Woden Town Park



Margaret Timpson Town Park photo

Woden Town Park, commonly referred to as Arabanoo Park, is located on the eastern edge of Woden Town Centre in Phillip. The park provides a pleasant paved and lit pedestrian link between the town centre, Eddison Park and the parking areas on the eastern side of Yarralumla Creek.

No dogs allowed.



Commemorating European settlement of Australia

The completion of this park during the bicentennial year of European settlement of Australia, resulted in its naming to commemorate that anniversary. The official significance of the name, as recorded in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette in June 1988, is that '... "Arabanoo" (or Manly) was the name of a male native who lived in Sydney Cove at the time of arrival of the First Fleet'. Arabanoo was captured at Manly on 31 December 1788 by order of Governor Phillip, who wished to learn the language and customs of Aborigines. Arabanoo helped to care for fellow Aborigines when in April 1789 there was an outbreak of smallpox. He caught the disease and died in May that year. The name links the park to the suburb of Phillip, named for Governor Phillip who led the First Fleet to Australia. Many of the street names in Phillip are associated with the First, Second and Third Fleets.

Designed as an inner city park

The development of the park proceeded in the 1980s. The western part of the park has been formally treated with planter boxes, seating and granite sett paving. It is entered through pergolas covered with deciduous climbing plants and is intended for lunchtime use by workers from the nearby town centre. The ground in the eastern part of the park has been shaped to create a pleasant grassed depression. This has been planted informally on the periphery with coniferous and deciduous trees thus creating an attractive area also for lunchtime use. The main path winds its way informally past the depression. The two parts of the park are linked by an attractively designed wooden bridge which spans Yarralumla Creek. The path in both areas and along the bridge is lit at night.


Gray, J (1997) The Historical and Cultural Background of selected Urban Parks in Canberra.

Facilities and activities

Facilities and activities

  • Picnic tables
  • Dogs prohibited


About urban parks

Transport Canberra and City Services manages urban parks and open space in Canberra. There are three main types of urban parks in Canberra: town parks, district parks and neighborhood parks. Other landscaped components of the park system include:

  • Pedestrian parkland which are corridors of open space provided for pedestrian movement within and between suburbs.
  • Semi-natural open spaces which are areas of remnant grazing land or native vegetation, and include creek corridors, hilltop areas, ridges and buffer areas between suburbs.
  • Native grassland or woodland sites which contain endangered plant species.
  • Major road verges and medians.
  • Informal use ovals which are non-irrigated open dryland grass areas for informal sport and recreational use.
  • Special purpose areas which are large open spaces dedicated to specialised recreational activities or sporting events.

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