Farrer is a suburb in the Canberra district of Woden. It is a relatively big suburb for Canberra, with over 3,000 residents. It was named on 12 May 1966, after William James Farrer (1845-1906), who made a significant contribution to wheat-breeding in New South Wales by producing climate species, thus extending the wheat-belt and enabling the breeding of resistant wheat. The suburb’s streets are named after agriculturalists as well, with the exception of Lambrigg Street, which was the name of Farrer’s property in Tharwa.
The suburb’s size resulted in possession of its own oval, located next to the primary school, a scout hall for the local group named Long Gully, and three playgrounds at various locations. Pearce’s Melrose High School and Wanniassa’s Erindale College are only 2.4 and 2.7 kilometres away respectively. While the small convenience store is often frequented by locals, Farrer is in proximity to ‘cosmopolitan’ Southlands Shopping Centre at Mawson and Woden Plaza in Phillip, only 4.2km away. The Canberra hospital in Garran is nearer still, at 3.8km.
Located in the suburb is Farrer Primary School and neighbourhood oval, a Croatian Catholic parish centre, the Serbian Orthodox Church of St Sava, a small shopping centre, the Long Gully scout hall and the Goodwin Village for elderly citizens.
The Farrer Ridge Nature Reserve, part of the Canberra Nature Park and the southern limit of the suburb, provides for walking, mountain bike riding and horse riding.
It is next to the suburbs of Torrens, Mawson, Isaacs and the Canberra Nature Park of Farrer Ridge. It is bordered by Beasley Street, Athllon Drive and Yamba Drive.