Getting to know Canberra’s key precincts
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Nestled within Canberra are key precincts each with their own distinct character and unique offerings. They include Braddon, NewActon, Kingston, Manuka and the city centre. Choose one to explore or customise your own multi-precinct itinerary.
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With a history as one of the city’s oldest suburbs in the inner north, Braddon has really transformed itself over the last decade. It has grown and evolved – taken off its old grey cardigan and put on a hip new shirt.
Today you’ll find Braddon offers top notch restaurants and bars, amazing coffee and cool boutique shops with loads of art and vintage clothing ripe for the choosing. With most of the action happening on Lonsdale and Mort streets, the areas shift towards the edgy fringe cultures is loved by Canberrans, and is a pleasant surprise to visitors.
These guys have taken their two loves; beers and bikes, to create the BentSpoke Brewing Co., a microbrewery and taphouse providing a tip top craft beer experience. With 18 varieties of beer and cider brewed on the premises, you can visit to see one of Australia’s best brewers in action.
38 Mort Street, Braddon
On top of its impressive range of dining options, Braddon is home to quirky homewares, art and fashion boutiques. Inside the ORI building on Lonsdale Street you’ll find Rebel Muse, iskip itrip, The Hive, Handsome Pretty and AGENCY by Craft ACT. Hidden behind The Hamlet food vans (open Wednesday to Sunday, midday to 9pm) you will find a number of local designers selling jewellery, fashion, furniture and homewares.
Lonsdale Street, Braddon
You’ll scream with ice cream delight when you enter this place! A tasty ice cream in one (or more) original flavours could be the best way to top off a visit to Braddon. The ever changing flavour selection includes such delights as candied orange, salted caramel, liquorice, popcorn, musk stick…and the desserts are delicious too!
30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon
NewActon is a modern melting pot of arts, culture, dining and accommodation located to the south-west of the city centre. You’ll find gardens, public artworks, bars, restaurants, cafes, cinemas and fabulous architecture which is great to wander through.
The hotels are the coolest. Choose from luxury art deco at Peppers Gallery Hotel, or the originality of Hotel Hotel – the most amazing collaboration between designers, artists, artisans and fantasists.
NewActon is a bold new adventure in urban mixed-use eco design. Discover how architecture, cuisine, art and a new expression of city dwelling combine in this revamped western corner of the city.
Here you will find the award-winning and uber-cool Hotel Hotel in the Nishi Building, located next door to Peppers Gallery Hotel Canberra. The area offers adventurous food and drink venues such as Monster Kitchen and Bar, A.Baker, Močan & Green Grout, Bicicletta and Parlour Wine Room.
The area is also home to Palace Electric Cinema, Nishi Gallery, a bike hire shop, a pilates studio, a day spa and hair studio. Outdoors you will find funky street art. The QT Canberra hotel is nearby, and the city centre is a short walk away, as is Lake Burley Griffin.
This place captures the excitement of the movies, and nostalgia of Australian film and sound production from the past to present day in a range of permanent and changing exhibitions and presentations. Get lost in a huge collection of films, television and radio programs, videos, audio tapes, records, costumes, props, movie memorabilia and more.
1 McCoy Circuit, Acton
The museum turns the traditional notion of a museum well and truly on its head. As you see it from a distance, think bright bold colours and striking architecture. It’s a social history museum which explores Australia’s land, nation and people in contemporary and original displays and exhibitions.
Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula
The Kingston Foreshore is a fresh take on what people love about the area – the bars, clubs, restaurants and entertainment – in a new residential setting and business location right on the waterfront. The area is home to the famed Canberra Glassworks and Canberra’s Old Bus Depot Markets. At the nearby precinct of Manuka, you’ll discover a bustling social scene with loads more to do.
Waterside stroll, galleries, markets, coffee, late night drink, amazing food or just a really good spot to people-watch – take your pick of what to do first.
Canberra Glassworks is one place that will show you just how many interesting things people can do with glass. The Glassworks is Australia’s only cultural centre wholly dedicated to contemporary glass art – it’s a place to see talented glass artists at work, exhibitions, the shop and café, or book in for one of the workshops and make your own glass art. Grab a famous Canberra burger from Brodburger, adjacent to Canberra Glassworks.
11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston
It’s Canberra’s Sunday institution. Lovers of fine handcrafted wares, clothing collectors, food fanatics and jewellery junkies are just a few of the people who make their way to Canberra’s popular markets every Sunday. In a fabulous old industrial building you’ll experience the endless colour, tastes, sounds and atmosphere of these bustling Sunday markets.
21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston
Don’t expect high rises in Canberra – the low rise buildings keep it small and intimate – and all of the action happens at ground level around Bunda Street, Garema Place and City Walk, as well as around Marcus Clarke Street, Moore Street, Northbourne Avenue and London Circuit.
Eats are easy to come by with everything from fine dining to casual cafes and stops for a quick bite. The Canberra Centre is the top choice for shopping in the city where you’ll also find Dendy Cinemas if you feel like catching a movie. Get your art fix at Canberra Museum and Gallery, your chocolate fix at the outstanding Koko Black and your local gifts at the gorgeous Shop Handmade.
Pubs, bars and nightclubs are pretty easy to come by here. And one of the best parts? Once you’re here it’s really easy to get around on foot and explore the Canberra City Centre. Who wants in?
Gliding around on a SegGlideRide Segway is one of the best (and most amusing) ways to enjoy Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin and all of the attractions in the Parliamentary Triangle. Half or one hour tours will see you spot sculptures as you pass the National Gallery of Australia, feel the spray from the Captain Cook Memorial Jet and wave at the politicians at Parliament House as you glide on past. Don’t stack it!
West Kiosk, Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Parkes
Love your art? The gallery is a great city-based taster of the art life that seems quite at home in the national capital. Housing a permanent collection called ‘Canberra stories’, you can also browse a variety of local, national and international art exhibitions here.
176 London Circuit, Canberra
Food and dining in Canberra
You'll have earned a healthy appetite after exploring all these great things to see and do. Browse a range of food and dining choices guaranteed to give you a taste of Canberra's thriving cuisine scene.