Waramanga, Australian Capital Territory

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CanberraAustralian Capital Territory
Waramanga IBMap-MJC.png
Coordinates 35°21′11″S 149°03′47″E / 35.353°S 149.063°E / -35.353; 149.063Coordinates: 35°21′11″S 149°03′47″E / 35.353°S 149.063°E / -35.353; 149.063
Population 2,629 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density 1,550/km2 (4,010/sq mi)
Established 1968
Postcode(s) 2611
Area 1.7 km2 (0.7 sq mi)
District Weston Creek
Territory electorate(s) Murrumbidgee
Federal Division(s) Canberra
Suburbs around Waramanga:
Weston Weston Lyons
Stirling Waramanga Chifley
Chapman Fisher

Waramanga (postcode: 2611) is a suburb of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia located in the district of Weston Creek.

Waramanga was established in the late 1960s and was named after the Aboriginal tribe of Central Australia, also known as the Warumungu people.[2]


The Weston Creek district was part of Yarralumla Station, a 40,000 acre (162 km²) property dating back to 1828. It was resumed by the Commonwealth in 1913 from Frederick Campbell who bought the property in 1881. In 1920 9,000 acres (36 km²) of the Woden Valley, including the Weston Creek district, were subdivided for soldier settlement leases. A 1950s map of the district shows four paddocks, Weston paddock, Track paddock, Brown Hill paddock and Oakey Hill paddock intersecting the area which is now the suburb of Waramanga. Long Gully Road ran through the suburb and the nearest homestead was Cooleman on the Kambah Road just west of the present suburb of Fisher. Cooleman was farmed by the Champion family from about 1932. It was previously known as Allawah and was leased to the Anderson family in 1920. Other properties in the district were Avondale and Weston whose homesteads were in the present suburb of Holder, Yamba in the suburb of Phillip and Iloura, Melrose and Yarra Glen in the suburb of Curtin.[3]

In June 1968 the suburb of Waramanga was officially gazetted.[2]

The bushfire which engulfed parts of Canberra on 18 January 2003 flowed out of Mount Taylor Nature Reserve and reached the eastern boundary of the suburb at Badimara Street where it was slowed by residents and stopped by a contrary wind. For more information about the bushfire see Canberra bushfires of 2003.


At the 2016 census, Waramanga had a population of 2,629 people. Waramanga residents had a median age of 40 compared to a Canberra median of 35. The median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years was A$991 a week, compared to a Canberra wide figure of $998 and an Australia wide figure of $662.[1]

The population of Waramanga is predominantly Australian-born, 73.9% of people being born in Australia. With 3.9% of the population, the second most common birthplace is the England. Accommodation is mostly separate houses (77.1%), with semi detached, row or terrace houses and townhouses comprising 20.2%.[1]


Waramanga is located in the federal House of Representatives electorate of Canberra. Covering the southside of Canberra and southern ACT, the electorate of Canberra is currently represented by Gai Brodtmann of the Australian Labor Party. The two federal electorates in the ACT are safe or fairly safe ALP seats.

Waramanga is located in the ACT Legislative Assembly electorate of Murrumbidgee. Mainly covering Woden Valley, Weston Creek and the Molonglo Valley, the electorate of Murrumbidgee is currently represented by two Australian Labor Party members, two Liberal Party members and one ACT Greens member.


Deakin Volcanics green grey, red, and purple rhyodacite with spherulitic texture fill up Warramanga from beneath.[4]

Suburb amenities[edit]

Waramanga shopping centre
Waramanga, looking northeast from Mount Arawang
Waramanga, looking northwest from Mount Taylor

Waramanga has a busy local shopping centre located on the corner of Damala Street and Waramanga Place. The centre contains a supermarket, bakery, Malaysian restaurant, hairdresser, beauty salon, chemist, newsagency, medical centre and postal agency.

Educational institutions located in Waramanga[edit]

Government schools
  • Waramanga Preschool located on Nemarang Crescent.
  • Arawang Primary[5] located on Nemarang Crescent.
  • Stromlo High[6] on the corner of Badimara Street and Namatjira Drive.
Non-government schools and colleges

Churches located in Waramanga[edit]

  • St John Vianney Parish Centre of the Catholic Church in Australia located in Namatjira Drive.
  • Woden Valley Alliance Church[8] of the Christian and Missionary Alliance[9] located in Namatjira Drive.
  • Canberra Korean Manse of the Uniting Church in Australia[10] located in Badimara Street.

Health facilities located in Waramanga[edit]

  • Weston Creek Veterinary Hospital[11] located in Badimara Street.
  • Waramanga Medical Centre located in the shopping centre on the corner of Damala Street and Waramanga Place.

Public Transport located in Waramanga[edit]

  • ACTION Buses[12] run regular services to Waramanga, usually every hour, or every half-hour in peak periods. Route 27 services most of Waramanga, on its way between the nearest major bus interchange at Woden Town Centre and the Weston Creek Centre. Route 927 provides an evening service but a seat must be booked. Route 227 provides a more direct service to Civic during rush hours.
  • No other public transportation is available, apart from taxis.

Waramanga has extensive open spaces with playing fields on the western side of the suburb, several neighbourhood parks and pedestrian parkland along the ridge in the centre of the suburb. Waramanga is adjacent to Mount Taylor Nature Reserve, part of Canberra Nature Park with grassland and hillside walking tracks and sweeping views across Woden and Tuggeranong Valleys.[13]


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Waramanga (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Suburb Name search results". ACT Environment and Sustainable Development. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  3. ^ Douglas, F (1996). Not without my corsets!: oral histories of the families who farmed soldier settler blocks in the Woden Valley from 1920 to 1963. O'Connor, ACT. ISBN 0-646-42672-9
  4. ^ Henderson, G. A. M.; Matveev, G. (1980). Geology of Canberra, Queanbeyan and Environs (Map). 1:50000.
  5. ^ "arawangps.act.edu.au". arawangps.act.edu.au. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  6. ^ "stromlohs.act.edu.au". stromlohs.act.edu.au. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  7. ^ "sjv.cg.catholic.edu.au". sjv.cg.catholic.edu.au. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  8. ^ "wvac.org.au". wvac.org.au. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  9. ^ "cma.org.au". cma.org.au. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  10. ^ "unitingchurch.org.au". unitingchurch.org.au. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  11. ^ "wcvh.com.au". wcvh.com.au. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  12. ^ "action.act.gov.au". action.act.gov.au. 2013-02-15. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  13. ^ "Canberra Nature Park". ACT Territory and Municipal Services. Retrieved 14 February 2014.

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