Community areas

We have spent a lot of time trying to define the community areas for the purposes of Children’s Guide and in total we’ve come up with 110!

We looked at a lot of population statistics, at tourism and local government areas and at areas divided by natural geographical features. We thought about how far we would travel, with or without kids, to catch up with friends, for a shopping trip or a day out. We tried to understand areas that suburbs or towns aligned themselves with, but we don’t really know every area of Australia and we do welcome feedback.

Below is the list ordered alphabetically by state. Each state has its capital city first, ordered first by the city centre then alphabetically, then the rest of the state sorted alphabetically. We don’t believe that any one area is more or less important than another – every community is unique.

If, over time, we find that we can better define some areas, then some of these may change. For now, we hope we’ve got it right and you’re happy.

Community areas

Links and an interactive map to each area soon

Australian Capital Territory



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Canberra City and North Canberra
Canberra Belconnen
Canberra Gungahlin
Canberra Molongolo Valley
Canberra South Canberra
Canberra Tuggeranong
Canberra Weston Creek
Canberra Woden Valley


New South Wales


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Sydney City and East
Sydney Inner West
Sydney Lower North Shore
Sydney Macarthur Region
Sydney North West and Hills
Sydney Northern Beaches and Forest
Sydney Outer West
Sydney South
Sydney South West
Sydney St George Sutherland
Sydney Upper North Shore
Sydney West


NSW Regional

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Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury
Central Coast
Central West
Hunter Region
Illawarra Region
Mid North Coast and Tweed
Murray Region
North and Far West
Northern Rivers
South Coast


Northern Territory


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Darwin and surrounds


NT Regional

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Arnhem and Kakadu
Central Australia
Katherine and Lower Top End




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Brisbane City and Inner
Brisbane East
Brisbane North-Inner
Brisbane North-Outer
Brisbane Redland
Brisbane South
Brisbane South East-Inner
Brisbane West-Inner
Brisbane West-Outer


QLD Regional

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Central West
Darling Downs
Gold Coast
Ipswich and Lockyer Valley Region
Logan and Scenic Rim
Northern Queensland
South West Queensland
Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay
Tropical North
Wild Bay Burnett


South Australia


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Adelaide City and Central
Adelaide East and Hills
Adelaide North
Adelaide South
Adelaide West


SA Regional

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Eyre Peninsula and Whyalla Region
Far North
Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island
Limestone Coast
Murraylands and Riverland
Yorke and Mid North



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Hobart City and Centre
Hobart East
Hobart North
Hobart South and Bays

TAS Regional

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East Coast and Midlands
North and Flinders Island
North West and King Island
South West and Highlands
Tasman Peninsula and Bays



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Melbourne City and Inner
Melbourne East
Melbourne Far South
Melbourne Inner East
Melbourne Inner North
Melbourne North
Melbourne South
Melbourne South Eastern
Melbourne West

VIC Regional

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Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Valley
Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges
Great Ocean Road
High Country
Mornington Peninsula, Bass Coast and Islands

Western Australia


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Perth City and West
Perth Armadale
Perth Cannington
Perth Fremantle and Rottnest Island
Perth Joondalup
Perth Midland
Perth Mirrabooka

WA Regional

These areas will be linked soon

Great Southern Region

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Acknowledgement of Country

In the spirit of reconciliation Children's Guide acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, waters and community. We pay our respect to Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.