Kambah: suprisingly big and big on surprises

Posted 28 Apr 2018

Story by CBR Canberra

To kick-start our series on Canberra’s incredibly diverse suburbs, we used a location pin as a dart and fate chose Kambah.

Here are five things about Tuggeranong’s oldest suburb that you probably didn’t know—even if you live there.

  1. The most important meal starts here. John Bryant, the CEO of Kellogg Company, used to live in Kambah. Sounds like a pretty good start.
  2. “My suburb is bigger than yours”. Kambah is four times bigger than the average Canberra suburb, making it the largest in the capital. It was even speculated that it might be the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere, but this claim was laid to rest by ABC last year.
  3. The naked truth about Kambah Pool. The secret to enjoying Kambah’s picturesque natural pool is simple: go left if you brought your swimmers, right if you didn’t. Kambah Pool was designated as a nude bathing area under the Nudity Act 1976.
  4. Kambah has a great spirit. Or two. The suburb is home to Underground Spirits—a distillery that defies convention when it comes to making their award-winning premium Gin and Vodkas. We’ll drink to that!
  5. Christmas lights beckon wise ones to the South. Even the sternest Northerners should travel down South at Christmas for some of the most magically decorated homes. 47 Bissenberger Crescent has already been featured twice in the Foxtel Christmas Lights Spectacular—the displays are so well-loved, traffic controllers have to be there to assist. And by raising money for the ACT Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group, these lights go a long way to spread some hope. 

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