Parkes, Australian Capital Territory

Parkes (postcode: 2600) is an inner southern suburb of the Canberra Central district of Canberra, located within the Australian Capital Territory of Australia. Located south-east of the Canberra central business district, Parkes contains the Parliamentary Triangle and many of the national monuments of Australia's capital city.

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Location of Parkes, shaded
Coordinates35°18′S 149°08′E
Population5 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1.65/km2 (4.3/sq mi)
Gazetted20 September 1928
Area3.03 km2 (1.2 sq mi)
DistrictCanberra Central (South Canberra)
Territory electorate(s)Kurrajong
Federal Division(s)Canberra
Suburbs around Parkes:
Acton Civic Reid
Yarralumla Parkes Campbell
Capital Hill Barton Russell

Parkes is named in honour of Sir Henry Parkes, a Federalist, legislator and one of the founders of the Australian Constitution. Streets in Parkes are named after monarchs and constitutional references.[2]

Parkes contains many of Canberra's large institutions and contains no residential area.


As at the 2016 census, Parkes had a population of 5.[1] At the 2011 census, it had no people,[3] but at the 2006 census and the 2001 census censuses, there were four people[4] and 27 people[5] respectively living within the suburb's boundaries.

Notable places


The geology of Parkes has been studied in great detail. Canberra Formation, calcareous shale is found in the lower parts. This overlies middle Silurian Camp Hill Sandstone. The sandstone unconformably overlies the early Silurian Black Mountain Sandstone and State Circle Shale. State Circle Shale is Late Llandovery in a more finely divided time scale and it has been dated to 445 ±7 million years old. The State Circle Shale is composed of laminated shales and siltstone. Black Mountain Sandstone is composed of a white quartz sandstone.[6]


Parkes residents get preference for:[7]

See also


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Parkes (state suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  2. "Search for street and suburb names: Parkes". Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate. ACT Government. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  3. Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Parkes (SLA)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  4. Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Parkes (SSC)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  5. Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Parkes (SLA)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  6. Henderson G A M and Matveev G, Geology of Canberra, Queanbeyan and Environs 1:50000 1980.
  7. "Priority Enrolment Areas 2015 by Suburb" (Archived 14 February 2016 at the Wayback Machine). Education Directorate, Australian Capital Territory. Retrieved on February 8, 2016.
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