Moving to Australia

Canberra Mosques 

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.

Where to pray when you live in or visit Canberra

You will have no problems finding a place to pray in Canberra as there are several mosques to choose from.

  • London Circuit Musallah – In Canberra’s CBD is a musallah on Level 2 of the Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre. Address: 180 London Circuit, Canberra City. Phone: 0413 488 655.
  • Canberra Islamic Centre – Twenty-two kilometres from the City is this mosque, in suburban Monash. Address: 221 Clive Steele Avenue, Monash. Phone: 02 6292 0602.
  • Gungahlin Musallah – Located in the Palmerston Community Centre, adjacent to the Palmerston shops. Address: 10 Tiptree Crescent (corner of Tiptree Crescent), Palmerston.
  • Gungahlin Mosque – Offers Quran classes. Address: 140 The Valley Avenue, Gungahlin. Phone: 0421 792 617.
  • Masjid Al Taqwa – An 18-minute drive out to Spence is where you’ll find this masjid, whose entrance is opposite Crofts Crescent. Address: 55 Crofts Crescent, Spence. Phone: 0400 767 705.
  • Queanbeyan Musallah – Technically in New South Wales but only 15 kilometres from Canberra CBD. Plans are underway to construct a new, larger mosque on the site. Address: 185 Gilmore Road, Queanbeyan West. Phone: 0411 081 624.
  • Canberra Empire Circuit Mosque – Address: 130 Empire Circuit, Yarralumla.

Muslim prayer facilities at Canberra universities

Students will be pleased to know that the following facilities are available in Canberra:

  • Australian National University Musallah – Located in Acton, just 1.2 kilometres from Canberra’s GPO, the University has a musallah for Muslim students. It is in the Muslim Students Centre (MSC) adjacent to the Law Faculty. You can also use the multi-faith prayer room which you’ll find in the Union Court Chaplaincy. Address: North Road, Acton.
  • University of Canberra Musallah – Run by the Muslim Students Society, it is a pray room and office for counselling. Room 2A2, Building 2, University of Canberra, Kirinari Street, Bruce.

The building of Gungahlin mosque

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.

Eating halal in Canberra

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 Muslims on social media

Before arriving in Australia, you may like to check out the Muslims living in Canberra ACT Facebook page where you can reach out and connect with others. Or, take a look at Hiraa Muslim Sisters of Canberra.

More info on Canberra

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.

Organisations offering assistance to the Muslim community

  • Muslim Women’s Network of Australia – A multicultural Muslim women’s organisation that welcomes Muslim women of all ages, ethnicities and occupations. Members meet regularly for discussions on issues concerning the community. MWNNA is based in Sydney but you can follow their Facebook page to keep up to date.
  • Islamic Foundation for Education & Welfare – The foundation addresses current issues through education, information dissemination and welfare projects.
  • Muslim Collective – An Australian faith-based community the promotes diversity and inclusiveness and focuses on current issues. It represents Muslims living in Australia and encourages community engagement, helps facilitate social meet-ups and invites people to join discussion circles.
  • Islamic School of Canberra – Providing education for kindergarten to Year 8, the Islamic School of Canberra is located at 33 Heysen Street, Weston. (Phone: 02 6288 7358.) The school also offers after school care for K-7, to 6pm.

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.

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