Sitting on 31 hectares, this historic homestead started life as an 1830s cottage, was added to between 1890 and 1903, then was rebuilt in 1908 (part of the old cottage was incorporated into the drawing room). A stone barn built by convicts in the 1830s is still standing. The property was bought by the Commonwealth government in 1917 for military purposes. War historian Charles Bean lived here from 1919 to 1925 while he wrote the official history of the Australian involvement in World War I. A cafe and markets are held on the site every second Sunday of the month. Johnson Dr, opposite Calwell Shops, Richardson; (02) 6292 8888; open Sat–Sun or by appt.
Artificial Lake Tuggeranong offers waterside recreation for Canberra’s inhabitants, who come here to ride the cycle path, enjoy a picnic, have a swim or go fishing, sailing or windsurfing.