Famed for its leafy green suburbs and exclusive addresses, the Inner South contains major attractions including the National Gallery of Australia, Questacon, Old Parliament House and the Canberra Glassworks. The streets are full of official residences, Art Deco cottages with carefully tended gardens and embassies with beautiful mountain views of the Brindabellas.
Kingston is Canberra’s most populous suburb and has recently been enhanced with further waterfront developments along the Kingston Foreshore. Kingston, and the neighbouring suburb Manuka, are popular dining and shopping destinations. Accommodation in this area ranges from waterfront apartments to large family homes.
The Inner South is very popular with families due to its proximity to several renowned educational institutions including: both Canberra Grammar schools; Telopea Park, Forrest and Red Hill primary schools; and Narrabundah College.
With the Parliamentary Triangle and many other tourist attractions at its heart, the Inner South has a sense of history and elegance with a quiet stillness. The popular boutique suburbs of Kingston and Manuka are renowned for their restaurants, cafes, bars and speciality shopping. Fresh produce is available from the nearby Fyshwick Markets while Deakin boasts more specialist health practitioners than any other Canberra area. The Inner South is close to everything, yet still private enough to get away from the hustle and bustle.
Take in the natural beauty of Lake Burley Griffin with a stroll from Reconciliation Place to Kingston Foreshore, or lace up your hiking boots for a scenic trek along the many trails on the Red Hill Reserve. Maybe you would prefer a few laps at the heritage-listed Manuka Pool or to take in a game of AFL or cricket at the adjacent Manuka Oval, a Canberra fixture since the roaring twenties. For 100 years, Canberra’s centres of Manuka and Kingston have been hotspots for entertainment, eating and shopping.
Whether you are deciding which school to send your children to or working out how to entertain them over the school holidays, the Inner South will leave you spoilt for choice.
Public primary schools include Forrest Primary, Narrabundah Primary, Red Hill Primary and Yarralumla Primary. From there kids can go on to Alfred Deakin High and Narrabundah College. There are combined government schools too: Telopea Park and The Woden School. Independent combined schools include Canberra Girls Grammar and Canberra Grammar. Catholic schooling is completely covered with St Bede’s Primary, St Benedict’s Primary, St Gregory’s Primary, St Clare’s College for girls and the well-known St Edmund’s College for boys (primary and secondary combined).
Once the holidays roll around, there are countless options available to entertain kids of all ages including Questacon, The National Gallery of Australia, New and Old Parliament House, The National Archives of Australia and many more.