Canberra's leafy lakeside precinct
Patrons gather at Ostani, a popular bar and restaurant at the Realm Hotel in the Barton precinct of Canberra,

Canberra precincts - Barton

Named after Sir Edmund Barton, Australia’s first Prime Minister, Barton is a precinct in the leafy inner south of Canberra bordering Lake Burley Griffin.

Dine, walk, relax and stay in 5 star accommodation and heritage-listed hotels close to Australia’s Parliament House and national cultural attractions like the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, The National Archives, The Canberra Glassworks and Old Parliament House. 

Accommodation in Barton

At the heart of Realm Precinct is Hotel Realm, Canberra’s only accredited 5 star accommodation provider. Across the road, Hotel Realm’s sister property, Burbury Hotel & Apartments further diversifies the accommodation on offer, with long-stay options available.

Home to a myriad restaurant and dining options, Realm Precinct presents something for all tastes.

Barton is also home to the historic Hotel Kurrajong, built in 1926 in the Garden Pavilion architectural style. The hotel has a strong political history and one notable guest staying from 1945 to 1949 was Prime Minister Ben Chifley. Today, the hotel remains true to its original grandeur after a recent renovation and reopening.

Rounding out the Realm Precinct collective are the newly-opened Little National Hotel and the refreshed Brassey Hotel. A new French-inspired bistro and wine bar, Buvette, promises flavour and sensory delights.

Dining in Barton

Enjoy early morning eats at whole foods café, Maple + Clove using fresh, local, seasonal and whole food ingredients.

2015 SMH Good Food Guide Hatted restaurant Lilotang offers diners a unique style of authentic Japanese cuisine served in a sophisticated setting. Meats featured on the menu are prepared by the ancient Japanese grilling method, using a Robata grill, over Binchōtan charcoal. Lilotang’s next door neighbour is Malamay featuring modern Asian cuisine inspired by the rich culinary traditions of the Great West of China.

For a more relaxed dining, Ostani Lounge, Bar and Restaurant provides a rich melange of flavours in chic surrounds for sharing with family and friends.  The menu delivers a zesty European flair with traditional wood fired pizzas and tapas.

No weekend is complete without a spot of high tea at the Burbury Rooftop Terrace; enjoy sweet and savoury treats with tea or champagne overlooking the beautiful views of Canberra city, Lake Burley Griffin and leafy Barton.

Further afield you can delight in innovative Turkish cuisine at Ottoman Cuisine; Canberra’s most consistently awarded restaurant, or gather at the National Press Club, for a drink or meal with friends in their relaxed environment.

Discover Barton

Get active in Evo Health Club. Coined as the health club of the future, Evo provides customised and contemporary wellbeing services. Post-workout, relax your mind body and soul at mudd The Spa, with qualified therapists using the latest technologies and treatments.

Discover the leafy Telopea Park adjoining Barton with stunning colours in autumn and quiet shade in summer. The precinct is a pleasant walk away from the Tourism Hall of Fame award-winning Old Bus Depot Markets, the iconic Art Deco Manuka Pool and the surrounding precincts of Kingston and Manuka

For tips and ideas to help you plan a short break based in Barton, browse through our range of itineraries or get the low down from Hotel Realm's concierge Brendan Caughey