Now the vibrant social nexus of Canberra, you’d never guess Braddon was once an industrial automobile yard. The suburb is located in the inner north and has undergone a complete redevelopment in the last decade to become a major entertainment and residential precinct. Braddon sits just outside Canberra city centre, with a large percentage of new flats and apartment buildings. Braddon has developed a reputation for being the creative, cultural and social hub for Canberra’s young professionals, with plenty of swanky cafes, microbreweries and artisan boutiques.
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$650 per week
Bus routes run throughout Braddon and there are light rail stops on Elouera Street and Ipima Street.
Things we love…
- Braddon offers a rich cultural and social scene, with plenty of popular spots for brews and chews located within the suburb.
- Close to the city centre and Parliament with easy public transport access.
But remember that…
- With its lively social scene, Braddon is not a quiet suburb. This is especially true on weekends.
- As this area is mostly apartments, it’s not ideal for those searching for house & land.
Location & Transport
Braddon is located in the inner-north of Canberra and is bordered by Canberra CBD, Turner, Ainslie and Reid. There are a large number of bus routes that run throughout Braddon, connecting the suburb to the surrounding areas, including the city centre and Parliamentary Triangle within minutes. A walk from Canberra’s city centre to busses means the journey from Baddon to Parliament House takes less than 10 minutes, even with traffic. Braddon is also connected to the Canberra light rail system, with the Elouera Street and Ipima Street stations both providing great access to Braddon. The suburb is also just shy of seven kilometres from Canberra Airport, which makes the area ideal great for fly-in, fly-out professionals.
Many heritage-listed areas are located within Braddon, including the Bradon Garden City Heritage Precinct as well as Gorman House, Haig Park and Hotel Ainslie (which is now Mercure Canberra). With the history of the area still ever-apparent, it’s the new generation of establishment that makes Braddon so popular. The central hub of Braddon is located on Lonsdale Street and is home to everything from high-class restaurants and cocktail bars to casual breweries and street eats.
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While Braddon isn’t typically an area for families, there are several education options for children of all ages. Goodstart Early Learning and KU Braddon Children’s Centre are both excellent childcare options for little ones, and both centres are located within Braddon. For children of primary school age, Ainslie School is located on Donaldson Street and takes enrollments from Kindergarten–Year 6. In terms of high schools, the closest public high school is Campbell High School, located just two kilometres from the centre of Braddon in the neighbouring suburb of Campbell. Another option within Braddon itself is Merici College, a private all-girls Catholic school. For those looking to attend university, Australian National University (ANU) is just two kilometres away in Acton.
In Braddon, you’ll find many of Canberra’s most architecturally striking new apartments buildings. There is also a lot of new apartment projects currently under development in the area. Notably, there are one, two and three-bedroom residences currently under construction in Artisan on Lowanna Street, all designed with big floor plans suitable for owner-occupiers. The Kew, nestled in Doring Street, offers only 15 large and luxurious apartments, with completion expected for the first half of 2020. One of the largest developments currently underway in Braddon is the Founders Lane precinct, which consists of several apartment buildings all being developed and sold concurrently. Founders Lane offers residents high-end design and well as new public green spaces and parks throughout the precinct, and resident’s only rooftop gardens. Another large development currently underway in Braddon is The Grounds, which sits directly next to Northbourne Oval on Donaldson Street, consisting of 92 apartments and 48 terrace homes in total.
As Canberra’s most densely populated suburb, it’s no surprise the lifestyle offering in Braddon is thriving. Braddon is home to arguably some of the best coffee in Canberra. Even the most particular of coffee connoisseurs will be impressed by Barrio Collective Coffee, on Lonsdale Street and Lonsdale Street Roasters (no prizes for guessing where these guys are located). Also on Lonsdale Street is a slew of bars and restaurants, with spots along this strip topping many of Canberra’s ‘must-visit’ lists for brunch, breweries, vino and vibes. Living right in the heart of it all guarantees you’ll never be bored — with different spots for date night every week, there’s no reason to venture beyond Braddon. Particularly worthy of mention is Bentspoke, which is consistently named as one of Canberra’s best microbreweries, and eightysix restaurant, which is a real culinary delight.
Braddon is home to 5,550 people over an area of 1.4 square kilometres. With a large population of young professionals and singles — over 50% of the suburb occupants are aged under 35 — many of Canberra’s creatives can be found here. As a result, you’ll see plenty of impressive street art adorning roadside buildings, which adds to the vibrancy of the suburb. You’ll find several yoga studios and modern gyms, art classes, music schools and even Australia’s School of Stand up Comedy all located in Braddon.