Leave home and stay in any one of Northbourne Avenue’s hotels or the Mecure on Limestone and relax in the CBD. Take advantage of the many hotel deals and couples packages, perfect for a romantic weekend away.

Do you want to know the plans for Canberra’s growth and expansion? The North Canberra Community Council has current and recent Development Applications available which highlights Braddon’s prospects as a growing and evolving city village that many Canberrans will increasingly call home.

Enjoy a walk along the green belt of Haig Park and learn about the trees, eagles and design.

Photos below from Visit Canberra.

Eat and drink

According to the September 2013 Sydney Morning Herald Traveller, Braddon is the hottest neighbourhood in Canberra. Look up any foodie awards and guides and many Braddon restaurants are recognised by Australian and local organisations.

Every cuisine ranging from Greek and Italian, dine in or takeaway, clustering around a late night double-decker bus to fine and funky dining, Braddon has the dish to suit everyone’s fancy. And don’t just think about dinner, Braddon is one of Canberra’s most popular breakfast destinations meaning you can eat all day and late in to the night.

With a couple of bottle shops and a supermarket close by there is no excuse to miss out on a picnic in historic Haig Park.

If staying up late sipping cocktails or playing pool in the pub takes your fancy, you’ve got everything you need in Braddon for a great night out.

Try the Canberra Guide app, Out in Canberra, Australian Good Food and Travel Guide, NSW and ACT Restaurant and Catering Awards and Gourmet Traveller for the latest on where to eat, drink and be merry in Braddon.

Walk, run, ride and park

Braddon

The main vehicle and cycling thoroughfare, Torrens Street, is renowned for its tunnel like autumn display of oak trees. The view is spectacular so incorporate this street into your route the next time you pound the pavement.

For a slice of heritage, walk through the 1925 building which was once a government hostel and now cultural hub, Gorman House (markets on Saturday and award winning dining and bar everyday) and nearby Ainslie Arts Centre, through to Farrer Street where King O’Malley rode on his way to lay the Foundation Stone for the nation’s capital in 1913. Meander through nearby Haig Park, particularly the Turner end, where you can learn more about the history of the area from interpretive signs and barbeque picnic facilities.

Braddon is getting busier as more people call the suburb home and visit for work and play. For parking try Braddon oval, surrounding residential streets (usually no parking during 11am to 2pm), Haig Park towards Limestone Avenue and within the Canberra Centre.

It’s always hard for us Canberrans who are used to parking right outside our destination, but don’t despair – bring some walking shoes and allow a little longer or join the cycling community that swarm breakfast spots.

If cars are on your mind there are still a couple of mechanics, a popular car wash and most brands of car hire companies in Braddon.

Turner

The natural systems of Sullivans Creek are gradually being reclaimed. Walk and ride alongside wetlands towards O’Connor shops or downstream and cross on the stepping stones near the ANU Sports Centre and Drill Hall Gallery.

The commuter cycleway connects the City to Lyneham and beyond.

Stop to play tennis or bowls in either Turner or Braddon and hire the club house for your next event.

Shop and learn

Walk along Lonsdale, Mort and Elouera Streets in Braddon for clusters of retail, some with an outdoor hiking and biking theme, cool places to eat and quirky shops and pop-ups.

Appreciate the morphing of the old into the new as developers introduce more opportunities for people to live in Braddon. The next award winning restaurant, hair salon, art gallery or retail shop opening is usually only just around the corner, making Braddon a hive of activity and cementing its reputation as one of Canberra’s most exciting precincts.

Learn how to sing, dance, act, play music, paint and more at Gorman House and Ainslie Arts Centre. There are places to buy paints and instructions on how to be creative, so unleash your inner artist and be inspired.

Why not join one of Turner’s many churches. The places of worship include Baptist, Ukraine Orthodox, Seventh Day Adventist, Lutheran, Quakers, Korean Full Gospel, Catholic, Uniting Church and Salvation Army.

Take a walk through Haig Park and read all of the interpretative signs.

Live and stay

Almost every real estate agent in town is promoting Braddon and Turner as the best place to live. With high density living, a gorgeous green landscape and adjacent to the City, it’s easy to see why Braddon and Turner are thriving residential spaces.

Four and five star hotels and apartments are within walking distance and the historic Mercure is just near the War Memorial.

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