Walk, run, ride, park and bus
Almost complete, the dedicated cycle loop links City East and City West with the southern parklands and connect with Marcus Clarke, Rudd or Bunda Streets. If you live in one of Canberra’s outer suburbs catch a City bound ACTION bus with cycle racks.
Glebe Park officially opened in 1989 on the corner of Akuna and Binara Streets and was once a part of the Parsons Farm associated with St John’s Church in Reid. Some of the elms are suckers from original trees. Find the ground markers representing the rail lines that originally passed through the park, Mort Street and the adjacent CIT. While you’re there make sure you check out the artwork and enjoy a picnic, barbecue, touch footy, or lunchtime and parent retreat whilst watching the kids on the playground. The stage and rotunda all support Community events and weddings.
Check out the street art at the City Skate Park on Cooyong Street and participate in the action.
For fitness enthusiasts the Canberra CBD boasts several nationally branded indoor gyms.
City Hill is the corner point of the Parliamentary Triangle. Imagine the landscape before Walter Burley Griffin designed the national capital and Charles Weston designed the layout of the trees like spokes on a wheel in 1921. Accessed from Northbourne Avenue, walk to the summit via the Canberra Centenary Column and Time Capsule.
Ride the merry-go-round which was created in 1914 and transported to Canberra in 1974. Most of the hand-painted horses and elephants have names. The Canberra CBD yearns for a more appropriate enclosure for this special piece of Canberra’s history.
Admire the summer flowers and fairy lights throughout the city.
Veterans Park is rich with commemorative acknowledgements, particularly the Special Air Services. Join many office workers as they soak up the sun and picnic on the grass during their lunch breaks.
Admire the Mediterranean inspired architecture of the Sydney building with colonnades that became a planning standard for many city buildings. A Fire in February 2014 led to a partial roof collapse almost 10 years after the London Circuit fire. Join community comment regarding revitalising the laneway and colonnades when in multiple ownership.
Watch the sunset from the top of the Canberra Centre or City Hill.
The City Bus Interchange is equipped with the first phase of real time information. Halfway through this year, you should be able to download the Nxtbus App so you know exactly when your bus will be at the interchange and when it will reach key stops beyond.
For those that have lived in Canberra for a while, parking outside your destination is increasingly problematic. The city is evolving and more people are working, visiting and living here competing for kerbside and public car parks. Check out Parkopedia for the locations and numbers of parking in the city. The least popular, and therefore easier to find a spot for the car, are further away or relate to unoccupied buildings because of refurbishments. Outdoors – try the London Circuit car park opposite 1 Constitution Avenue near the Theatre or the parking near Civic Pool. Indoors – try the Convention Centre, the Canberra Centre (rooftop is $11 all day) or streets in Reid noting that there is no parking during lunch hours 11AM – 2PM.