It's brilliant in Barton
Named after Sir Edmund Barton, Australia’s first Prime Minister, Barton is a precinct increasingly known for its convenient location, gorgeous surrounds and foodie delights. From the stunning Realm Precinct, home to a variety of restaurants, cafes and bars to the leafy surrounds of Telopea Park, Barton is a great base for a visit to Canberra, whether it’s for work or play.
Stay the night in Barton
At the heart of Barton is Hotel Realm, a five-star hotel renowned for its luxury rooms and contemporary design.
Across the road, Hotel Realm’s sister property, Burbury Hotel & Apartments further diversifies the accommodation on offer, with long-stay options available.
Both the Hotel Realm and Burbury are part of the Realm Precinct, home to restaurants, cafes, a lounge bar, hair salon, day spa, health club and award-winning conference facilities.
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 with one notable guest, Prime Minister Ben Chifley, staying from 1945 to 1949. Refurbished to its original grandeur, the hotel boasts 21st century comforts, beautifully appointed rooms, and an irrefutable connection to Canberra’s political history.
First we eat ...
Barton is a hotspot for Canberra foodies. For early morning eats, you can’t go past whole foods café Maple + Clove, who specialise in using fresh, local, seasonal and whole food ingredients to create a range of fantastic dishes.
2015 SMH Good Food Guide Hatted restaurant Lilotang offers diners a unique style of authentic Japanese cuisine served in a sophisticated setting.
For more relaxed dining try Ostani Lounge Bar and Restaurant, providing a rich blend of flavours in chic surrounds that are perfect for sharing. The menu features 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.
In Barton you can also delight in innovative Turkish cuisine at Ottoman Cuisine, Canberra’s most consistently awarded restaurant or enjoy the best of French culture, cuisine and traditions at Buvette Bistro and Wine Bar.
Get active (or not)
Get active in Evo Health Club, located within Hotel Realm. 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 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 Canberra Glassworks, the iconic Art Deco Manuka Pool and the surrounding precincts of Kingston and Manuka. World-class national attractions such as Parliament House, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery, Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre and more are also a short distance away.
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