Telopea Park | Michael Gorey

Telopea Park

Telopea Park

Telopea Park is one of my favourite places in the Canberra neighbourhood where I live.

The park was established in 1922 and it's very long and thin, with many large native and introduced trees.

A stormwater drain runs along the middle of the park, which is crossed by several bridges. The park has barbecue areas and playground equipment, and is a popular destination.

Autumn Telopea ParkAlthough I'm close to Lake Burley Griffin, which is beautiful, I find Telopea Park more peaceful for walking.

According to the ACT Environment Directorate, Burley Griffin's 1918 plan for Canberra included a "Telopea Park", one of the 10 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 of Parks and Gardens.

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 stormwater stream, which runs the full length of the park.

Weston used a wide variety of exotic and native species including Argyle apple, blue gum, white brittle gum and California big tree.

Last week when I walked through one evening there was a pop-up food van selling wine and cheese.

Telopea Park takes its name from the floral emblem of New South Wales, commonly known as Waratah.

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