A Look Around Canberra this week takes us to the south side of the bridge and a cruise around State Circle before stopping off at Forrest.
Forrest can pretty much be described as a ‘fancy pants’ suburb. It’s very quiet and very nice. Lots of trees, big huge immaculate houses, and lots of peace and quiet. Despite a lot of swish cars parked in driveways, I’m not actually sure if they even turn on or not – I literally didn’t see one moving car the entire time I was wandering around.
Named after Sir John Forrest (an explorer and parliamentarian), this suburb was gazetted on 20 September 1928 and is home to embassies, the official residences of Ambassadors, and the official residence of the Prime Minister is just a few streets away in Deakin.
Forrest has a population of 1467 people and the median annual income is just under $216,000. The median weekly rent is $580 which suprises me. I would have assumed it to be at least $100 more than that.
While Forrest doesn’t have its own local shops, the Manuka precinct is very close by with a a heap of eateries, bars, designer clothing stores, as well as the essentials like a bank, pharmacy, post office and supermarket.
Up until the year before last, a house in Forrest had the most elaborate Christmas lights display. I never got to see it but from the stories I heard it was insane. So many people would go to look at them that icecream vans would turn up in the street. The family doing the lights would fundraise with the money going to SIDS and Kids. Last Christmas these lights moved to Civic and broke the Guinness World Record for the most lights in one display.
I’ve seen a few tidbits online that a house in Moresby Place in Forrest is haunted. I couldn’t find any more detail other than people have heard that it’s haunted. It sold for $2.1 million back in 2001 so it’s clear not everyone is too concerned about any potential ghosts or poltergeists hanging around. I decided to drive past and take a look for myself. I was pretty much expecting a really creepy, broken down house that might have just been sitting there because the owner hadn’t decided what to do with the land yet. Completely the opposite. A very tidy, well-kept house. It didn’t look creepy at all. However, there was a green pelican statue in the garden that looked totally shifty.
A few streets away I spotted this sign spruiking the federal government’s support for road safety. I’ve never seen them before in Canberra and they look like they might have been in Forrest for quite some years now. I saw another couple before I left. I’d be interested to know what government had them installed and when. I don’t really understand the point of them either. I’m also keen to know if any other suburbs in Canberra possess the same (or similar) signs.
Another thing I was surprised to see was big wide open spaces. This park is prime real estate, I can’t believe it still exists. I was really hoping to see some kangaroos while I was in Forrest and was convinced one would appear while I wandered around the park but I had no such luck.
Forrest is a such a beautiful suburb, especially in autumn. The one thing really lacking is a community vibe. I get the feeling that people pretty much keep to themselves and don’t really know their neighbours. Fancy pants by name and by nature?
Streets are named after: Explorers and governors
Federal Electorate: Canberra
Federal MP: Gai Brodtmann
Territory Electorate: Molonglo
Population breakdown: 50.5 per cent male, 49.5 per cent female
Average children per family: 1.9
Crime: 36 incidents in 2014 (not including parking infringements)