As one of Canberra’s oldest suburbs, Braddon offers the best of both worlds. It’s not only home to many heritage listed sites that give you a nostalgic glimpse into times gone by, but now also lays claim to an eclectic mix of modern entertainment and dining options on offer today. Indeed, what was formerly known as “Neighbourhood Number 1” in the early days of town planning has grown to become one of the most sought after suburbs in the Australian Capital Territory.
A centrepiece of Braddon’s unique leisure and residential precinct is the iconic Northbourne Oval, the oldest enclosed recreational facility in North Canberra and one steeped in local sporting history. Originally denoted as “green space” in Sir Walter Burley Griffin’s 1913 revised layout for the city of Canberra, it was officially opened in 1925 and has maintained its sporting prominence in the community since its inception.
Flanked by the hallmarks of Braddon’s early history, including the former Ainslie Public School and St Patricks School, and with views of the majestic Mount Ainslie in the distance, Northbourne Oval has witnessed a proud procession of sporting codes descending upon its hallowed turf. Those who have called Northbourne Oval home have included cricket, rugby league, Australian rules and rugby union teams and even today local schools still maintain use of this long standing recreational facility.
With many of the origins of Northbourne Oval still enduring to this day, including the grand poplars and pines which date back almost 90 years, the pre-war buildings on site, right through to the surrounding original gutters, this is a place which possesses the grace and charm of a bygone era while also boasting a promise of a bright future.