Bush Capital | Canberra's city parks

Natural retreats are interlaced within the fabric of our urban existence. They are the jewels which underpin what it means to call the bush capital our home. They serve as oases within a municipal metropolis.

Open public spaces provide tangible links to the creation of a well-planned modern capital city. With the festive season just around the corner, why not discover what is on our doorstep for yourself?

With the festive season just around the corner, why not discover what is on our doorstep for yourself?

Thinking summer barbeques and lazy Sunday afternoon picnics? Then consider John Knight Memorial Park on the eastern foreshores of Lake Ginninderra. This incredible urban oasis has simply stunning views.

Relax and sit back as the kids explore the playground. Climb a tree house, glide on the flying fox and discover the play sculpture. After all this energetic active play, cook up a feast on the barbecue, pull up a seat and simply enjoy.

If central Canberra is your patch, then Glebe Park is your nature escape. Just a stone's throw from the city centre to the east, this little gem is an absolute beauty. It's serene. It's a sanctuary. Its green.

COOL PLACE: With tree plantings dating back many moons, Glebe Park reflects the character of a traditional English common, with elms and towering oaks.

COOL PLACE: With tree plantings dating back many moons, Glebe Park reflects the character of a traditional English common, with elms and towering oaks.

With tree plantings dating back many moons, this urban park reflects the character of a traditional English common, with elms and towering oaks. With a stunning canopy of mature trees, you will be transported to Central Park in New York City without leaving the natural tranquillity of Canberra.

Open out a picnic rug on the lush green grass. It's soft and cool. It's a perfect spot to absorb the ambience of a modern city.

Growing up in the bush capital, a family favourite was the majestic Cotter Avenue. Canberrans have called this stunning place their summer sanctuary for generations.

With ample barbecues, picnic tables, green grass and plenty of shade, it's a perennial favourite with the kids. The modern adventure playground is a bonus.

Grab a picnic spot underneath the shade of a grand old poplar tree while the kids dip their toes in the meandering river. You'll wonder why it's taken you so long to discover this jewel.

The Cotter Dam discovery trail is a must. With a short five-minute walk on offer, stretch your legs as you delve into the life of a raindrop and glean an insight into the critical role water catchments play shaping the nature of our territory.

With so much on offer, it's time to discover the quintessential jewels which speak of endless summer fun this festive season. Enjoy.

  • Brett McNamara is with ACT Parks and Conservation Service.

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