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Belconnen is situated approximately seven kilometres to the northwest of the central business district of Canberra, and surrounds an artificially created, ornamental lake, Lake Ginninderra. The focal point of the district, Belconnen Town Centre overlooks Lake Ginninderra and the surrounding area encompasses the suburbs of Belconnen, Bruce, Cook, Hawker, Holt, Kaleen, Macquarie, Melba, Page, and Scullin. The nearby Historic Town of Hall and its pastoral district extends north into New South Wales and includes Murrumbateman and Gundaroo, which are home to a number of iconic restaurants, cafes and wineries.

Belconnen is one of the five satellite cities that make up the ACT. The other four locations include Canberra North and South, Tuggeranong, Woden Valley, and Gungahlin.

Belconnen is a self-contained residential and commercial area and provides all the retail, domestic and social services required for permanent residency or the concerted short-stay visitor. It is where you will find the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and the University of Canberra (UC).

Belconnen is well serviced for accommodation, dining, recreation, health, beauty, transport, entertainment, shopping and medical services. Belconnen is surrounded by the territory central district of Canberra and is a short drive or bus journey to the town centre of Gungahlin.

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