Isabella Plains is a hidden gem in Canberra’s south. It has numerous green spaces, established native tree populations and a centralised shopping centre, but few people know how great of a suburb it really is.
Isabella Plains was built in the 1980s and neighbours similar suburbs of Calwell (where I live), Monash and Richardson, and has maintained a certain charm since then with established and well cared for residences. Quite a lot has changed in the suburb since the 1980s with opening of the Isabella Plains Early Childhood Centre, a child care centre and also community playground. Most recently there has been construction as various stages of the Azalea Park retirement living community, which is situated across the road from St Mary MacKillop Secondary School, is completed.
Isabella Plains also boasts over 13 local businesses that employ five people or more. Many of these are located at the local shopping centre on the main street, Ellerston Avenue. The shops are small but offer a lot, including an IGA (open 7 days a week), two take away shops, a pharmacy and a Capital Pathology office. Large trees shade the picnic benches in the courtyard area, which invite visitors to sit and enjoy a few moments rest.
Also located at the shops is the Isabella Plains Medical Centre. If you find yourself in need of a doctor, this practice is often able to accommodate last minute appointments and is currently taking new patients.
Isabella Plains is home to numerous green corridors which soften the suburban feel and provide natural space for the residents to enjoy. I often walk my dog through Isabella as there are many spaces that are away from roads and offer safer areas to roam and explore.
If you are looking for an interesting spot for a walk, it is worth checking out the water catchment area (adjacent to Drakeford Drive, access via Jondol Place). Long reeds make spotting a local duck or fish a fun game as you walk along the bank. I also frequently pass the little playground (pictured) and see young families enjoying their time outside, underneath the shelter of the trees.
Streets are named after: New South Wales parishes
Federal Electorate: Canberra
Federal MP: Gai Brodtmann
Territory Electorate: Brindabella
Population breakdown: 50.8 per cent female, 49 per cent male
Average children per family: 1.9