Wanniassa, Australian Capital Territory

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CanberraAustralian Capital Territory
Playground at Wanniassa shops January 2018.jpg
Wanniassa Shops
Wanniassa is located in Australian Capital Territory
Coordinates35°24′11″S 149°05′50″E / 35.40306°S 149.09722°E / -35.40306; 149.09722Coordinates: 35°24′11″S 149°05′50″E / 35.40306°S 149.09722°E / -35.40306; 149.09722
Population7,512 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,391/km2 (3,600/sq mi)
Gazetted21 May 1974
Area5.4 km2 (2.1 sq mi)
Territory electorate(s)Brindabella
Federal division(s)Bean
Suburbs around Wanniassa:
Kambah Farrer Nature reserve
Greenway Wanniassa Fadden
Oxley Monash Gowrie

Wanniassa (/ˈwɒnɪæsə/) (postcode 2903) is a suburb in Australia's capital, Canberra: more specifically, in the city's southern district of Tuggeranong. The suburb takes its name from a pastoral property granted to Thomas McQuoid in 1835, which he named after Wanayasa in West Java, Indonesia, where McQuoid had previously owned property.[2] Streets are named after Victorian state politicians[3] and the suburb was gazetted on 21 May 1974.[2]

It is next to the suburbs of Kambah, Greenway, Oxley, Monash, Gowrie and Fadden. It is bounded by Athllon Drive, Sulwood Drive, Erindale Drive and Taverner Street.


At the 2016 census, Wanniassa had a population of 7,512. The median age of people in Wanniassa was 39 years, compared to a median age of 35 for Canberra. The median individual income for Wanniassa in 2016 was $927, below the Canberra average of $998, while the median household income was $1,961. In 2016, the median monthly housing loan repayment in Wanniassa was $2,000.[1]

The residents of Wanniassa are predominantly Australian born, with 74.0% being born in Australia. The three main countries of birth for those born overseas were England, 3.8%, India, 1.7% and New Zealand, 1.4%. The most popular religious affiliations in descending order are no religion, Catholic and Anglican.[1]

Suburb amenities[edit]

View across Wanniassa to the Brindabellas
Erindale Library

A wide variety of facilities are located in Wanniassa.


The Erindale Centre is located in the south east of Wanniassa and provides a number of service and retail outlets. The Wanniassa Shops is a smaller retail centre located at the north of the suburb, housing a Coles supermarket and various other businesses including a butcher, a baker and local take-aways.

Sport and recreation[edit]

Other facilities include Erindale Vikings Club,[4] Active Leisure Centre,[5] the Erindale Theatre and the Erindale Library.[6][7] In addition to the Active Leisure Centre, sporting facilities in Wanniassa include the Wanniassa Enclosed Oval, the Wanniassa District Playing Fields, the Erindale Playing Fields and the Erindale tennis courts.


Wanniassa Hills Primary School is located on Langdon Avenue; it is a public primary school servicing students from Kindergarten to Year 6.[8] Wanniassa School is a public primary and high school with adjacent campuses serving students from Pre-School to Year 6 and Year 7 to Year 10.[9] The junior campus of St Mary MacKillop College is located in Wanniassa, serving students from Year 7 to Year 9. Another Catholic school, St Anthony's Parish Primary School, is also located in Wanniassa and serves Kindergarten to Year 6 students.[10] Trinity Christian School is an independent Christian school serving students from Kindergarten to Year 12.[11]

Erindale College[edit]

Erindale College is a public college serving students in Years 11 and 12, founded in 1982. The college is integrated into and makes use of the various other facilities in Erindale.[12] Erindale College is part of the larger Erindale Education and Recreation Complex. This gives students access to a 450-seat theatre in which productions are presented both by the college and community. The Erindale Library is open during the day and evening all year round. The facilities in the Active Leisure Centre, available for student use, include a 25-metre swimming pool and fully equipped gym. Erindale College is well known for its sporting program (talented sports program) which has produced many professional athletes such as Huia Edmonds, Brent Kite, Jason Smith, Brett Finch, Michael Weyman, David Atkins, Joel Monaghan, Royston Lightning, Allan Brookman, Michael Robertson, Nathan Smith, Andrew Price, Ben Rauter, Michael Dobson, David Palavi and Brenton Lawrence.

Places of worship[edit]

Aerial view from east

Several churches are located in Wanniassa. St Anthony of Padua Parish is a Catholic parish that was established in 1976; services were held at Wanniasa Primary School and Padua High School—later St Mary MacKillop College—before the church adjacent to St Mary MacKillop College was completed in 1987.[13] St Matthew's Anglican Church is located adjacent to Trinity Christian School on Laurens Street.[14] Tuggeranong Uniting Church,[15] Capital Edge Community Church (formerly known as Erindale Christian Centre)[16] and Lifestream Christian Fellowship[17] are all located in or adjacent to the Erindale Centre. Christian City Church Tuggeranong offers services at the hall of Wanniassa School Senior Campus while they await the construction of a more permanent building in Monash.


Wanniassa is serviced by several ACTION bus routes which all connect at Erindale Interchange. Route R5 travels through Wanniassa and links to Civic via Woden Town Centre.[18] Routes 72, 73, 74, 75, 76 and 77 connects Wanniassa and surrounding suburbs to Tuggeranong Town Centre.[19][20][21][22]

Geological features[edit]

Suburb of Wanniassa, looking south from Mt Taylor
Looking south from Mt Taylor to Wanniassa overlooking Wanniassa Shops (center) and the district playing fields (right).

Wanniassa is underlain by Deakin Volcanics from the Silurian age 414 million years old – cream-green and purple rhyodacite in the eastern half, with tuff, agglomerate and rhyolite in the west.[23]

Gardeners have to deal with a high proportion of clay soils leading to poor drainage which can be a problem, especially for those in the hillier parts of the suburb.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Wanniassa (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 17 February 2014. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Place Name Search". ACT Planning & Land Authority. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  3. ^ Canberra's suburb and street names : origins and meanings. Department of the Environment, Land and Planning. 1992. p. 112. ISBN 1-86331-128-9.
  4. ^ "Erindale Vikings". Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Active Leisure Centre". Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Branches and opening hours". ACT Government Libraries. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  7. ^ Doherty, Megan (4 April 2014). "A weekend in your suburb: 36 hours in Wanniaasa". The Canberra Times. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 4 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Welcome". Wanniassa Hills Primary School. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Welcome". Wanniassa School. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  10. ^ "Welcome". St Anthony's Parish Primary School. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  11. ^ "Trinity Christian School". Trinity Christian School. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  12. ^ "Erindale College". Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  13. ^ "Parish history". St Anthony of Padua Parish. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  14. ^ "Home". St Matthew's Anglican Church. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  15. ^ "Welcome". Tuggeranong Uniting Church. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  16. ^ "Welcome". Capital Edge Community Church. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  17. ^ "Welcome". Lifestream Christian Fellowship. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  18. ^ Route R5 Transport Canberra
  19. ^ Route 72 & 73 Transport Canberra
  20. ^ Route 74 & 75 Transport Canberra
  21. ^ Route 76 Transport Canberra
  22. ^ Route 77 Transport Canberra
  23. ^ Henderson G A M and Matveev G, Geology of Canberra, Queanbeyan and Environs 1:50000 1980.