Visit Latin American Plaza and its sculptures, see what’s on at the Drill Hall Gallery and nestle into any one of the cheap and cheerful Asian restaurants popular with ANU students.

The ANU Campus is very peaceful; walk down the main spine from Childers Street and connect with Sullivans Creek. Check out award winning architecture at the John Curtin School of Medical Research or the Fenner Building.

Connect with the Parklands by walking across the bridge adjacent NewActon. Before you do, immerse yourself in the range of delights of this visionary and exceptionally well designed part of historic Canberra. NewActon sets the benchmark for a unique cluster of living, dining, socialising, and entertainment.  The QT Hotel, Diamant Hotel and Hotel Hotel are blocks apart and gorgeously different for a drink and dinner.

Connect with City Hill via Northbourne Avenue. The park provides great views of the Parliamentary Triangle and here you can appreciate the Canberra Centenary Column. While you’re there imagine what Canberra will be like in 100 years’ time and marvel at the achievements of the past 100 years on the limestone plains.

Photos below from Visit Canberra.

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.

Learn and be entertained

For tertiary qualifications try the ANU or the Australian Business Academy (Moore Street).

Download the CityART app and find and learn about the multitudes of public and privately owned art in the City.

Watch movies at the Palace Cinema in NewActon or classics at the National Film and Sound Archive.

Spend hours learning more about Australian culture at the National Museum of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive.

Enjoy live performances at the Street Theatre adjacent to the main pedestrian link to the ANU.

Take a seat and observe the complexities of being human as the steady stream of people go in and out of the ACT law courts.

Drop into Entry 29 on Childers Street and learn about entrepreneurial activities in Canberra and start-up business tips.

Live and stay

Try Quest Apartments, University House, The Diamant Hotel, QT Hotel, Hotel Hotel or Capital Apartments.

During summer, many of the ANU residences offer Bed and Breakfast accommodation but you may have to stay a week – lucky there is so much to do!

Live and rent at NewActon and the immediate surrounds. Check out what’s available on Allhomes.

Eat, drink, shop and work

The Melbourne Building is becoming an “eat street”. Many of the restaurants are award winning.

Cafes and lunch spots are dotted throughout City West.

ANU exchange offers predominantly Asian and Indonesian cuisine.

Walk into the ANU for cheap student meals.

NewActon is a food and drink sensation. From A. Baker, Mocan and Green Grout, Bicicletta and Parlour Wine Room, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Check out the accolades on the Canberra Guide App, Out in Canberra and websites such as the ACT and New South Wales Restaurant and Catering Awards.

City West Retail is concentrated at the Melbourne Building and the Canberra Building.

There is a supermarket below the City West Car Park and specialist catering spots near University Avenue.

City West is a hive of B2B activity. Lawyers, Financial Advisers, consultants for most needs, even orthodontists and optometrists.

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