One suburb that almost always makes the list of the ACT’s top three most expensive suburbs is Yarralumla. Nestled in the inner south, between Parliament House, Lake Burley Griffin and Curtin, Yarralumla was named for an Aboriginal word meaning ‘echo’. The suburb was first gazetted in 1928.
Yarralumla is home to a whole whack of embassies and official residences of ambassadors from across the globe. A self-guided tour around the embassies is always an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. The National Capital Authority has even published a leaflet with a summary of each embassy and a map showing where each is located. If you forget to print out the leaflet you can always make a game of it and guess which country is represented by each embassy.
Yarralumla is home not only to foreign dignitaries but also to Australia’s Governor General who resides at Government House. Often visiting dignitaries will stay overnight here. From memory, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently visited with their son Prince George.
This suburb has a pretty good set of shops too. It has the basics like an IGA and a bakery, but also has a few fantastic cafes and what I think is the world’s best kebab shop. While there have been debates on the RiotACT before as to how good the kebab shop is, I think the line snaking out the door at lunchtime speaks for itself.
There’s also the Yarralumla Brickworks which closed in the mid 1970s after operating since around 1913. There is a development proposal for the site but a lot of the locals are against it. It seems that the developers take one step forward, three steps back. The Brickworks is said to be haunted – maybe the locals just want to protect the ghosts!
Yarralumla also has several parklands that are fantastic to take the dog for a walk in or to go for a run. It also has close proximity to the lake if you feel like you need a water view.
Streets are named after: Governors and botanists
Federal Electorate: Canberra
Federal MP: Gai Brodtmann
Territory Electorate: Molonglo
Population breakdown: 48.2 per cent male, 51.2 per cent female
Average children per family: 1.9
Crime: 198 incidents in 2014 (not including traffic infringements)