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KingstonCanberra

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.


Popular places to visit in Kingston

National Gallery of Australia
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National Gallery of Australia

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Australia’s national gallery has objects from across Asia and the Pacific, European and American works, and indigenous, colonial and contemporary Australian art. 

Australian War Memorial
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Australian War Memorial

5/5(14 reviews)

Wander the halls of this monument to learn about the battles fought by Australians, see military hardware and admire artworks.

Parliament House
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Parliament House

4.5/5(17 reviews)

Admire the scale, architecture and artwork of the building where Australia’s politicians make the big decisions. 

Commonwealth Park
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Commonwealth Park

4/5(2 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Commonwealth Park, a popular green space in Canberra. Visit the shops and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

National Museum of Australia
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National Museum of Australia

4/5(5 reviews)

Explore the vast collection of Aboriginal art and artifacts, learn about the country’s colonial past, and see maps, vehicles, weapons and jewelry. 

Lake Burley Griffin
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Lake Burley Griffin

4.5/5(12 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Lake Burley Griffin during your travels in Canberra. Visit the shops and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Top things to do in Kingston

Cockington Green Gardens Tickets
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Cockington Green Gardens Tickets

£11
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Pebbly Beach & Batemans Bay Tour with Kayaking
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Full-Day Pebbly Beach & Batemans Bay Tour with Kayaking

£125
Per adult
Canberra Day Tour From Sydney with Guide & Private Transfer
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Canberra Day Tour From Sydney with Guide & Private Transfer

£533
Per adult
Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight
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Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight

£183
Per adult
Batemans Bay Kayak Camping Tour - Departing Canberra
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Batemans Bay Kayak Camping Tour - Departing Canberra

£360
Per adult
Skip the Line: Telstra Tower Observation Deck Ticket
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Skip the Line: Telstra Tower Observation Deck Ticket

£4
Per adult

Top hotels in Kingston

Knightsbridge Canberra
Knightsbridge Canberra
4 out of 5
3 Leichhardt Street, Kingston, ACT
The price is £89 per night from 15 Nov to 16 Nov

Located in Kingston, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of The Cusack Centre and Manuka Oval. Manuka Shopping Centre and Parliament House are ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (521 reviews)

"Loved our stay at Knightsbridge. Modern, clean property in a great location. Friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on 5 Oct 2020

Knightsbridge Canberra
Abode Kingston
Abode Kingston
4 out of 5
14 Kennedy Street, Kingston, ACT
The price is £64 per night from 2 Nov to 3 Nov

Located in Kingston, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of The Cusack Centre, Parliament House and National Gallery of Australia. Commonwealth Park is 2.5 mi ...

4.4/5Excellent! (287 reviews)

"Close to shops and central to canberra. Being in the geofence for electric scooters it’s easy to jump on and go sight seeing."…"

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2020

Abode Kingston
Pinnacle Apartments
Pinnacle Apartments
4 out of 5
11 Ovens Street, Kingston, ACT
The price is £92 per night from 28 Oct to 29 Oct

Located in Kingston, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of The Cusack Centre, Parliament House and National Gallery of Australia. Commonwealth ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,334 reviews)

"The apartments were very noisy, with noise from the carpark starting early in the morning."…"

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2020

Pinnacle Apartments
Oxley Court Serviced Apartments
Oxley Court Serviced Apartments
4 out of 5
9 Dawes Street, Kingston, ACT
The price is £76 per night from 29 Oct to 30 Oct

Located in Kingston, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of The Cusack Centre, Parliament House and National Gallery of Australia. Commonwealth ...

4.2/5Excellent! (366 reviews)

"The property is well located close to Kingston and Manika shops, and opposite Eastlake Cricket and Football Field. Great for kids"…"

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2020

Oxley Court Serviced Apartments
Adina Serviced Apartments Canberra Kingston
Adina Serviced Apartments Canberra Kingston
3.5 out of 5
11 Giles Street, Kingston, ACT
The price is £120 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Located in Kingston, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Manuka Oval, Parliament House and National Gallery of Australia. Commonwealth Park is 2.5 mi ...

4.3/5Excellent! (804 reviews)

"An excellent location near Manuka & Kingston shops. 15 mins to Canberra Hospital. Near good restaurants. Clean, comfortable, quiet, spacious apartment. Lots of useful appliances and features. Washing machine & dryer great. Undercover secure parking. Reception staff top class. Very helpful, friendly ..."…"

Reviewed on 1 Sep 2020

Adina Serviced Apartments Canberra Kingston
Accommodate Canberra - Griffin
Accommodate Canberra - Griffin
3.5 out of 5
15 Tench Street, Kingston, ACT

Located in Kingston, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of The Cusack Centre, Parliament House and National Gallery of Australia. Commonwealth ...

3.9/5Very Good! (13 reviews)

"It was a great location and a really nice apartment. Spa bath was a little old and dirty but the rest of the place was great"…"

Reviewed on 5 Jul 2020

Accommodate Canberra - Griffin
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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