Walk, run, ride, park and bus
Walk along Alinga Street towards the ANU to Latin American Plaza between Marcus Clarke Street and Childers Street. 10 Latin American countries with diplomatic missions in Canberra use the space to celebrate their National Days and over time, will donate substantial sculptures. Take a look at those already donated by Uruguay, Mexico, Chile and Cuba. The Chilean sculpture is a replica of Fenix 2 which was the capsule used to rescue 33 miners trapped 610m below ground in 2010. It might look like a toy but it symbolises hope and human spirit. The most recent is from Uruguay with gears, waves and steel cables symbolizing rivers and the generation and transmission of hydro power.
City West Park on the corner of West Row and London Circuit looks like a mini-park during the day and is spectacular at night with its coral lighting.
Opposite the park on the entire length of the Melbourne Building are restaurants ranging from award winning fine dining to pub food. Read the interpretative panels in the colonnade to understand its history.
The edge between the City and the ANU offers a range of interesting things to do. Check out exhibitions at the School of Art, School of Music, Drill Hall Gallery and Street Theatre. Dine at a mix of predominately Asian restaurants servicing the students.
Immerse yourself in NewActon art and activities.
Ride your bike into the city or catch a bus with bike racks and then ride around the city. The Marcus Clarke and Rudd Street dedicated cycleway connects many parts of the city. Join the commuters connecting via the Parklands and Parliamentary Zone to the south, the O’Connor wetlands and linear parks to the north.
Check out the Acton Walkways website for guided walking tours and what’s on in many of the City West Attractions including the National Museum of Australia, the National Film and Sound Archives and New Acton.
City West bus station links to most destinations – buses to Belconnen and other links to Woden and Tuggeranong. Walk or ride to the interchange for destinations all over Canberra. Check out the ACTION website for timetables and maps. The number 3 runs through the ANU.
The Jolimont Centre is a hub for interstate destinations. Check out Murrays, Greyhound, Levers and others if you’re planning a trip.
The Airporter Bus leaves from West Row Park.
The double decker Explorer Bus picks up and drops off at 13 destinations. In City West it’s the Northbourne Avenue stop outside the Melbourne Building and the other stop is at the National Film and Sound Archives.
Taxi Ranks are at NewActon on Alinga Street. Phone Elite or Canberra Cabs or use their apps.
If you’re looking for parking try the London Circuit car park opposite the Melbourne Building, University Avenue near Childers Street or in the Film and Sound Archives precinct.
There is boom gated car parking at City West Car Park and beneath 121 Marcus Clarke Street.
Fit in 10 minutes of exercise by parking off Commonwealth Avenue and walk over the pedestrian Bridge adjacent New Acton.
You can also park in Turner in Watson Street – this is medium stay only.