Torrens, Australian Capital Territory

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CanberraAustralian Capital Territory
Torrens shops.jpg
Torrens shopping centre
Torrens is located in Australian Capital Territory
Coordinates35°22′22″S 149°05′14″E / 35.37278°S 149.08722°E / -35.37278; 149.08722Coordinates: 35°22′22″S 149°05′14″E / 35.37278°S 149.08722°E / -35.37278; 149.08722
Population2,206 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,700/km2 (4,400/sq mi)
Area1.3 km2 (0.5 sq mi)
DistrictWoden Valley
Territory electorate(s)Murrumbidgee
Federal division(s)Bean
Suburbs around Torrens:
Torrens Mawson
Canberra Nature Park Farrer

Torrens (postcode 2607) is a suburb in the Woden Valley district of Canberra, Australia. It is named after Sir Robert Torrens, a former Premier of South Australia and instigator of the Torrens title system of land registration. The suburb was gazetted on 12 May 1966.

Location and description[edit]

Panorama of Torrens shopping centre
Looking toward Garran and O'Malley, from Mount Taylor in Torrens

The suburb is located along the district of Woden's southern edge. It adjoins the suburbs of Pearce, Mawson and Farrer. It is bounded by Beasley Street to the north, Athllon Drive to the east, and the Canberra Nature Park to the south. To the west the skyline is dominated by the Mount Taylor nature reserve.

Torrens contains a small shopping centre, a neighbourhood oval, and Torrens Primary School.[2]


The name was proposed by "contemporaries of Sir Robert Torrens; SA pioneers and politicians" and gazetted on 20 September 1928; the suburb was gazetted on 12 May 1966.[3] Streets in Torrens are named after South Australian pioneers.[4][5]


Deakin Volcanics green-grey and purple rhyodacite is under the suburb, but only exposed in the south east quarter. The rest is covered by Quaternary alluvium. The south west has Deakin Volcanics green grey, purple and cream rhyolite with the corner topped off with Deakin Volcanics red-purple and green grey rhyodacite.[6]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Torrens (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 June 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ [ Torrens Primary School
  3. ^ Archives ACT (Territory Records Office (2009). "Finding AidSuburbs & their names" (PDF): 7. Retrieved 16 November 2019. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ "Suburb Name search results". ACT Environment and Sustainable Development. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Torrens". Capital Residential. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  6. ^ Henderson, G. A. M.; Matveev, G. (1980). Geology of Canberra, Queanbeyan and Environs (Map). 1:50000.