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Arguably Canberra's most prestigious district, suburbs of Barton, Deakin, Kingston and Forrest ever so gently run into one another with their curving crescents, autumnal canopies and early Australian Federation architecture. When the nation's capital was in its earliest days, existing development was considered too village-like. Canberra's first suburbs were not deemed to resemble the envisioned character of Australia's new capital city. Something desperately needed to be done to make these places more appealing.
Enter Sir Walter Burley Griffin, some pretty good design plans and you have the suburbs that make up Southern Canberra. Marvel at Deakin's 1920's cream stone houses with their double hung windows and wooden interiors. Take a peak through the gate of the Prime Minister's residence, The Lodge, and see if you can see the PM strolling in the gardens.
While Deakin and Forrest house many foreign embassies, Embassy Drive in Yarralumla will give you the best show. Feel small under the traditional slanting roof of the High Commission of Papua New Guinea or wish your roof were as impressive as the Embassy of Mexico's brick red shingled tiles. In this unique suburb of Canberra, be sure to attend the Canberra Nara Candle Festival held annually each October and bask in the glow of thousands of candles in the city's Japanese garden, Canberra Nara Peace Park.
Quiet leafy suburbs and well-off residents naturally bring with it some classy shopping districts. Canberra's oldest suburb, Kingston, is one of the most popular shopping areas and is the perfect place to stock up for your highbrow dinner party. Gourmet delis and bakeries like Silo are the envy of surrounding suburbs and Canberrans don't mind taking their goodies with them to Kingston's hip bars and nightclubs to see what's on. Otherwise, head to Manuka for boutique shopping activities and a delicious cafe lunch in the brisk winter air.
Needless to say, Burley Griffin did a pretty fantastic job at filling the capital city's quota. Spend a day wandering a district that truly celebrates the best parts of Australian Capital Territory and you'll find a plethora of things to do.
South Canberra Events & What's On
- 2017 Canberra Nara Candle Festival Canberra Nara Peace Park & Lennox Gardens
- Keynote address by Treasurer, the Hon. Scott Morrison Parliament House Canberra
- Book Launch: Poems That Dance National Library of Australia
- Author Talk With Jimmy Barnes - Working Class Man National Library of Australia
- Fellowship Presentation - Enlightening the Child National Library of Australia
- X Voice Idol Polit Bar
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