New to Canberra, I love exploring this city and the secrets that it holds with my family.
Published March 12th 2018
A mix of old & new, minutes from the city centre
Campbell is located just a short walk from the city centre and features the Australian War Memorial as its most iconic landmark. It is technically the most popular suburb in Canberra to visit, as the War Memorial has over 1 million visitors walk through its doors every year. This leafy suburb was named after Robert Campbell - who was the first major landowner in Canberra and owned Duntroon station, which is now the home of the Royal Military College today. You often see the name Campbell associated with historical buildings throughout the city, such as St John's Church and Blundell's Cottage, which are both located nearby.
The suburb of Campbell has a depth of local history, however it is also embracing the future. The Campbell 5 precinct is a new development with modern, residential apartments which will invite more people to live closer to the city centre. As well as being just a short drive or walk to the city, it is literally situated right across the road from Lake Burley Griffin, making it the ideal spot to live on weekends. There is a lot going on in Campbell for all ages to enjoy - see below for 5 reasons to check it out this weekend!
Relax and reflect at Poppy's Cafe, the Australian War Memorial
1/ The Australian War Memorial, as mentioned, is one of the most visited attractions in Canberra. For visitors who have been touched by war, it is an interesting and moving walk through the different rooms and exhibitions, which represent every war that Australia has been involved in. Even if you don't have a connection to war, it is a sombre walk through history and you learn more about the bravery, struggles and stories of war. See here for details. Whilst there, a colourful place to sit and reflect is at Poppy's Café, which is located outside next to the Memorial.
2/ Anzac Parade Memorial Walk is located out the front of the Australian War Memorial and is an interesting 2.5 kilometre walk down one side of the parade and back up the other. Along the way you will see memorials to the people who fought in various wars that Australia and New Zealand have fought in together, side by side. Either print out the walking tour guide, or read it on your phone, as you walk up to each one and learn more about it. See here for details. For a full article on the Anzac Parade Memorial Walk, see here.
3/ Mount Pleasant Lookout is located through the property of Duntroon and the Royal Military College. Follow General Bridges Drive to the top of the hill and take in the sweeping views over the city and Lake Burley Griffin, below. Up the top of the Lookout is the National Memorial to the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery, with two 64-pounder guns positioned either side of the memorial along a sandstone fort. For a full article on Mount Pleasant Lookout, see here.
4/ The Pedlar and Teddy Picker's are two cafes that sit side-by-side underneath The Creswell apartment building, on Constitution Avenue. At the time of writing, this whole area is under construction with the C5 precinct getting built all around it. These two cafes are an oasis amongst the construction, with both cafes modern, edgy, dog-friendly and have extensive menu's which attract the locals residents and workers. If you visit The Pedlar or Teddy Picker's on the weekend, you may need to wait for a table at each venue, but it's worth the short wait! After your visit, why not walk across the road and down Wendouree Drive to Blundell's Cottage and Lake Burley Griffin.
The Pedlar and Teddy Picker's, along Constitution Avenue
5/ Lake Burley Griffin Eastern Loop is a 9 kilometre bike path which travels past the Kingston Foreshore, Jerrabomberra Wetlands and a section of the lake along the Molonglo River in Campbell. This loop is a reasonably flat and scenic ride around the eastern end of the lake, which includes travelling over Kings Avenue Bridge and back to the start. It is one of the most popular loops of the lake, as many locals start and end on the Kingston Foreshore, so they can enjoy a coffee or breakfast afterwards. For a full article on the Lake Burley Griffin Eastern Loop, see here.
The city of Canberra is made up of a wide variety of suburbs which all have their own attractions, history, views, cafes and places to explore. Campbell is one of these interesting suburbs, just sitting quietly out of the city centre. After the C5 construction is finished, as well as other developments in the area, Campbell's population and amenities will continue to grow. It is the ideal place to visit and live (if you can afford the inner-city price tag!), just minutes from both the city and the lake. Why not strap on the walking shoes or hop on your bike and see what's happening in Campbell, this weekend?
Walk or ride the scenic Lake Burley Griffin Eastern Loop, which passes through Campbell. Image: Walking and riding through the Jerrabomberra Wetlands (top and left) and Kingston Foreshore (right)