Canberra’s first mosque accommodated just 300 worshippers. It was built in Yarralumla, 6.3 kilometres outside of the city centre, in 1962. Now, there are several mosques throughout the city and a happy, welcoming community you will be proud to be a part of.
Simply browse our list below and you’re sure to find a meeting place to visit, which will become your second home.
You will have no problems finding a place to pray in Canberra as there are several mosques to choose from.
Students will be pleased to know that the following facilities are available in Canberra:
It was two decades in the making but one of Canberra’s newest mosques, at Gungahlin, nearly 18 kilometres to the north of the city’s centre, became a reality in October 2017. During construction, worshippers prayed in a demountable shed on the site. Today, the mosque serves up to 6,000 Islamic community members and is large enough to accommodate the biggest crowds on special holy days.
Aside from the land being provided by the Government, all the funds for the project were raised by donations that came from the community itself. Opening day celebrations featured a good old Aussie sausage sizzle, and a jumping castle and face painting for the children. The mosque invited members of the community of all faiths to come and visit.
Gungahlin mosque is owned by the Canberra Muslim Community Inc. (CMC). An open day is held annually, sporting activities are organised and religious classes are offered for adults and children.
It’s quite easy to find halal eating establishments in Canberra. You can search online by type of cuisine at Halal Square. Though the city’s Muslim population is very small, it is certainly a multicultural place and many restaurants serve excellent halal cuisine.
You’ll find Indian, Turkish, Moroccan, Lebanese Indonesian and Malaysian eateries as well as a number of Italian restaurants serving halal. Be aware that some may serve alcohol, and also that not all restaurants serving halal cuisine are dedicated to this. Simply enquire when making your reservation.
Canberra is Australia’s capital city. Now although Australia is an island, surrounded by beaches and rugged coastline, you won’t find beaches in Canberra because it is entirely landlocked. What you will find is the beautiful Lake Burley Griffin, a man-made lake which was completed in 1964.
The city of Canberra has a very low crime rate. It’s one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities, with more than 180 countries of birth among its citizens. There are plenty of nationally significant points of interest including the Australian War Memorial, Parliament House, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Library of Australia, the National Museum of Australia, the Royal Australian Mint, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Questacon (the National Science and Technology Centre) and the Australian National Botanic Gardens.
Canberra is home to five universities and a number of major research facilities. The Federal Government is the biggest employer in the city.
Australia has plenty to offer, not just to residents but to tourists and other visitors. No doubt you’ll feel comfortable and welcome, particularly knowing that you can observe your faith in a manner to which you are accustomed.