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A look around Canberra – Red Hill

By Alexandra Craig - 15 January 2016 12

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Red Hill in the inner south is probably the only suburb in Canberra that is named after exactly what it is: a red hill. The red soil in the area is believed to be why early settlers named it Red Hill. It’s an older suburb with a gazettal date of 20 September 1928 and is nestled in between Forrest, Griffith and Narrabundah, with Garran and Hughes adjoining over the hill.

Red Hill lookout is one of the best views in Canberra. A short walk, and even shorter drive from Parliament House and Manuka, the view extends past Parliament House down to the lake and even the War Memorial is visible. If you head up there at dawn or dusk you’re likely to see a lot of kangaroos also taking in the view, or eating grass. Mostly eating grass.

The lookout also boasts two eateries; restaurant Onred which is a fancy-ish dining experience, and Little Brother (downstairs) which is a cafe, relaxed style venue.

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Down the hill in the actual suburb of Red Hill is a small set of shops. There’s a pharmacy, a butcher, a newsagent/post office, an Asian restaurant and an IGA supermarket. I’m surprised that Red Hill shops don’t have a trendy little cafe, as many of the inner south suburbs do, but perhaps Little Brother at the lookout suffices.

On Mugga Way you’ll find a lot of big, fancy houses, a lot of which are official residences for High Commissioners and Ambassadors. One building, Calthorpes’ House, that sits at number 24 Mugga Way, was built in 1927 and contains original furnishings, appliances, and photos that tell the story of what family life was like in Canberra’s early days. There is even a World War II bunker in the backyard. Calthorpes’ House is open (for a small fee) on weekends from 1.00pm-4.00pm, with tours at 1.00pm, 1.45pm, 2.00pm and 3.00pm. Calthorpes’ House has been on my to-do list for years, every time I see the sign in Manuka I think ‘I should do that this weekend’, so maybe this weekend I’ll finally visit!

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A look around Canberra – Red Hill
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HenryBG 12:07 pm
15 Jan 16
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anomist 10:38 am
16 Jan 16
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Thanks, Alexandra, for this series. Go to Calthorpes’ House: it’s very interesting and the guides are terrific.

And thanks, HenryBG, for the link to a loving and poetic article about Red Hill.

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Alexandra Craig 3:24 pm
18 Jan 16
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anomist said :

Thanks, Alexandra, for this series. Go to Calthorpes’ House: it’s very interesting and the guides are terrific.

And thanks, HenryBG, for the link to a loving and poetic article about Red Hill.

I went on Sunday! It was great. Really enjoyed it.

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pajs 4:24 pm
18 Jan 16
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One of the suburbs adjoining the tip, pretty much. Any sign of the smell?

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Alexandra Craig 10:29 am
19 Jan 16
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pajs said :

One of the suburbs adjoining the tip, pretty much. Any sign of the smell?

I was there mid last week and then again on Sunday and I didn’t notice anything 🙂

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Grail 12:15 pm
19 Jan 16
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Red Hill doesn’t in any way “adjoin the tip”.

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John Moulis 3:58 pm
19 Jan 16
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Grail said :

Red Hill doesn’t in any way “adjoin the tip”.

I think he might be referring to the old Deakin tip which closed in the 1980s.

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pajs 9:46 am
20 Jan 16
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John Moulis said :

Grail said :

Red Hill doesn’t in any way “adjoin the tip”.

I think he might be referring to the old Deakin tip which closed in the 1980s.

Mugga is directly south of Red Hill. No suburb in between. Symonston, O’Malley, Isaacs, all off to the sides. 5km from the edge of Red Hill to the tip along Mugga Lane. Not sure how far the phantom stench may travel…

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dungfungus 10:07 am
20 Jan 16
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pajs said :

John Moulis said :

Grail said :

Red Hill doesn’t in any way “adjoin the tip”.

I think he might be referring to the old Deakin tip which closed in the 1980s.

Mugga is directly south of Red Hill. No suburb in between. Symonston, O’Malley, Isaacs, all off to the sides. 5km from the edge of Red Hill to the tip along Mugga Lane. Not sure how far the phantom stench may travel…

The fugitive emissions (that is both the ones that smell and the toxic ones that don’t) are more prevalent when conditions are calm and the inversion layer is low.
Prevailing air-currents carry the random “bubbles” that usually escape during the night up Long Gully and they then tumble over the ridge to the east of Mt Wanniassa onto Fadden an Macarthur and suburbs to the south.
Sometimes, when the active tip face is left uncovered winds from the east will carry the odour to Isaacs and beyond as well as to the aforementioned other suburbs.
The air currents and the wind rarely travel north to the Red Hill area so they are not affected.
I would like to know where the old tip at Deakin was sited.

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HenryBG 12:23 pm
20 Jan 16
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pajs said :

John Moulis said :

Grail said :

Red Hill doesn’t in any way “adjoin the tip”.

I think he might be referring to the old Deakin tip which closed in the 1980s.

Mugga is directly south of Red Hill. No suburb in between. Symonston, O’Malley, Isaacs, all off to the sides. 5km from the edge of Red Hill to the tip along Mugga Lane. Not sure how far the phantom stench may travel…

It’s entirely possible that there is a very uneven distribution across the ACT of that human subspecies

homo sapiens querentes

resulting in a dearth of them at Red Hill and larger numbers elsewhere.

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pajs 1:47 pm
20 Jan 16
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dungfungus said :

pajs said :

John Moulis said :

Grail said :

Red Hill doesn’t in any way “adjoin the tip”.

I think he might be referring to the old Deakin tip which closed in the 1980s.

Mugga is directly south of Red Hill. No suburb in between. Symonston, O’Malley, Isaacs, all off to the sides. 5km from the edge of Red Hill to the tip along Mugga Lane. Not sure how far the phantom stench may travel…

The fugitive emissions (that is both the ones that smell and the toxic ones that don’t) are more prevalent when conditions are calm and the inversion layer is low.
Prevailing air-currents carry the random “bubbles” that usually escape during the night up Long Gully and they then tumble over the ridge to the east of Mt Wanniassa onto Fadden an Macarthur and suburbs to the south.
Sometimes, when the active tip face is left uncovered winds from the east will carry the odour to Isaacs and beyond as well as to the aforementioned other suburbs.
The air currents and the wind rarely travel north to the Red Hill area so they are not affected.
I would like to know where the old tip at Deakin was sited.

Bubbles of Doom! Run!

The active tip face at Mugga should be covered every day at the end of tipping and spreading. If not, that’s poor management. As a practical suggestion, perhaps those complainants that are good in the olfactory department could volunteer their services to the ACT Government and the tip operator to try and end this mystery once and for all. A squad or two, deoderant and perfume free, roaming the suburbs in minivans, sniffing away, day and night, surely would be the answer.

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HenryBG 9:32 pm
20 Jan 16
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pajs said :

The active tip face at Mugga should be covered every day at the end of tipping and spreading. If not, that’s poor management. As a practical suggestion, perhaps those complainants that are good in the olfactory department could volunteer their services to the ACT Government and the tip operator to try and end this mystery once and for all. A squad or two, deoderant and perfume free, roaming the suburbs in minivans, sniffing away, day and night, surely would be the answer.

Maybe a battery of huge fans, facing East-North-East, to blow the smell away from the ACT?

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