Yarralumla: living on the water’s edge

Posted 30 Jun 2018

Story by CBR Canberra

Featuring regularly in the Canberra’s top three most expensive suburbs, Yarralumla is home to the Governor General, an array of diplomats and some complete animals…if you count the zoo!

It’s also the closest we Canberrans get to living “by the beach.” Yes, it’s a long stretch but either way, Yarralumla has a lot going on.

Home sweet holy moly
There are many interesting and historically relevant buildings in the neighborhood, including Yarralumla Brickworks, Westridge House (which was sold in 2016 for a record $5.9 million), the Casey House, Government House, The Commonwealth Club and the Albert Hall. In addition, Yarralumla is home to a range of impressive architectural styles from all around the world, with a total of 25 embassies and nine high commissions in the suburb.  

Peace, park and play
Escape to sublime tranquility at the Lennox Gardens, the Beijing Garden, the Canberra Nara Peace Park or the magnificent English Garden. Alternatively, you can pack a picnic basket and head to Lake Burley Griffin, from which you can wander over to the JNF Israel Garden or the Katie Bender memorial.

If the only green you’re interested in is on a golf course, you’re also in luck – the Royal Canberra Golf Club (RCGC) in Yarralumla has one of Australia’s most beautiful and best architecturally designed golf courses, according to Gary Player. For other activity seekers, Weston Park offers an incredible network of bike tracks, a court to play Bocce or Pétanque, a free and timed 5km run, plus a great playground for your kids. And if you really want to win parent of the year award with your youngsters, the Play Station has miniature train, miniature golf course, a miniature farm and a café.

A wild night out
You don’t have to go on an international safari to explore land and sea animals from all over the world. Canberra’s National Zoo and Aquarium (NZA) has it all. There’s even a hotel where you can spend the night in the company of a pride of lions, cheetahs, tigers, Malayan sun bear, a giraffe, lemurs, 5-metre-deep ocean aquarium or above a shark tank. They don’t just snore – they roar.

Life’s a beach
Yarralumla Bay might not offer surfing, but if you love the water, you can go sailing, rowing, sailboarding and canoeing. In fact, you can even go swimming if you’re brave enough in Canberra’s winter. And with the Southern Cross Yacht Club’s famous fish and chippery, Snapper on the Lake, and their more luxurious Yacht Club Restaurant, you can live the beach life, right here at home.

Yarra has a variety of eateries to satisfy just about any palate. Foodies travel from far and wide to indulge in the generous portions and sumptuous kebabs at Turkish Halal Pide House, affectionately known as ‘Yarra Kebabs’. There’s also the Farmer’s Daughter café, Beess and Co Café, Emperor Court Chinese Restaurant and Bentham St Bar n Pizza’s and for something a bit more lux, the heritage listed Hyatt also offers breakfast, dinner or high tea.

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