Gungahlin is one of the original 18 districts in the Australian Capital Territory, and one of the fastest-growing regions in Australia. This growth is shown in the increase in population between 2011 and 2016: residents grew from 47,000 in 2011 to 71,000 in 2016. Gungahlin, the suburb within the district that shares its name, is also home to Canberra’s northernmost town centre, sitting 15 kilometres from the CBD.

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Things we love…

  • Gungahlin is well-loved for being one of the most multi-cultural suburbs in Canberra, with more than 40% of residents born overseas. This multiculturalism is reflected in the food and retail offerings throughout the suburb.
  • The growing suburb is primarily home to young professionals and families, partly due to its excellent connectivity, and partly due to the strong neighbourhood bonds present throughout most of the suburb.

But remember that…

  • As a rapidly-growing suburb, expect quite a lot of construction to occur in Gungahlin and the surrounding suburbs to occur over the coming years.
  • Traffic can be slightly congested during peak hours due to the fact that the Barton and Federal Highways are two of the major roads in Canberra.

Location & Transport

Gungahlin sits 15 kilometres outside of the Canberra CBD, which is roughly a 20-minute drive. This makes it ideal for commuters who like to live outside of the hustle and bustle of the city centre without being so far out that they miss out on all the action.

If residents would prefer to take public transport, the new light rail can get them to and from the city in 35 minutes. The light rail is a great way to get into and around Canberra; given that it is expected to continue to grow and reach new parts of the city over the coming years, the usefulness of this new system will only improve.


Gungahlin is predominately known for being one of the most multicultural suburbs in Canberra. This is reflected in the food and retail offerings throughout the suburb, and the continuing development of the retail precinct highlights how much Gungahlin is expected to grow over the coming years. Gungahlin Town Centre, the northernmost town centre in Canberra, is the anchor to several other stores, activities and other businesses, including a Coles and Woolworths, and a library.

Residents in Gungahlin are known to enjoy long walks in the local national park, the Mulanggari Grasslands, where there are numerous trail walks and activities for people of all ages to try out. There’s also an equestrian trail for those who like to change up their Saturday morning plans a little! Yerrabi Pond, on the other side of the suburb, is popular with families due to the fact that it is home to a giant flying fox, a large children’s playground, a junior and senior skate park, and a dirt bike jump circuit.

Yerrabi Pond
Yerrabi Pond

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One of the newest developments in Gungahlin is The Lumi Collection, a new apartment building currently under construction. The 145-apartment project is located on the western edge of the town centre, and is in demand as a result of the price point and quality. The Tempo Collective, a townhouse development, is located just outside of Gungahlin. All four stages boast sustainable technology and innovative inclusions.

Gungahlin is also due to have a new cinema built. Despite being currently held up due to legal proceedings (which you can read about here), residents are hopeful that the project will go ahead over the coming years. Quite recently, the ‘Magnet Mart‘ site has begun construction, and six new tenants are expected to move in March 2020, although which businesses have taken tenancies is yet to be announced.

The Lumi Collection Canberra streetscape
The Lumi Collection Canberra streetscape


There are a number of schools in Gungahlin and in the surrounding suburbs that students can attend. This includes a number of kindergartens, primary schools, and senior schools.

Burgmann Anglican School Valley Campus caters to students from Prep to Year 12, is known for being one of the best-performing schools in the ACT. Mother Teresa School Harrison is one of the best primary schools in the area, with a strong focus on creating well-rounded students; every year level is involved in a public performance at different times throughout the year, and there are a variety of extra-curricular classes offered, from chess to choir to cross country running.

Gungahlin College and Library
Gungahlin College and Library (Munns, Sly, Moore Architects. Canberra.)

Older students can attend Gungahlin College, which caters to students in Years 10, 11 and 12. The newest school in the area (it opened in 2011), Gungahlin College is known for academic excellence, and the extension programs it runs with the Australian National University (ANU) for students.

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