It's brilliant in Barton

Named after Sir Edmund Barton, Australia’s first Prime Minister, this central precinct is 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.

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 is low-key and luxe, with long-stay options available.

Chairs on a balcony at the Burbury Hotel in Canberra.
The Burbury Hotel in Barton is conveniently located to Parliament House and a range of other national attractions.

Both the Hotel Realm and Burbury Hotel are part of the Realm Precinct, home to restaurants, cafes, a lounge bar, a hair salon, a day spa, a health club and award-winning conference facilities.

Rounding out the Realm Precinct collective is the luxurious but budget-conscious Little National Hotel, or opt for old-world charm at the Brassey Hotel.

Brassey Hotel's secluded garden is a hidden gem.
Brassey Hotel's secluded garden is a hidden gem.

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 in the hotel for four years from 1945 to 1949. Refurbished to its original grandeur, this hotel boasts modern-day comforts, beautifully appointed rooms, and an irrefutable connection to Canberra’s political history.

Eateries galore

Barton is a delight for Canberra foodies. For early morning eats, you can’t go past whole foods cafe Maple + Clove that specialises in using fresh, local, seasonal and organic ingredients to create a variety of tempting dishes.

Coffee connoisseurs take note - Little Bird, Ritual Café and Double Drummer all serve up a smooth blend.

Hatted restaurant Lilotang offers diners a unique style of authentic Japanese cuisine served in a quirky setting inspired by popular anime and manga series. 

A plate of Japanese cuisine served up at Lilotang in Canberra.
Delicious and authentic Japanese cuisine is on the menu at Lilotang in Barton.

For more relaxed dining try Ostani, which provides 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 Hotel's rooftop terrace. Enjoy sweet and savoury treats with tea or champagne as you take in the sweeping views of Canberra City, Lake Burley Griffin and leafy Barton.

In Barton you can also delight in modernTurkish cuisine at Ottoman, Canberra’s most consistently awarded restaurant, or enjoy the best of French culture, cuisine and traditions at Buvette Bistro and Wine Bar.   

Mind, body and soul

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 or Hale Gym + Spa with qualified therapists using the latest technologies and treatments.

Children throw autumn leaves in Canberra.
A visit to Barton in autumn is not complete without a wander (and a leaf fight!) in nearby Telopea Park.

Take an energetic or relaxed stroll through leafy Telopea Park with stunning colours in autumn and quiet shade in summer. The Barton precinct is a short walk to the 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 within the Parliamentary Triangle including Australian Parliament House, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery, and Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre are also a short distance away. 

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