History & Origins
Canberra was once a good ol’ kampong occupied mainly by rubber, pineapple and gambier plantations. Apart from that, it was a British naval base that guarded our island’s northern coastline.
Upcoming BTO launches by HDB in Canberra include Sun Sails, Canberra Vista and EastGlen@Canberra. There are also upcoming condominium developments, such as The Watergardens.
Transportation & Connectivity
Canberra is served by two MRT stations on the North-South Line - Canberra MRT Station (NS12) and Sembawang MRT Station (NS11). According to LTA, the opening of Canberra MRT Station has allowed residents in nearby estates to save up to 10 minutes on their daily commutes towards the city centre or Jurong East. Numerous bus routes also service the residents of Canberra. These include: 883, 167, 962 and 859.
Residents of Canberra enjoy a deluge of choices when it comes to education - with a total of 18[T1] schools in its vicinity. These include eight primary schools, five secondary schools, three international schools and three private schools.
Just a stone’s throw away from the Canberra MRT Station is Canberra Plaza, which had its soft opening in December 2020. More than just a mall, Canberra Plaza is a new-generation neighbourhood centre built by HDB that is complete with a free-to-access water play park and plaza for community events. Another mall in close proximity is Sun Plaza, which houses a cinema, gaming hall, gym, and your usual Starbucks, McDonald’s and other food and retail options.
Canberra is a place where you can escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. It has unique recreation spots such as Sembawang Hot Spring Park - a natural wonder that has provided hot spring water to residents since 1908. Today, it is a full-fledged hot spring park with cascading pools and relaxing foot spas - you can even bring some eggs there to cook! The Seletar Dam is another scenic lookout nearby at which to enjoy a casual weekend with nature.
URA Master Plan
According to the URA Draft Master Plan, Bukit Canberra is an upcoming integrated development that will offer residents facilities like a polyclinic, senior care centre, hawker centre, swimming pools and an indoor sports hall - all set amidst lush greenery. It was originally set to be completed in 2021, but due to Covid-19, the completion date has been delayed.
Did You know?
- Inspired by the area’s historical past as a British naval base, Canberra MRT Station was built to resemble the shape of a ship.
- According to the Ministry of Transport, the station’s roof is shaped like a wind blade to represent the speed of public transit.