Location Map for Watson
Location Map for Watson

Watson is a suburb in the North Canberra district of Canberra, the so-called “Inner North”. Watson is named in honour of the third Prime Minister of Australia John Christian Watson, and was gazetted on 7 April 1960. Streets in Watson are named after Australian judges and other legal professionals. As of the 2016 Australian census the population of Watson was 4,188.

Watson is bordered by the Federal Highway, Philip Avenue and Antill Street. It lies next to the suburbs of Downer and Hackett. Behind Hackett is Mount Majura on the Canberra Nature Park.

Watson has a shopping centre, and the AIE originally Watson High School located nearby. Rosary catholic school is located in Watson, as is the Signadou campus of the Australian Catholic University. There is also Majura primary government school which is well known for its popular annual Spring Carnival a preschool a child care centre and a doctor’s surgery. There once was a drive-in theatre (The starlight) in Watson. Currently, North Watson is undergoing the construction of Majura Rise, a new estate south of the television studios listed below. This area is walking distance from Mount Majura, along with many other facilities. It is expected this area will increase the property value of Watson. Also located in the suburb are the Ten and Prime television studios,The Ted Noffs Foundation, Canberra Carotel, Australian Heritage Village (now closed), service station and Health Services Hostel.

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Most Recent 5 Watson Development Applications

planningalertsThe latest public Environment and Planning Directorate – Planning notifications can also be accessed from their site. The following is an extract of the public applications selected by NCCC that principally relate to Watson or have an impact on North Canberra or its residents; the extract may not be complete and does not contain development applications that are not publicly notified.


Address: Burton Street, Watson, ACT

Development Application: 202037556

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR DEMOLITION - demolition of the existing car park, stormwater services, and associated works
Comment closure date: 2020-12-14


Address: 46 Aspinall Street, Watson, ACT

Development Application: 201630707

Desecription: AMENDMENT TO APPROVED DA201630707. Amendment to the development application for proposal for mixed use commercial and residential development - lease variation - the amendment is dwelling yield and typology, building programming, servicing and access arrangements, landscaping and development staging amended.
Comment closure date: 2020-11-30


Address: 253 Antill Street, Watson, ACT

Development Application: 202037744

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR SECONDARY RESIDENCE - Construction of a secondary residence in addition to existing dwelling, carport and associated works.
Comment closure date: 2020-11-16


Address: 13 Manning Street, Watson, ACT

Development Application: 202037452

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR A SECONDARY DWELLING - a new single storey dwelling in addition to the existing dwelling, additional car park and associated works.
Comment closure date: 2020-08-28


Address: 29 Piddington Street, Watson, ACT

Development Application: 202037355

Desecription: PROPOSAL FOR A SECONDARY RESIDENCE - The construction of a secondary residence and associated works.
Comment closure date: 2020-08-14



(Note: Earlier Development Applications can be seen by accessing the ACTPLA website or by going to PlanningAlerts. Note ACTPLA do remove access to the development application documentation some time after the DA closes, but PlanningAlerts do retain some basic historical information.)