Red Hill is renowned in Canberra for its tree-lined streets, beautiful houses and affluent residents. Thinking about visiting or moving to Red Hill? Here’s what you need to know.
Background and history
Red Hill in Canberra’s inner south may well be the only ACT suburb 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.
Gazetted in 1928, Red Hill is one of Canberra’s older suburbs. It’s nestled between Forrest, Griffith and Narrabundah, with Garran and Hughes adjoining over the hill.
Red Hill has a small set of shops with a SupaExpress, a butcher, a Thai restaurant and trendy café Kith + Nosh.
It’s a short drive from Red Hill to the larger shopping precincts in Kingston and Manuka.
Places of interest and things to do
- Walk up to Red Hill Lookout. Red Hill Lookout is a short walk (and an even shorter drive) with a big payoff. The view extends down past Parliament House to Lake Burley Griffin, and on a clear day you can even see the Australian War Memorial. Visit at dawn or dusk and you might even spot a few kangaroos taking in the view and eating grass (mostly eating grass).
- Visit Calthorpe’s House. Calthorpe’s House on 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’s even an old World War II bunker in the backyard. It’s open to visitors for a small fee on weekends.
- Admire the big, fancy houses on Mugga Way. While you’re on Mugga Way visiting Calthorpe’s House, take some time to look at the luxurious homes around it – many of which are official residences for high commissioners and ambassadors.
- Median age: 41 years
- Median weekly household income: $2842
- Median weekly rent: $350
- Houses vs. apartments: 73.1% houses
- Suburb sales record (excludes land sales): $7.3 million in 2010 for a five-bedroom, five-bathroom home on Mugga Way
Source: 2016 Census.
Do you live, or have you previously lived, in Red Hill? What are your favourite things about the suburb? What advice would you give to people considering moving there? Share your thoughts in the comments below.