Charnwood, Australian Capital Territory

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CanberraAustralian Capital Territory
Charnwood is located in Australian Capital Territory
Coordinates35°12′00″S 149°02′13″E / 35.200°S 149.037°E / -35.200; 149.037Coordinates: 35°12′00″S 149°02′13″E / 35.200°S 149.037°E / -35.200; 149.037
Population2,979 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,570/km2 (4,060/sq mi)
Area1.9 km2 (0.7 sq mi)
Territory electorate(s)Ginninderra
Federal division(s)Fenner
Suburbs around Charnwood:
Dunlop Fraser Fraser
Dunlop Charnwood Flynn
Macgregor Latham Flynn

Charnwood (/ˈɑːrnwʊd/) is a suburb in the Belconnen district of Canberra located within the Australian Capital Territory, Australia.


Charnwood shopping centre

Charnwood's estate design was based on the Radburn principle. Under this design, houses were to face common parkland, with the suburb's streets servicing garages situated at the rear of the houses. The design failed in its application, however, as home owners built fences around the "park side" of their blocks, effectively screening the houses away from the common parkland. This created long, narrow, fenced walkways, with poor lighting and no neighbourhood surveillance. The original design for the network of pathways was to make it possible to walk from any point in the suburb to any other without directly crossing a road; pedestrian bridges can be used to cross the few major streets within the suburb.

Charnwood is the location of the Charnwood centre shopping area which serves surrounding suburbs. The shopping centre includes several fast food outlets, a branch of the Labor Club, a Shell Service Station and a Woolworths. An emergency services station incorporating ambulance, fire and rescue services was opened in October 2013 by the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, and is located near the Charnwood shops at the south-west corner of Lhotsky Street and Tillyard Drive abutting Ginninderra Dr.[2]


Charnwood is home to Charnwood-Dunlop Primary School, Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School, Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and Charnwood High School (now closed and housing the Canberra Christian Life Centre and the Brindabella Christian College Charnwood Campus).[3]


According to the Act Planning and Land Authority website, the suburb is named after: "[a] former homestead in the Belconnen District; Henry Hall obtained a grant of 3,492 acres (14.13 km2) of land which he named 'Charnwood', 1833; named after the Forest of Charnwood in England."[4]

Street names in Charnwood are named after New South Wales pioneers and the suburb name 'Charnwood' was gazetted on 9 September 1971.[4]


Charnwood is the treed area behind the bare Dunlop in this aerial picture looking to the southeast over Belconnen

Each year, there is an annual carnival call the 'Charny Carny' a unique event which benefits Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School, Charnwood-Dunlop Primary School and Mount Rogers Scout Group. This carnival has the traditional purpose of building community spirit and donates funds for both the schools and the Scout Group.

Sporting facilities[edit]

The Charnwood District Playing Fields are home to the Ginninderra "Tigers" athletics club during the track season (October – March).


For the purposes of Australian federal elections for the House of Representatives, Charnwood is in the seat of Fenner.[5]

For the purposes of Australian Capital Territory elections for the ACT Legislative Assembly, Charnwood is in the Ginninderra electorate.[6]


Rocks in Charnwood are from the Silurian age. Deakin Volcanics purple rhyodacite is found in most of Charnwood. The Deakin Fault passes in the north west direction on the north east edge of the Deakin Volcanics, The fault dropped down the Deakin Volcanics and raised up the south west side. Hawkins Volcanics green-grey dacite and quartz andesite are in the north east on the other side of Deakin Fault.[7]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Charnwood (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 June 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
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  3. ^ Brindabella Christian College
  4. ^ a b "Suburb Name search results". ACT Environment and Sustainable Development. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Profile of the electoral division of Fenner (ACT)". Current federal electoral divisions. Australian Electoral Commission. 8 February 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Electorates 2012 election". Electorates. ACT Electoral Commission. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  7. ^ Henderson G A M and Matveev G, Geology of Canberra, Queanbeyan and Environs 1:50000 1980.