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Inner south

Immerse yourself in arts and culture on the south side of Lake Burley Griffin. Home to Australia’s best museums and galleries the Inner South is also renowned for its great café culture, spas and lake activities.

Three kids of varying heights looking at a digital collage of black and white photographs at the National Archives of Australia.

Neighbourhood overview

Your weekend getaway will be filled with masterpieces at the National Gallery of Australia and interactive exhibitions at the Museum of Australian Democracy. Add in some café culture and sports watching for a busy weekend. 

Highlights of the area

Many lake activities

From lakeside dining to cruises and bike rides, this area is centred around Lake Burley Griffin.

Great sports watching

Close to bars and eateries, head to Manuka Oval for cricket each summer and AFL each winter.

Pick your tour

Choose between Segway tours, behind the scenes looks at Australian Parliament House and more.

A couple looking at First Nations art at the National Gallery of Australia.

Barton and Parkes

Home to the Parliamentary Zone and many of Australia's iconic museums and galleries, learn about the Australian story here.

Explore Barton and Parkes

A group of friends enjoying their time on a GoBoat on the lake.

Kingston and foreshore

Brunching, boating, and boutique shopping are must do activities in Kingston, where heritage sites neighbour modern architecture.

Explore Kingston and foreshore

Giants fans cheering at Manuka Oval

Manuka and Griffith

Heritage and modernity mix here with new shops popping up between a historic sport oval, an art deco pool, and architectural churches.

Explore Manuka and Griffith

People browsing through the Designer Op Shop Emporium

Fyshwick and surrounds

An industrial hub turned hipster destination, enjoy craft beers, vintage shopping and indoor skiing in this rapidly transforming precinct.

Explore Fyshwick and surrounds

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The inner south neighbourhood guide

Browse our Inner South Neighbourhood Guide, full of local recommendations, tips on the newest restaurants, and bucket list experiences.

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Haig park village market at Braddon

Inner North

A child playing amongst the miniature sculptures and displays at Cockington Green.

North Canberra

A man in a red shirt and blue shorts on a black bike jumping on a outdoor trail with a forest in the background.

South Canberra

People admiring the view from Booroomba Rocks

Southern Nature Reserves and National Parks