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Why Manuka is the best part of Canberra

By JessicaGlitter - 17 May 2014 28

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I love Manuka because it’s just so quiet on weekdays heading into winter.

Oddly enough, the quieter it gets the more I get to know everyone and it feels like a local suburban shopping centre that just happens to be surrounded by businesses, big government and VIPs.

It’s the local shopping centre whose local residents (to cast a net over the Inner South) include entrepreneurs with International presence, developers who are building the rest of the city, property owners with interests in many other local shopping centres, politicians who decide the fate of the country, young apartment dwellers with big futures and home owners with huge bank accounts to their name.

The more Civic expands the more the characters and personalities get lost in the crowd.

That’s not to say that Civic’s not great. Parking aside, there’s lots to love about Civic. The hustle and bustle is expanding into Braddon, producing a multi-class scene with its hip groups of musicians, restaurateurs, investors, public servants, students and so on. These many groups mix and mingle at the ultra-hip gastropubs and galleries, producing a dazzling array of boutiques and businesses that just wouldn’t work in a less populated centre, much to the disappointment of those of us who feel we deserve more unusual shops on our doorstep.

But in the suburban shopping centres, class dissolves and our neighbours are simply our community.

Step into Kingston and Manuka and they retain what was always their charm: Publicans chatting with politicians, diplomats rubbing elbows with dishwashers. Even journalists are tolerated. That foreign family on the next table could be refugees or diplomatic visitors but you can’t tell the difference until you realise they’re simply neighbours you can meet and get to know.

Most of all, I love Manuka because for the last 3 years it’s been my local shops. All the other workers and local residents have seen me around the area on a daily basis and I’ve managed not to leave for several months at a time. Canberra is so beautifully designed in that each suburb has its shops and each shops has its secret charm. It doesn’t matter whether you’re North, South, Inner or in deepest darkest suburbia.

What does your suburb offer that’s unique and makes it the best suburb in Canberra?

What’s Your opinion?


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Why Manuka is the best part of Canberra
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Roundhead89 5:18 pm
17 May 14
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Is Manuka now officially a suburb? I remember when we moved here in 1970 we were given a book called Canberra – Street Names and Suburbs. It gave details of who the streets and suburbs were named after. Under the Manuka heading it stated that although there is a Manuka post office, shopping centre, oval and pool there is no designated suburb of Manuka and that the area is part of Griffith.

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davo101 9:25 pm
17 May 14
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Roundhead89 said :

Is Manuka now officially a suburb?

No. Source? Try finding it here.

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Kalliste 10:01 pm
17 May 14
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Roundhead89 said :

Is Manuka now officially a suburb? I remember when we moved here in 1970 we were given a book called Canberra – Street Names and Suburbs. It gave details of who the streets and suburbs were named after. Under the Manuka heading it stated that although there is a Manuka post office, shopping centre, oval and pool there is no designated suburb of Manuka and that the area is part of Griffith.

It looks like you’re right. I always wondered where Griffith ended and Manuka began and I guess the answer is no where 😛

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bundah 10:33 pm
17 May 14
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From Wikipedia

“The precinct is named after Manuka Circle, the street which forms the northern boundary of the precinct. Manuka Circle was on Walter Burley Griffin’s original plan for Canberra and named after the New Zealand tea tree Leptospermum scoparium.”

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dungfungus 8:19 am
18 May 14
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If you haved lived in or near Manuka you have probably been burgled at least once.
This usually cancels the euphoria about frequenting the place.

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Queen_of_the_Bun 1:07 pm
18 May 14
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dungfungus said :

If you haved lived in or near Manuka you have probably been burgled at least once.
This usually cancels the euphoria about frequenting the place.

Really? Do you have any statistics to back that up? The only time I’ve been burgled or had my car vandalised in my 20 years in Canberra was when I lived in Rivett. I have lived happily unviolated in Narrabundah since 2008. Love the inner south and all it offers.

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damien haas 2:31 pm
18 May 14
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I never had as much property stolen from me than when i lived BRIEFLY in Manuka. I used to just leave my car open because it was expensive to fix the car after being repeatedly broken into.

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dungfungus 2:57 pm
18 May 14
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Queen_of_the_Bun said :

dungfungus said :

If you haved lived in or near Manuka you have probably been burgled at least once.
This usually cancels the euphoria about frequenting the place.

Really? Do you have any statistics to back that up? The only time I’ve been burgled or had my car vandalised in my 20 years in Canberra was when I lived in Rivett. I have lived happily unviolated in Narrabundah since 2008. Love the inner south and all it offers.

Every house in the cul-de-sac I lived in was burgled over the 5 years I lived there. My house wasn’t, probably because I had a couple of vicious silky terriers and I worked from home however two visitors who parked their cars in my driveway had them broken into and contents stolen.
Everyone used to blame the tenants at Gowrie Court or the Stuart Flats but I made some enquiries (police were not really interested) and concluded it was a bit more organised than that. I was glad to leave the precinct which is over-ratted and overpriced.
I note someone else on this thread has reported that he had regular car break-ins when he lived there.
What about the serial car tyre slasher who does his/her dirty work in nearby expensive Narrabundah where you live. You haven’t been a victim yet?

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thatsnotme 3:11 pm
18 May 14
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bundah said :

From Wikipedia

“The precinct is named after Manuka Circle, the street which forms the northern boundary of the precinct. Manuka Circle was on Walter Burley Griffin’s original plan for Canberra and named after the New Zealand tea tree Leptospermum scoparium.”

Although neither likely have as interesting a background story, Kippax and Erindale are another two areas that I can think of that have their own area name, while not existing as a suburb.

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scentednightgardens 5:48 pm
18 May 14
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thatsnotme said :

bundah said :

From Wikipedia

“The precinct is named after Manuka Circle, the street which forms the northern boundary of the precinct. Manuka Circle was on Walter Burley Griffin’s original plan for Canberra and named after the New Zealand tea tree Leptospermum scoparium.”

Although neither likely have as interesting a background story, Kippax and Erindale are another two areas that I can think of that have their own area name, while not existing as a suburb.

Yes, Kippax, Erindale – but also try plugging these into a 2010 Garmin GPS: Civic, Woden, Lanyon, Tuggeranong … etc. Entirely ephemeral, and a good way to upset non-Canberrans: “Ill meet you at the shops in Lanyon” etc etc

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Maya123 8:00 pm
18 May 14
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dungfungus said :

Queen_of_the_Bun said :

dungfungus said :

If you haved lived in or near Manuka you have probably been burgled at least once.
This usually cancels the euphoria about frequenting the place.

Really? Do you have any statistics to back that up? The only time I’ve been burgled or had my car vandalised in my 20 years in Canberra was when I lived in Rivett. I have lived happily unviolated in Narrabundah since 2008. Love the inner south and all it offers.

Every house in the cul-de-sac I lived in was burgled over the 5 years I lived there. My house wasn’t, probably because I had a couple of vicious silky terriers and I worked from home however two visitors who parked their cars in my driveway had them broken into and contents stolen.
Everyone used to blame the tenants at Gowrie Court or the Stuart Flats but I made some enquiries (police were not really interested) and concluded it was a bit more organised than that. I was glad to leave the precinct which is over-ratted and overpriced.
I note someone else on this thread has reported that he had regular car break-ins when he lived there.
What about the serial car tyre slasher who does his/her dirty work in nearby expensive Narrabundah where you live. You haven’t been a victim yet?

Narrabundah expensive! Depends what part of Narrabundah. Houses can still be bought for less than $500,000. When I bought here many years ago the house I purchased was at that time the cheapest on the market; although prices have gone up since. I have lived in Narrabundah for over twenty five years and have had no trouble; unless you count my garbage bin being stolen. However years ago there was a local burglar living three doors down the street doing over the local houses. He worked with a teenager across the road. I did confront the teenager robbing a building site next door and he took off. Fortunately I was never robbed, but I know others who were. After the local burglar moved on robberies in our area went down. Narrabundah used to be an ‘interesting’ place to live in, but it has become more gentrified these days. But the people are slowly changing along with the suburb. Narrabundah’s past reputation probably still holds with some people.

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HiddenDragon 12:11 pm
19 May 14
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damien haas said :

I never had as much property stolen from me than when i lived BRIEFLY in Manuka. I used to just leave my car open because it was expensive to fix the car after being repeatedly broken into.

Yes, I know a (now former) Manuka resident who stopped replacing the items stolen during burglaries, because it only encouraged the repeat offenders.

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Mess 12:18 pm
19 May 14
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Maya123 said :

dungfungus said :

Queen_of_the_Bun said :

dungfungus said :

If you haved lived in or near Manuka you have probably been burgled at least once.
This usually cancels the euphoria about frequenting the place.

Really? Do you have any statistics to back that up? The only time I’ve been burgled or had my car vandalised in my 20 years in Canberra was when I lived in Rivett. I have lived happily unviolated in Narrabundah since 2008. Love the inner south and all it offers.

Every house in the cul-de-sac I lived in was burgled over the 5 years I lived there. My house wasn’t, probably because I had a couple of vicious silky terriers and I worked from home however two visitors who parked their cars in my driveway had them broken into and contents stolen.
Everyone used to blame the tenants at Gowrie Court or the Stuart Flats but I made some enquiries (police were not really interested) and concluded it was a bit more organised than that. I was glad to leave the precinct which is over-ratted and overpriced.
I note someone else on this thread has reported that he had regular car break-ins when he lived there.
What about the serial car tyre slasher who does his/her dirty work in nearby expensive Narrabundah where you live. You haven’t been a victim yet?

Narrabundah expensive! Depends what part of Narrabundah. Houses can still be bought for less than $500,000. When I bought here many years ago the house I purchased was at that time the cheapest on the market; although prices have gone up since. I have lived in Narrabundah for over twenty five years and have had no trouble; unless you count my garbage bin being stolen. However years ago there was a local burglar living three doors down the street doing over the local houses. He worked with a teenager across the road. I did confront the teenager robbing a building site next door and he took off. Fortunately I was never robbed, but I know others who were. After the local burglar moved on robberies in our area went down. Narrabundah used to be an ‘interesting’ place to live in, but it has become more gentrified these days. But the people are slowly changing along with the suburb. Narrabundah’s past reputation probably still holds with some people.

By ‘house’ I am guessing you mean apartment and townhouse? Because a quick glance at allhomes reveals the cheapest house in Narrabundah is currently on the market for $595,000 which is hardly cheap.

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Maya123 12:43 pm
19 May 14
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Mess said :

Maya123 said :

dungfungus said :

Queen_of_the_Bun said :

dungfungus said :

If you haved lived in or near Manuka you have probably been burgled at least once.
This usually cancels the euphoria about frequenting the place.

Really? Do you have any statistics to back that up? The only time I’ve been burgled or had my car vandalised in my 20 years in Canberra was when I lived in Rivett. I have lived happily unviolated in Narrabundah since 2008. Love the inner south and all it offers.

Every house in the cul-de-sac I lived in was burgled over the 5 years I lived there. My house wasn’t, probably because I had a couple of vicious silky terriers and I worked from home however two visitors who parked their cars in my driveway had them broken into and contents stolen.
Everyone used to blame the tenants at Gowrie Court or the Stuart Flats but I made some enquiries (police were not really interested) and concluded it was a bit more organised than that. I was glad to leave the precinct which is over-ratted and overpriced.
I note someone else on this thread has reported that he had regular car break-ins when he lived there.
What about the serial car tyre slasher who does his/her dirty work in nearby expensive Narrabundah where you live. You haven’t been a victim yet?

Narrabundah expensive! Depends what part of Narrabundah. Houses can still be bought for less than $500,000. When I bought here many years ago the house I purchased was at that time the cheapest on the market; although prices have gone up since. I have lived in Narrabundah for over twenty five years and have had no trouble; unless you count my garbage bin being stolen. However years ago there was a local burglar living three doors down the street doing over the local houses. He worked with a teenager across the road. I did confront the teenager robbing a building site next door and he took off. Fortunately I was never robbed, but I know others who were. After the local burglar moved on robberies in our area went down. Narrabundah used to be an ‘interesting’ place to live in, but it has become more gentrified these days. But the people are slowly changing along with the suburb. Narrabundah’s past reputation probably still holds with some people.

By ‘house’ I am guessing you mean apartment and townhouse? Because a quick glance at allhomes reveals the cheapest house in Narrabundah is currently on the market for $595,000 which is hardly cheap.

I meant house. There are none listed in allhomes at present, but here is one that sold recently. Last asking price: $450,000
http://www.allhomes.com.au/ah/act/sale-residential/12-tungun-street-narrabundah-canberra/1316898271311
Similar houses in Narrabundah regularly appear on the market.

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Maya123 12:46 pm
19 May 14
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I should have added that while that house is only two bedrooms, many of them are three bedrooms.

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