The Top 100 Things in Tuggeranong

(STARTING WITH TAIMUS’ TOP TEN THINGS)

ONE. The Views

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The medicine for my soul coming home over the hills every evening – when this beautiful valley full of wonderful people unweaves itself over the lake to the mountains just over there – reminding me each time why Tuggeranong is such a great place to live.

TWO. Common Grounds Cafe, Gowrie

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When Common Grounds Cafe – grinding my favourite campos coffee – opened at Gowrie shops just after we moved here, it became official; Tuggeranong has everything. Get a table and a flat white early on a Saturday morning and your weekend’s made.

THREE. Fadden Pines

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We know it’s a fair way to come for Lanyon Valley residents, but right now Point Hut Pond Park needs some TLC (and will get it if I am elected). We’ve had two very successful young son’s birthday parties at Fadden Pines and its just down the footpath from our house. #winning. See you there.

FOUR. Tidbinbilla

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Most Australians will live their entire lives without seeing a platypus, let alone a wild one. In Tuggeranong we just pop over to Tidbinbilla. Throw in kangaroos, emus, wallabies, snakes, spiders, wombats, an adventure playground, stunning walks, snoozing koalas left, right and centre and our local nature reserve beats any of their local nature reserves every day of the week.

FIVE. Fast Food Wonderland

If you elect me I will be focused on improving parking at Eat Street Erindale (Gartside Street) as well as its lighting, safety and amenity. Because once past the car crush we have our choice of Thai, Indian, Lebanese, Turkish, Italian, pizza, gourmet pizza, unbelievable chips, noodles, dumplings, schnitzel, cheescake, tyres and frozen custard! Happy days.

SIX. Fadden Pines

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I used to come here for lunchtime splashes with mates from Lake Tuggeranong College. So close to the town centre, fewer steps, less nudity (this is a family website after all) and more playgrounds, the Werner-Gibbings’ think Pine Island is Canberra’s best swimming hole. Fact.

SEVEN. Greenway Oval

Having coached the Tuggeranong Hawks U/18s Aussie Rules team here I reckon there isn’t a better deck between Manuka and Melbourne. It’s a shame the gates are too often locked and if elected I will be working to keep them open. Then Greenway will be the best, most accessible community oval in Canberra and, like at Arden Street and Gosch’s Paddock in Melbourne, everyone will be able to kick the footy and have some fun, at anytime.

EIGHT. Rose Cottage

On a cold, grey Sunday afternoon the bar by the fire at Rose Cottage is quite frankly the best place in Tuggeranong to enjoy a quiet beer and watch the footy. In summer pull up a chair, send the kids to the sandpit, sit back in Canberra’s best beer garden, order a good value feed and feel sorry for Northsiders.

NINE. The Homesteands: Tuggeranong and Lanyon

Tuggeranong Homestead was established as a sheep station in the years after 1835. Charles Bean lived here while writing the official Australian history of World War One. The buildings are beautifully restored with a fine restaurant and a popular monthly market. Lanyon Homestead, just past Gordon off Tharwa Road, is very well-preserved and a delightful place for a first date… and then the wedding 😉

TEN. The Boundary Wall

On a cold, grey Sunday afternoon the bar by the fire at Rose Cottage is quite frankly the best place in Tuggeranong to enjoy a quiet beer and watch the footy. In summer pull up a chair, send the kids to the sandpit, sit back in Canberra’s best beer garden, order a good value feed and feel sorry for Northsiders.