Telopea Park



Telopea Park is an eight hectare park in Barton with picnic and playground areas, cycle and pedestrian paths, public toilets and barbecues. It features an informal mix of mature exotic and native trees, and is a popular venue for family picnics.

Created in 1922, Telopea Park takes its name from the floral emblem of New South Wales. Its informal evergreen/deciduous landscape character and mature trees make it a strong attraction to pedestrians and cyclists from nearby residences, the Kingston and Manuka shopping centers and suburbs further away.Telopea Park photo



The origins of this park can be traced back to Walter Burley Griffin's 1918 plan for Canberra in which he planned a "Telopea Park" terminating Sydney Avenue, one of the ten avenues planned to radiate from the centre of Capital Hill. The park is classified by the National Trust and entered on the Register of the National Estate.

The initial planting, including species selection and layout was by Charles Weston, Canberra's first Superintendent, Parks and Gardens, in August 1922. A formal planting arrangement was adopted on the periphery of the park however the remainder of the planting is largely informal but influenced to a degree by the stream which runs the full length of the park. Weston used a wide variety of exotic and native species including Argyle apple (Eucalyptus cinerea), blue gum (Eucalyptus bicostata), white brittle gum (Eucalyptus mannifera ssp. maculosa) and California big tree (Sequoiadendron giganteum).


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Facilities and activities

Facilities and activities

  • Toilets
  • Electric/gas BBQs
  • Playground
  • Drinking water
  • Picnic shelter
  • Picnic tables
  • Dogs on leash
  • Cycling



About urban parks

Transport Canberra and City Services manages urban parks and open space in Canberra. There are three main types of urban parks in Canberra: town parks, district parks and neighborhood parks. Other landscaped components of the park system include:

  • Pedestrian parkland which are corridors of open space provided for pedestrian movement within and between suburbs.
  • Semi-natural open spaces which are areas of remnant grazing land or native vegetation, and include creek corridors, hilltop areas, ridges and buffer areas between suburbs.
  • Native grassland or woodland sites which contain endangered plant species.
  • Major road verges and medians.
  • Informal use ovals which are non-irrigated open dryland grass areas for informal sport and recreational use.
  • Special purpose areas which are large open spaces dedicated to specialised recreational activities or sporting events.

Plans of management

Plans of management for urban parks identify what is important about the areas and how they are to be managed. A plan of management is intended to provide direction and guidance to the land custodian, management staff, visitors, neighbours, volunteers, and others with an interest in the area.

More information and feedback

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