Exploring Yarralumla's Embassies

Leafy Yarralumla is Canberra's diplomatic quarter. Hidden among normal suburban streets you'll find nearly 80 embassies housing diplomats from all around the world. Many of the buildings are architectural marvels, showcasing the cultural cachet and design prowess of their respective countries' craftspeople. A wander around these sedate streets gives a fascinating glimpse into the international flavour of Australia's capital.

Stats

  • Start Doubleshot
  • End Lennox Gardens
  • Length 4.5km; two hours

Doubleshot

Before you begin, fortify yourself with a flat white at Doubleshot, a local hotspot that's renowned for its superlative coffee and fresh, on-trend breakfasts. Once you're caffeinated, stroll down Hopetoun Circuit until you can see the green dome of the Embassy of Saudi Arabia on your left, and the white-columned Sri Lanka High Commission on your right.

Embassy of Japan

Turning right up Hampton Circuit, and heading uphill along Irwin St and Schlich St, you'll reach the manicured lawns of the Embassy of Japan. The white walls and black beams of the elegant embassy buildings are reminiscent of traditional Japanese design. There are several architecturally interesting embassies to view along here, including the South Korean, Thai and Greek embassies.

United States Embassy

Back north along Empire Circuit, you'll turn right past the black-, yellow- and red-accented Embassy of Germany, continuing up the hill past the embassies of Israel and Poland, until you reach the Georgian-style buildings of the United States Embassy. This was the first embassy built in Yarralumla, with the lease signed in 1941.

High Commission of India

Detour down the hill towards the elegant, symmetrical High Commission of India, whose design is clearly influenced by classical Mughal and Hindu architecture. Nearby you'll also spot the embassies of the Philippines and Turkey.

Embassy of Finland

Continuing to skirt the US embassy, veer left onto Perth Ave past the embassies of South Africa, Pakistan and France. Turn right onto Darwin Ave, continuing down the hill past the embassies of Egypt, Indonesia and Samoa, pausing on the corner to admire the sleek glass-and-steel ‘Ilmarinen’ building of the Embassy of Finland.

High Commission of Papua New Guinea

Turning right onto Forster Cres you'll pass the High Commission of Singapore and the Embassy of Brazil, as well as the exclusive Commonwealth Club. Following the road under Flynn Dr you will come across the stunning High Commission of Papua New Guinea, with its wonderfully painted roofs and totem poles.

Lennox Gardens

Continuing down towards Coronation Dr, past the Canadian and New Zealand and British embassies, you can't miss the brightly coloured rooftops of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. End your walk in the lovely Lennox Gardens on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin, where the Canberra Nara Peace Park and the Beijing Garden are both worth a wander.

Key Features

  • Interesting architecture
  • Great coffee

Getting There

Bus Stop 2286 or 2287