Macquarie, Australian Capital Territory

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CanberraAustralian Capital Territory
Macquarie IBMap-MJC.png
Population 2,556 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 1,500/km2 (3,890/sq mi)
Established 1967
Postcode(s) 2614
Area 1.7 km2 (0.7 sq mi)
District Belconnen
Territory electorate(s) Ginninderra
Federal Division(s) Fraser
Suburbs around Macquarie:
Page Belconnen Bruce
Weetangera Macquarie Aranda
Cook Aranda

Macquarie (postcode: 2614) is a residential suburb in the Belconnen district of Canberra, located within the Australian Capital Territory, Australia. Macquarie was gazetted as a division on 22 June 1967 in recognition of Major-General Lachlan Macquarie, a former Governor of New South Wales. Streets in Macquarie are named after contemporaries of Governor Macquarie.[2]

Macquarie is located in the inner north Canberra district of Belconnen. It is bordered to the north by Belconnen Way, Bindubi Street to the east, Redfern Street to the south and Coulter Drive to the west.


On Census night 2011, Macquarie had a population of 2,556 people. The census shows that Macquarie residents have an average age of 35 compared to a Canberra average of 34. The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over was $786.[1]

The population of Macquarie is predominantly Australian-born at 68.2% with the second most common birthplace being China (excluding SARs and Taiwan) at 4.2% of the population. Accommodation is predominantly separate houses (77.5%) with a gradual increase in flats, units and apartments (10.9%, slightly under the ACT and Australian averages) since previous census periods.[1] There are a group of streets with public housing adjacent to the Jamison Centre.

Suburb amenities[edit]

Aerial view of Macquarie, from the west.

There is a small shopping centre on Lachlan Street in Macquarie that has the well regarded Kinh Do Vietnamese restaurant and the Macquarie Medical Centre. The shopping centre has had a high turnover of other businesses over the years as it attempts fairly unsuccessfully to compete with the much larger and better known Jamison Centre.

The Jamison Centre is the major shopping centre in Macquarie and has a popular outdoor Rotary community market every Sunday morning. It contains numerous shops and services, including supermarkets, greengrocer, bakery, hairdresser, newsagent, banks, medical centre and other facilities.

Adjacent to the Jamison Centre is Big Splash Waterpark, one of Canberra's few public swimming pools and home to Canberra's only outdoor water slide. On the corner of Bindubi Street and Belconnen Way is the Canberra High School[3] established in 1938, with large playing fields between it and the public swimming pool.

Macquarie Primary School on Bennelong Crescent is a government run school established in 1968 and was the first school in Belconnen.

Like most of Canberra, Macquarie's only scheduled public transport is ACTION buses. Four bus routes run through Macquarie, being bus numbers 10, 705, 749 and 942. As a general rule ACTION bus routes run every 30 to 60 minutes from 7am to 11:30pm.

Political representation[edit]

For the purposes of Australian federal elections for the House of Representatives, Macquarie is in the Division of Fraser.[4]

For the purposes of Australian Capital Territory elections for the ACT Legislative Assembly, Macquarie is in the Ginninderra electorate.[5]


Greywacke from the Ordovician Pittman Formation forms a band down the east of Macquarie. This has been uplifted on the east side of the Deakin Fault. The fault heads in the north east direction in this suburb, whereas the Deakin fault normally heads in the north west direction. A porphyry of Green-grey Dacitic intrusive containing large white feldspar crystals is found under the Jamison Centre. Green grey rhyodacite of the Walker Volcanics underlie the center and west of Macquarie.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Macquarie (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 12 February.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ "Suburb Name search results". ACT Environment and Sustainable Development. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Canberra High School. Retrieved 18 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Profile of the electoral division of Fraser (ACT)". Current federal electoral divisions. Australian Electoral Commission. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Electorates 2012 election". Electorates. ACT Electoral Commission. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  • Canberra Suburbs, radio show, 666 ABC (23 December 2002)

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Coordinates: 35°15′03″S 149°03′53″E / 35.25083°S 149.06472°E / -35.25083; 149.06472