kids for a run around in Ngunnawal, with playgrounds and nature reserves dotted throughout the suburb.

One of several playgrounds in Ngunnawal, this shaded playspace is at Ngunnawal shops. Photo: Region Media.


Ngunnawal Primary School is a public school that caters to students from preschool to Year 6.

Nearby secondary schools include St John Paul II College in Nicholls (Year 7 to Year 12) and Amaroo School (preschool to Year 10).

Quick facts

  • Median age: 31 years
  • Median weekly household income: $1940
  • Median weekly rent: $380
  • Houses vs. apartments: 67% houses; 15% apartments and 17.7% townhouses
  • Suburb sales record (excludes land sales): $1,402,500 in 2017.

Source: 2016 Census.

Do you live, or have you previously lived, in Ngunnawal? 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 Ngunnawal Differently
meggsy meggsy 11:27 am 15 Jan 20

I moved to Ngunnawal around 18 months ago and love it. I’m part of our local Buy Nothing group and have started the Ngunnawal Street Pantries Inititiative with 4 other ladies and the community spirit that is evident through these is amazing …

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