Farrer, Australian Capital Territory

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CanberraAustralian Capital Territory
Farrer shops.jpg
Farrer shops
Farrer is located in Australian Capital Territory
Coordinates35°22′38″S 149°06′19″E / 35.37722°S 149.10528°E / -35.37722; 149.10528Coordinates: 35°22′38″S 149°06′19″E / 35.37722°S 149.10528°E / -35.37722; 149.10528
Population3,231 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,540/km2 (3,980/sq mi)
Area2.1 km2 (0.8 sq mi)
DistrictWoden Valley
Territory electorate(s)Murrumbidgee
Federal division(s)Bean
Suburbs around Farrer:
Torrens Mawson Isaacs
Torrens Farrer

Farrer is a suburb in the Canberra, Australia district of Woden. The postcode is 2607.

Name origin[edit]

Farrer Primary School
Kangaroos adjacent to suburban house in Farrer

Named for William James Farrer (1845–1906), who was a wheat-breeding pioneer, many of whose experiments were conducted at Lambrigg near Tharwa. The suburb's streets are named after agriculturalists,[2] with the exception of Lambrigg Street, which was the name of Farrer's property in Tharwa.


It is next to the suburbs of Torrens, Mawson, Isaacs and the Tuggeranong suburb of Wanniassa. It is bordered by Beasley Street, Athllon Drive, and Yamba Drive. Located in this suburb is Farrer Primary School and neighborhood oval, a Croatian Catholic parish centre, the Serbian Orthodox Church of St Sava, a small shopping centre, the Long Gully scout hall and the Goodwin Village for elderly citizens.

General information[edit]

Farrer is a relatively large suburb for Canberra, with over 3,300 residents. It was named on 12 May 1966, after William James Farrer, who had lived in the area late in the 19th century, making a significant contribution to wheat-breeding in New South Wales by producing climate species, thus extending the wheat-belt and enabling the breeding of resistant wheat.

The suburb's size resulted in possession of its own oval, located next to the primary school, a scout hall for the local group named Long Gully. Four playgrounds are at various locations, with the main one 'Farrer Nature Play & Adventure Trail' adjacent to the Scout Hall. Pearce's Melrose High School and Wanniassa's Erindale College are only 2.4 and 2.7 kilometres away respectively. While the small convenience store is often frequented by locals, Farrer is in proximity to Southlands Shopping Centre at Mawson and Woden Plaza in Phillip, only 4.2 km away. The Canberra Hospital in Garran is nearer still, at 3.8 km.

The Farrer Ridge Nature Reserve, part of the Canberra Nature Park and half the suburb, provides for bushwalking and stunning vistas.[3]


Deakin Volcanics green-grey and purple rhyodacite underlies the whole suburb. Deakin Volcanics cream rhyolite occurs on the top of Farrer Ridge. Quaternary alluvium can be found in the valley bottom.[4]



  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Farrer (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 June 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Suburb Name search results". ACT Environment and Sustainable Development. Archived from the original on 19 July 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  3. ^ Westacott, Ben (14 March 2014). "A weekend in your suburb: 36 hours in Farrer". The Canberra Times. Archived from the original on 3 April 2014.
  4. ^ Henderson, G. A. M.; Matveev, G. (1980). Geology of Canberra, Queanbeyan and Environs (Map). 1:50000.