If you’re looking for a home in an established inner suburb that offers leafy streets, big blocks and heritage-listed properties, then O’Connor could be for you.
Thinking about visiting or moving to O’Connor? Here’s what you need to know.
Background and history
The suburb of O’Connor is in Canberra’s inner north, between Turner and Lyneham. It was named after Richard Edward O’Connor, a legislator, federalist, and one of the founders of the Constitution.
O’Connor was gazetted in 1928. Its boundary includes the Bruce/O’Connor ridge nature reserve. This elevated area lies between houses in O’Connor and the nearby Australian Institute of Sport.
The suburb is characterised by shaded streets with established gardens and predominantly detached single dwelling houses. In the central part of O’Connor is a series of cul de sacs which contain homes known as Tocumwal Houses: heritage-listed ex-government housing which was transported to Canberra after World War 2 because there was a housing shortage in the 1950s.
O’Connor has a small shopping centre which includes a grocery store, a couple of restaurants, a hairdresser and a pharmacy. The Duxton bar and restaurant is something of a local institution, famous for its trivia nights and top-notch pub food. The Australian Croatian Club and Polish White Eagle Club are just down the road from the shops.
Places of interest and things to do
- Explore O’Connor Ridge.The O’Connor Ridge Nature Reserve is an extensive strip of land that is popular with bushwalkers and mountain bike riders because of its extensive network of trails. Part of Canberra Nature Park, access to the reserve is from Dryandra Street.
- Take your pooch for a play. In the parkland just off Fairfax Street, dog owners can enjoy some playtime with their furry friends. There are two good-sized segregated enclosures for large and smaller dogs, a well-gravelled carpark and very groovy looking human-dog drinking fountains.
- Immerse yourself in everything French at Alliance Francaise in McCaughey Street. Brush up on your French, take a class, or learn more about Francophonie Cultures. Events and activities include French music, art exhibitions, open days and café style discussions on science, history, literature and the regions of France. Each year the Alliance Française French Film Festival showcases around forty new and classic French films to a growing Canberra audience.
O’Connor Cooperative School is a public school in Macpherson Street, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School is in Boronia Drive and Black Mountain School in Cockle Street provides education for children with additional needs.
- Median age: 34 years
- Median weekly household income: $2,129
- Median weekly rent: $380
- Houses vs. apartments: 65.8% houses; 19.3% apartments
- Suburb sales record (excludes land sales): $2,440,000 in 2018
Source: 2016 Census.
Do you live, or have you previously lived, in O’Connor? 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.