For both locals and visitors Kingston is one of Canberra’s most sought-after areas. With its centralised location and lakefront access, there are countless activities you can do. Below are our favourite activities.
Be your own captain – no licence required! GoBoats are stylish self-drive, Scandinavian picnic boats and are available for hire on the Kingston foreshore. Seating up to eight people, they’re made from 80 per cent recycled PET bottles and feature a picnic table in the middle and seating around the outside.
GoBoats are also dog-friendly and licensed – so pack the bubbly! *Season closes June 30.
Wharf 2, Trevillian Quay, Kingston Foreshore. goboatcanberra.com.au
This historic park boasts a mix of mature exotic and native trees and divides the suburbs of Kingston and Barton. With barbecues, playground and beginners’ skate ramp, it’s a popular gathering place for workers, families and friends.
Cnr New South Wales Crescent, Griffith & Telopea Park East and West.
Walking + cycling
Park your car at Bowen Park and head east along Lake Burley Griffin for a snack at one of the restaurants and cafes on the Kingston foreshore. Or, if you’re feeling energetic and would like a dose of culture, head west and visit the national attractions near the shore of the lake’s central basin. They include the National Gallery of Australia and the Museum of Australian Democracy. Alternatively, wander through Reconciliation Place.
Bowen Park, Bowen Drive, Barton
Seating 13,550 people, Manuka Oval hosts many local and national AFL matches and local and international cricket matches, including the iconic Prime Minister’s XI game. It provides views of Red Hill and of St. Christopher’s Cathedral in Manuka and the circular area around the sports ground is defined by the original tree plantings from the 1920s, including mature cypress, poplar, oak and elm trees. March and April events include AFL Giants matches against the Western Bulldogs, Fremantle and Adelaide. Visit the website for more events and to reserve your seats.
Opening soon, Abode Kingston will have a boutique feel that complements the surrounding streetscape and ambience of this historic area. Local architect Marcus Graham of Stewart Architecture has designed the hotel in line with the ‘vibrant, diverse village’ objective of the Kingston master plan. Its prime location is set to be popular among business and leisure travellers alike.