Kingston

The buildings of this foreshore, once a Canberra industrial hub, have been transformed into a welcoming urban lakeside community. 

Stroll or cycle around rejuvenated Kingston to find lovely things to eat, drink, see and buy. Situated on Lake Burley Griffin next to a large nature reserve, this Canberra suburb has great destinations for drinking coffee, shopping and dining. World-wide cuisine is available, with interesting new restaurants opening up regularly.

Kingston is around 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) from Canberra’s city centre. The lake is fed by Jerrabomberra Creek which flows from the south. Visit Green Square to taste local delights. Look for a city garden square, framed by bars, pubs and restaurants and more than a few cafés. 

Walk or ride your bike along the Kingston Foreshore. Dine at one of its popular upmarket restaurants along with other area families. The area is rapidly transforming into an arty urban precinct and a destination for people from all over Canberra and other parts of the world. Select from a collection of modern hotels here and look over Lake Burley Griffin every morning when you awake.  

Search for precious gifts and treasures at the Old Bus Depot Markets, held every Sunday in an old industrial warehouse. Find clothing, jewellery, homewares, collectibles, books, art, flowers and food. Many Canberra residents make these markets a weekend ritual. Just next door, visit the unique Canberra Glassworks, where you can see glass artists at work making beautiful objects. Buy an exquisite one-of-a-kind gift or even learn how to make these treasures yourself. 

Take a journey back into a different era at the Canberra Railway Museum. It exhibits lovingly restored steam engines along with carriages, photography, memorabilia and the remains of the old rail yard. See how people got around in the old days; you might be lucky enough to take a short trip on one of the antique locomotives.  

Typical of leafy Canberra, throughout Kingston are numerous trees and green spaces in which to relax. Bus stops are dotted around and metered parking is available in the vicinity of the foreshore.


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