Downer

Walk Features: This loop walk takes you from the Shops through the leafy streets which provide for a shady walk in Summer and glorious colours in Autumn.

Duration of the walk: About 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Region: North Canberra.

Information about the Suburb: Downer was established in 1960 and named after Sir John Downer (1844–1915) Premier of South Australia and a member of the first Australian Senate in 1901. There is no specific theme for the street names.

Walk Directions

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To get to the start of the walk proceed up Northbourne Ave, turn R into Antill St, L into Melba St, R into Bonython St, L into Frenchman St, L into Frenchman Pl and park in front of the Downer Village.

Note that streets in brackets means there is no street sign at this point of the walk.

  1. Facing away from the Village Centre go R along a road and onto a playing field.
  2. Go R and follow the edge of a playing field just inside a low wooden fence.
  3. At the end of a playing field with a car park on your R, continue straight ahead towards a concrete path.
  4. Go L onto a concrete path. Note the sign about Downer at the end of a concrete path.
  5. Go R onto (Melba St).
  6. Go L onto Atherton St (totem pole garden).
  7. Pass Durack St on your R and Bush St on your L.
  8. Go R onto Milson St.
  9. Go R onto Cotton St.
  10. Go L up a concrete path behind houses on your L and a playground on your R.
  11. Cross over (Fenton St) and continue straight ahead on a concrete path between houses.
  12. Go L onto (Durack St).
  13. Go L onto Atherton St.
  14. Pass Fenton St on your L.
  15. Pass Panton St on R, then Cotton St on your L.
  16. Go R onto Bull St.
  17. Go R onto Swinden St.
  18. Go L onto Blacket St.
  19. Go L onto Barney St.
  20. Go R onto Padbury St, then immediately take a concrete path up to your L between houses.
  21. Cross over (Berry St) and continue straight ahead through a playground.
  22. Go L onto (Legge St).
  23. Pass Padbury St on your L.
  24. Cross over Melba St and go R on a concrete path alongside Melba St.
  25. Go L onto Bonython St and proceed alongside a playing field past a playground on your L.
  26. Pass Allport St on your R, Frenchman St on your L, Gale St on your R and Gardiner St on your L.
  27. Go L onto Cadell St.
  28. Pass Giblin St and Duffield Pl on your R.
  29. Go R onto Cole St then R onto a concrete path as it goes across a park with swings to your L.
  30. Cross over (Duffield Pl) and continue straight ahead onto a concrete path.
  31. Continue straight ahead onto (Giblin St).
  32. Go L onto Burn St.
  33. Pass Shirley St on your R and Burn Pl on your L.
  34. Cross over Cole St then take a concrete path diagonally across the park.
  35. Go L onto (Bradfield St).
  36. Pass Bradfield Pl on your L.
  37. Go R onto Atherton St.
  38. Pass Fenner St on L, Nichols St on your R and Cowan St on your L.
  39. Go L onto Edkins St.
  40. Go R on a concrete path to run alongside the edge of a playground.
  41. Go L onto (Tardent St) with a playground on your L.
  42. Go L onto Melba St.
  43. Pass Selfe St on your R.
  44. Go L onto Fenner St.
  45. Pass Edkins St on your L.
  46. Go R onto Atherton St.
  47. Go R onto Bradfield St.
  48. Go L onto Frenchman St.
  49. Go R down a concrete path and back to Downer Village over to your L.