Franklin, Australian Capital Territory

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CanberraAustralian Capital Territory
Franklin wetlands 1.JPG
Franklin wetlands
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Coordinates 35°12′00″S 149°08′33″E / 35.20000°S 149.14250°E / -35.20000; 149.14250Coordinates: 35°12′00″S 149°08′33″E / 35.20000°S 149.14250°E / -35.20000; 149.14250
Population 6,419 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density 2,790/km2 (7,230/sq mi)
Established 2007
Postcode(s) 2913
Area 2.3 km2 (0.9 sq mi)
District Gungahlin
Territory electorate(s) Yerrabi
Federal Division(s) Fenner
Suburbs around Franklin:
Canberra Nature Park Franklin Harrison

Franklin (postcode: 2913) is a suburb of Canberra, Australia in the district of Gungahlin. It is named after the novelist Miles Franklin. The streets in Franklin are named after writers.[2] It comprises an area of approximately 256 hectares. It is bounded by Flemington Road to the north and east, Wells Station Drive to the south, and Gungahlin Drive to the west.[3]

Franklin is serviced by ACTION bus routes 57 (weekdays) and 958 (weekends). Flemington Road is serviced by the 200 series on weekdays, and 950 on weekends.[4] Franklin will be one of the suburbs serviced by the Capital Metro light rail, which is set to open in 2019.[5]

Open space[edit]

The suburb of Franklin includes a number of large open space to provide a pedestrian and cyclist network, and to provide an ecological corridor for the movement of native wildlife.[3]

  • The Red Hill Heritage Site including an old pipeclay mine;
  • The Mulangarri and North Mitchell Grasslands;
  • The Gungaderra Creek;
  • Old Well Station Track which connects the Well Station Heritage Precinct (located in the neighbouring suburb of Harrison) with the Gungaderra Homestead, and Red Hill Heritage Site through to the Gungahlin Town Centre.


In the 2016 census, the population of Franklin was 6,419, including 75 (1.1%) Indigenous persons and 3,129 (49.2%) Australian-born persons.[1] 11.1% were born in China, 7.2% in India, 2.9% in South Korea, 2.2% in Sri Lanka, and 2.2% in Vietnam.[1] In the 2011 census, 44.4% of the population was foreign born, the third highest for any Canberra suburb.[6]


Franklin is underlaid mostly by the Canberra Formation mudstone or volcanics from the late middle Silurian age.[7]


Franklin residents get preference for:[8]

  • Franklin Early Childhood School
  • A shared PEA of Harrison School and Palmerston District Primary
  • Harrison School
  • Gungahlin College


Aerial view from north west, taken in late 2009
  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Franklin (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 June 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Suburb Name search results". ACT Environment and Sustainable Development. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
  3. ^ a b Gungahlin Development Authority (2006), Franklin Residential Estate Concept Plan, ACT Planning and Land Authority
  4. ^ "Routes by Suburb or Place". Transport Canberra. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Routes and Stops". Transport Canberra. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Where do migrants live? (4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 2014)". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 17 March 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  7. ^ Henderson G A M and Matveev G, Geology of Canberra, Queanbeyan and Environs 1:50000 1980.
  8. ^ "Priority Enrolment Areas 2015 by Suburb" (Archive). Education Directorate, Australian Capital Territory. Retrieved on 8 February 2016.