Acton Peninsula – Canberra’s Forgotten Heritage Walk

From 1911 until 1940 Acton Peninsula was the centre of operations for the creation of the new Federal Capital. At this then remote inland site, public servants and others lived, imagined, planned and realised a unique new city.

It was the site of Canberra’s first government offices, bank, police station, jail, plant nursery, hostel, government housing, sport facilities etc. In 1824 the first European building in today’s ACT was built here. Sadly, many of these buildings are no more. This walk will visit the sites of some of the lost early buildings, as well as those which have survived. Stories and early photographs will bring the whole area to life. The walk is about 3 kms with some hills and rough ground.

A Canberra and Region Heritage Festival event – organised jointly by the National Trust (ACT) and Canberra and Region Heritage Researchers.

Event date

Event Details

Lennox Crossing, Acton, Australian Capital Territory

Car park entrance opposite the entrance to Old Canberra House


9.30am to 11.30am

Entry fees:
Adults $ 15
Prebooking required
Attendance limit:
Less than 50
Onsite facilities: