36 hours in Kingsborough | HerCanberra
The events of the past 18 months have seen our worlds become smaller, as traveling too far has become risky (if not impractical).
But one of the unexpected benefits of this was our new appreciation for the wealth of experiences available in our own backyard.
This has seen a resurgence in the popularity of staycation – an option that provides an escape from the everyday – without leaving town.
Now I like to think I know Canberra quite well – the southern interior even better, having lived here for over 20 years. But it turns out that literally five minutes from my front door there is a small village that might as well be in another world.
If you’re new to Kingsborough, let me introduce you to the award-winning neighborhood. It’s a quiet, leafy part of the Kingston Foreshore focused on creating places, creating a village feel with an emphasis on community and connection.
The mixed-use development is home to a variety of businesses (from eyelash experts to psychologists and a veterinarian, to name a few), health and wellness facilities, cafes and more. As I discovered, there is enough to fill a weekend without leaving the village.
Here’s how to spend 36 hours in Kingsborough.
The Onyx Apartment
While permanent residents make up the bulk of the population, Kingsborough has a selection of rooms available for booking through Airbnb: five one-bedroom apartments and the brand new Apartment Onyx , where we spent our staycation.
The spectacular two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment is located on the first floor of the Woolstore, a Manhattan-style structure with recycled red bricks and a dizzying exterior mural by Canberra Architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahoney Griffin.
The New York vibe continues inside: the apartment was designed in collaboration with a local company BDA interiors. A thoughtfully designed open-plan living and dining space nestles alongside a kitchen that is an artist’s dream.
Large sliding doors open to a private north-facing balcony which overlooks the 25-meter magnesium pool and the village square.
There are plenty of thoughtful touches, like generous pantry staples, a Nespresso machine with coffee, chai, and decaf pods courtesy of Pod Co Melbourne, a French press, and freshly ground beans with courtesy of Kingsborough’s Axis Roasters.
In terms of practical inclusions, there’s plenty of storage, a separate laundry room, and access to a portable baby cot and high chair.
EAT + DRINK
At the heart of the development is the village square, which includes a variety of small shops and grocery stores.
Whether you’re craving great coffee, local wine, a nutritious meal, or a taste of street food, you’ll find something to please (and fill your stomach).
The Warehouse Roast, Tap, Brew
The philosophy of Warehouse Roast, Tap, Brew is coffee in the morning, beer in the evening. It functions as an espresso bar from Monday to Saturday morning, as well as a wine bar and wine bar from Thursday to Sunday afternoon and evening. It is also home to Axis Roasters.
What struck us during our stay was the fact that Kingsborough is truly a village – on Friday evenings the locals get together for a drink and a meal at The Warehouse, sharing tables and stories. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming.
A weekly rotating food truck parks right next to the bar, allowing you to order whatever is on offer (we had burgers from Boss Burgers – a delight!) And enjoy a local drop or two.
Oh, and look at this space, there is something very special new planned for this space, and it’s coming soon.
Eighty / twenty
Offering clean, natural, unprocessed breakfast and lunches, nutrient-dense smoothies, delicious acai bowls, superfood salads and more, Eighty / Twenty has become synonymous with healthy eating in Canberra, with locations across town.
Kingsborough’s offering is pocket coffee, but it’s a perfect sunny spot for a post-yoga smoothie, a delicious breakfast (the green eggs and beans are delicious!)
If you want to keep things low-key, the apartment’s kitchen is a pleasure for cooking, but there is also the option to fire up the rooftop barbecue at the Woolstore.
A little further
If you fancy a little culinary exploration, Kingston Foreshore and Old Kingston are both minutes away and teem with a diversity of cuisines and dining experiences.
In the opposite direction, Dairy Route is another area worth exploring – it’s a short drive, 10 minutes by bike, or about a half hour walk.
Expect to find plenty of food and drink, from chocolate gin, beer to burgers, plus ways to get by (ski… no, really… and bouldering).
Start your weekend with a slow flow yoga class at Kingston Yoga and stretch your body after a hard week’s work.
It is an intimate and welcoming space and the course is suitable for all levels. If you’re feeling sociable, the neighborhood yogis are a friendly bunch and happily get together for post-workout coffee.
Kingston Foreshore Cycles
Kingsborough’s proximity to Lake Burley Griffin and the Jerrabombera wetlands make it a cyclist’s dream.
Rent a Lekker Amsterdam style cruising bike from Kingston Foreshore Cycles and explore! Perhaps head to the Central Basin and admire the architecture of the National Cultural Institutions, or just enjoy the natural beauty of the lake – Phil and his friendly team will be happy to point you in the right direction.
One of the perks of being a Kingsborough Temporary Resident is that you have access to AEQUUS Movement, an upscale wellness center featuring a 25-meter, two-lane magnesium pool with an ideal sun deck for relaxation. lazy reading, a Scandinavian-style sauna, and a gym with a bespoke menu of functional fitness classes.
Are you feeling energetic? There are many ways to move: take a dip in the pool or move in the gym. Get a sweat in the sauna after a workout or swim, or just head there for some much needed Zen.
Fancy your own stay?
With travel restrictions likely to be in play for a while, it’s natural to have itchy feet.
For us, a weekend in Kingsborough was just what we needed – although within minutes of our home it really felt like we were somewhere else. And just being away from the “same old man” did wonders for our state of mind: we slowed down, we ate great food, we explored new places.
It was the vacation we dreamed of and we didn’t even have to leave town to enjoy it.
Ready for your stay? Book the Onyx apartment at airbnb.com.au.
Fancy a post-containment reset?
If you’re feeling a bit exhausted from our recent lockdown, the AEQUUS Wellness Weekend in November might be just what you need.
A stay in Kingsborough to help you reset and start your wellness journey, the experience combines seasonal, local, whole foods, massages, sauna, movement, relaxation and wellness seminars vital in a low-tech environment.
Put November 26-28 in your diary and find out more about aequusmovement.com.au.