Gungahlin is a suburb located in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), which is situated within the traditional lands of the Ngunnawal people. The Ngunnawal people have lived on this land for thousands of years and have a deep spiritual and cultural connection to the area.
Gungahlin is a relatively new suburb, having been established in the 1990s to cater to the growing population of Canberra. It is located approximately 13 kilometers northeast of Canberra's central business district and covers an area of about 40 square kilometers.
The suburb of Gungahlin is named after the nearby Gungahlin Homestead, which was built in the 1850s and is now a heritage-listed building. The word "Gungahlin" is thought to mean "little rocky hill" in the Ngunnawal language, although there is some debate about the exact meaning.
Gungahlin is a rapidly growing suburb, with a population of around 80,000 people as of 2021. It is home to a range of amenities, including shopping centers, schools, parks, and recreational facilities. The suburb also has excellent transport links, with easy access to major roads and public transport services.
In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the significance of the Ngunnawal culture and heritage in the Gungahlin area. This has led to a range of initiatives aimed at promoting and preserving Ngunnawal culture, including the establishment of cultural centers and the inclusion of Ngunnawal language and culture in local schools and community events.
One of the fastest growing regions in Australia (2017), the District of Gungahlin is one of the original eighteen districts of the Australian Capital Territory. The greater Gungahlin City consists of the suburbs of Nicholls, Ngunnawal, Palmerston, Franklin, Harrison, Throsby, Forde, Casey, Taylor, Moncrief and Amaroo. Just over the hill to the north is the small village of Hall. The edges of the suburb are on Horse Park Drive, Gundaroo Drive and Gungahlin Drive. The town of Gungahlin was part of the original 1957 plan for future development in the ACT and in 1991 was officially launched as Canberra's fourth 'town' by the ACT Chief Minister.
Gungahlin is one of the five satellite cities that make up the ACT. The other locations include Canberra North and South, Tuggeranong, Woden, and Belconnen.
Gungahlin is serviced by the first stage of the light rail and is fast becoming a self-sufficient satellite city of the ACT.
Living in Gungahlin is great and rapidly expanding with new suburbs starting to fill up with new houses, townhouses and apartments! The district has top class schools, new social and sporting facilities, the light rail, a booming city centre with everything you need for day to day living.
Located in the North of the Australian Capital Territory, Gungahlin provides easy access to the Barton Highway to drive out to Victoria, or the Federal Highway to drive up to Sydney. Gungahlin is well serviced with bike trails for commuting to Belconnen or to Canberra's CBD (Civic) or to circumnavigate the ACT on the Centenary Trail via foot, horse or mountain bike.
Gunghalin's first suburbs were established in the early to mid-1990s (Palmerston, Ngunnawal, Nicholls) and many of the original property owners are looking to downsize or move into smaller properties that require less maintenance. New houses are available in developments that are underway in Throsby, Taylor and Moncrief. New apartment blocks are being developed around the Gungahlin Town Centre and offer the convenience of walking to the many shops, restaraunts and lite rail and bus interchange.
According to the 2016 Australian Census:
- There were 71,142 people in Gungahlin. Of these 49.5% were male and 50.5% were female. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people made up 1.3% of the population.
- The median age of people in Gungahlin was 31 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 24.1% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 5.5% of the population.
- The most common occupations in Gungahlin included Professionals 28.6%, Clerical and Administrative Workers 17.5%, Managers 15.4%, Community and Personal Service Workers 11.1%, and Technicians and Trades Workers 10.3%.