What is Dairy Road?
Dairy Road is a 14-hectare site in Canberra’s East Lake, between the industrial suburb of Fyshwick and the Jerrabomberra Wetlands.
Currently, Dairy Road is home to printers, brewers, distillers, roasters, hospitality spaces, art and culture, indoor recreation and commercial producers.
Molonglo (the site’s developer) envisions this place as an interconnected and diverse neighbourhood that will emerge over the next 10 years; where light industry, working, living, recreation, retail and entertainment are undertaken in a restored landscape.
Who owns the site?
Molonglo, since 2002.
Molonglo was established in 1964. They have offices and active projects in Athens, Canberra and Melbourne.
Molonglo’s main focus in Canberra for the last decade has been the progressive restoration of NewActon, a neighbourhood on the edge of the city centre that includes housing, workspaces, hotels, restaurants, cinemas, cafes and public gardens. For a list of Molonglo’s current and past projects, see here.
How do I find out about events at Dairy Road?
When is the next Dairy Road market?
What is LESS?
LESS is a public meeting point and native garden at Dairy Road, designed by Chile-based practice Pezo von Ellrichshausen. Its uses are undefined. People are welcome to come and activate it as they see fit.
LESS consists of 36 concrete columns and a circular ramp that leads up to a viewing platform. The space is populated with 8,500 individual plants made up of local species. A small, continuous and shallow stream runs through and down the structure’s columns, pooling, running and returning.
Is Dairy Road accessible for everyone?
Visitors of all ages and abilities are welcome at Dairy Road. The site is currently made up of eight buildings connected by public gardens and open space.
Accessible bathrooms including baby change tables are available on-site. Service animals are welcome at all times.
Dairy Road is accessible to visitors who use wheelchairs or prefer to avoid stairs. All entrances and public areas are accessible via step-free paths or elevators.
Molonglo is committed to improving access. We acknowledge the existing challenges brought by the site’s industrial heritage. As part of the future masterplan we are working with a cross-disciplinary team to deliver design outcomes that look beyond building codes and universal design to create a place that is genuinely accessible.
How do I get there?
1 Dairy Road is 5kms southeast of Canberra's city centre and 3kms from the airport. If you're driving, exit the Monaro Highway at Newcastle Street (southbound) or from South Canberra via Ipswich Street (northbound). There are two marked entrances to the site.
Cycling and pedestrian routes run along Lake Burley Griffin and through the Jerrabomberra Wetlands to Dairy Road. There are also on-road bike lanes on the Monaro Highway and along Canberra and Wentworth Avenues.
Find us on Google Maps here.
What about parking?
Free all-day visitor parking is available on-site. There are six dedicated parking areas. If you are visiting a particular business or place at Dairy Road, use our map to see which parking area is best for you.
Is there a precinct map?
How do I find the business I’m looking for?
Can I bring my pet?
Dogs are welcome at Dairy Road, but you must pick up after them and remember that dogs are not permitted in the Jerrabomberra Wetlands. We all have a responsibility to assist in the ongoing conservation of our precious neighbour. Cats are not permitted at Dairy Road.
Can I host an event at Dairy Road?
Who is working on the development of Dairy Road?
Molonglo is working with David Chipperfield Architects, Assemble UK and Jane Irwin Landscape Architects to design the future neighbourhood. Read more about our design team here.
Molonglo’s long-term vision for Dairy Road is an interconnected and diverse neighbourhood that emerges over the next ten years. A place where light industry, working, living, recreation, retail and entertainment are undertaken in a restored landscape. Read more about the future Dairy Road neighbourhood here.