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A look around Canberra – Isabella Plains

By Kate Buscombe 20 March 2015 3

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.Playground isabella

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 shops

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.

Playground house

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.

isabella plains

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.

Quick stats

Streets are named after: New South Wales parishes
Federal Electorate: Canberra
Federal MP: Gai Brodtmann
Territory Electorate: Brindabella
Population: 4335
Population breakdown: 50.8 per cent female, 49 per cent male
Average children per family: 1.9

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grunge_hippy 9:47 am 22 Mar 15

The pathology place is actually Laverty Pathology… but they take all referrals.

I like living here, easy access to Tuggeranong Parkway, Monaro Hwy and Woden. Hyperdome is minutes away. My kids don’t go to school here though, which is my choice (I didn’t want to have to find a new primary school once year 2 was finished at the Early Childhood school) but they did go to the Childcare Centre just up from the school. McKillop is the senior campus (years 11-12) so they won’t go to high school here unless they go to the Junior Campus at Wanniassa first, but being a firm believer in public education, it won’t be an option in any case.

Eventually we will outgrow our house but I hope we buy somewhere around here.

Weatherman 7:20 am 22 Mar 15

Isabella Plains is considered to be an urban community. It is similar to the metropolitan north suburbs and outer suburbs. However, typically, southside communities in Canberra, such as Isabella Plains, Monash, Gowrie, Wanniassa and Erindale have a higher proportion of aged residential demographic than other suburbs. It has a similar name in the Dutch language, which is Isabellaplein.

Dame Canberra 10:21 am 20 Mar 15

The mural on the front of the Isabella Plains Neighbourhood House (you can kind of see it in the photo above) hasn’t changed in 20 years! I remember being totally mesmerised by it as a kid.

I really like Isabella Plains. I only recently discovered the water catchment area, which is a really lovely spot that few people seem to know about.

Full points to the doctors at the Isabella Plains medical centre too.

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