This quiet little suburb located on the very edge of Canberra, is surrounded by nature parks and mountains, attracting bushwalkers, wildlife, horse riders and the odd hang glider or two.
The perfect hangout
Just beyond the Rob Roy Nature Reserve stands the imposing Big Monks Mountain—the perfect take-off point for local hang gliders, who are often spotted gliding across the suburb.
Living on the edge, literally
Stop! If you’ve reached Banks, then you’re at the most southern point in Canberra. Established in 1987 Bank’s represents the outline of Canberra, quite literally on the edge of residential living and nature.
The “local chip shop” is Billy Bank’s takeaway—a community staple that serves up what some locals claim to be the best pizzas, fish and chips and burgers. Whilst sugar cravings are more than satisfied at ‘Canberra’s Cupcake Confederacy’, home to amazing desserts and sweet treats.
Banks was named after Sir Joseph Banks, the botanist who accompanied captain James Cook to Botany Bay. Banks was well renowned for his botanical expertise, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the 80+ plants that were named after him! Banks became well known in Australia for his botanical exploits, so much so that he was one of the first faces on the Aussie $5 note back when it was still made of paper.
Ranging up Rob Roy
Being on the edge of Canberra comes with many benefits including being right next to one of the largest nature reserves in Canberra. Rob Roy Nature Reserve encompasses land in excess of 2000 hectares, making it a popular natural playground for locals. From bushwalkers, rock climbers, horse riders and just those out to explore the vast terrain, the reserve beautifully encapsulates the Australian landscape including views of the Murrumbidgee River, Lanyon Valley and of course Banks itself.