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See Red Hill Differently

Red Hill Primary School is one of three schools in Red Hill. Photo: Region Media.

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.

Shops

Red Hill has a small set of shops with a SupaExpress, a butcher, a Thai restaurant and trendy café Kith + Nosh.

There are also two eateries at Red Hill Lookout: fine dining restaurant Onred (upstairs) and casual café Coffee N Beans (downstairs). Both establishments are owned and run by the same people.

It’s a short drive from Red Hill to the larger shopping precincts in Kingston and Manuka.

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Red Hill shops. Photo: Region Media.

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.
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Red Hill also has their own Tennis Club. Photo: Region Media.

Schools

Schools in Red Hill include Canberra Grammar School, Red Hill Primary School and St Bede’s Primary School.

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Have you thought about moving to Red Hill? Photo: Region Media.

Quick facts

  • 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.


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HenryBG HenryBG 9:32 pm 20 Jan 16

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?

pajs pajs 1:47 pm 20 Jan 16

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.

HenryBG HenryBG 12:23 pm 20 Jan 16

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.

dungfungus dungfungus 10:07 am 20 Jan 16

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.

pajs pajs 9:46 am 20 Jan 16

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…

John Moulis John Moulis 3:58 pm 19 Jan 16

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.

Grail Grail 12:15 pm 19 Jan 16

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

Alexandra Craig Alexandra Craig 10:29 am 19 Jan 16

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 🙂

pajs pajs 4:24 pm 18 Jan 16

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

Alexandra Craig Alexandra Craig 3:24 pm 18 Jan 16

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.

anomist anomist 10:38 am 16 Jan 16

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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