Suburb Profile: Nicholls ACT

December 23, 2021
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Nicholls is a suburb of Canberra, in the Australian Capital Territory. It is situated approximately 10 kilometres north-west of its capital city, Canberra, in the district of Gungahlin.


Named after Sir Douglas Nicholls, a former Governor of South Australia, development of the suburb of Nicholls began in 1991. In the north-west corner of the suburb is the Harcourt Hill Estate where some of the most prestigious houses in Nicholls can be found. Streets within the suburb are named after sportsmen and women.

Facilities in Nicholls

Residents of Nicholls have access to two golf courses and a recently renovated $20-million country club, Gungahlin Lakes. The suburb is home to a licensed club, the Perce Douglas Memorial Playing Fields and large tracks of nature reserve for numerous recreational activities.

To the east of the suburb is the Gunghalin Pond while further south residents of Nicholls have access to Canberra Nature Park.

Gold Creek Village boasts a collection of art galleries, specialty stores and gift shops as well as numerous other recreational and leisure activities which include the National Dinosaur Museum, Cockington Green Gardens, the Australian Reptile Centre and the Bird Walk.

Residents of Nicholls also have access to an IGA supermarket and childcare centre.

Education in Nicholls

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Schooling options include a preschool, a catholic primary school and the Gold Creek School which services over 1,100 students from Preschool to Year 10.

The nearby suburb of Bruce is home to the University of Canberra and the Australian National University, consistently rated as Australia’s top university, is located approximately 13 kilometers from the suburb of Nicholls.

The Marketplace is the closest major shopping centre and Calvary Private Hospital is approximately 7 kilometers away.

Industry and Employment in Nicholls

At the time of the 2016 Census, the most common industries of employment for residents in Nicholls were:

  • Central Government Administration 16.9%
  • Defence 7.2%
  • School Education 3.8%
  • Cafes, Restaurants and Takeaway Food Services 3.4%
  • Computer System Design and Related Services 3.0%
  • There are a number of defence families residing in the suburb of Nicholls and many employment opportunities exist at the two universities located within Canberra.

Population in Nicholls

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At the time of the 2016 Census the population.

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