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Published August 14th 2018
Go green & get back to nature in Greenway
Greenway is a suburb of Tuggeranong, located 20 minutes south of the city. The suburb is named after the architect, Francis Greenway, who came to Australia as a convict in 1814 and went on to become an architect for the early settlement of Sydney. Interestingly, he is perhaps the only convict in the world who has ever been represented on currency, as he was honoured on the first Australian $10 paper note. All of the streets in Greenway have been named after architects who have played a role in Australia's history.
The suburb of Greenway is home to the Tuggeranong Town Centre, with the recently renovated South.Point shopping centre at its heart. This hub of the town also has eateries, movie cinemas, clubs and ten pin bowling nearby. Greenway has more to offer than what is in the town centre however, with a host of other things to do around the suburb, for all ages and interests. These are my personal favourite things to do in Greenway - what are yours?
Explore the suburb of Greenway, with things to do for all ages
Francis Greenway on the first Australian 10 dollar note, perhaps the only convicted forger in the world depicted on a banknote. Image: Wikipedia (By Bank of Australia - Bank of Australia, Public Domain)
1/ The Murrumbidgee River can be accessed from Pine Island recreation area in Greenway, just a few minutes drive from the Tuggeranong Town Centre. The Pine Island area itself is a popular destination, with BBQ's, grassy areas to play games, a small playground and a sandy "beach" to have a swim in the Murrumbidgee River. If you enjoy walking, there is a 27 kilometre path that meanders along the Murrumbidgee River called the Murrumbidgee Discovery Track. You can walk a section of the track from Pine Island reserve - either south to Point Hut or north towards the Tuggeranong Stone Wall, both of which are short and easy to walk.
In the warmer months, locals descend on Pine Island recreation area to have a swim, or to walk through the bushland to find their own secluded swimming spot along the sandy and rocky shoreline. The Murrumbidgee River is one of the main highlights of Greenway - especially in summer for a splash in icy cold water straight from the Snowy Mountains!
Find your own sandy spot along the Murrumbidgee River to have a picnic and a paddle (swimming is at your own risk)
2/ Lake Tuggeranong is another highlight of the area, with hundreds of people utilising it every day as they walk, jog or push a pram along the 6.7km Lake Tuggeranong Circuit. It is a scenic area in autumn and spring in particular, with the seasons reflected in the colourful foliage around its perimeter. A variety of native birdlife are also attracted to the area, making it a popular spot for bird watchers. If you feel energetic, there is a timed 5 kilometre Parkrun each Saturday, or you can join the Lake Tuggeranong Rowing Club, to get out on the water. If you have kids, check out the article Top 5 Things to do with Kids at Lake Tuggeranong, for playgrounds and family fun.
3/ Urambi Hills is another natural highlight of the area, which you can see from the Tuggeranong Town Centre. This series of green, grassy hills are a feature of the area and you can walk up to the top to take in the views of the city and Brindabella mountain ranges. The main path to get up to the top begins in the neighbouring suburb of Kambah, however you can also access it via the Bicentennial National Trail near the Athllon Drive bridge in Greenway (opposite the Lakeside Leisure Centre). See here for details.
View of Greenway, Lake Tuggeranong and Tuggeranong Town Centre, from the top of Urambi Hills Nature Reserve
4/ The Tuggeranong Boundary Stone Wall may not be of an interest to everyone, however if you enjoy learning about local history then it is a surprising place to explore. It is a 790 metre long, hand-stacked stone wall that was built by the early settlers in the region between 1867 and 1875, as a divider between two large properties. It is fascinating to walk along and marvel how this structure still remains today. You can access it from the Murrumbidgee Discovery Track at one end, or from Athllon Drive at the top end. See here for details.
5/ Tuggeranong Town Park is a popular area for locals to start their bike ride around the lake, meet for the weekly Parkrun, visit the skate ramp, have a BBQ, enjoy the playground, visit the gym, go for a swim or to simply lie on the grass and enjoy the warmer weather. If you visit on a hot day in summer, you will find all the shady areas of the parkland taken with picnic blankets, as the locals lie down after a picnic and appreciate the light breeze off the lake. It is also the location of the Salvos Carols in Town Park each Christmas - an event not to be missed!
Carols in Town Park - a community event each year at Tuggeranong Town Park in Greenway
The suburb of Greenway is a social hub for the locals of Tuggeranong and beyond, with cafes, restaurants and scenic nature areas to appreciate. The Tuggeranong Town Centre is slowly lifting its image, with its '80's brown brick facades slowly getting replaced by modern colour and architecture. New apartments are getting built along Lake Tuggeranong and change is happening, as more people move to the area to take advantage of being close to natural attractions - as well as just 20 minutes from the city centre.
Why don't you visit Greenway this weekend?
Hop on the bike and explore the Lake Tuggeranong, Greenway