The Hamlet of Hackett

Posted 4 Aug 2018

Story by CBR Canberra

Full of neighbourhood spirit and beautiful natural scenery Hackett is home to an active and tightly-knit community. Here we discover what they have to bond over.

Local gems
With a long history of community comradery, Hackett is still a place where neighbours know one another, and kids ride their pushbikes in the streets. For 30 years, the Hackett Art and Craft Exhibition (established in 1976) was an annual fundraising event, established by four local Mums, that attracted both local and interstate exhibitors. It became too big to sustain, but the community spirit lives on with groups such as the Hackett Community Association, Folk-Dance Canberra, a community website page and Friends of Mount Majura, a volunteer park care group that looks after Mount Majura and its surroundings.

And then there are the shops where locals come to gather, featuring Wilbur’s Café (that exhibits local artwork), the local IGA and Monkey Wrench bike service and repair shop and floral studio, The Snail and Petal.

Run (or walk or cycle) for the hills!
Located at the foot of Mount Majura, a cherished landmark and one of the tallest mountains in the Canberra metropolitan area, Hackett is the gateway (Hackett gate to be precise) to a huge range of walking and mountain biking trails.

The world-class Majura Pines (temporarily closed) is renowned for its maze of cross-country trails, obstacles and runs to suit all levels of rider. Whilst a number of walking trails allow you to summit the top, with each one providing a feeling of being completely immersed in nature.

The festivities take off
The locals here love to party and come together for a host of community events. The hugely popular annual Music in the Park festival is always a crowd pleaser, raising money for charity whilst showcasing the skills of local musicians. Other events including the World Bee Day party, Hackett Transition Street Party and the most recent annual event, Party at the Shops, featuring activities for kids, fun food and free music for crowds to enjoy.

World-class trees
Early in Hackett’s construction and in-line with Walter Burley Griffin’s vision of a garden city, trees from all around the world were planted along Hackett’s streets including English oak, American Sweetgum and even Japanese Pagoda trees. Unfortunately some of these trees were unable to thrive in Australia’s climate, but were subsequently replaced with domestic eucalyptus trees that contribute to the beautiful leafy streets that characterise Hackett.

Smart Street Names
The streets of Hackett are each names after a renowned Australian scientist. Burrell street was named for Henry Burrell, an avid study of platypus and spiny ant-eaters. Other streets including Caldwell street were named for William Caldwell who carried out important research on Australian marsupials and Hedley Street named after Charles Hedley who was responsible for researching the Great Barrier Reef.



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