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A+ Magazine Autumn/Winter 2021





We shine a light on three Canberra based businesses that saw COVID as an opportunity to explore new territory.

You don't have to travel far to enjoy the pour-fect cup of Joe. We've profiled the Canberra coffee heavyweights.

22 NEXT STOP, CANBERRA We discover what's behind the enduring appeal of Canberra's iconic bus shelters.

46 HOPEFUL HARVEST Alex McKay of Collector Wines reveals his preparations for harvest, and what he's expecting from the 2021 vintage.

26 WHAT'S ON We've rounded up a range of events, exhibitions and places worth a visit during your next stay.





Before you visit Canberra's myriad of retro and vintage boutiques, read our insider guide for thrifting and thriving.

We're here to warm the cockles of your heart with tips for surviving a Canberra winter (mulled wine, you're up!)

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Editor Kristy Hodder Art Direction + Design Samantha Crowe Words Kristy Hodder, Kali Gatehouse, Samantha Crowe and Christine Davenport Cover Photograph No.10 Restaurant + Bar Belconnen by Rohan Thomson of Pew Pew Studio This page Top centre: Canberra Region Truffle Festival, supplied. Far right: Designer Op Shop Emporium Fyshwick, VisitCanberra Bottom centre: Clem Cummings' public bus shelter drawings, ArchivesACT Far left: Gallery hopping, Jean Carlo Emer


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Welcome to A+ Magazine, a predominantly Canberra-centric showcase and guide to what’s happening around Australia’s capital city and surrounding region. Produced biannually by Iconic Hotels, A+ Magazine aims to promote our region and inspire some great stays and experiences. Since our last edition, we have added a new location to the Abode Hotels portfolio, in the town centre of Belconnen. Long a hub of government business and Canberra’s main northern town centre, Belconnen is the perfect setting for the 152-room Abode Belconnen. The new hotel offers our guests access to some special facilities, including an outdoor pool, a large gym, a cinema room, and convenient access to our second No.10 Restaurant + Bar. Autumn is a beautiful time of year to visit the capital and surrounds. As the seasons change, a relaxing colour palette begins to develop across the city, and the air takes on an invigorating, fresh clarity best enjoyed with a cool climate pinot from Eden Road Wines, or a Coast Ale from Capital Brewing Co.

Likewise, winter offers some unique experiences that other Australian cities simply cannot compete with, as the temperature tumbles below zero and the mountain ranges wear a dusting of snow. What a great backdrop from which to enjoy some of the country’s best food and wine, international sport, theatre, or art, and then return to a warm hotel room. Abode Hotels offers the perfect base to explore the region, now with eight locations to choose from, from the cool climate wine district to the south coast. All of our properties provide value and convenience for our guests, in stylish and comfortable rooms, studios, and apartments; ensuring there is an Abode Hotel for every traveller. Thank you for choosing to stay with Abode Hotels, we hope you enjoy reading these pages, and we look forward to welcoming you back for your next stay. And don’t forget to book direct through our website to receive the best deals. On behalf of the Abode Hotels team, best wishes and safe travels.

RIEN DONKIN, General Manager Iconic Hotels by Geocon


Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Photo: VisitCanberra.



Silver lining start-ups If history is anything to go by, periods of great struggle and change are often countered with waves of creativity and innovation, as businesses and individuals adapt to new challenges, with an entrepreneurial spirit. Take the tech start-ups born after 2008's global financial crisis for example; Uber, Airbnb, Groupon, Dropbox, WhatsApp, Kickstarter, the list goes on. Here, we shine a light on three Canberra based businesses that saw COVID as an opportunity to explore new territory.

Oohlala CBR If there is one thing we all deserve after the incredibly tough 12 months we’ve all just experienced, it’s to indulge in more ‘treat yourself’ moments. Luckily for us, two local ladies have launched a delightful new startup, designed to facilitate exactly that. Introducing – curated, handdelivered hamper service, Oohlala CBR. Oohlala CBR is a celebration of the Canberra region’s gourmet goods and the unique stories behind them. Delivered to your door on Saturday and Sunday mornings, a hamper from Oohlala CBR, packed full of local treats, gives you that ‘farmers market’ feeling, all weekend long. Oohlala CBR launched in October 2020 with its inaugural hamper, the Bonjour Box. In it, you’ll find: •

1 x artisan Camembert from Ainslie IGA

1 x butter from Ainslie IGA

1 x packet cacciatore from Balzanelli Smallgoods

1 x traditional sourdough baguette from Husk Bakery

2 x raspberry jam and cream croissants from Husk Bakery

2 x Alfajores from the Milonga

1 x jar of Cloud Land Flow Farm Lavender Jelly Seasonal fresh fruit from Ziggys Fresh


Since launching, Oohlala CBR has expanded its offering to include an enticing hamper designed especially for the sweet tooths, a limited edition Christmas themed hamper for the festive season, and personalised hampers available for custom-order. If you ask us, ordering a hamper from Oohlala CBR has got to be just about the most scrumptious way of supporting Canberra locals. Gourmet goods delivered straight to your door – what’s not to oohla-love? oohlalacbr.com

"While there is wonder and excitement in what is foreign and new, there is equally as much in what is local and familiar." - Oohlala CBR

Photos: Ben Calvert for Oohlala CBR.


Adytum After a year when our lounge rooms doubled as our office spaces, one Canberra business reminds us of the importance of self-care and taking time out for ourselves. Adytum, which launched in August 2020, is Canberra based businesswoman, Renee Douros’, newest venture. Providing a progressive approach to self-care and wellness, Adytum offers a range of thoughtfully created products such as hand-rolled incense, essential oils, mineral soaks, and teas. The brand also launched a temporary wellbeing space called Library, in September last year. Adytum aids individuals in manifesting a place of their own, focusing on the inextricable connection between self-care and wellness through a fluid interpretation of the ‘third place’ philosophy. A term coined by sociologist, Ray Oldengburg, the ‘third place’ ideology suggests that the ‘first place’ is your home, and the ‘second place’ is work, while the ‘third place’ refers to the moments and spaces between the two. This year, Adytum is set to expand, with the opening of a luxurious new Canberra space on the horizon. The space will be home to various wellness related services including an in-house alchemist, a hair and scalp spa, and a bath house. The result? A calming sanctuary nestled within the chaos of a bustling urban environment. adytum.com.au


"We formed the idea, saw a great gap in the market [for an online natural wine store] and off we went... I think COVID just really fast-tracked the concept for us." - Sean Baker, Waxtop Wine

Waxtop Wine founders Nick Wood (left) and Sean Baker (right). Photos: Jessica Di Scipio.

Waxtop Wine Waxtop Wine, which launched in August 2020, is the brainchild of Sean Baker and Nick Wood, the duo behind popular Canberra coffee house, INTRA. In the few years since opening INTRA at the ripe age of 21, Baker and Wood – both Canberra locals – have made a name for themselves, exploring and expanding on niche concepts in food and wine. Their latest venture, Waxtop Wine – a playful online bottle shop – was a concept in the works before COVID, but it really gained traction after the success of takeaway wine sales from their café during lockdown highlighted a gap in the market for natural, minimal intervention wines. Waxtop Wine’s mantra is ‘curating wines from experience, not from labels’, meaning that all products are curated by the duo, based purely on their own experience and taste. This ‘word-of-mouth’ style model simplifies and demystifies the sometimes

known producers to take centre stage, sans all the usual marketing fluff that often surrounds bigger labels. Waxtop Wine offers a funky range of wines, beers, ciders, spirits, and non-alcoholic drops from independent producers near and far. On top of this, complimentary same-day delivery for Canberra locals means you’re not endlessly hitting refresh on an impersonal tracking page, waiting for an overdue case to arrive.

overwhelming and intimidating experience of purchasing wine. Consumers can browse by type, or by feel-good categories like ‘Refreshing’, ‘Smashable’, or ‘Top Drops’ – for those open to trying something new. What’s more, Waxtop Wine allows lesser-

Where to from here? We may see Waxtop Wine graduate to a brickand-mortar store in the future, but for now, Baker and Wood’s focus remains Waxtop Wine’s online presence, with a plan to tackle any challenges head-on and adapt to the changing landscape of hospitality, with experience on their side. www.waxtop.wine




Surviving and thriving in a Canberra winter It’s no secret that Canberra can get more than a little chilly in winter. And when we say ‘more than a little chilly’, we’re talking icy car windscreens, chattering teeth, and even the occasional light snowfall. But don’t let that stop you visiting this superb (if we do say so ourselves) city, because with our local knowledge and insider tips and tricks, you’ll soon be navigating the Canberra cold like a pro.

Forward planning Take it from us, there’s nothing worse than flying out the door in the morning, already running late, only to find your car windscreen completely frozen over. There are a few ways to combat this, the first being covering your windscreen with an old towel the night before, or leaving your car parked overnight with the windscreen facing towards the morning sun for maximum ice-melting potential. Another option is to invest in an ice scraper (or have an old credit card at the ready) to scrape the ice away. Though there are various other methods, we feel it most important to warn you against the ultimate rookie error that is pouring hot water over your windscreen with the goal of melting the ice. This mistake can cause cracked glass and tears of regret – you have been warned. Home accessories and expert layering During the cooler Canberra months, there are a few ‘must buy’ items at the top of every local’s shopping list. While not the most exciting of new season accessories, Canberrans will tell you that an electric blanket, a hot water bottle or heat pack, and a pair of fluffy slippers are absolute essentials for an evening inside. When it does come time to leave that cosiness behind to head out into the great outdoors, be sure

to pile on the layers (think: undershirts, jumpers, coats, and scarves). And once you’ve finally finished getting dressed, thinking you’ve adequately layered up; add another layer, just in case. Indoor activities By the time you’ve reached the end of this edition of A+ Magazine, you’ll be left with absolutely no shortage of ideas of indoor venues to visit and things to do inside in our beloved capital city this winter. From hunting through Canberra’s impressive lineup of antique stores, to eating and drinking your way through the ever-growing list of new spots to dine, exploring the countless galleries dotted around the city, hibernating with a good book (or six), or trying your hand at our mulled wine recipe; we wouldn’t be surprised if you even find yourself looking forward to a cosy Canberra winter each year – we sure do. Canberra may be cold, but it’s also incredibly unique, stunningly beautiful, and extremely culture rich, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. But, if you’re not convinced and still feel that you just can’t cut it in the Canberra cold; grab your ice scarper, defrost your windscreen, and get yourself to Abode Malua Bay, pronto.



A beginner's guide to mulled wine A beverage best known abroad as one synonymous with the holiday season and a white Christmas, mulled wine offers a different tale here in Australia.


n the land down under, the sweet, spiced beverage is typically served during our not so festive winter months of June through August and has become an essential ingredient for cosy evenings spent indoors. So, with our Aussie winter fast approaching and our excitement brewing over the copious amounts of red wine it will soon become socially acceptable to purchase once again, it’s only natural that we visit the history of this warm winter wine. Believed to have been invented by the Greek father of medicine, Hippocrates, mulled wine was once used as a health tonic, said to bring about good health and happiness during cold European winters.


The Romans are said to have adopted the use of mulled wine to defend themselves against the bitter winter as they conquered their way through the continent, and as the Roman empire expanded across Europe, so too did the love of mulled wine. Since then, many countries have dabbled in the creation of their own versions of the tempered tonic, such as Nordic style Glögg or French Vin Chaud, and now it’s your turn, because we’ve created a mulled wine recipe for beginners, guaranteed to spice up your next night in. You can thank us later. 

Mulled wine recipe Ingredients: 1x bottle of red wine, preferably a dry and full-bodied wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon 50ml orange juice 100g sugar Peel from 1 orange Peel from 1 lemon 4x star anise 4x cloves 10-12 gratings of fresh nutmeg 1x knob of fresh ginger 3x cinnamon sticks 3x cardamom pods Method: 1.

Place the spices, sugar, and peel in a slow cooker on low heat and roast for 3 minutes.


Add a splash of red wine over a medium-high heat and simmer until it forms a sticky syrup-like consistency.


Turn the heat down and add the rest of the wine and 50ml of orange juice, letting this simmer for 5 – 15 minutes, or until the wine has reached a 20% reduction. Be sure not to boil the wine, as this will cook out the alcohol and leave a bitter taste.


Using a fine mesh strainer, strain the spices and peel from the wine and serve in your favourite mug.

If you’re looking for an extra kick to warm the soul, add a splash of Cognac or bourbon before serving.



Spend a day in Corin Forest Less than an hour away from the city of Canberra, lies a wonderful little treasure. The Corin Forest Mountain Resort is Canberra’s only snow experience and year-round alpine adventure space. Located in the Tidbinbilla Mountain Ranges, 45 minutes south west of Canberra, Corin Forest offers the perfect destination for your next family road trip.


Left: Snowplay at Corin Forest. Right: Snow angels. Photos: VisitCanberra

In the warmer months, pack your picnic basket and head out for a fun-filled day, featuring spectacular views. Located right next to Namadgi National Park and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, explore the wonders of Square Rock and Gibraltar Falls before heading back to Corin Forest for lunch. And for the thrill seekers? The exhilarating Alpine Slide descends 1.2km through the Mountain Ash forest. Fall at your own pace, with a lift ready to deliver you back to the top of the track once you reach the finish line. What to eat:

What to do: There’s always an adventure waiting for you at Corin Forest, no matter what time of year you choose to visit. In winter, with a little help from modern technology, white snow covers the alpine plains, transforming the space into a beginner’s winter wonderland. Providing fun for the whole family (doggos included!), Snowplay offers a safe place for tobogganing, snowman building and snowball throwing. For those ready to hit the slopes, ski and snowboard lessons are available with trained instructors on custom designed beginner snow fields. Half day ski sessions are also available for regulars and naturals.

Homemade, hand-rolled and hot are a few of the words used to describe Corin Forest’s famous woodfired pizzas. Cooked to perfection, the pizza bases are made from hand-rolled dough and topped with homemade sauce, with a range of toppings available to suit any taste. What to bring: In the words of fashion designer, Christian Siriano; “it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed”, and the same thing can be said about visiting the snow. Warm clothing accompanied by a waterproof jacket and pants is highly recommended, along with gloves and water-resistant boots. Jackets, pants, and boots are available for hire onsite, as are helmets which are a requirement when hitting the slopes. In the warmer months, sunscreen is a must, with covered shoes mandatory when riding the Alpine Slide.

How to get there: When travelling from Canberra, take Point Hut Road in Gordon (Tuggeranong Valley) and turn right onto Tidbinbilla Road and drive for 6.5km. Turn left (uphill) onto Corin Road and follow for 12km. For most of the winter season, Corin Forest is accessible to all vehicles without the need for snow chains or special equipment. In the instance of natural snowfall or heavy icing, Roads ACT may close the road while snow clearing is undertaken.

Pricing Snowplay: $20 per person. Tobogganing: Additional $5 (can be shared between a family). Half day ski area pass: From $50. Snowsports school: Prices vary – visit corin.com.au for accurate pricing and packages. Alpine Slide: $25 per person for a one-hour pass. To avoid disappointment, we highly recommend you seek availability and make a booking prior to visiting Corin Forest. For more information and bookings, head to corin.com.au.



Welcome to the book club Six feel-good reads to get you through the cooler months

The Happiest Man on Earth Eddie Jaku OAM

Anxious People Fredrik Backman

A story written for the lives that were lost, The Happiest Man on Earth shares the story of Holocaust survivor; Eddie Jaku OAM. Considering himself as a German first, and a Jew second, Eddie’s life took a drastic turn when he was beaten, arrested, and taken to a concentration camp. For seven years, Eddie faced unimaginable horror as he lost friends, family, and his country. Published as he turned 100 years old, Eddie shares how he found gratitude, kindness and hope in the darkest of places.

Looking at real estate isn’t usually a life-or-death situation, but an apartment open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes a group of strangers hostage. Each of them carries a lifetime of grievances, hurt, secrets, and passions that are ready to boil over. None of them are entirely who they appear to be. And all of them – the bank robber included – desperately crave some sort of rescue.

Endorsed by Bill Gates as one of his top five favourite books of 2018, The Headspace Guide to… Mindfulness & Meditation encourages people to take ten minutes out of their day to sit in the here and now. Offering simple and effective mediation techniques, this book will help readers to develop and harness skills to assist them in managing the negative symptoms of our fast-paced world.

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Boy Swallows Universe Trent Dalton

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Gail Honeyman

The Vanishing Half Brit Bennett

A lost father, a mute brother, a mum in jail, a heroin dealer for a stepfather, and a notorious crim for a babysitter. It's not as if Eli's life isn't complicated enough already. He's just trying to follow his heart and learn what it takes to be a good man. But Eli's life is about to get a whole lot more serious – he’s about to fall in love. Oh, and he also has to break into Boggo Road Gaol on Christmas Day, to save his mum.

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same thing for lunch every day, and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. But Eleanor Oliphant's carefully timetabled life is about to change with one simple act of kindness that shatters the walls she has built around herself.

Looking beyond issues of race, The Vanishing Half considers the divergent fates of twin sisters who run away from their small, southern black community at the age of sixteen. Ten years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past.

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The Headspace Guide to... Mindfulness & Meditation Andy Puddicombe


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Next stop, Canberra What defines a city? Often, it is the commonplace or familiar elements within the fabric of a city that unintentionally achieve cult-like status, like London’s red telephone boxes, yellow taxis in New York, or black gondolas in Venice.


f you’ve cruised the suburban streets of Canberra, chances are you may have spotted at least one of the city’s iconic cylindrical bus shelters. Ditto, if you were lucky enough to grow up here, you’ve likely taken refuge from the morning frost in one during an early commute, or perhaps you have a hazy memory of an awkward first kiss behind one. Designed in 1974 by local architect, Clem Cummings (1934-1997), Canberra’s pre-cast concrete shelters were a private commission from the National Capital Development Commission. The following year, the Government installed the first shelter on Adelaide Avenue, and then a further 99 shelters across Canberra’s growing bus network. By 1990, there were close to 500 shelters peppered across the city. Cummings’ original Brutalist-era design has undergone slight functional tweaks over the decades. The first iteration, a sturdy and geometrically simple form, cost $2300 to produce and was initially subject to some community criticism. Various costsaving modifications were also made early on, including the removal of the polycarbonate windows, the seat backrest, and the bench seat altogether in school areas. Furthermore, the application of ‘Vand-I-Shield’ protective coating on the surfaces ensured that any graffiti or vandalism could be removed easily. It’s difficult to say whether the concrete shelters – which are not heritage listed – will eventually be made redundant in


Top: Installation of concrete shelter in Erindale Town Centre, 1990. Photo: ArchivesACT. Bottom Right: Shelter on Darwinia Terrace, Rivett by Trevor Dickinson.

favour of slimline aluminium shelters, which offer sophisticated lighting provisions and commercial advertising spaces, but such a change would no doubt prompt some backlash from design enthusiasts and the broader community, due to the cult-like status these shelters have achieved. Sightings of the shelters outside of Canberra are limited but include a green shelter on Victoria Street in Goulburn, a red shelter in Maitland and two blue shelters converted into a public toilet block in Surfers Paradise. Bredbo and Tallong’s railway stations also have a shelter or two. Weighing approximately 9000kg each, relocating the concrete bus shelters is no mean feat. Regardless, Transport Canberra has committed to transporting the shelters from disused sites to new or developing suburbs and high traffic routes. In December 2020,

eleven shelters found new homes across the city from Moncrieff to Conder to Wright. The iconic shelter has inspired a range of ephemera, from tea towels to 3D printed earrings, jigsaw puzzles, stubby holders, and even a mug which earned itself a cameo on the hit ABC TV show Rake. But few have demonstrated more dedication to chronicling the distinctive cream and orange structures (among other iconic Canberra landmarks) than Newcastlebased artist, Trevor Dickinson. Travelling to Canberra for a six-week artist’s residency at Megalo Print Studio in 2012, Dickinson took a liking to the unassuming bus shelters. What followed was an ambitious eightyear project involving Dickinson photographing all 483 shelters across Canberra and illustrating an impressive 80+ of them.

Fantastic shelters, and where to find them We've tracked down the closest shelter to each of our Canberra based hotels, and here's where you can find them.

Abode Kingston Cunningham Street, Kingston Abode Narrabundah Tallara Parkway, Narrabundah Abode Woden Hindmarsh Drive, Phillip Abode Belconnen Haydon Drive, Bruce Abode Gungahlin Mirrabei Drive, Amaroo Abode Tuggeranong Ellerston Avenue, Isabella Plains

Beautiful Bus Shelters (2020) hardback, $50.00 Available from trevordickinson.com

Dickinson’s bright, comic-like illustrations capture each scene in its imperfect state, often featuring graffiti, toppled garbage bins, street signs, roadworks, and overgrown flora. The result is an honest and endearing cross-section of suburban life in Canberra. Dickinson’s favourite find? Narrabundah’s Tallara Parkway bus shelter which bears a ‘Big Fat Poo’ message across the interior walls and was simply begging to be drawn. His solo exhibition at the Canberra Museum and Gallery in October 2018 put the wheels in motion for a hardback coffee table book, titled Beautiful Bus Shelters (2020). Comprehensively listed alphabetically by suburb and street, the book is an intimate look at this quintessentially Canberra icon, immortalised for future generations to appreciate. Clem Cummings would be proud.


Co-curators Elspeth Pitt (left) and Dr Deborah Hart (right). Photo: Supplied.

Know my name Australian women artists have taken centre stage at the National Gallery of Australia, with the opening of Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now. Originally scheduled for a May 2020 launch, the global pandemic saw the opening of Know My Name pushed back to November 2020, which led to the delivery of an expanded and more comprehensive exhibition that we could hardly wait to check out.

Designed to increase the visibility of art made by women, Know My Name showcases more than 350 works of art including new commissions, works drawn from the National Gallery’s collection, and loans from across the country. The two-part exhibition, which features both lesserknown and leading artists, is the most comprehensive presentation of art by women to have ever been assembled in Australia, and tells a new story of Australian art. “We are turning up the volume on the many previously unheard voices in Australian art – and we urge the community and other institutions to join us on this journey to equity in our programming and collection development,” said National Gallery of Australia Assistant Director, Curatorial and Exhibitions, Natasha Bullock. Highlights from the Know My Name exhibition include a commission by the Tjanpi Desert Weavers; the work of pioneering performance artists Bonita Ely and Jill Orr; a complete edition of Tracey Moffatt’s key series


of photographs, Something more; a major collaborative painting by the Ken Family Collaborative; an installation by Justene Williams; and a commission by Jo Lloyd, supported by Phillip Keir and Sarah Benjamin. The exhibition is accompanied by a major publication, Know My Name, which delves into the histories and inspirations of a cross-section of Australian women artists.

“This exhibition aspires to make the art of women better known in the wider community, and to counter the dominance of historical displays emphasising men. Given the number of significant women artists past and present, this exhibition can only be partial; it is not an endpoint or separate from other endeavours, rather it is part of a continuum and an ongoing reassessment.” - Dr. Deborah Hart, National Gallery of Australia Head Curator, Australian Art

The Know My Name book features over 150 artist profiles along with texts written by more than 115 women writers. Part one of Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now will be on display at the National Gallery of Australia until 4 July 2021, with part two scheduled to open in late July. Free timed session tickets are available via the National Gallery of Australia website. knowmyname.nga.gov.au

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What's on Autumn and winter are beautiful in Canberra. While some cities hibernate, our city and surrounds hum, offering a full list of events and activities for locals and visitors to experience. Correct at time of print, and definitely susceptible to change or cancelation with short notice at the discretion of the venue or event organiser, we’ve rounded up a range of events, exhibitions and places worth a visit during your time with Abode Hotels. Please check the event, exhibition or venue website for current opening hours and information ahead of your visit.

Enlighten Illuminations. Photo: Martin Ollman for VisitCanberra.



Enlighten Festival Canberra will shine bright with culture and creativity as the Enlighten Festival transforms the city into a hub of early morning and evening activity, bringing together the best autumn events. Festival highlights include Enlighten Illuminations, Lights! Canberra! Action!, Canberra Balloon Spectacular, Symphony in the Park, and Canberra Day. Anyone planning to attend this year’s festival must book their spot in advance, so be sure to register now, via the official Enlighten Festival website, to avoid missing out. Be there as the nation’s capital comes alive with vibrant light projections, art installations, live music, and local street food.

26 February – 14 March 2021 Various locations around Canberra enlightencanberra.com



Botticelli to Van Gogh Spanning 450 years, Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London presents 60 paintings by some of Europe’s most revered artists, including Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Velázquez, Goya, Turner, Renoir, Cézanne and Gauguin. Exclusive to Canberra, the exhibition comprises the largest group of works to travel outside of the United Kingdom in the history of the National Gallery, London. The exhibition explores seven key periods in Western European art history: the Italian Renaissance, Dutch painting of the Golden Age, Van Dyck and British portraiture, the Grand Tour, Spanish art from the seventeenth century, landscape and the picturesque and the birth of modern art. Highlights include Rembrandt’s Self Portrait at the Age of 34 1640, Vermeer’s A Young Woman seated at a Virginal c.1670 and Van Gogh’s Sunflowers 1888. Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London is presented in partnership with Art Exhibitions Australia and the National Gallery, London.

5 March – 14 June 2021 National Gallery of Australia, Parkes nga.gov.au

Van Gogh's Sunflowers (1888) on display. Photo: Jean Carlo Emer.



Australian Love Stories

In the Mirror: Self Portrait with Joy Hester 1939 (detail) by Albert Tucker National Portrait Gallery Gift of the artist 1999 Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

New major exhibition, Australian Love Stories, explores love, affection, and connection in all its guises, from the enduring to the forbidden, romantic to platonic, the unrequited, obsessive, scandalous, or creative. Swoon over more than 200 artworks from across photography, painting, works on paper, small sculpture, and an immersive glass installation. Think Bob and Blanche, Kath and Kim, Jimmy and Jane Barnes, Nick and Susie Cave, and Nell and Kylie Kwong. Think iconic artists like John Brack, Vincent Namatjira, Del Kathryn Barton, Davida Allen, Charles Blackman, and more. Australian Love Stories features old favourites from the National Portrait Gallery, alongside loans from private and public collections, and new works commissioned exclusively for the exhibition. The exhibition accompanies Australian Love Stories Online – the interactive amorous adventure which launched in August 2020. Bookings for the Australian Love Stories exhibition are essential, so be sure to purchase your tickets in advance.

20 March – 1 August 2021 National Portrait Gallery of Australia, Parkes portrait.gov.au



National Sheep Dog Trial Championships What better place to host an event with a history stretching back to 1942 and links to the British royal family, than in the quaint village of Hall. Located in the north of the ACT, Hall is an historic village that brings the country to the capital, where everyone is made to feel like a local. The National Sheep Dog Trial Championships is a highly competitive sport, and a fascinating view into Australian rural life and the important teamwork between farmer and dog. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that spectators travel from far and wide to watch. It also happens to be one of the few spectator events involving animals that puts the welfare of the animals in first place. Queen Elizabeth II herself presented the top prize in 1970, and the Governor-General will be doing the honours on Her Majesty’s behalf this year. So, all that’s left to settle is: who will take out this year’s Duke of Gloucester Sash?

9 – 14 March 2021 Hall Village Showground, Hall nationalsheepdogtrials.org



Netier National Capital Rally Canberra’s annual high-octane motorsport event, the Netier National Capital Rally, returns in 2021. Round 1 of the RSEA Safety Australian Rally Championship (ARC), the Netier National Capital Rally has been attracting competitors and spectators to Canberra from across Australia since 1995, to witness the speed and thrill of the largest motorsport event hosted in the nation’s capital. Held across one action-packed weekend, the rally will take place just outside of Canberra in Kowen and Tidbinbilla forests, across a series of special stages. With the aim of the game to be the fastest team through each stage or to complete stages in a predetermined time, the rally course leaves little room for error. Catch all the action at the Kowen Rally Village on Saturday 27 March, or head to the Service Park and Rally headquarters, hosted at Abode Woden, in Canberra’s south, where spectators and fans can meet some of their favourite rally drivers in person.

26 – 28 March 2021 Kowen Forest and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve Service Park and Rally HQ at Abode Woden nationalcapitalrally.com.au

Netier National Capital Rally in action. Photo: Supplied



ANZAC Day On the anniversary of the World War One landing on Gallipoli, Australians gather around the world to commemorate the sacrifice, courage and mateship that is the spirit of the ANZAC. At the Australian War Memorial, April 25 has become more than an anniversary. It is a day to reflect and pay tribute to all Australians who have served, continue to serve, or have died for our country. Details of this year’s public ceremonies are yet to be released, however, in the meantime, the Australian War Memorial is open and welcoming visitors daily. The Australian War Memorial has created a number of suggested itineraries to help you plan your trip. Entry is free, however, you must have a ticket to visit and to attend the daily Last Post Ceremony.

25 April 2021 Australian War Memorial, Campbell awm.gov.au Roll of Honour at Australian War Memorial. Photo: VisitCanberra.



Behind the Lines 2020: The year in political cartoons See 2020 from the perspective of some of the best political cartoonists. From the bushfire summer to the global pandemic, they had plenty to work with as they mapped the nation’s politics and our reaction, illuminating our shock and fears. With most of us still wondering ‘what the pup’ just happened, the brand-new iteration of Behind the Lines: The year in political cartoons will help us make sense of the dog’s breakfast that was 2020. When have we needed our cartoonists so much? Don’t miss it.

MoAD is open 9am to 5pm daily Old Parliament House, King Edward Terrace moadoph.gov.au Behind the Lines 2020: the year in political cartoons Photo: Supplied.



Canberra Region Truffle Festival The ultimate foodie event, the Canberra Region Truffle Festival is an annual three-month celebration of the rare and elusive Black Winter Truffle. With cold, dry winters and hot summers, Canberra and the surrounding region offers the perfect conditions for more than 30 local truffle farms to harvest this exotic ingredient each winter. The festival, now in its twelfth year, offers more than 250 tasty winter events which explore the magic and versatility of this delicacy, including degustation dinners, thrilling truffle hunts, cooking classes, demonstrations, farmers markets and more. Learn how to select, store, and introduce truffles into your seasonal cooking repertoire, or leave it to the experts and indulge in a sensory experience at one of Canberra’s many top dining destinations.

June – August 2021 Various locations across Canberra and surrounds trufflefestival.com.au

Canberra Region Truffle Festival. Photo: Supplied.



Narooma Oyster Festival After postponing the 2020 event, the Narooma Oyster Festival is back for 2021. Located on the South Coast of NSW, the ultimate (sea)foodie event celebrates all things oysters, with a weekend dedicated to local food, produce and culture. Visitors are encouraged to compare the flavours from different producers and oysters, while learning the secrets of the perfect shuck. Located on the stunning waterfront of Forster’s Bay, the multi-award-winning festival has gained the attention of global media and high-profile chefs, with Australia favourites such as Maggie Beer and Julie Goodwin leading cooking demonstrations in previous years. Combining a quality food experience with live music and family entertainment, the event offers something special for everyone, with a dedicated food precinct, 70+ market stalls, an oyster shucking competition, and more.

30 April – 1 May 2021 Riverside Drive, Narooma naroomaoysterfestival.com


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Wake up and smell the coffee Often overlooked in favour of its larger capital city neighbours, Sydney and Melbourne, the Canberra coffee scene is seriously underrated. But, as locals ourselves, we know that you don’t have to look far to enjoy the pour-fect cup of Joe here in the capital, so we’ve rounded up the cream of the Canberra coffee crop.


Two Before Ten

Barrio Collective

Starting out as Enter Café in 2008, and later rebranding in 2011 as a specialty roaster; Two Before Ten champions a holistic, sustainable approach to coffee. Breathing new life into the rundown Aranda Shops with a café and urban farm (complete with its own bee colony), and a subsequent four locations across Canberra, Two Before Ten has built its success around strong community values.

Founded by Sam Burns and Dan Zivkovich in 2015, both formerly of Two Before Ten, Barrio Collective heroes unique, well-sourced coffee in a welcoming environment. Roasting on a 1950 Probat L5, Barrio sources beans from far and wide to transparently tell a story of coffee that is simple yet layered.

You can't go past their house blend of Central and South American beans — the Juggernaut — with notes of chocolate, malt, hazelnut, and stone fruit.

Barrio's pint-sized neighbourhood coffee shop, on the Haig Park end of Braddon, is a favourite among locals, who often spill out onto the street with house-made nut milk flatties, toasties, and locally made Swedish buns in hand.




Prism Coffee Co.

Founded by Tim Manning in 2011, Redbrick started as a humble 40sqm space in suburban Curtin and has now grown into a household name. Redbrick boasts five concept coffee shops across Canberra, including their latest – ARC, located in Canberra’s city centre, and a flagship roastery in Fyshwick where caffiends can watch the trusty Probat L12 in action.

A newcomer on the Canberra coffee scene, Prism Coffee Co. is an agile group of passionate local baristas who took the leap into roasting in early 2020. With over a decade's worth of knowledge and experience between them, Prism Coffee Co. is already causing a stir with its inventive, no-fuss approach to coffee, and electric, lo-fi style packaging which pops off retail shelves.

Redbrick offers an accessible system of four distinct flavour profiles; classic, sweet, rich, and complex; all packaged in plant-based materials.


To taste this goodness for yourself, head to Teddy Pickers and INTRA in Campbell, Lava in Phillip, or Gather in Braddon.


Left: Barrio beans being roasted. Photo: Rohan Thomson. This page, clockwise from top left: Bence Boros, Rohan Thomson, supplied by Prism Coffee Co., Nathan Harradine Hale for Redbrick.


Top left: Highroad by ONA. Photo: Lean Timms. Top right: VisitCanberra


Lonsdale Street Roasters

One simply does not discuss Canberra coffee without mention of ONA; World Champion barista Saša Šestić's specialty coffee empire, established in 2008. Widely considered as the leading authority in fair-trade coffee practice, ONA has built a global community, with locations across Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne, and partners across Australia and the world.

Before Braddon underwent a transformation from a lightindustrial area of car yards, petrol stations and mechanics to a bustling mecca of food and culture, Lonsdale Street Roasters had the vision to source quality coffee to roast and serve from the one location.

With upwards of 20 signature ever-changing blends and single origins available at their flagship locations, there's something for all tastes, no matter your preference for white, black, or filtered.


Today, the brand has built a loyal following of coffee aficionados who credit LSR for putting Canberra coffee, and indeed Braddon, on the map. Using a Diedrich roaster with infrared burners, they're famous for the full-bodied, smooth Smith & Evans blend, named after co-founders Allan Smith, Alistair Evans, and Paul Hutt.


Five minutes with Tim Manning Owner of Redbrick How do you take your coffee? I’ll generally have a flat white and espresso in the morning and then filter coffee after that. How would you describe the Canberra coffee scene, what makes it unique? Canberra’s coffee scene is continually evolving and has a great community feel to it. There are a lot of interesting things happening with coffee in Canberra and we love being part of that. Have you seen any trends in coffee emerge, particularly over the COVID period? If anything, I think the appreciation of the work baristas do has grown. Coffee and how it connects people is such a big part of the Australian lifestyle now and I think people’s support for the industry has grown also. What’s a common misconception people have about the coffee industry? How complex and how much work goes into producing a single cup of coffee. From the producer at origin, to coffee roasters and baristas, a good cup of coffee is the


result of the work of so many people and we love sharing that process with people. What role does sustainability have in the Redbrick philosophy? Sustainability is part of our responsibility as a business. From the simplest of processes to big picture, long-term projects we are always looking at ways to reduce our impact. Last year we moved our wholesale coffee supply to reusable containers, which has removed hundreds of coffee bags from landfill each week. What’s next for Redbrick? We’re excited to continue to build the relationships with the coffee producers we work with and hopefully get back to origin sometime soon, once international travel is permitted. We’ve also started to export our coffee to Korea, which is a really exciting opportunity to see our brand grow overseas.



What to drink when you're not drinking

There’s no doubt about it, the sobriety movement is growing. With Australia’s alcohol consumption at a 50-year low, producers are getting more creative than ever, introducing alcohol-free alternatives that are perfect for drinking, when you’re not really drinking.

It wasn’t that long ago that non-drinkers and designated drivers were met with minimal liquid options when it came to socialising with their not so sober peers. But with the popularity of non-alcoholic beverages on the rise, times are well and truly changing. With the growing success of Dry July, and the increasing use of hashtags such as #hellosundaymorning on social media, not to mention the pure joy of a hangover free weekend; it’s no surprise that more and more people are becoming sobercurious and shying away from their favourite tipsy tipples. With this in mind, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite non-alcoholic alternatives that you absolutely must try.


Left: Altina Drinks' Light Me Up and La Vie En Rose cocktails. Photo: Supplied. Right: Seedlip Grove 42.

Altina Drinks Located much closer to home, Canberra based Altina Drinks proves that wine is not a prerequisite for good times. Powered by plants, Altina showcases native and organic ingredients to create complete, balanced, sugarfree drinks. Developed on the notion that everyone should be able to drink something special on those celebratory occasions, Altina offers two fun cocktail style alternatives, composed of native ingredients, paired with familiar flavours such as organic rose and sweet orange. Light Me Up and La Vie En Rose are best served chilled, and enjoyed without moderation. altinadrinks.com


Heaps Normal Beer

On a mission to change how the world drinks, Seedlip is the OG of alcohol free.

But what about beer, we hear you ask. Fear not, because Heaps Normal Beer has you covered. Founded by four mates with a shared desire to reduce their alcohol intake, Heaps Normal aspires to create a new narrative around drinking.

Founded by Ben Branson, the world first distilled nonalcoholic spirit was conceptualised as a way to offer a grown-up option to non-drinkers. Sprouting from humble beginnings, Seedlip has grown into an international brand, available in 20 countries and 250 bars and hotels. The sugar-free, sweetener-free, and calorie-free beverage pairs perfectly with ice and tonic and comes in three varieties: Spice 94 (peas and garden herbs), Garden 108 (spices, citrus peel and barks), and Grove 42 (citrus and spices).

Constantly feeling the societal pressures to drink, the Sydney based pals realised that there really wasn’t much on the market for those who enjoy a beer, but don’t want to be drinking alcohol all the time. And from there, a full-flavoured XPA was born. Quiet XPA, the first beverage created by Heaps Normal, carries tropical and citrus aromas, and a subtle but noticeable malt sweetness, topped off with a well-balanced beery bitterness.



Mindful must-try drops

Heaps Normal Quiet XPA

Altina La Vie En Rose

Seedlip Grove 42

24 x 355ml, $80.00 from heapsnormal.com

24 x 250ml, $120.00 from altinadrinks.com

700ml, $49.95 from seedlipdrinks.com/au



New year, new food When heading to a new city, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the choices when it comes to deciding where to eat and how to find the newest local hotspots. Luckily for you, we’ve taken the guesswork out of it by rounding up the hottest new places to drink and dine in Canberra and surrounds.

No.10 Restaurant + Bar A new local has landed in Canberra’s north. Located on the ground floor of Abode Belconnen, No.10 Restaurant + Bar Belconnen promises fresh, tasty food in a friendly, relaxed setting. Bringing all the classics from the flagship Woden venue, enjoy a daily Happy Hour + a Half, express lunches, great coffee, and more. number10restaurantandbar.com

Queenies Gracing the southern suburb of Kingston with good times and wines is new bar and eatery, Queenies. Showcasing a variety of wines, spirits and craft beers, the beverage list is complemented by a share style menu of seasonal and free-range produce, with a uniquely native twist. queeniesatkingston.com.au

Raymond's at Malua Bay

Paranormal Wines

Dumpling Social

(Re)open for business, Raymond’s at Malua Bay has been gracing locals and visitors to the area with authentic Chinese cuisine for the last 30 years. After tragically losing their previous kitchen in the 2019-20 bushfires, the team at Raymond’s has found a new home for the restaurant on the ground floor of Abode Malua Bay.

A bottle shop walks into a bar… Located in the inner suburb of Campbell, Paranormal Wines provides a delicious duality between bottle shop and bar. Offering an array of minimal intervention and organic wines, the unique space offers the option to drink in or takeaway, with a small share plate style menu also available.

Dumpling Social adds a unique flair and flavour to Woden’s Bradley Street foodie precinct. Not your average dumpling house, Dumpling Social serves contemporary Chinese cuisine, paired with an onsite cocktail bar and dumpling window, where you can watch each moreish morsel being prepared.





This page: Ramen Daddy at Verity Lane Market. Photo: Ashley St George Left page: No.10 Restaurant + Bar Belconnen.

Verity Lane Market Located in the heart of Canberra, Verity Lane Market is a gastronomic food hall, featuring chef-driven cuisine paired with an onsite bar. Three distinct vendors currently occupy the space – Enoki Project, Pizza Argentina, and Ramen Daddy – ensuring there is something to suit every taste. veritylanemarket.com.au


Alex McKay of Collector Wines. Photos: Sammy Hawker.



Hopeful harvest The Canberra wine district’s 2020 vintage was challenged by record-breaking drought, smoke taint and extreme hailstorms. Throw a global pandemic into the mix, and it’s not exactly a recipe for great wine.

Unlike its predecessor, the year 2021 offers local winemakers and viticulturists the promise of a fresh start, and the opportunity for wine drinkers to raise a glass in support of the industry’s recovery. We spoke to Alex McKay of Collector Wines, in Canberra’s cool climate wine region, about the upcoming harvest and his hopes for the 2021 vintage. How do you prepare for harvest each year? In the vineyards, it is continued vigilance and endeavour from October through to March (the growing season). The fate of the season can turn during the summer, so it can be hard for us to relax with the rest of the country.

How have the recent months of La Niña affected the vineyards? What are you expecting from this year’s vintage? We have had much welcomed rain – such a contrast to the last few years of dry conditions. The vines have responded beautifully. I am expecting generous yields due to the extra soil moisture, and varietal purity and freshness thanks to a relatively cool season. White wines and rosé are likely to be a standout this year. What is the most challenging part of the harvest process, and the most rewarding? We are working with nature, who loves to throw us curveballs. We can

intervene to keep vines on the right trajectory, but the weather can be a big factor. The harvest comes with an adrenaline rush; the good feeling of achieving something with a team, and the delayed satisfaction (sometimes many years later) of seeing people love the wine. Does your approach vary from vineyard to vineyard? Respect for the site, vines and soil really guides our overall approach. But yes, every vineyard is different, from the soil profile, aspect and microclimate, to the people involved. What is the most important lesson you have learnt in your winemaking career?


"The harvest comes with an adrenaline rush; the good feeling of achieving something with a team, and the delayed satisfaction (sometimes many years later) of seeing people love the wine." - Alex McKay, Collector Wines

Every season brings another opportunity to calibrate or ground truth what you taste, with what you are growing in the field. How do you express a sense of place through your wines, and what makes the Canberra region so special? We are continually evaluating the combination of grape variety and vineyard site and refining our practices to improve the performance of our vineyards. The vineyards are managed organically and sustainably, and our winemaking has very little artefact, so the Collector Wines are a clear window into the region. The Canberra wine district celebrates 50 years of viticulture and winemaking

this year. Over that time, we’ve grown, experimented and refined our practices. We have explored the varietal expressions of the different sub-regions, particularly with Riesling and Shiraz. Thanks to the hard work of early pioneers, we are holding our own on the national, and now international stage. I’m encouraged when I see young winemakers begin their journey in this region and I’m excited for the future. How can wine lovers show their support for the region in 2021? Share a bottle, book an experience, take a class, stay a night, tell the story!

collectorwines.com.au canberrawines.com.au

Photo: Sammy Hawker.


Photo: VisitCanberra

Escape to Abode Murrumbateman and experience a gourmet getaway to remember. With food and wine accommodation packages showcasing the best makers and producers in Canberra’s cool climate wine country, Abode Murrumbateman has your next mid-week or weekend getaway covered. 51

Designer Op Shop Emporium. Photo: Nathan Harradine Hale for VisitCanberra.



Dirty Janes Canberra

We're going on a treasure hunt

Home to over 90 local collectors, vintage vendors, artists, and decorators; this newly opened outpost of the wildly successful Southern Highlands emporium will have you occupied for hours on end. Take a load off at the on-site café, Billy T’s, where homemade treats and locally made tea and coffee are a specialty.

Have a penchant for mid-century armchairs, intricate model trains, Arnott’s biscuit tins or hand-crafted Italian wool blazers? You’re not alone. There’s something to be said for the satisfaction (and magic) of finding a truly unique piece that bears its own story and charm, in a way that newly manufactured pieces simply cannot compare to. What’s more, there’s no question that shopping pre-loved is kinder on both your wallet and the planet. Heightened consumer awareness of the environmental, economic, and social impacts of the fast fashion and homewares industries have given rise to a preference for pre-loved, recycled wares. If recent events are anything to go by, the message to shop local and support small business is even more important than ever. No matter your collectable of choice, there’s a one-in-a-million treasure waiting for you in Canberra’s myriad of retro, antique and vintage boutiques – that is – if you’re willing to hunt for it.


Material Pleasures Founded in 1987 by Rebekah Griffiths, Material Pleasures is an established boutique offering high quality, recycled fashion. Make a beeline for their ‘HighEnd Brand’ rack, where you can expect contemporary styles from Vince, Carla Zampatti, Ginger & Smart, Marni, Vivienne Westwood, Gucci and more. materialpleasures.com.au

Our tips for thrifting and thriving Do your research. Replicas are a dime-a-dozen in this game, so knowing the subtle differences in authentic vs knock-off brands will be valuable knowledge to have when mulling over a pre-loved item. Ask the vendor for verification or authenticity certificates, where possible. Pay close attention to quality. Carefully examine any wear, age, or damage to your item of interest, as well as the material composition and workmanship. High quality, natural materials come at a premium, but always extend the longevity of the item. Keep an open mind. Most surface blemishes and imperfections can be fixed with a little DIY (and a dash of YouTube). If all else fails, a professional tailor or craftsperson can breathe new life into some tired upholstery or tweak a pair of overbearing shoulder pads. Remember to factor in these costs when purchasing the piece in its original condition. Take measurements. If you’re shopping for clothing, have your measurements on hand, as size and fit varies greatly across brands, and across the decades. Similarly, if shopping for furniture, knowing the dimensions of the space you are looking to fill will help determine whether a piece is suitably scaled or not. Mix old and new. You don’t have to spend thousands on large vintage pieces to achieve the look – it’s all about balance. Incorporating a vintage lampshade or glass object with an IKEA sideboard can add just the right amount of soul to a space. The same applies for mixing high and low brands; there are no hard and fast rules, so have fun with it. Trust your gut. Knowing when to act fast on instinct, and when to show restraint, is essential when shopping pre-loved. Unique pieces are often snapped up quickly, so if something catches your eye – don’t delay, or you may be left with regret later on. Beware of buyer’s remorse too though, as this can be just as cruel a feeling. If you’re having reservations about an item, ask the vendor to place it on hold for 24 hours so you can sleep on it and make a practical decision with a clear mind. As the great Vivienne Westwood once famously mused ‘Buy less. Choose well. Make it last. Quality, not quantity’.

Lost Vintage Tucked away in the Nibu building in Braddon, Lost Vintage is a carefully curated boutique with a distinctly fresh flavour. If you’re after the perfect pair of vintage Levi 550s, Harley Davidson tee, or Polo parachute jacket, this place is a must-visit! lostvintage.com.au

Designer Op Shop Emporium You’ll be hard pressed to find a mother daughter duo with better taste than Sharyn and Taylor Pitsilos of Fyshwick’s Designer Op Shop Emporium. Having been in the business of buying since 2012, their emporium is a goldmine of designer labels, homewares, jewellery, and independent vendors. dosemporium.com.au

Canberra Antiques Centre A locally owned and operated business since 2003, Canberra Antiques Centre is home to a dozen antique, vintage, and retro traders. This 500sqm treasure trove offers an evolving collection of military and industrial antiques, posters and prints, mid-century lighting and furniture, and more. canberraantiques.com



Curators of culture Think you know all there is to know about Canberra’s gallery scene? Think again. Because alongside the most well-known of our nation’s capital’s cultural institutions, sits a whole host of lesser known, but equally as impactful, spaces to explore. Some of our favourite local galleries champion contemporary Australian and international artists, from the emerging to the established, across a wide range of creative disciplines. Come with us as we explore three Canberra galleries we love – one old, one new and the other renewed.

Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centres

Grainger Gallery

A long-standing cultural fixture of Braddon’s everchanging landscape, the Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres are housed in heritage listed 1920’s buildings, designed by then Government Architect, John Smith Murdoch. Just a few minutes’ walk from Canberra’s CBD, the two buildings – located only 500m from each other – are now host to a vibrant village of resident creatives, craftspeople, and arts organisations.

Fresh on the Canberra arts scene, Grainger Gallery is the hard work of husband-and-wife creatives, Kacy and Richard Grainger. Following the success of their launch exhibition, This is Now, in November 2020 – which featured works from the likes of Thomas Bucich, Chen Ping, Catherine Cassidy, Rachel Theodorakis, and more – Grainger Gallery has unveiled the first of many revolving solo exhibitions in its lofty warehouse-like space.

From violinmakers, choreographers, and writers, to goldsmiths, weavers and festival curators, the centres are a veritable feast for the senses. Visitors are invited to explore the spaces at their own pace or consult the program to discover a wide range of workshops, classes, readings and performances on offer.

The vision for Grainger Gallery is to deliver an inclusive and connected art experience, for both artists and visitors alike. In addition to exhibitions and an onsite framing studio, the Grainger Gallery Atelier will offer art workshops and life drawing classes run by renowned artists.

After a day of exploring, head to one of the on-site venues; Mint Garden Bar for a relaxed afternoon drink, or the awardwinning Sage Dining Rooms for an intimate dinner that celebrates the art of fine food and wine in a heritage setting.

Positioned in Fyshwick’s revitalised Dairy Road precinct, Grainger Gallery is in good company with neighbours like Capital Brewing Co., The Modern Object, Jasper & Myrtle, and Vertikal Indoor Snow Sports, so we recommend making a day of it.




Top: Grainger Gallery by Craig Tan Architects. Photo: Jaime Diaz-Berrio. Bottom: Belco Arts. Photo: Andrew Sikorski.

Belco Arts Just a short stroll from Abode Belconnen, on the banks of Lake Ginninderra, you’ll find the recently expanded Belconnen Arts Centre. Heralding a new era for communitydriven arts, the centre now boasts a state-of-the-art 400-seat theatre, 160sqm of additional exhibition space, rehearsal studios, and workshop spaces, allowing the centre’s dynamic program of dance, music, visual arts, and theatre to continue to thrive. Belconnen Arts Centre has received a number of ACT Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards, over the years, acknowledging organisations that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to encourage, welcome and support people with disability in the community, under their IGNITE program. IGNITE seeks to embrace diversity and understand the barriers that prevent, or deter, those with lived experience of disability, mental health issues, the d/Deaf, HoH (hard of hearing) and vision impaired, from engaging in arts and culture. belcoarts.com.au




Cabin Suitcase

Upland Backpack

For travellers who like to make a statement. Inspired by 1970s skateboarding culture in LA's Venice Beach, Floyd's signature is eight 360° Cadillac polyurethane (replaceable) wheels, for the ultimate smooth and silent ride. Available in seven bold colourways.

Made from fine cotton canvas with leather detailing, the Upland Backpack is your easy, breezy travel companion; featuring three interior pockets and a no-fuss drawstring closure. Opt for a hand-painted monogram to add a fun personal touch.

$507.00 from matchesfashion.com.au

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Top weekenders Not all weekender bags were created equal. With the spotlight on regional escapes, we've curated our top recommendations for carry-on luggage that goes the extra mile.



Black Hole Duffel 40L

Carry All Weekender

From the brand that wrote the rulebook on durability, the Black Hole Duffel is made from water repellant, 100% postconsumer recycled polyester fabric. Smart, reinforced details throughout make for a reliable, convenient travel experience. Bonus points for the convertible backpack straps.

Practical and spacious, with style to boot. The Carry All Weekender has soft-touch leather carry handles, an adjustable shoulder strap, and a pass-through band for attaching to your suitcase. Designed in Melbourne, the clean silhouette is perfect for short trips that blur the line between work and play.

$179.95 from patagonia.com.au

$275.00 from july.com/au



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