Banks, Australian Capital Territory

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CanberraAustralian Capital Territory
Shops in Banks, Australian Capital Territory.jpg
Shops at Pockett Avenue
Banks is located in Australian Capital Territory
Coordinates35°28′23″S 149°05′42″E / 35.473°S 149.095°E / -35.473; 149.095Coordinates: 35°28′23″S 149°05′42″E / 35.473°S 149.095°E / -35.473; 149.095
Population4,967 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density2,160/km2 (5,590/sq mi)
Gazetted12 March 1987
Area2.3 km2 (0.9 sq mi)
Territory electorate(s)Brindabella
Federal division(s)Bean
Suburbs around Banks:
Gordon Conder Conder
Gordon Banks Rob Roy Nature Reserve
Murrumbidgee River corridor Tharwa Drive Rob Roy Nature Reserve

Banks is a suburb in the Canberra, Australia district of Tuggeranong. It is the most southerly suburb of Canberra. The suburb is named after Sir Joseph Banks (1743–1820), the botanist who accompanied Captain James Cook to Botany Bay in 1770.[2] The suburb was gazetted on 12 March 1987.[2] The theme of the street names is botany or natural history.[2]

Banks is located adjacent to the suburbs of Conder and Gordon. It is bounded by Box Hill Avenue, Tom Roberts Avenue and Tharwa Drive. Located in the suburb is Beau and Jessi Park and the Banks Oval.

The Rob Roy Nature Reserve, part of Canberra Nature Park, is a hilly region to the east of Banks that includes Mt Rob Roy. Nearer and also to the east of Banks is the smaller mountain Big Monks, accessible from Wollemi Place. Big Monks has a gliding stage near the top, allowing paragliders and hang-gliders to fly over the suburb of Banks. The suburb itself slopes gently to the west-northwest.

There is a small shopping centre in the suburb, on the main internal road, Pockett Avenue. It includes 2 small take-away food shops, a pet shop and a small IGA supermarket.

Banks 1, Banks' only oval, is used for local events such as the Saint Clare Of Assisi Primary School Athletics Carnival.


Aerial view of Lanyon Station, 1950

Alluvium is the surface geology for the whole suburb. Beneath the alluvium and making up the surrounding hills are the Deakin Volcanics, which erupted during the Silurian age 414 million years ago.[3]

Banks panorama.jpg


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Banks (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b c Canberra's suburb and street names : origins and meanings. Department of the Environment, Land and Planning. 1992. p. 1. ISBN 1-86331-128-9.
  3. ^ Henderson G A M and Matveev G, Geology of Canberra, Queanbeyan and Environs 1:50000 1980.

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