Based on designs by the original architect of Canberra, Griffith is one of the oldest suburbs of the city, located on the southern shores of Lake Burley Griffin and home to just under 4,000 Australians. It is in keeping with the original priority of green space in Canberra, with 20 parks making up 12% of the suburban area. The result is a beautifully natural lakeside residential area, making it one of the most prestigious suburbs, drawing some of the most exclusive residents of Canberra.
Inside Griffith, visitors can find the Manuka shopping centre, which is the perfect place to relax in a café, enjoy the gourmet food of its restaurants, or shop for designer labels and high street brands at its many stores. Griffith is also a perfect place to appreciate nature, by strolling through the many parks or witnessing the striking beauty of Lake Burley Griffin in the background of the suburb. For a spark of culture, visitors can explore St Paul’s Anglican Church or the Russian Embassy, which act as examples of captivating Canberra architecture. The popularity of Griffith nightlife is growing as locals are appreciating the cool, intimate bars and clubs, best enjoyed after a fine dining experience at one of the area’s high-quality restaurants.
As one of the closer suburbs to the city centre, Griffith is only a 10-minute drive, or 25-minute bike ride, from the main streets and attractions of Canberra. The nearest train station is the main one of the city, and from here, there are direct bus routes taking visitors into the heart of Griffith.
The suburb of Griffith names itself after Sir Samuel Griffith, the first Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, who served the position in 1903 for 16 years. There are various heritage council sites in the suburb, including St Paul’s Church, for its Inter-War Gothic and Art Deco influences. The titles of all street names in Griffith are after famous explorers.