Ngunnawal, Australian Capital Territory

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CanberraAustralian Capital Territory
Ngunnawal Playground.jpg
Playground in Ngunnawal
Ngunnawal is located in Australian Capital Territory
Coordinates35°10′33″S 149°06′33″E / 35.17583°S 149.10917°E / -35.17583; 149.10917Coordinates: 35°10′33″S 149°06′33″E / 35.17583°S 149.10917°E / -35.17583; 149.10917
Population10,957 (SAL 2021)[1]
Established24 April 1992
Elevation629 m (2,064 ft)
Area4.2 km2 (1.6 sq mi)
Territory electorate(s)Yerrabi
Federal division(s)Fenner
Suburbs around Ngunnawal:
Taylor Moncrieff Amaroo
Casey Ngunnawal Gungahlin
Nicholls Nicholls Palmerston

Ngunnawal (/ŋʌnəwəl/) is a suburb in the district of Gungahlin in Canberra, Australia. The suburb is named in tribute to the Ngunnawal people, the original inhabitants of the area. The suburb was gazetted on 24 April 1992.[2] Ngunnawal is adjacent to the suburbs of Nicholls, Casey, Moncrieff, Amaroo and Gungahlin. It is bounded by Gungahlin Drive, Horse Park Drive, Gundaroo Drive and Mirrabei Drive. Ginninderra Creek is situated near Ngunnawal's eastern boundary. The suburb is located approximately 4 km from the Gungahlin Town Centre and about 13 km from the centre of Canberra.

Place names[edit]

Ngunnawal's place names relate to indigenous Australian culture.[2] For example:

  • Violet's Park on Marungul Avenue was named after Ngunnawal elder Josephine Violet Bulger in 1993. A commemorative artwork titled Meeting Place was installed in 2017 in honour of Violet's life and community contributions.[3]
  • Wanganeen Ave is named after Ken Wanganeen, a prominent Aboriginal Affairs activist.
  • Jabanungga Avenue, one of the suburb's connector roads, bears the name of Robert Jabanungga, a local Aboriginal dancer and musician.
  • Yerra Court is named after the Ngunnawal language word for "swim"
  • Bural Court is named after the Ngunnawal language word for "day"
  • Mundawari Circuit is named after the Ngunnawal language word for "bandicoot"
  • Bargang Crescent is named after the Ngunnawal language word for "yellow box gum"

Additionally, Anthony Rolfe Drive is named after Anthony Rolfe, who was instrumental in developing the "Tea gardens" homestead, and the Gold Creek Homestead, in what is now Ngunnawal.

Community facilities[edit]

The Street Library from Arabanoo Crescent


The following educational facilities are in Ngunnawal:

  • Ngunnawal Preschool
  • Ngunnawal Primary School (which also hosts a Koori preschool)[4]


Ngunnawal IGA

There are two small shopping centres in Ngunnawal. Ngunnawal Shopping Centre is located at the corner of Wanganeen Avenue and Jabanungga Avenue and provides a Spar supermarket, a bakery, a takeaway shop, a pharmacy, a gym, and a medical clinic with allied health facilities. An IGA store is located in the eastern area of Ngunnawal on Mirrabei Drive.


The Arabanoo Street Library is located in Ngunnawal.[5]


Ngunnawal primarily consists of residential property. A housing estate called "Broadview Estate" is located in the northwestern edge of Ngunnawal.[6] There is a retirement village called "The Grove" in Ngunnawal.[7]


Gold Creek Homestead

The Gold Creek Homestead is located in Ngunnawal.

Churches and schools[edit]

New Life Presbyterian Church is located on 107 Wanganeen Avenue.[8]

Ngunnawal Primary School is located on Unaipon Avenue.[9]


The Ngunnawal suburb is sited on the Canberra Formation and bedrock laided down during the late middle Silurian age. The area was studied in more detail than many other parts of Canberra by J P Ceplecha from the ANU in 1971.

Most of Ngunnawal is based on slaty shale and mudstone. In the North West corner is found dacite and quartz andesite. A layer of tuff is formed into a Vee shaped surface exposure in the western half of the suburb. A smaller N shaped outcrop of tuff is found in the east corner. A crook shaped outcrop of ashstone is exposed just to the east of the Vee.

The structure of the rock has been determined by folding. The folds are aligned north-north east and plunge to the south south west. An anticline determines the point of the Vee pointing south south west. Another anticline determines the end of the crook shape. A syncline determines the top of the crook. The Deakin Fault runs roughly parallel to the fold axes on the south east side along Ginninderra Creek.[10]

View of Ngunnawal and Gungahlin beyond Note Mount Majura, Mount Ainslie and Black Mountain from left to right


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Ngunnawal (Suburb and Locality)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Suburb Name search results". ACT Environment and Sustainable Development. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
  3. ^ Directorate, ACT Government;; PositionTitle=Director; SectionName=Corporate Management; Corporate=Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development (25 July 2017). "Ngunnawal Elder Violet Bulger's life commemorated". Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Koori Preschools", ACT Education Directorate, retrieved 25 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Arabanoo Street Library", Street Library Australia, retrieved 25 April 2019.
  6. ^ Clisby, Meredith (9 December 2013). "Ngunnawal: application lodged for final phase of Broadview master-planned estate". The Canberra Times.
  7. ^ "The Grove Ngunnawal", Lendlease, retrieved 25 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Discover New Life".
  9. ^ "Ngunnawal Primary School". 1 January 2003. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
  10. ^ Henderson G A M and Matveev G, Geology of Canberra, Queanbeyan and Environs 1:50000 1980.