CANBERRA Capital Region 2015 Visitor Guide
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Contents GALLERIES & MUSEUMS Discover our story
LOCAL ART Capital art scene
PRECINCTS A guide to where it’s at
FAMILY FUN Fun for kids (and big ones too)
OUTDOORS AND NATURE Explore the great outdoors
SPORTING CAPITAL When too much sport is never enough
INDIGENOUS CULTURE Discover our ancient past
WHERE TO EAT Get a taste of Canberra
TOP WINE DROPS Sample the fruits of their labour
AFTER DARK Your guide to a great night out
EVENTS GUIDE An eventful capital
SHOP YOUR STYLE Markets to malls, take your pick
Australia’s capital, Canberra, is a city The New York Times says has ‘big-sky beauty, breezy civic pride and a decidedly hipster underbelly’. While this evolving capital city may be better known as Australia’s political hub, it’s also the place to discover Australia’s stories through an array of national attractions that hold and tell the nation’s story.
CANBERRA SURROUNDS From the alps to the sea and in between
FAST FACTS What you should know
MAPS Drive map
Central business district
So what are you waiting for? Delve in and explore the capital. And if you want a locals’ recommendation, tweet @VisitCanberra using #localscan. Canberra Balloon Spectacular 2014; Stromlo Forest Park; Lake Burley Griffin; Mo an and Green Grout; Pod Playground, National Arboretum Canberra Front cover: 1. Stromlo Forest Park; 2. Mount Majura Vineyard; 3. Lonsdale Street Roasters; 4. Stromlo Forest Park; 5. Australian War Memorial; 6. hot air ballooning; 7. Questacon — The National Science and Technology Centre during Enlighten festival; 8. Floriade 9. Ottoman Cuisine; 10. Ramingining Artists, The Aboriginal Memorial 1987–88, (detail), National Gallery of Australia, purchased with the assistance of funds from National Gallery admission changes and commissioned in 1987; 11. Pod Playground, National Arboretum Canberra
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Canberra’s food scene is red hot and its people laid back. You may need to dig a bit deeper to uncover the city’s gems but you’ll be rewarded by discovering a thriving local arts scene, a city with an abundance of outdoor activities, emerging precincts and plenty of family friendly attractions that both entertain and educate.
Galleries & museums Discover our story
Unearth the treasures of a nation at our national attractions. From our ancient Indigenous past and colourful colonial history, to the modern multicultural country of today, our nationâ€™s capital holds and shares the essence of Australia.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA
AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
LAWSON CRESCENT, ACTON PENINSULA
PARKES PLACE, PARKES
TRELOAR CRESCENT, CAMPBELL
Discover the place where our stories live. The Museum explores Australian history and culture — Indigenous history, landscape, people, and the journeys that connect Australia with the world. See the nation’s most popular and important objects — from Phar Lap’s heart and the Holden Prototype No.1 to bark paintings and ochre used by Aboriginal artists more than 50,000 years ago in the Gallery of First Australians. There are plenty of hands on experiences for the young and young at heart: try out the Trail Blazer treasure hunt — an exciting journey of discovery through the Museum’s galleries, step aboard one of the world’s oldest paddle steamers or record your own story and join the conversation about Australia’s past, present and future. A guided tour (fees apply) is a great way to fully appreciate the stories the Museum holds as the tour guides bring the objects to life. Free general admission.
Visit the home of Australia’s National Art Collection which has more than 165,000 works and includes Australia’s largest collection of Indigenous Australian artwork. A great selection of the collection is on display. Famous artworks include Jackson Pollock’s Blue poles, Monet’s Nympheas (Waterlillies) and Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly series. Wander through world-class exhibitions and the impressive Sculpture Garden with its drifting Fog sculpture. While outdoors take the time to enter American artist James Turrell’s impressive Within without Skyspace — best viewed at dawn or dusk. A changing line up of permanent and international exhibitions, as well as public programs and events, continues throughout the year. Wednesdays through Sundays, you can also see the Gallery’s contemporary art showcased in the NGA Contemporary space located along the lake foreshore. Free general admission.
Visit one of the world’s great museums with your family and friends for a moving and unforgettable experience. Discover the diverse Australian experiences of war and reflect on their enduring impact. Connect with the stories of people and events that have shaped our nation. Throughout the year the Memorial is commemorating 100 years since the start of the First World War. Listen to the recordings of school children reading the names of those who died during the First World War in the commemorative area and see their names projected onto the building. See some of the world’s most significant military relics, such as the Lancaster bomber G for George, and experience Over the front: the great war in the air, a film by renowned director Sir Peter Jackson. Learn more about Australia’s involvement in Afghanistan as told through the eyes and words of Australian servicemen and women and their families. Place a poppy on the Roll of Honour to remember the ultimate sacrifice made by Australian servicemen and women and stay for the moving Last Post closing ceremony. Free admission.
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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA
Left: The Australian War Memorial’s Commemorative Area at night: AWMPAIU2014_157.14 Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House; National Museum of Australia; © Fujiko Nakaya Fog sculpture National Gallery of Australia; Australian War Memorial
PARLIAMENT HOUSE CAPITAL HILL, CANBERRA
One of the world’s most architecturally acclaimed buildings features an 81-metre flagpole with an Australian flag bigger than a double-decker bus. Take a lift up to the roof of the building for panoramic views of Canberra. Throughout the year, tours of the beautifully landscaped gardens are offered while year-round you can enjoy the renowned collection of Australian contemporary art. You can see your elected parliamentarians in action at Question Time from 2pm on sitting days (bookings required), or take a free guided tour, held regularly throughout the day, for a fascinating insight into happenings inside Australia’s most famous house. Free general admission.
MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRACY AT OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE KING GEORGE TERRACE, PARKES
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A national icon and a building with historical significance, Old Parliament House celebrates the spirit of Australian democracy and the voice of the people. As home to the Museum of Australian Democracy it features a dynamic program of exhibitions, talks, festivals, debates and events. See personal mementos and defining moments of each of the Prime Ministers of Australia, take free guided tours and enjoy the cafe and bar. Admission charge.
NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA PARKES PLACE, PARKES
Visit the Treasures Gallery and see beautiful, rare and unexpected gems from the Library’s extraordinary collection. Displays change regularly to ensure there is always something new to discover. Throughout the year, there is an engaging and diverse events and exhibitions program as well as free behind-the-scenes guided tours. Visitors can access a vast collection of books, serials, manuscripts, photographs, music, oral histories, digital items and more. Browse the bookstore and grab a bite to eat at the bookplate cafe overlooking the lake. Free admission.
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY KING EDWARD TERRACE, PARKES
Come face to face with the famous, the infamous and the sometimes forgotten icons of Australian history, from the distant past to the absolute present. Bushrangers and judges sit side by side, while prime ministers mingle with pop stars. The Gallery spaces host vibrant exhibitions, lectures, education programs and events and offer interactive Portrait Story tours. Free general admission.
Canberra Glassworks; Royal Australian Mint; Parliament House; National Portrait Gallery
ROYAL AUSTRALIAN MINT DENISON STREET, DEAKIN
From a new viewing deck, gaze onto the factory floor to see how Australia’s coins are made and watch one of the world’s strongest robots in action at this Canberra attraction celebrating its 50th birthday. Navigate your way behind-the-scenes to learn about the coin production process. Discover Australia’s National Coin Collection with many rare and valuable coins on display. Make a coin yourself, find that perfect souvenir or add to your coin collection from the Mint Coin Shop, which features all the Mint’s new coin releases. Afterwards visit the cafe. Free admission.
CANBERRA GLASSWORKS WENTWORTH AVENUE, KINGSTON
Australia’s only cultural centre wholly dedicated to contemporary glass art welcomes visitors Wednesday through Sunday. The Glassworks is housed in the old Kingston Powerhouse, one of Canberra’s first buildings. Meet artists, see glassmaking as it happens on the Hotshop floor, view exhibitions, take a tour and have a hands on experience working with glass. Afterwards, grab a burger, coffee or cake from the popular Brodburger cafe. Entry by donation.
Canberra in 24 hours Download the iPad edition of the Canberra Region Visitor Guide from the App Store for some itineraries of what to see and do.
sweetchilli_ Stunning portrait of the lovely Princess Mary at @npg_canberra
NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF AUSTRALIA QUEEN VICTORIA TERRACE, PARKES
Visit the beautiful heritage building that was Canberra’s original General Post Office and discover secrets and events that helped shape our nation. See Australia’s Constitution and travel down memory lane in Memory of a Nation, showcasing treasures from our collection including ‘naughty’ playing cards seized by Australian Customs in the 1960s and Harold Holt’s briefcase. While you sip coffee in the colourful Banned cafe, browse copies of books deemed too racy for Australians. Research your family history in the Reading Room or see the latest temporary exhibition. Free admission.
HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA PARKES PLACE, PARKES
See Australia’s highest court of appeal in a striking building that features a seven-storey high public hall. When the court is in session, visitors can observe from the public gallery if seating is available. Guides are on hand to give tailored tours explaining court procedures, the building’s architecture and special design features. The Great Hall often features exhibitions and performances. Free admission.
NATIONAL FILM AND SOUND ARCHIVE MCCOY CIRCUIT, ACTON
QUESTACON — THE NATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTRE KING EDWARD TERRACE, PARKES
Questacon — The National Science and Technology Centre; National Film and Sound Archive
GET YOUR CANBERRA APP Browse the city’s attractions and look up events using the National Capital Attractions Association’s The Canberra Guide smartphone app and mobile website.
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Free fall six metres down a vertical slide or be shaken by an earthquake. Uncover the mysteries of science in eight themed galleries. Explore how water shapes our world and how we use this precious resource in H2O Soak up the Science. Discover the fascination of scientific inquiry and watch live science demonstrations with Questacon’s science communicators and visiting scientists. Admission charge.
Discover the nation’s audiovisual memory at the NFSA — Australia’s living archive, open weekdays. Watch a film at Arc Cinema; enjoy vintage music, radio and television at The Front Room; attend free presentations and special performances (charges apply) in the award-winning Theatrette; and learn about the history of Australia’s film, sound and broadcast industries. Architecture lovers can also explore one of Canberra’s most beautiful Art Deco buildings, the former site of the Australian Institute of Anatomy. Enjoy a drink and light refreshment as you relax in the beautiful courtyard. Free admission.
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CANBERRA DEEP SPACE COMMUNICATION COMPLEX Explore the Solar System and beyond and discover the amazing universe around us. A part of NASA’s Deep Space Network, we provide constant contact with dozens of robotic spacecraft exploring planets, moons and stars. See Australia’s largest antenna dishes, a piece of the Moon and exhibits on space exploration history. OPEN
Weekdays: 9am–5pm Weekends: 9am–5pm Days closed: Christmas Day 421 Discovery Drive (off Cotter and Paddys River Roads), Tidbinbilla
Image by Sean Davey, artist Beth Newman
Monaro (detail), 2001, Steven Holland
CANBERRA MUSEUM AND GALLERY
Fun for everyone — A great day out!
Housing the Canberra Stories Gallery, the Nolan Collection and five gallery spaces featuring changing exhibitions, Canberra Museum and Gallery provides a compelling insight into the visual arts and social history of the Canberra region. Free admission.
Enjoy the exhibitions, browse the shop, see artists working in the Hotshop, try your hand at making your own glass piece, and in the holidays, let the kids join a class. A fun and engaging day out for all the family by the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. Entry by donation.
11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston
02 6260 7005
10am–5pm weekdays 12pm–5pm weekends Cnr London Circuit and Civic Square, Canberra city 02 6207 3968 museumsandgalleries.act.gov.au
02 6201 7880 cdscc.nasa.gov
Lisa Cahill, Becloud, image: courtesy of the artist.
CANBERRA WALK-IN AVIARY
CRAFT ACT: CRAFT AND DESIGN CENTRE
The Canberra Walk-In Aviary is a 1000 square metre planted walk-in aviary, where the friendly free flying birds can be observed, photographed and fed. Visitors to the Aviary walk amongst approximately 400 birds representing 50 different species from Australia and around the world.
Visit Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre to experience cutting edge contemporary craft and design in the heart of the city. Discover an exciting exhibition program in our Gallery and a variety of unique handcrafted products sourced directly from artists’ studios in our shop.
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Open 7 days (Weather permitting) except Christmas Day September–April: 10am–5pm (last admission 4.30pm) May–August:10am–4pm (last admission 3.30pm) Unit 13 Federation Square, O’Hanlon Place, Nicholls 02 6230 2044 canberrawalkinaviary.com.au
10am–5pm Tuesday–Friday 12pm–4pm Saturday, closed Sunday, Monday and public holidays Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit, Canberra City 02 6262 9333 craftact.org.au
Tim Rogers 1995 (detail), Montalbetti+Campbell, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY
CSIRO Discovery is a unique science centre showcasing the role science plays improving our everyday lives. WiFi, the plastic banknote, fabric softener and aerosol fly spray are just a few of the inventions that have come out of the CSIRO, and this interactive educational exhibition shares the exciting new areas of science being explored. For all ages.
In our iconic building nestled by the lake, you can read books, magazines and manuscripts; listen to music and oral histories; and marvel at historical treasures in our permanent gallery. The Library has an engaging events and exhibitions program, and cafes and spaces to relax in. Take a behind-the-scenes tour or find that perfect gift at our bookshop. Free admission.
At the National Portrait Gallery bushrangers and judges sit side by side and prime ministers mingle with pop stars, explorers and sporting legends. The gallery spaces host vibrant exhibitions, lectures, education programs and events. A fabulous cafe and shop soothe appetites and rest weary feet. Free general admission.
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9am–5pm weekdays 7.30am–4pm cafe
Clunies Ross Street, Acton 02 6246 4646 csiro.au/discovery
Parkes Place, Parkes
10am–5pm daily closed Christmas Day King Edward Terrace, Parkes
02 6102 7000
02 6262 1111 nla.gov.au
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Exhibition galleries 10am–5pm daily closed Good Friday, Christmas Day
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Mon to Fri 8.30 am – 5 pm Sat, Sun and Public Holidays 10 am – 4 pm (closed Christmas Day and Good Friday) Mint Coin Shop and Cafe at the Mint open 7 days Denison Street, Deakin ACT 2600
Local art Capital art scene
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A wonderfully diverse, creative visual arts scene complements the cityâ€™s national galleries and museums. View exhibitions, see artists in action or purchase the works of a local artist.
CANBERRA MUSEUM AND GALLERY Located in the heart of the city in the North Building on London Circuit, Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG) celebrates the region’s social history and visual arts with dynamic changing exhibitions and unique programs and events. CMAG is perhaps best known as the permanent home of Sidney Nolan’s The Foundation Collection. The 24 works include 15 paintings from the iconic 1940s Kelly series.
CRAFT ACT: CRAFT AND DESIGN CENTRE After a visit to CMAG, head upstairs to Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre — the peak body for craft and design in Canberra. The Craft ACT Shop is the perfect spot to purchase unique handcrafted design ware produced by a local artist or view an exhibition. Craft ACT supports about 150 established and emerging artists in its annual exhibition program covering textiles and fibre, metal and jewellery, glass, ceramics, furniture and objects.
KINGSTON FORESHORE ARTS HUB This growing arts hub is home to the Canberra Glassworks and the Megalo Print Studio and Gallery. Both are housed in restored historic Canberra buildings. At the Canberra Glassworks you can see glass artists in action, take glass art classes and view exhibitions.
CONTEMPORARY ARTS SPACES The city has two branches of the Canberra Contemporary Arts Space — one in the inner south suburb of Manuka and the other at the Gorman House Arts Centre in Braddon (part of the Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centres). Both offer spaces for artistsin-residence to work and display exhibitions of emerging artists. In the suburb of Griffith is the artist-run initiative known as M16 which houses 27 studios, three galleries and four workshop spaces. There is a changing calendar of events and regular artist talks. On the northside at Dickson is a similar artist collective, ANCA, which stands for Australian National Capital Artists, with studios and gallery space.
Creative trails Find out more about the local art scene on visitcanberra.com.au by searching for museums and galleries.
Left: NewActon precinct Beaver Galleries; Canberra Glassworks; Cathy Franzi, Painting the Hills of Canberra. Craft ACT
LOCAL GALLERIES Beaver Galleries, Canberra’s largest privately owned gallery is located in Deakin, a short stroll from the Royal Australian Mint. It has an ever changing line up of contemporary Australian artists (with all artwork for sale) as well as an adjoining cafe and shop. Paintbox Fine Art, also in Deakin, is another private gallery featuring Australian artists, while the Bilk Gallery in Manuka is a must-see for contemporary metal and glass. Solander Gallery, a well established gallery in the neighbouring suburb of Yarralumla features a different solo artist each month and a large stockroom of work from significant Australian artists. For more than 25 years the Aboriginal Dreamings Gallery in Gold Creek Village has been showing an extensive collection of art from remote Aboriginal regions. The Australian National University is home to two popular galleries: the ANU School of Art Gallery (where you’ll also catch a lively series of public lectures) and the Drill Hall Gallery whose speciality is contemporary visual arts.
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The Megalo Print Studio and Gallery, open Tuesday to Saturday, showcases the work of its members, artists-inresidence as well as local, interstate and international printmakers. It also runs classes and workshops ranging from screen printing to etching and more.
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A guide to where it’s at
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New visitors to Canberra are often a bit perplexed as to the lay of the land and where to go. With our precincts guide, you’ll have a better idea of what’s where!
CANBERRA CITY Shopping, restaurants, entertainment and bars combine in the city centre to form a hub of activity. Here you will find alfresco brunch spots sitting alongside the city’s coolest bars. There’s also the Canberra Centre for some retail therapy, you can catch a movie at Dendy Cinema, indulge your inner art critic at Canberra Museum and Gallery, and try your luck at Canberra Casino.
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You will be spoilt for dining choices in the heart of the city with the likes of Chairman and Yip, Jamie’s Italian, Smoque and Shogun Japanese Restaurant.
Canberra City gems • Dine alfresco at Gus’, a Canberra institution • Catch a show at the Canberra Theatre • Pick up a locally designed gem at Shop Handmade • Grab a bite to eat on the bustling Bunda Street dining strip
KINGSTON AND MANUKA
NewActon is a bold new adventure in urban mixed-use eco design. Discover how architecture, cuisine, art and a new expression of city dwelling combine in this revamped western corner of the city.
Rating high on the hipster factor, the inner-city suburb of Braddon — once an eclectic mix of retail stores and car yards — continues its transformation into the city’s hottest dining strip.
The inner south suburbs of Kingston and Manuka offer a mix of boutique shopping, art galleries, cafe and restaurant dining, markets and a major sports venue for AFL and cricket.
Centred around Lonsdale, Eloura and Mort Streets, you will find a mix of hipster coffee shops, casual eateries, bakeries, pubs, restaurants and nightspots. Highlights include the locally owned Lonsdale Street Roasters, Autolyse, eightysix, Hopscotch, Italian & Sons, The Elk & Pea, Sweet Bones vegan cafe, eightytwenty, Knightsbridge Penthouse, Debacle and BentSpoke Brewing Co.
Closer to the lake is the Kingston Foreshore which combines residential properties, businesses, restaurants and bars with views across Lake Burley Griffin. Also in this precinct is the popular Old Bus Depot Markets (open Sundays) and Canberra Glassworks.
Here you will find the award-winning and uber-cool Hotel Hotel in the Nishi Building, located next door to Peppers Gallery Hotel Canberra. The area offers adventurous food and drink venues such as Monster Kitchen and Bar, A.Baker, Mo an & Green Grout, Bicicletta and Parlour Wine Room. The area is also home to Palace Electric Cinema, Nishi Gallery, a bike hire shop, a pilates studio, a day spa and hair studio. Outdoors you will find funky street art. The QT Canberra hotel is nearby, and the city centre is a short walk away, as is the Lake Burley Griffin foreshore.
NewActon gems • Pore over Parlour Wine Room’s extensive Canberra region wine list • Catch an exhibition in the Nishi Gallery • Watch outdoor cinema screenings in summer • People watch in the Hotel Hotel lobby come Monster Kitchen and Bar.
Fun and funky homeware, art and fashion shops are located along the Lonsdale Street strip, as well as the crowd-funded art and music venue Chop Shop. It’s a short walk to the Ainslie and Gorman arts centres and the city centre.
Braddon finds • Cornucopia Bakery for possibly Canberra’s best pies • Handsome Pretty and the Hive for funky gifts • Sample a Barley Griffin brew at Bentspoke Brewing Co
Suburban gems • Tackle a famous Brodburger at the Canberra Glassworks • Take a dip at the historic Manuka Pool in summer • Wander the Sunday markets inside Canberra’s original bus depot • Pop into a Canberra Contemporary Art Space exhibition.
For more information and to view what’s on offer in other precincts, go to visitcanberra.com.au and click on the Inspirations tab.
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• Fossick for treasures at the Gorman House Markets.
Historic Manuka Oval is a few blocks walk from the shopping villages of Manuka and Kingston, both great spot for a bite to eat or drink after an AFL game or cricket match.
Left: Mo an & Green Grout The Elk and Pea; A.Baker
PARLIAMENTARY TRIANGLE While home to the imposing Parliament House and the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, you’ll find many of the gems of Australia’s national collection located in the ‘triangle’ that is framed by Kings and Commonwealth Avenue Bridges and fronts the south side of Lake Burley Griffin. Between green open spaces and government buildings are some truly impressive ‘nationals’ — the National Gallery of Australia and the NGA Contemporary gallery, National Portrait Gallery, National Library of Australia, National Archives of Australia as well as Questacon — The National Science and Technology Centre. Across the lake is the National Capital Exhibition, the picturesque Commonwealth Park and the historic Blundell’s Cottage. The Triangle is easily explored by foot. You can gallery hop among the attractions and enjoy a bite to eat at cafes inside most. Explore the outdoor sculptures, hire a segway to zip around the lake and past the iconic buildings or join the Canberrans doing the ‘bridge to bridge’ loop — either walking, jogging or cycling.
Triangle musts • Jackson Pollack’s Blue poles at the National Gallery of Australia • Eddie Mabo’s landmark papers at the National Library of Australia • The circa 1860s stone Blundell’s Cottage — once surrounded by paddocks • Watch caged lightning at Questacon.
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Fire and Water sculpture by Judy Watson, Reconciliation Place; National Archives of Australia
nga.gov.au Open daily 10 am â€“ 5 pm (closed Christmas day)
Parkes Place, Parkes, Canberra
Admission to the permanent collection is free Follow us on James Turrell Within without 2010 (interior), National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased with the support of visitors to the Masterpieces from Paris exhibition 2010. ÂŠ James Turrell. Photograph: John Gollings
WHERE OUR STORIES COME ALIVE
The National Museum of Australia is a place that celebrates our people and culture of storytelling. Take a journey into Australia’s past told through the people, objects and events that have shaped who we are today. Visit us in Canberra or connect with us online today.
National Dinosaur Museum
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ExperienceAIS The Australian Institute of Sport. The AIS. Australia’s premier elite sports precinct. Throughout the year, the AIS open its doors to well over 200,000 visitors from around Australia and overseas. Only minutes from Canberra’s CBD and set amongst 65 hectares of campus-like grounds, the AIS oﬀers an insight into Australia’s sporting past and a window into its’ future.
AIS Visitor Centre & Tours Everyone’s welcome at the AIS Visitor Centre, purchase exclusive merchandise at the AIS Shop and enjoy great coﬀee & café-style food at GG espresso. Go behind the scenes on an award-winning AIS Tour. You might catch some of Australia’s top athlete’s in training. Challenge yourself in Sportex, one of Australia’s leading interactive sports exhibits, set amongst a unique collection of Australian sporting memorabilia. 90 minute public tours depart daily at 10am, 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm.
AIS Aquatic & Fitness Centre Get t like a true champion at the AIS. Dive into our world-class aquatic centre which oﬀers both 50-metre and 25-metre heated pools in an indoor complex. Try out our fully equipped gym with the latest tness equipment and a range of unique tness and group sessions. All visitors are welcome.
AIS, Leverrier Street, Bruce, ACT (02) 6214 1010 ausport.gov.au/visit facebook.com/ExperienceAIS @ExperienceAIS
Fun for kids (and big ones too) Deciding what activity to save for next time will be your biggest dilemma when it comes to a family visit in your capital. From toddlers to teenagers, there’s something that will appeal to every kid. With plenty of free or low admission options, it’s a short break destination that won’t break the bank.
ENGAGE AND STIMULATE YOUNG MINDS • Wrap your mind around some intriguing questions at Questacon — The National Science and Technology Centre. Discover the mighty power and stunning beauty of our planet in Awesome Earth, one of eight interactive galleries. Questacon has its own style of science theatre which allows you to sit back and watch crashes and explosions as you enjoy the fun and excitement of live science demonstrations. Admission charge.
• Roar with the dinosaurs at the National Dinosaur Museum in the Gold Creek Village. You’ll find lots of animatronic dinosaurs as well as models and skeletons on display. The team’s passionate dinosaur experts are on hand to answer any questions. Touch a genuine 150 million-year-old dinosaur bone and view and purchase fossils, minerals and crystals. Admission charge.
• Watch actual scientists at work in their laboratories or don a coat to conduct real experiments at CSIRO Discovery, which presents science in a fun, interactive way. You’ll be amazed at how many of the world’s scientific advances, like Wi-Fi, have come from Australia’s largest science research organisation, CSIRO. Open weekdays. Admission charge.
• Bookworms will love the National Library of Australia’s free behindthe-scenes guided tour (check the website for times). Included is a visit to the enormous stacks where books, magazines and newspapers are stored — you might even get to see Charlie the robot in action. Free admission.
• At the Royal Australian Mint you can see one of the world’s strongest robots make Australian coins like the ones in your pocket. Count the 5 cent coins in the staircase and marvel at the giant colourful coins above your head. See fascinating coins from way back in history including tricky forgeries. You’ll be inspired to start your own coin collection and you can even make your very own coin in the Mint Coin Shop. Free admission.
• Take the family to the house on the hill and see the biggest Aussie flag. Ride Parliament House’s lift to the grassy roof top and marvel at the 81 metre flagpole with its imposing flag larger than the size of a double decker bus positioned over a pyramid skylight. Free general admission.
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• Inspire your little sporting dynamo with an athlete-guided tour of the Australian Institute of Sport and learn what elite athletes undertake to make it in their sport. Test your sporting skills at Sportex , an interactive sports experience that will have you kicking footballs, playing wheelchair basketball and racing a friend in a simulated ski race. Or train like our champions at the AIS Aquatic & Fitness Centre. Admission charge.
• Space obsessed children will get a kick out of a visit to the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, part of NASA’s Deep Space Network. Check out a 3.8 billion-year-old piece of moon rock and discover what astronauts eat in space. The centre is one of three in the world that communicates with current space missions via one of the largest communications dishes in the Southern Hemisphere. Free admission.
• Check out a performance at the Canberra Theatre Centre or the Street Theatre. There are always plenty of great shows for children during the school holidays. Admission charge.
Left: Pod Playground, National Arboretum Canberra Cockington Green Gardens; National Dinosaur Museum; Questacon — The National Science and Technology Centre; Lake Burley Griffin
BE AN OUTDOOR ADVENTURER • Just 45 minutes from the city centre you can search for a platypus and get a bird’s eye view of the wetlands from Tidbinbilla’s Sanctuary. Play on the Nature Discovery Playground while spotting rock wallabies, kangaroos and emus, then collect wood and roast marshmallows on an open fire. Don’t miss seeing the tiny northern corroboree frogs in the Visitor Centre. Ranger-guided tours are also available. Admission charge.
• Explore Lake Burley Griffin from the water, by paddleboat, kayak or canoe. Or hire bikes from Mr Spokes Bike Hire at Acton or Row ‘n’ Ride (they deliver to you) for a great way to see some of the top attractions that line the lake’s edge — family and tandem bikes make for extra fun. For something a little different, take your teenagers for a spin on a segway guided tour around Lake Burley Griffin with Seg Glide Ride. Admission charge.
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• Tower over tiny versions of famous buildings from around the world and ride the mini steam train at the delightful miniature village of Cockington Green Gardens at Gold Creek Village. Kids can bring the exhibits to life with interactive mechanical animation. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the grounds or a bite to eat from the Parsons Nose Garden Cafe. Admission charge.
• At the Australian National Botanic Gardens spot native birds, get lost in the cool tropical rainforest and follow the Who lives here children’s discovery walk to see animal habitats, cool camouflage and food chains. Pack a picnic and watch water dragons sunbake by the waterfall or grab a bite to eat at the cafe while the kids play on the grass. Free general admission.
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve; Skate in the City; Floriade; National Zoo & Aquarium
• Bring your own mountain bikes and tackle Stromlo Forest Park, which features purpose-built, year round mountain biking trails. Younger riders can ride the leisurely criterium circuit. Bike hire companies can deliver bikes to you. Free admission. • Let the kids burn energy on the play equipment and flying foxes at the Gungahlin and Kambah Adventure Playgrounds or at the skate parks in Gungahlin, Belconnen, Tuggeranong, Woden and the city. The National Arboretum Canberra’s nature themed Pod Playground is popular with younger kids. Free admission. • Hand feed fresh fruit to more than 50 bird varieties including colourful finches, cockatiels, parrots and lorikeets at the Canberra Walk-in Aviary. Watch as the 450 birds fly all around you. Admission charge.
• Play ‘eye spy a national icon’ from Telstra Tower’s viewing platforms 195 metres above the summit of Black Mountain. The outdoor platform is a great way to see 360-degree views of the capital. Admission charge. • During summer take the kids for a dip at the Civic Pool in the city, historic Manuka Pool, Dickson Aquatic Centre, Gungahlin Aquatic Centre, Lakeside Leisure Centre, Phillip Swimming Centre or the Big Splash Water Park. Admission charge. • Take the family on a trail ride or a beginner horse riding lesson just 10 minutes from the city centre at Forest Park Riding School near Government House in Yarralumla. Both beginners and experienced riders are catered for. Admission charge.
• Play Up, the children’s exhibition space at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House pokes its tongue out at the idea that museums are hands off and stuffy. Stand up, muck up, dress up and think creatively in this fun space. Don’t miss the puppet theatre, board games, family action packs, dress ups and zine making. Admission charge. • Grab some crayons and paper and take the kids along to the National Portrait Gallery for some inspiration. Book early for special school holiday tours designed just for kids. Free general admission. • Venture on the Museum Trail Blazer treasure hunt, an exciting journey of discovery through the National Museum of Australia galleries and then watch it come to life in a 3D cinema. Take the family through Circa, a multimedia experience in the revolving theatre that tells Australia’s story. There’s also a trail for kids to follow and plenty of items to captivate them. Free general admission. • Watch artists glassblowing in the Canberra Glassworks Hotshop and then try making your own glass bead or tile (age restrictions apply) at the only contemporary glass centre of its kind in the country. Longer workshops in the school holidays are popular and bookings are essential. Entry by donation. Charges apply for workshops.
• Go behind-the-scenes at the National Zoo & Aquarium with a Zooventure or Family Tour. Pat a shark, look a big cat in the eye or hand-feed a giraffe or bear at Australia’s only combined zoo and aquarium. Kids over the age of 12 can take the Meet-a-Cheetah tour and play ball with a cheetah. Admission charge. • Stimulate your budding Sidney Nolan or Jackson Pollock with a trip to the National Gallery of Australia and its regularly updated Family Activity Room during blockbuster exhibitions. The Children’s Gallery encourages kids to be stimulated by art. Have fun outdoors in the Sculpture Garden and roam around the sculptures and count heads behind the fog! Free general admission. • Dodge sniper fire in a First World War trench, climb into a Vietnam War era helicopter and Cold War submarine and learn about peacekeeping at the Australian War Memorial’s Discovery Zone. Reflect with your family while viewing the Roll of Honour of those killed during conflicts. During school holidays participate in a trolley talk, where kids can handle real objects, dress up in nurse and soldier uniforms and hear incredible stories. Free admission. • Get the kids to burn some energy at the Flip Out indoor trampoline centre, Smash Table Tennis or test their early driving skills at places like the new electric Power Kart Raceway, one of a number of indoor go kart tracks. Charges apply.
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honeybeebooks Awesome afternoon for flying kites at the National Arboretum
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National Portrait Gallery; Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House
Outdoors and nature Explore the great outdoors
Whether itâ€™s discovering our clean, green and wide open spaces or getting the heart pumping with more active endeavours, youâ€™ve come to the right place. Our landscaped capital is designed to transform with the four distinct seasons and offers parks, gardens and natural expanses perfect for relaxing or exploring your adventurous side. 22
Top 5 lake activities 1. Sit back and enjoy a lake cruise 2. Join a segway tour and zip around the lake’s edge 3. Get active on the lake by hiring a paddleboat, kayak, surf ski or canoe 4. Do the ‘bridge to bridge’ walk around the inner basin, stopping off at attractions along the way 5. Explore the sculptures and artwork near cultural attractions in the Parliamentary Triangle.
GREAT CITY VIEWS View the layout of Canberra from up high and take in many of the attractions and mountain ranges surrounding the city. Drive, cycle, walk or even run up Mount Ainslie to get a magnificent perspective of how architect Walter Burley Griffin’s plan for Canberra has come to life through its buildings and monuments. The National Arboretum Canberra offers great views across Lake Burley Griffin and west towards Mount Stromlo. At Red Hill, look out over many of our national icons south of the city centre. Follow one of the walking tracks on Black Mountain for picture perfect views or head up to the 195-metre Telstra Tower (fees apply) for a spectacular 360-degree outlook.
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Fancy waking up with a pride of lions or a sun bear just metres from your bed with just a glass panel between you? It’s possible at the National Zoo & Aquarium with luxury accommodation on offer from early 2015 combined with opportunities to interact closely with the animals and tour the Zoo before it opens to the public. Alternately, take a tour that allows you to pat a cheetah, hand-feed a bear or pat sharks. Charges apply.
Corin Forest brings a modern alpine experience to the outskirts of Canberra, offering a snow play area in winter less than an hour from the heart of the city. The Corin Forest Mountain Resort is located in the Tidbinbilla Mountain Ranges, a 45-minute drive from central Canberra, and provides alpine adventure year round. In the summertime visitors can bushwalk, mountain bike, ride on the exhilarating Alpine Slide that descends through the forest or enjoy a picnic. In winter, Corin is the perfect setting for Canberra’s only snow experience with snow play and tobogganing. Snowmaking facilities operate depending on weather conditions. Some charges apply.
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HOT AIR BALLOONING There’s no better way to fully appreciate the capital’s charm than from a hot air balloon as the early morning sun fills the valley and lakes with soft morning light. Balloon Aloft and Dawn Drifters will have you drifting peacefully over the city — one of the only places in the world where you can get the chance to fly directly over a Parliament House. Watch the spectacle of the annual mass lift off of hot air balloons at the Canberra Balloon Spectacular in March. Admission charge.
Left: Centenary Trail National Arboretum Canberra; Canberra Balloon Spectacular; National Zoo & Aquarium; Lake Burley Griffin; Corin Forest
STROMLO FOREST PARK
Stromlo Forest Park to the west of the city is a multi-sport venue used for cycling (mountain bikes and criterium racing), equestrian, cross country running and hiking. It’s one of Australia’s best mountain bike venues and has hosted world championship and world cup events. At the top of the mountain is the Mt Stromlo Observatory, part of the Australian National University. stromloforestpark.com.au For more cycling ideas see page 29.
National Arboretum Canberra
VISITOR CENTRE, PADDYS RIVER ROAD, TIDBINBILLA
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Walkers, cyclists and nature lovers can experience the best of Canberra’s urban and natural environments on the Centenary Trail, a legacy of Canberra’s 100th birthday celebrations. The 145-kilometre self-guided trail loops around the ACT, is family friendly and can be experienced in sections. For those keen to tackle the whole trail, it will take about seven days averaging 20-kilometres per day. Find out more on tams.act.gov.au
FOREST DRIVE, OFF TUGGERANONG PARKWAY, WESTON CREEK
Explore the National Arboretum Canberra your way — walk, run, cycle, ride a horse or drive a car through the 250 hectares of rolling hills close to the city. Walking and riding trails weave through the forests of rare, endangered and symbolic trees, ranging from 20 to 90 minutes long. Set on 250 hectares of parkland just 6km from the city centre, the Arboretum has spectacular views of the city, Lake Burley Griffin and surrounding forests. Discover the stories, people and science behind the forests from around the world, while enjoying spectacular views over Canberra. Marvel at the living miniature works of art at the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection. Relax and refresh in the Arboretum’s award-winning building home to a cafe, restaurant and gift shop and let the kids loose to play on the Pod Playground. Free general admission.
Stromlo Forest Park; Mount Ainslie Lookout; Glebe Park; Segway tour, Lake Burley Griffin
Tidbinbilla offers outstanding wildlife and natural experiences set within a beautiful valley framed by rocky-topped mountains just 45 minutes’ drive from the city. The 14 diverse habitats are protected and include wetlands, grasslands, wet and dry forests and woodlands. The Sanctuary at Tidbinbilla offers fabulous nature-based experiences such as searching for platypus, observing bird life and getting up close to reptiles. See the live animal displays at the Visitor Centre, and spot wildlife including koalas, emus, kangaroos, wombats, wallaroos and possums. For a behind-the-scenes wildlife experience join a guide on a spotlight tour to discover the hidden secrets of Tidbinbilla at night. The tour is run in partnership between Tidbinbilla and Conservation Volunteers Australia. Bookings are essential. Want to stay in Tidbinbilla? The historic Nil Desperandum homestead is also open to overnight visitors and can cater for groups of up to six. Close to Tidbinbilla is Birrigai, a residential and outdoor environmental education centre that offers low cost accommodation on weekends and school holidays. Admission charge.
Namadgi National Park
VISITOR CENTRE, NA AS ROAD, THARWA
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Venture into Namadgi at the northern end of the Australian Alps, 45 minutes’ drive from the city. Take a picnic or bushwalk on the numerous marked trails, and experience native flora and fauna like kangaroos in their natural setting. Enjoy spectacular wildflowers in spring. The Indigenous rock art and Aboriginal shelters are easily accessible. Camping is available in pleasant bushland settings with fishing and horseriding permitted in designated areas. Take a rangerguided walk or escape into the rugged Bimberi Wilderness. Free admission.
Take a walk or have a picnic on the lawns of this beautifully landscaped park in the city centre where you’ll find interesting sculptures, hidden walks and tranquil ponds. In spring, Commonwealth Park welcomes Floriade, Australia’s largest spring festival. The park also hosts many colourful outdoor concerts and events throughout the year. Grab a coffee at the Deck Cafe at Regatta Point, which adjoins the National Capital Exhibition, and enjoy the views of Lake Burley Griffin including the Captain Cook Memorial Jet daily between 2pm and 4pm. Take a short walk from Commonwealth Park to see Blundell’s Cottage, a stone cottage built around 1860 that predates Canberra. Take a peek inside Thursday and Saturdays (10.00–11.30am, midday to 4pm).
Australian National Botanic Gardens CLUNIES ROSS STREET, ACTON
Lennox Gardens FLYNN DRIVE, YARRALUMLA
On the shores of Lake Burley Griffin behind the Hyatt Hotel Canberra, Lennox Gardens is a beautiful place to ride a bike, cook up a barbecue, wander through the Japanese and Chinese Gardens, watch the boats or admire the view of the National Museum of Australia across the water. Each October the garden’s Nara Peace Park hosts the annual Canberra Nara Candle Festival.
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve; Floriade; Australian National Botanic Gardens
KING GEORGE TERRACE, PARKES
The historic rose gardens around Old Parliament House, which once provided a place for politicians to relax and roses to decorate their offices, are a must see for garden lovers. Among the stunning displays are rose bushes that commemorate Australians from all walks of life and unusual plants from other countries.
Commonwealth Place and Reconciliation Place PARKES
On the Parliament House side of the lake, giant waves of grass between the High Court of Australia and National Library of Australia shelter the modern Waters Edge Restaurant as well as the National Gallery of Australia’s new contemporary gallery space, NGA Contemporary. Enjoy a coffee or ice cream at the casual lakeside Dom’s Coffee Bar. Nearby is Reconciliation Place featuring several contemporary sculptures. Kids love the echo of the ‘tunnel’ that runs between the grass hills as they cycle or rollerblade down it.
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Take a journey across Australia from the lush green rainforest to the arid Red Centre. Set on 35 hectares of landscaped gardens, the Australian National Botanic Gardens features 6300 native plant species — more than a third of all Australian plants. Relax with a picnic, enjoy an event or exhibition or take a walk along the many walking tracks. Drop into the Botanical Bookshop or get a bite to eat at Floresco in the Gardens cafe. Free general admission.
Old Parliament House Gardens and the National Rose Gardens
SELF DRIVE HISTORICAL ROUTES A great way to take in Canberra’s scenery and discover its history along the way is by using the city’s Canberra Tracks selfdrive brochures available through the Canberra Region Visitor Centre and online at canberratracks.act.gov.au. The eight routes will immerse you in the rich tapestry of Canberra’s early beginnings, from a rich Indigenous culture to colonisation, the pastoral era and beyond. Some of the sights you will be taken to include the ACT Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre, Tharwa, Namadgi Visitor Centre, Calthorpe’s House, Lanyon Homestead, St John’s Church schoolhouse and graveyard and various scenic lookouts. The brochures are a great way of finding the Territory’s hidden secrets. It’s worth checking out opening times at some of the historic sites as they can vary.
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In addition to the heritage trails there are many interesting sites with signs. These range from remote border points, heritage precincts including Hall, Ainslie, Reid, Barton, Forrest, Griffith, Manuka and Kingston to a scout hall, former school sites and the Sydney and Melbourne Buildings in the city centre. The National Trust is also a good source of information on these precincts at nationaltrust.org.au Calthorpes’ House; Jerrabomberra Wetlands
thegirlhassparke On top of the world... actually just at Mount Painter. I think you get some of the best views of Canberra from here and a good little work out too.
TWITCHING HOT SPOT At the eastern end of Lake Burley Griffin between the suburbs of Kingston and Fyshwick is the popular twitching spot, Jerrabomberra Wetlands. You can spy on birdlife from five purpose-built timber bird hides. Inside these hides are posters of most of the 170 species of birds that have been recorded there. Some migratory species have come from as far away as Japan and China. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a platypus in the wetlands. Access the area’s car park via Dairy Flat Road.
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Outstanding wildlife and natural experiences set within a beautiful valley framed by granite-topped mountains. Visitor Centre & kiosk
Restricted opening hours may apply during winter
Reserve may be closed on days of total fire ban, high winds or for management requirements. Closed Christmas Day.
Entry fees apply
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Take off at dawn and witness the sunrise as you float gently over our magnificent national capital. Balloon Aloft offers daily flights followed by a traditional champagne celebration at the Hyatt Hotel Canberra. Balloon Aloft has been flying over Canberra since 1986 and is the winner of eleven regional and national tourism awards. Your flight will last about an hour, but your memories will last a lifetime.
The Canberra region has a long and diverse heritage prior to its development. Canberra Tracks are eight self-drive themed heritage tracks with interpretive signs that help you appreciate your nation’s capital.
Daily sunrise flights Meeting at the Hyatt Hotel Canberra
Ngunnawal Country The Limestone Plains Looking at Canberra ACT Pioneers Cemetery Gungahlin Heritage Track Belconnen Heritage Track Woden Heritage Track Tuggeranong Heritage Track
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Immerse yourself in extraordinary living beauty at the National Arboretum; experience spectacular views and explore rare forests from around the world. Highlights include the award-winning Village Centre, the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection, Pod Playground, cafe, restaurant, gift shop, walking trails and picnic decks. OPEN
02 6205 0255 canberratracks.act.gov.au
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Village Centre 9am–4pm daily (closed Christmas Day) Arboretum Grounds 6am–8.30pm (daylight savings time) 7am–5:30pm (non-daylight savings time)
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On Tidbinbilla/Paddys River Road, a 40 minute drive from the city. Tidbinbilla Visitor Centre (02) 6205 1233 email@example.com www.tidbinbilla.com.au Find us on Facebook (Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve-TAMS) Canberra Connect: 13 22 81 www.tams.act.gov.au
Forest Drive, off Tuggeranong Parkway, Weston Creek 13 22 81 nationalarboretum.act.gov.au
Sporting capital When too much sport is never enough
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Catch the action from the sideline or join in a diverse offering of sporting activities and events in the capital. See elite athletes in action while watching many national sporting championships hosted across the city at first-class sporting venues.
SEE AUSTRALIA’S BEST Get inspired on a 90-minute behind the scenes tour of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Bruce, just minutes from the city centre. You will gain an insight into the life of an elite Australian athlete as they pursue sporting glory. There’s a chance that you may spot Australian sporting stars from the viewing platform into the gym, see volleyballers in action and elite swimmers doing laps in the high tech multi-million dollar swimming pool. Test your own skills in cricket, rowing, skiing, soccer and more in the fun and interactive Sportex exhibition (included in the tour), a popular attraction for all ages. Remember your experience with a piece of AIS merchandise from the AIS Shop and grab a bite to eat at the cafe. Admission charge.
GET ON YOUR BIKE An extensive network of cycle paths and mountain bike tracks make the capital popular with both recreational and professional cyclists. Even the main roads in Canberra have dedicated green bike lanes.
This world-class multi-use sporting facility, home to the Australian Mountain Bike Championships in March, is available to both recreational and professional users and includes a purpose-built pavilion, criterium cycling circuit (ideal for taking the kids on a leisurely ride), grass cross country running track as well as mountain bike tracks. Find out more at stromloforestpark.com.au including what events are taking place. Free general admission.
GET ACTIVE Canberra has one of the highest sporting participation levels in the nation which is not surprising considering its magnificent sporting facilities and wide open spaces. Golf lovers have a number of options including first-class golf courses, driving ranges and pitch and putt. The courses offer beautiful views of the surrounding bushland, challenging play and competitive rates. Find a public golf course at bestgreens.com.au Want to try something more active? There’s plenty of adventure sports to get your adrenaline pumping, including paragliding, sky diving, abseiling, climbing, caving, canyoning and go-karting. Discover the 22 kilometres of equestrian trails surrounding the city on horseback, with riding instruction and trail rides available just 10 minutes from the city centre. Take a trail ride that ambles through bushland and across a breathtaking grazing property and experience the thrill of a sheep muster with Burnelee Excursions on Horseback, part of the Poacher’s Way.
Left: Australian Institute of Sport Canberra Raiders, GIO Stadium Canberra; University of Canberra Brumbies, GIO Stadium Canberra; University of Canberra Capitals, AIS Arena; GIANTS, StarTrack Oval Manuka
WATCH THE ACTION The city’s impressive sporting grounds and venues offer ample opportunities to watch sport and cheer on your team. The following is a list of just some of the main sporting codes and where you can see them: Australian Football League: It’s a sea of orange when the GIANTS play a series of games at StarTrack Oval in Manuka as part of the 2015 AFL season. Asian Cup football: Canberra hosts six pool matches and a quarter final of the AFC Asian Cup between 10 and 23 January. Rugby League and Union: Canberra Stadium is the home ground for the Brumbies Rugby Union team (February–May) and the Canberra Raiders Rugby League team (March–August). Cricket: Manuka Oval hosts the Prime Minister’s XI (14 January), the Big Bash League final (28 January) and three ICC Cricket World Cup matches (18 and 24 February, 3 March). Basketball: Cheer on the seven-time WNBL champions, the Canberra Capitals, as they go head to head with Australia’s best teams at the AIS Arena (October–March). Baseball: See the Canberra Cavalry in action at the Narrabundah Ballpark (October–January) during the 2014/15 Australian Baseball League season.
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Hiring a bike is a great way to see Canberra’s attractions, whether you stick to the well worn path around Lake Burley Griffin or go mountain biking through forests and nature reserves. Companies like Capital Bike Hire offer guided mountain bike tours and supply all equipment. Row ‘n’ Ride Bike Hire delivers a variety of bikes to your hotel or designated location, while Mr Spokes Bike Hire at Acton along the lake foreshore also hires out standard, tandem and family bikes. Canberra’s inspirational six-time paralympian Michael Milton offers night rides around Lake Burley Griffin plus other options through his fully equipped Big Foot Adventures company. Hire one of the Spinway bikes from the three central city automated rental bike locations for an easy way to get around the city.
Stromlo Forest Park is Canberra’s ultimate destination for mountain bike lovers, offering a variety of tracks from easy to advanced (double black diamond) standard. There’s even a 2km test track called the Playground where you can test your MTB skills before embarking on the mountain.
Horse racing: Thoroughbred Park is Canberra’s racing park. Major race days include the Black Opal Stakes & ACTTAB Canberra Cup Race Day (8 March) and the Melbourne Cup Day (3 November).
Indigenous culture Discover our ancient past
For thousands of years before European settlement, the Ngunnawal people lived in the Canberra region and often met with other language groups to participate in special ceremonies and to feast on bogong moths which migrated through the area. Canberraâ€™s name is thought to mean meeting place, derived from the Aborginal word Kamberra. 30
wanderlust73 Can’t ask for more stunning #sunset than this one at #Tidbinbilla
NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA PARKES PLACE, PARKES
Marvel at works from the largest collection of Australian Indigenous art in the world. See one of the most significant works in the national collection in a circular, light-filled space: The Aboriginal Memorial 1987–88 of 200 hollow-log coffins from Arnhem Land. Afterwards, wander the 11 specially designed Indigenous art galleries that showcase the great diversity, richness and complexity of Australian Indigenous art. You’ll see rare 19th century objects and early bark paintings, Albert Namatjira’s delicate watercolours, early Papunya dot paintings from the 1970s, bold ochred paintings from the Kimberley and contemporary politically charged works by urban artists in the 21st century. Each gallery displays specific types of Indigenous art including small early dot paintings, large dot paintings, bark paintings, watercolours, textiles, prints, ceramics and sculptures. The Gallery’s collection spans generations and with 7500 works is representative of the arts of Indigenous groups from all over Australia. Free general admission.
TIDBINBILLA AND NAMADGI NATIONAL PARK TIDBINBILLA VISITOR CENTRE, PADDYS RIVER ROAD, TIDBINBILLA NAMADGI VISITOR CENTRE, NA AS ROAD, THARWA
An Aboriginal rock art site can be found on the Yankee Hat Walking Track in Namadgi National Park on the northern edge of the Australian Alps. You can also take a two-day hike to see arrangements of stones believed to be part of the ceremonial life of the local Aboriginal people at Mount Namadgi and traces of the previous inhabitants in the form of boulder shelters, camps and tool making sites along the Birrigai Time Trail at Tidbinbilla. To fully experience the Indigenous past in this area, make sure you join an Aboriginal ranger guided activity at Tidbinbilla. Admission charge (Tidbinbilla).
NGUNNAWAL COUNTRY Pick up a Ngunnawal Country Canberra Tracks self-drive brochure from the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre and discover the rich Aboriginal history of the Canberra region, where the Ngunnawal people have lived for at least 20,000 years.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA LAWSON CRESCENT, ACTON PENINSULA
The diversity of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders is shared in the Museum’s Gallery of First Australians. Visitors are welcomed with a simulated interactive smoking ceremony complete with contemporary Indigenous dancers and music. Marvel at handcrafted baskets and possum skin cloaks, bark paintings, thousands of early stone tools and a collection of glass spearheads from the Kimberleys. See masks and head dresses from the Torres Strait Islander display and try out a traditional grinding stone.
Left: Ramingining Artists, The Aboriginal Memorial 1987–88, (detail), National Gallery of Australia, purchased with the assistance of funds from National Gallery admission charges and commissioned in 1987 First Australians gallery, National Museum of Australia; Dingoes, 1989, Lin Onus, National Gallery of Australia; Rock art, Namadgi National Park
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The gallery takes an honest look at Indigenous culture before and after European settlement and houses the largest collection of bark paintings in the world. Outside, follow the giant orange Uluru line that heads to the spiritual heart of Australia and keep an eye out for the bogong moth sculptures. Free general admission.
Where to eat Get a taste of Canberra Thereâ€™s a lot to love about Canberraâ€™s food scene. Bistro-style eateries and quality cheap eats blend perfectly with stylish restaurants and award-winning dining experiences. Feeling hungry? Then get set to tantalise your tastebuds.
Where to go? In Canberra and want to know where the locals eat? Jump on Twitter, tag in @visitcanberra and use #localscan. Our friendly locals will provide some tips.
CITY CENTRE AND SURROUNDS In the heart of the city, Canberra Centre’s North Quarter dishes up some hot city eats. Try Jamie’s Kitchen, Cream, Sammy’s Kitchen and popular Mexican restaurant Guzman y Gomez. On Bunda Street, check out the Chairman & Yip for East meets West.
Nestled inside Gorman House, a 1920s heritage building in the heart of Canberra, the award-winning Sage Restaurant serves up excellence in a relaxed environment. Their food has been described as ‘whimsical pieces of art’ — as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the palate.
NEWACTON Discover the delights of the NewActon dining precinct. The Parlour Wine Room, a Canberra favourite, offers tapas, classic cocktails and an extensive wine list including regional wines. It’s located next to A. Baker which, along with Mo an & Green Grout has become a popul ar spot for a great cup of coffee or delicious meal incorporating local seasonal produce. Italian restaurant Bicicletta specialises
in simple and traditional Italian food. Newcomer Monster Kitchen and Bar, located in the ever so cool Hotel Hotel, offers a creative menu for breakfast and all-day dining. In the evening, enjoy the super-relaxed atmosphere and cool tunes — there are lots of little nooks where you can eat and enjoy a drink. Movie-lovers can visit Max Brenner or the Prosecco Bar before seeing a film at the Palace Electric Cinema.
DICKSON Dickson offers a small flourishing Chinatown and much more. Share great value Asian food at Jimmy’s Place, the Asian Noodle House, the Scholar and Ruby Chinese. There’s a great vibe, not to mention terrific dumplings, at Dickson Dumpling House. You’ll also find Korean, Malaysian, Turkish, Italian, Indian and Thai food all within a short walk.
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Superb Italian fare can also be found at Mezzalira and the little hole-in-the wall that is Da Rosario in the Melbourne Building. This historic building is also home to Thirst Wine Bar and Eatery, offering a quick fix of modern Thai street food, and the funky Soju Girl, which specialises in great cocktails and shared plates of modern Asian food. Visit the nearby Charcoal Restaurant which has served mouth-watering steaks over an incredible 50 years. Hidden within the Melbourne Building’s Odgers Lane is the unassuming but ultra cool Loading Zone, serving delicious but simple Italian food. Head to Courgette for some of Canberra’s most upmarket fare or try hot spot Temporada — meaning ‘the best of the season’.
On the fringe of Canberra’s CBD, Braddon is becoming the hip neighbourhood for cafes and restaurants and bars. For classic Italian cuisine and buzzing atmosphere, try Italian and Sons, head to eightysix for an ultra-cool dining experience and seek out The Elk and Pea for a Central American inspired menu. Hipster coffee spots and cold pressed juice bars abound.
Left: Aubergine, Griffith A Bite To Eat, Chifley; Chef’s Garden at Grazing Restaurant, Gundaroo; Poachers Pantry, Hall
THE INNER SOUTH Kingston, Manuka and nearby suburbs in the inner south have many fantastic cafes, restaurants and bakeries. Choose from modern Australian, Vietnamese, Indian, Turkish, Spanish, Malaysian, Thai, Chinese and Italian cuisine. In Kingston, try Ox Eatery with its fabulous French rotisserie oven or Penny University’s casual dining experience where the openstyle kitchen adds to the feel of stepping into someone’s (funky) home. The Kingston Foreshore is transforming into a vibrant waterfront precinct offering many dining and bar options. C Dine and Bar was the first of many restaurants to make their home at the promenade, and has since been joined by Morks, Rum Bar, Local Press and vibrant pub, Walt & Burley. Coffee lovers can also enjoy a cup at Remedy by Lonsdale Street Roasters and 38 Espresso, while Max Brenner will satisfy any sweet tooth. Visit a Canberra favourite, Brodburger at the Canberra Glassworks, for mouth-watering burgers and bustling atmosphere. In Manuka, Mecca Bah serves Middle Eastern dishes in stylish surrounds, while Abell’s Kopi Tiam offers home-style Malaysian cuisine. Grab a bite to eat at Urban Pantry or enjoy an upmarket take on pub grub at Public. For fine dining, Griffith’s Aubergine regularly wins some of the city’s top dining awards, while nearby Rubicon has a well-deserved reputation for its fine food and extensive wine list. Dine in a modern setting at Malamay, in Barton, with its playful interpretation of Sichuan cuisine.
TOP RATING CUISINE AWARDS Savour the region’s best cuisine at one of the eateries rated by the ‘bible’ of good food, The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2015. Topping the list is Aubergine, also named the ACT’s top restaurant in the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide alongside with Monster Kitchen and Bar. Aubergine rated two hats in the Good Food Guide (in addition to taking out Best Regional Wine List), while eightysix, Ottoman Cuisine, Italian & Sons, Courgette, Temporada, Malamay, Waters Edge and Capitol Bar and Grill each received one hat.
FAMILY DINING Enjoy Chinese/Malaysian at Timmy’s Kitchen in Manuka or Turkish fare at the Turkish Pide House in Woden and the city. For pizzas and other Italian fare, Bicicletta in the NewActon precinct is a popular choice. La Cantina, in Narrabundah, also offers family-friendly Italian dining. For budget dining, try the Food Court Family Restaurant in Dickson, where the buffet features seafood, pasta, Chinese, salads and dessert, along with free soft drink refills. Canberra’s many sporting clubs also offer great value family meals.
A DRINK AND A BITE For authentic tapas, try the extensive menu at Legends Spanish Restaurant in Manuka. In nearby Barton, indulge in the rich melange of flavours at Hotel Realm’s Ostani Lounge Bar Restaurant. Honkytonks in the city is a cool venue serving tacos, salsa and hot dogs. For a touch of style, try the shared plates at Parlour Wine Room in NewActon, Playground Martini & Tapas Bar in Garema Place, Molly in Hobart Place, or Muddle Bar on West Row. Canberra has many pubs serving hearty, inexpensive food. In the city, head to King O’Malley’s, PJ O’Reilly’s and the Uni Pub. Visit the Wig & Pen Tavern and Brewery at Llewellyn Hall, Australian National University, BentSpoke Brewing Co in Braddon or cook your own steak at the Kingston Hotel. Zierholz Premium Brewery has two outlets, in Fyshwick and at the University of Canberra in Bruce, where you can enjoy a wide variety of food with locally crafted beers. Canberra’s many licensed clubs also offer good value meals.
FOOD WITH A VIEW For spectacular views over Canberra, Onred and its casual cafe Little Brother have fine views from Red Hill Lookout and lure diners with creative dishes highlighting fresh seasonal produce. Sophisticated Waters Edge has views across the lake and up Anzac Parade to the Australian War Memorial, while the Boat House by the Lake is cosy in winter and hard to beat on sunny days. For a more casual lakeside experience, settle into bookplate at the National Library of Australia or the cafe at the National Museum of Australia. Snapper at the Canberra Yacht Club in Yarralumla is a great spot to grab some fish and chips.
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A great place to gain a sense of the Canberra region’s produce and people can be found on the Tourism Australia website restaurantaustralia.com
The Cupping Room, City West; Sage, Braddon; The Artisan, Narrabundah
thefoodavenue Well-deserved coffees at #pennyuniversity
Caffeine fix SUBURBAN HOT SPOTS Nestled in the suburbs you’ll find casual yet stylish eateries that are worth a detour. At Lyneham in the inner north, head to Tilley’s Devine Cafe Gallery, a Canberra institution, or to the Belconnen suburb of Bruce for modern Australian cuisine at Ellacure. Try European bistro-style dishes with a twist at Pulp Kitchen in Ainslie or creative Asian cuisine at the Lanterne Rooms in Campbell. Enjoy Fijian-Indian specialties at Rama’s, a neighbourhood favourite in Pearce, or relax and enjoy the eclectic surrounds of A Bite to Eat in Chifley. Some of Canberra’s fine dining can be found at the Artisan in Narrabundah, Ottoman Cuisine in Barton and Pistachio Dining at Torrens.
INDULGENT TREATS Dream Cuisine is a hidden gem tucked away in the industrial suburb of Fyshwick serving macarons to die for — try their award-winning pistachio and lime macaron. Indulge in delicious breads and pastries from Silo Bakery in Kingston or Autolyse bakery along Lonsdale Street, Braddon. Experience a ‘chocolate mood’ at Max Brenner in Westfield Belconnen, on the Kingston Foreshore and in the Nishi Building, NewActon or visit Koko Black in the city for truffles, hot chocolate drinks and a decadent dessert degustation. In Woden discover Spanish treats at San Churro.
Sample the delights of a traditional high tea at the historic Hyatt Hotel Canberra or enjoy a champagne high tea from the rooftop terrace of the Burbury Hotel overlooking the city, lake and leafy Barton. Indulge in afternoon tea treats at Cafe Societea in Griffith and at Adore Tea House, Gold Creek in Nicholls.
FRESH, REGIONAL PRODUCE Canberra has a thriving Slow Food movement and many outlets for people interested in buying direct from small local producers. Stop by Choku Bai Jo shops in North Lyneham and Curtin or drop into the Saturday morning Capital Region Farmers Market — the largest farmers market in the Southern Tablelands. Visit Grandma’s Little Bakery for locally produced olives and olive oil, Chocolate d’Or for exquisite Robyn Rowe Chocolates and Gallagher Wines for locally produced cheeses and wine. Poachers Pantry produces wonderful smoked goods and is one of the stops on the Poachers Way, a self-guided drive of boutique food, wine and accommodation. Pick up some award winning Pialligo Farm Smokehouse bacon voted ‘Australia’s Best Artisan Bacon’ from a number of outlets including Essential Ingredient and IGA Ainslie.
Follow your nose to our top picks. City slickers: Gus’, Tosolini’s, Two Before Ten, The Cupping Room Inner south: Silo Bakery, Ona Coffee, Urban Pantry, Farmers Daughter, Bees & Co, Penny University NewActon: Mo an & Green Grout, A.Baker Braddon: Lonsdale Street Roasters, Autolyse Kingston Foreshore: Remedy by Lonsdale Street Roasters, 38 Espresso For more great recommendations check out visitcanberra.com.au
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Top wine drops Sample the fruits of their labour Small enough to have an intimate cellar door experience and meet the winemaker, yet large enough to find all the varieties of a premium wine growing region, Canberra District wineries have much to offer.
rachiperera A cheese plate and Canberra District wine; that’ll do nicely Friday night!
You’ll find more than 30 boutique cellar doors within 35 minutes drive of the city. More often than not, visitors will be served by the winemaker, experiencing first-hand the passion and expertise that goes into each and every wine. The Canberra District’s 140 vineyards surround the city in land that has a great variation in altitude and micro climates that make it unique as a growing region. With vineyards up to an altitude of 850m, every classic variety performs magnificently somewhere in the region.
In addition to the classic varieties that do so well, Canberra District winemakers are perfecting a wide variety of alternative varieties and styles. Look out for Mount Majura Vineyard’s Tempranillo and Graciano, Lark Hill Winery’s Grüner Veltliner, Surveyor’s Hill Touriga Nacional, Lerida Estate’s Zenzi Rosato Frizzante and Granitevale Estate’s Pink Ice, a vibrant dessert wine made from Shiraz.
CANBERRA DISTRICT’S FIVE STAR WINERIES Australia’s most respected and widely read wine critic, James Halliday, named 11 Canberra District vineyards among his best wineries of the region in his Australian Wine Companion 2015 Edition. The following all received five star ratings. • Clonakilla • Jeir Creek Wines • Mount Majura Vineyard • Nick O’Leary Wines* • Eden Road Wines • Collector Wines* • Capital Wines • Helm Wines • Lake George Winery • Lark Hill Winery • Ravensworth*
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This growing region is producing distinctive, award-winning cool climate wines. The range in temperature, vineyard elevations, soil types and the winemaker’s skill combine to create wines that are winning increased recognition from around the world.
While the District produces outstanding Shiraz and Riesling, many other varieties also thrive. The renowned Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier is a true icon of the District, receiving countless accolades and setting a benchmark for the blend around the country. Tim Kirk, Clonakilla winemaker and Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine’s Winemaker of the Year 2013, likes to think of wine as liquid geography — a combined expression of a region’s altitude, climate, soils, grapes and people. Canberra winemakers have drawn on the slogan to highlight the diversity of their region.
*no cellar door
Left: Ken Helm, Helm Wines Four Winds Vineyard; Lerida Estate Vineyard; Jeir Creek Winery; Clonakilla winemaker Tim Kirk
PLANNING YOUR WINE EXPLORATION JOURNEY Not sure where to start? You can plan your trip by picking up a free copy of the Canberra District Wineries Guide from the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre at 330 Northbourne Ave, Dickson. It provides directions and cellar door opening times as well as information on cafes, restaurants, accommodation and tours. There are a number of small tour operators offering wine tours of the region.
The Canberra Wine District has a number of exciting sub-regions for you to explore: Murrumbateman: A pleasant 30-minute drive along the Barton Highway brings you to the picturesque Murrumbateman area, where you can visit wineries, meet cheese and chocolate makers, soak up some history and sample regional produce at local cafes and restaurants. Cellar doors include Clonakilla, Helm Wines, Jeir Creek Wines, Shaw Vineyard Estate, Yarrh Wines, Four Winds Vineyard, Dionysus Winery, Gallagher Wines, McKellar Ridge Wines, Yass Valley Wines, and Poachers Pantry and Wily Trout Vineyard. Hills of Hall: Just 15 minutes’ drive from the city centre, four cellar doors in the rolling hills of Hall provide magnificent vistas of Canberra and the Brindabella Ranges. Take in the view while enjoying a glass of wine, a tasting platter or lunch, and occasional live music. Cellar doors include Pankhurst Wines, Surveyor’s Hill Vineyards, Brindabella Hills Winery and Wallaroo Wines.
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Bungendore, Wamboin and Lake George: Just north of the city lies Mount Majura Vineyard, with its popular Gumboot Tours of the vines. As you continue further out from Canberra there are several award-winning restaurants and cellar doors in and around the historic villages of Gundaroo, Collector, Bungendore and Wamboin. Cellar doors include Mount Majura Vineyard, Lark Hill Winery, Lambert Vineyards, Lerida Estate Wines, Capital Wines Epicurean Centre, Tallagandra Hill, Affleck Vineyard and Little Bridge Wines.
WINERY DINING Feast overlooking the vines and picturesque countryside where delicious food is matched with cool climate wines. • Poachers Pantry and Wily Trout Vineyard, Hall Spoil your tastebuds with a tasting of Poachers’ smoked goods and produce matched to Wily Trout wines or enjoy a meal in the charming Smokehouse Cafe. • Lark Hill Winery Restaurant, Bungendore Match superb Biodynamic wine with seasonal local produce in a beautiful rural setting overlooking the vineyard on the Lake George escarpment. • Cafe Lerida at Lerida Estate, Lake George Enjoy gourmet food with your favourite wine while taking in the outstanding views of Lake George and surrounds. • Flint at Shaw Vineyard, Murrumbateman With a cosy fireplace for winter warmth and an outdoor terrace for summer dining, Flint offers fine food in a stylish and relaxed setting. • Capital Wines Epicurean Centre, and Grazing Restaurant Gundaroo Dine in the iconic Grazing Restaurant, take a stroll in the flourishing kitchen garden or sample the region’s rich produce matched with the finest local wines in the adjacent cafe. • Pomegranate Bistro at Surveyor’s Hill Vineyards, Wallaroo Homegrown olives, olive oil, free-range eggs and seasonal fruit are used in a locally inspired menu, along with organic seasonal vegetables from a neighbouring farm.
WINING AND DINING If you can’t make it to a winery, you can taste Canberra District wines at the following restaurants and wine bars: • Aubergine*, Griffith • Temporada, city
WINE FESTIVALS AND EVENTS Summerside Festival, February Follow the Poacher’s Way and enjoy al fresco food, wine and special events.
• Monster Kitchen and Bar, NewActon
Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival, April
• Benchmark Wine Bar, city
Celebrate the beautiful autumn, when grapes are harvested and turned into wine.
• Grazing, Gundaroo • Lanterne Rooms, Campbell • Mezzalira, city • Ottoman Cuisine, Barton • Parlour Wine Room, NewActon • Pistachio Dining, Torrens • Rubicon, Griffith • Sage Restaurant, Braddon • Silo Bakery, Kingston • The Boat House by the Lake, Barton • The Chairman & Yip, city • Thirst Wine Bar and Eatery, city • Waters Edge, Parkes
Curl up by the fire and indulge at one of the many food and wine events.
Murrumbateman Moving Feast, October Travel from winery to winery sampling signature dishes with specially matched wines.
Canberra International Riesling Challenge, October Join a public tasting and sample great Riesling from around the world.
CANBERRA REGION PREMIUM TOURS Fully-inclusive boutique tours (max 10 guests) of Canberra wineries and highlights. Guests enjoy a delightful day experiencing Canberra’s cool-climate wines, wonderful local produce, scrumptious meals, delicious coffee, stunning scenery and more! We will collect and return you to your accommodation, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy! OPEN
Wine, Roses and all that Jazz, November Relax to live entertainment in the vineyards as you sample award-winning wine and gourmet food.
Tours available Wednesday to Sunday Closed: New Years Day, Anzac Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday & Christmas Day 0414 797 953
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* Winner of the Best Regional Wine List, The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2015
Fireside Festival, August
For more information visit canberrawines.com.au Left: Capital Wines Epicurean Centre; Jeir Creek, winemaker Rob Howell Capital Wines Epicurean Centre
Your guide to a great night out
Sip a martini at a stylish cocktail bar or choose your brew at one of Canberraâ€™s microbreweries. Cheer on your favourite team in a sports bar or dance the night away at a club. For a relaxed night out catch a film or watch live performing arts.
CITY AND BRADDON Many of Canberra’s best cocktail bars, clubs and pubs can be found around Garema Place and nearby City Walk. Enjoy a selection of wines, local and imported boutique beers and edgy cocktails. Tongue & Groove on Bunda Street buzzes with laid back tunes seven days a week while nearby Honkytonks, Shorty’s, Playground Bar and Hippo Co are bursting with atmosphere. Just around the corner, there’s the Transit Bar underneath Canberra City YHA on Akuna Street and gay club Cube, off City Walk. In NewActon, Parlour Wine Room is the perfect place to chill and try local wines, or you can grab a drink and bite to eat at the Monster Kitchen and Bar. If a pub is more your style head to King O’Malley’s for live music, pub food and local entertainment from Thursday to Sunday. Not far away, sample an ale at PJ O’Reilly’s or try an award-winning brew from the Wig & Pen Tavern and Brewery now at Llewellyn Hall, Australian National University. The 1920s Sydney and Melbourne Buildings boast night spots including Mooseheads and Muddle Bar. Make your way along Northbourne Avenue to Treehouse and Kremlin Bar with its extensive cocktail menu. Canberra’s biggest pub, the Uni Pub, is a short walk away and features DJs, live music and sporting coverage. In nearby Braddon, check out new brewpub BentSpoke Brewing Co, Knightsbridge Penthouse — an edgy lounge bar featuring eclectic decor and good cocktails — Debacle a great bar serving ales, wine and pizza, and popular watering hole Hopscotch Bar.
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Left: Knightsbridge Penthouse BentSpoke Brewing Co, Braddon, Knightsbridge Penthouse, Braddon
In a large art deco inspired corner building, Sub Urban fashionably dominates the inner north suburb of Dickson. It encompasses an Aussie pub and wine bar offering great live music, a sunny outdoor area and iconic Belluci’s restaurant only steps away. Nearby, Trinity has a seemingly endless cocktail menu. Just suburbs away in Lyneham is Tilley’s Devine Cafe and Gallery, while at the O’Connor shops the poular pub Duxton and the Loft offers a rustic environment where you can relax and choose from their extensive wine and cocktail list and delicious tapas.
wanderlust73 The delicious Prosecco Bar at the @PalaceElectric #Cinema in #Canberra.
CINEMA, ARTS AND GAMING Catch a film in the city at the Dendy Canberra Centre or Palace Electric Cinema or you can head to cinemas in Belconnen, Manuka, Tuggeranong or Woden. Canberra’s outdoor Stage 88 hosts the Tropfest screening in December. See comedians, musical performances, productions by the Bell Shakespeare Company, dance or great drama at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra’s premier performing arts venue. Catch locally produced professional theatre as well as national and international performers at the Street Theatre, Childers Street in the city. Enjoy a first-class performance at the School of Music, part of the Australian National University. Hear some exciting live music at venues like the Phoenix, Transit Bar, ANU Union Bar and headline acts at the National Convention Centre.
KING O’MALLEY’S IRISH PUB Canberra’s favourite pub and a must visit while in Canberra. Open seven days a week until late with free LIVE MUSIC five nights a week. OPEN
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am–late daily closed Christmas Day 131 City Walk, Canberra city 02 6257 0111 kingomalleys.com.au
Have a flutter at Casino Canberra on Allara Street. The casino has live bands every Saturday night and Galaxy Club Retro Nightclub is open from 9pm on Saturdays. You can also drop into one of the many licensed clubs across Canberra to try your luck on their gaming machines.
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These established inner south precincts are known for their diverse night scene, from upmarket and sophisticated to understated and relaxed. In Green Square in Kingston try the Durham for a friendly pub experience or the funky Little Brooklyn. Just across the street you’ll find fine beers at the Belgian Beer Cafe. On Kennedy Street, check out the stylish lounge bar at the Kennedy Room. In Franklin Street, Manuka, if you’re looking for an intimate venue with table service and a political twist, head upstairs to the Polit Bar for a classic cocktail. On the Kingston Foreshore, experience one of the best views of Lake Burley Griffin from Walt and Burley or try a cocktail at The Rum Bar.
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Events guide An eventful capital
The capitalâ€™s calendar is jam packed with diverse activities to experience. From fast cars and folk music to football and Floriade, Australiaâ€™s Celebration of spring, the city offers something for everyone.
2015 CENTENARY OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR
AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
Summer 13 DECEMBER–8 JUNE
JAMES TURRELL: A RETROSPECTIVE
Explore the redeveloped First World War galleries and at night see the names of the 62,000 Australians who gave their lives projected onto the Memorial.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA
Watch live via satellite the finalist films in this annual short film festival that continues to grow in popularity each year.
Experience 50 works tracing five decades of the American artist’s career from early light projections and holograms through to immersive light installations.
NEW YEAR’S IN THE CITY
SUMMERNATS CAR FESTIVAL
AFC ASIAN CUP AUSTRALIA 2015
Australia’s ultimate car show, Summernats is a spectator’s paradise. Catch street machines, show cars, traders’ pavilions, live bands, the Kids’ Zone and more.
The capital hosts six pool matches and a quarter final of the Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup, the first time it has ever been played outside of Asia.
See fireworks over City Hill (9.00pm and midnight). Enjoy live, family-friendly entertainment in Civic Square and a dance party in Garema Place. Alcohol-free events.
EXHIBITION PARK IN CANBERRA, MITCHELL
Don’t miss this day-night match when the Prime Minister’s XI team of talented young cricketers takes on England under lights.
AUSTRALIA CELEBRATES LIVE
AUSTRALIA DAY CELEBRATIONS
FEDERATION MALL, PARLIAMENT HOUSE
The lawns of Parliament House are the place to be as Australia celebrates, with a major concert boasting some of the hottest names in Australian music and the announcement of the Australian of the Year awards.
T20 BIG BASH LEAGUE FINAL
Pull up stumps and settle back for some world-class cricket action at this boutique cricket oval.
PRIME MINISTER’S XI
Celebrate what’s great about being an Aussie in the nation’s capital with an Aussie breakfast and great kids’ entertainment before ending the day with a fireworks finale.
DUO CLASSIC 50KM
SPARROW HILL AND EAST KOWEN FOREST
Mountain bike cyclists enter in teams of two but this is not a relay. It’s about working together and having a good time while riding some of the best single track.
AMB 100 MTB MARATHON
NATIONAL MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL
Follow the Poacher’s Way and discover hidden secrets during this month long regional alfresco food and wine festival with master classes, twilight garden concerts and art exhibitions.
STROMLO FOREST PARK
Race every possible track combination on the World Championship tracks during the AMB 100 MTB Marathon.
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Experience the world as Canberra’s multicultural communities showcase their cultures through food and performance.
Left: Enlighten Festival James Turrell, After green 1993 Wedgework: fluorescent, LED and fibre-optic lights, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra © James Turrell; Prime Minister’s XI, Manuka Oval; Australia Day Live Concert; National Multicultural Festival
18, 24 FEBRUARY AND 3 MARCH
27 FEBRUARY–1 MARCH
27 FEBRUARY–7 MARCH
ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP IN CANBERRA
ACTEWAGL ROYAL CANBERRA SHOW
Catch world-class day-night cricket at the boutique Manuka Oval. Afghanistan v Bangaldesh, West Indies v Zimbabwe and South Africa v Ireland.
EXHIBITION PARK IN CANBERRA, MITCHELL
Be entertained and educated by the hundreds of attractions at the Royal Canberra Show.
ENLIGHTEN: SEE CANBERRA IN A WHOLE NEW LIGHT
Canberra’s rich cultural attractions come alive with late night openings, spectacular architectural projections and a treasure trove of live events. Discover a buzz of activity; live music, surprising performances, unexpected happenings and delicious food markets.
LIGHTS! CANBERRA! ACTION!
SENATE ROSE GARDENS, OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE
Sit back and enjoy the results of this fun festival that gives budding filmmakers 10 days to write, shoot, edit and produce a seven minute short film around 10 theme specific items.
CANBERRA BALLOON SPECTACULAR
OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE LAWNS, PARKES
A massive program includes a symphony plus old favourites Lights! Canberra! Action!, the Balloon Spectacular, ENLIGHTEN plus more.
See a stunning array of hot air balloons inflate at dawn and slowly drift over Canberra’s iconic national attractions. Catch the action on the ground with live music and a delicious variety of hot breakfast options.
2015 SEPPELT BLACK OPAL STAKES AND ACTTAB CANBERRA CUP RACE DAY
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT MTB ENDURO
FM 104.7 SKYFIRE 27
MONT 24 HOUR MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE
Canberra lights up for FM 104.7 Skyfire on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, with a magnificent display of fireworks set to a soundtrack broadcast on FM 104.7.
Ride the kow in Australia’s most popular 24-hour bike race over new and expanded mountain bike trails.
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VARIOUS VENUES (STROMLO FOREST PARK EVENT HUB)
COMMONWEALTH PARK, PARKES
EAST KOWEN FOREST
Enjoy a family day of fun, excitement and colour at the horse races. Myer Fashions on the Field will be hotly contested.
Offering 50km and 100km mountain bike endurance races for solo riders, this event links Canberra’s iconic mountain bike trails including Kowen Forest, Majura Pines, Black Mountain and Mount Stromlo.
NATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL
CANBERRA DISTRICT WINE HARVEST FESTIVAL
AUSTRALIAN RUNNING FESTIVAL
Come and see a cultural celebration of traditional and contemporary music, dance, poetry and storytelling staged across the Easter break.
Celebrate the autumn harvest with a visit to the wineries to see the vineyards at their best. Meet the winemaker and enjoy special activities.
ANZAC DAY CENTENARY AT THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
Get moving and select the 5km or 10km fun run around the iconic Parliamentary Triangle or meet the challenge of the ultra marathon, marathon or half marathon.
Take part in the national Anzac Day ceremony, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
EXHIBITION PARK IN CANBERRA, MITCHELL
Manuka Oval at dusk; Enlighten Festival; Fireworks over Lake Burley Griffin; Canberra Cup
EVENT HUB, TELOPEA PARK, MANUKA
AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
21 JUNE–23 AUGUST
GROOVIN’ THE MOO
CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Featuring touring national and international acts from all genres, this single day music event has emerged as a highly popular fixture on the Australian festival circuit.
Listen to brilliant international and Australian artists in venues such as embassies, national attractions and churches.
THE TRUFFLE FESTIVAL, CANBERRA & CAPITAL REGION
THE MEADOWS, UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA
Indulge in a ‘taste of mid-winter magic’ at this festival showcasing local black truffles. Take part in truffle dinners, tastings, cooking demonstrations and truffle hunts.
WEEKENDS IN AUGUST
Distinctive venues create a warming and memorable experience offering authentic cool climate wines matched with gourmet, seasonally inspired contemporary food, music and entertainment.
NATIONAL CAPITAL DANCESPORT CHAMPIONSHIPS
STROMLO FOREST PARK
AIS ARENA, BRUCE
Enjoy the glitz and glamour of Australia’s leading professional and amateur dancers competing in Latin American, Ballroom and New Vogue dance styles.
SHIMANO MTB GRAND PRIX
See Australia’s best mountain bike endurance racers compete for four or seven hours. They’ll race solo or in teams and explore some of the best mountain bike trails in Australia.
12 SEPTEMBER–11 OCTOBER
MURRUMBATEMAN MOVING FEAST
COMMONWEALTH PARK, PARKES
Floriade, Australia’s celebration of spring, transforms Commonwealth Park into a tapestry of colour. Over a million colourful bulbs and annuals bloom on cue, creating a vibrant display unrivalled by any other event of its kind. Enjoy lively entertainment, children’s activities, food, craft and much more.
COMMONWEALTH PARK, PARKES
Experience Floriade as it magically comes to life at night with spectacular lighting, live entertainment, bustling night markets and illuminated flower beds. See breathtaking views from the giant ferris wheel. Enjoy a drink at the Moonlight Lounge or grab a bite to eat.
31 OCTOBER–1 NOVEMBER
CANBERRA NARA CANDLE FESTIVAL
WINE, ROSES AND ALL THAT JAZZ
CANBERRA NARA PEACE PARK
See a spectacular display of candles and lanterns in the beautifully landscaped gardens at sunset, and enjoy a cultural exchange with Japanese entertainment, activities and food.
22 OCTOBER–8 NOVEMBER
SCOTT 24 HOUR MOUNTAIN BIKE CHAMPIONSHIPS
CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
REMEMBRANCE DAY AT THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
Don’t miss this special season of international art house films and a showcase of Australian film industry.
Share a minute’s silence at 11.00am to remember the sacrifice of those men and women who have died or suffered in wars and conflicts and all those who have served during the past 100 years.
Catch the action and intense competition when riders of all skill levels participate in a fun environment. Individuals and teams take on the terrain, the clock and themselves to try to complete the most laps in 24 hours.
DENDY CINEMA CANBERRA AND ARC CINEMA, NATIONAL FILM AND SOUND ARCHIVE
AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
Celebrate the art of the grape by visiting capital region wineries. Sample award-winning reds and whites, indulge in gourmet food, relax to live music in the vineyards, take a wine tour and meet Canberra’s passionate vignerons.
For more information on events and exhibitions in Canberra, phone the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre on 1300 554 114 or go to visitcanberra.com.au
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STROMLO FOREST PARK
Escape to the Murrumbateman wine region and tantalise your tastebuds with exceptional wines matched with gourmet delights. Indulge at cafes, wineries and B&Bs.
Canberra International Music Festival; Stromlo Forest Park; Floriade NightFest
Shop your style Markets to malls, take your pick Looking for a handmade gift or designer wares? Our flourishing weekend markets offer locally designed and produced goods while our shopping malls, boutiques and key precincts offer brand names plus plenty of hidden gems.
TO MARKET, TO MARKET YOU GO
SHOP IN THE CITY The city’s shopping hub at the Canberra Centre on Bunda Street offers more than 300 retail outlets, plus cinemas, and an alfresco dining and cafe strip known as the North Quarter. Home to David Jones, Myer, Apple and an extensive selection of speciality stores, there’s plenty of popular designer and high street fashion labels such as Zara, Hugo Boss, Seed, G-Star Raw, Rebel Sport, Wittner, SABA, Cue and Country Road.
The multi award-winning Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston is a weekend institution for Canberrans and visitors alike. Held each Sunday (and also Saturdays in December in the lead up to Christmas), the markets are held inside an industrial building that was once the city’s original bus depot. You will find handcrafted jewellery, art, clothing, furniture, toys as well as regional food and wine with plenty of food vendors providing tempting treats such as fresh bread, coffee and sweet delicacies. Visit Canberra’s award-winning quarterly Handmade Market (March, June, October and December). Held at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC), this beautiful indoor market was created to support Australian designers to showcase and sell their designs. Each event has more than 150 handmade designers selling their creations. Explore popular twilight fashion market Hustle&Scout — a quarterly market held at one of Canberra’s historical buildings, Hangar #47 at Canberra Airport. This market showcases independent Australian designers, handmade, unique and vintage fashion. In conjunction with Hustle&Scout, experience a feast for the senses with The Forage, a pop up community food market featuring live music and street-style food by Canberra’s cafes, wineries and mobile food vendors — a great way to spend an afternoon.
Be tantalised by the array of fruit, vegetables, plants, flowers, seafood, pastries, meats, cheese and more at Canberra’s fresh produce markets. See the region’s diversity reflected in the fresh seasonal produce at the popular Saturday morning Capital Region Farmers Market at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) in Mitchell or visit the Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets (Thursdays to Sunday) or Belconnen Fresh Food Markets (Wednesday to Sunday). Canberra’s fresh produce markets are a great place to grab a bite to eat and soak up the bustling market activity.
Step outside the Canberra Centre and you’ll find boutiques, street fashion, alternative music and independent book stores in arcades in City Walk and Garema Place. Towards the direction of Casino Canberra is the delightful Shop Handmade — a concept store showcasing the talents of local and interstate designers with jewellery, toys and clothing. Just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre is the hip Lonsdale Street, Braddon, where you’ll discover an array of offbeat fashions, original designers, handcrafted gifts and stylish homewares along this ever-changing shopping and foodie precinct. It offers an eclectic mix of independent boutiques, pop up stores, cool cafes, small bars, bakeries, restaurants, hairdressing salons and car yards.
Craftspeople and farmers from all over the region converge on the showgrounds in the small rural village of Hall on the first Sunday of each month (except January) for the Hall Markets to offer everything from plants to furniture, clothing, pottery, toys, art and fresh farm produce. Closer to the city centre, the Gorman House markets offers collectables, tarot readings, food and massage each Saturday.
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Left: Hustle&Scout Twilight Fashion Market Capital Region Farmers Market, EPIC; Shop Handmade, Civic; Canberra Centre, Civic
HISTORIC MANUKA AND KINGSTON VILLAGES The small 1920s shopping centres of Manuka and Kingston are a 10-minute walk from each other and are just minutes’ drive from Parliament House. Explore the lovely arcades and discover a variety of chic boutique shops offering Australian and international designer labels, exquisite jewellery, beautiful antiques, high-end homewares and plenty of cool cafes, restaurants and bars to rest your tired shopping feet.
SHOPPING IN CANBERRA’S TOWN CENTRES Westfield Belconnen is the fashion, lifestyle, homewares and fresh food hub of Canberra’s north, offering more than 250 stores. Visit the entertainment precinct where you’ll find Hoyts cinemas, dining options and the entertainment arcade iPlay. Enjoy the large variety of department stores including Myer, Kmart, Target and fashion brands including Witchery, Oxford, Sportsgirl and Surf Dive ‘n’ Ski. One of Canberra’s largest shopping centres, Westfield Woden, is located 10 minutes drive south of the Parliamentary Triangle. With more than 210 stores, Westfield Woden offers a Hoyts cinema complex and leading retailers such as David Jones, Big W, Veronica Maine, Sportscraft, Trade Secret and an ABC Shop, to name a few. You won’t be short on choice for casual dining, with two restaurant precincts and the food court. At the Hyperdome Shopping Centre in Tuggeranong you can enjoy value and convenience with ample parking and more than 170 specialty stores including Target, Kmart, Harris Scarfe and JB Hi-Fi. Dine at Tuggeranong valley’s premier dining precinct South Life on Anketell Street and visit Limelight Cinemas for well-priced film tickets. The industrial suburb of Fyshwick features a mix of retail businesses, from large furniture and homeware stores to car yards, hardware stores, popular vintage clothing and antiques as well as household building supply stores. The Canberra Outlet Centre is located on Canberra Avenue and Newcastle Street. There are more than 100 leading brands for fashion, footwear, luggage and homewares plus a kids’ indoor play centre. DOMESTIC SHOPPING MARKETING
Not far from Canberra Airport is the retail hub known as Majura Park. A steady stream of shoppers make their way to Canberra’s bulk buying shopping destination, home to superstores Costco, Masters Home Improvement and Australia’s largest Woolworths. IKEA is set to open across the road in late 2015.
In addition to retail stores selling everything from fashion to Manchester, the Majura Park Shopping Centre features more than 30 speciality stores including a food court. Across the road from Canberra Airport is the leafy suburb of Pialligo — an eclectic mix of nurseries, orchards, cafes, gift stores such as Bliss and Canberra’s famous Bisonhome, which produces internationally renowned stoneware and a variety of wooden objects and other homewares.
Old Bus Depot Markets; Bison Home, Pialligo; Canberra Outlet Centre, Fyshwick
In the northern suburbs of Canberra in Nicholls is the quaint Gold Creek Village where you can wander through art galleries, gift shops and specialty stores including Adore Tea and Tendance etc. It’s a great spot to grab a bite to eat after exploring nearby attractions including Cockington Green Gardens and the National Dinosaur Museum.
OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS Looking for the perfect Sunday in Canberra? Then be sure to include a visit to the national award-winning Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston. Set in a fabulous old industrial building, you’ll love the colours, tastes, sounds and atmosphere of ‘Canberra’s Sunday Best’. From quality handcrafted homewares and jewellery, through to gourmet food and fresh produce, it’s simply a must-do in Canberra. Admission is free. OPEN
ADDRESS PHONE WEB
10am–4pm Sundays (10am–4pm Saturdays and Sundays in December before Christmas) 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston 02 6239 5306 or 02 6295 3331 obdm.com.au
FRIDAY DEALS PLANNING A WEEKEND BREAK IN THE CAPITAL? Some great last minute deals are made available to the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre each Friday afternoon. Call 1300 554 144 to grab a great deal! The friendly visitor centre staff at 330 Northbourne Avenue Dickson can also advise you on where to go and what to see. They can also book tours and tickets to blockbuster exhibitions and sporting events.
CANBERRA AND REGION VISITORS CENTRE Open weekdays 9am to 5pm, weekends & public holidays 9am to 4pm. Closed Christmas Day.
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Proudly owned and operated by The Tradies Group, Canberra’s award-winning 4-star Quality Hotel Dickson and Quality Hotel Woden are both ideally situated in cosmopolitan dining precincts and are only minutes from all of the iconic attractions of our nation’s capital. With a variety of superbly appointed rooms, every possible comfort and inclusion, and complimentary membership to The Tradies - Canberra’s premiere entertainment destinations - Quality Hotel Dickson & Woden are perfectly placed to provide you with an exceptional stay.
DICKSON 02 6247 4744 | WODEN 02 6281 7733
DICKSON & WODEN QUALITY HOTEL DICKSON & WODEN AND THE TRADIES CANBERRA’S ULTIMATE ALL-IN-ONE VISITOR DESTINATION
The Dickson Tradies and The Woden Tradies are Canberra’s premiere entertainment destinations. With à-la-carte restaurants Essence and Pillars (home of The Tradies Legendary Schnitzel) offering truly excellent meals and exceptional value-for-money and Bluey’s Café’s locally-sourced coffee, fresh desserts, meals, and snacks (available until 4am daily), The Tradies
that The Tradies has something for everyone.
The 50 Dickson Tradies 2 Badham St, Dickson ACT, 2602 | The Woden Tradies Cnr Launceston & Furzer Sts, Woden ACT, 2606
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serves-up a perfect dining experience. Combine amazing food with an exclusive selection of Canberra region cool-climate wines, daily giveaways, live entertainment, promotions, and special events, and you’ll soon discover
BEST WESTERN CENTRAL MOTEL & APARTMENTS
BEST WESTERN PLUS GARDEN CITY HOTEL
BEST WESTERN TALL TREES CANBERRA
11 Antill St, QUEANBEYAN NSW 2620 PH 02 6298 8988
55 Jerrabomberra Ave, NARRABUNDAH ACT 2604 PH 02 6295 3322
21 Stephen St, AINSLIE ACT 2602 PH 02 6247 9200
Best Western Central Motel & Apartments is the capital region’s premier four star motel. In a quiet location, convenient to the best tourist attractions and Canberra Airport, travellers are treated to fully refurbished motel rooms and serviced apartments, sleeping up to five guests.
Relax and unwind at Canberra’s best value 4.5 star hotel. Quietly nestled in Canberra’s popular inner-south, this hotel is just minutes drive from top tourist attractions including Parliament House, the National Gallery of Australia, Questacon, Lake Burley Griffin and more!
Best Western Tall Trees Canberra is a newly renovated quality hotel. The property is located only 3km from the CBD, in a leafy environment within easy reach to all major attractions and walking distance to over 30 restaurants in Dickson. Call us now to book our best deals.
Free parking, WiFi and Foxtel
Free WiFi and undercover parking
Pool, bar and restaurant
Free WiFi and parking
Minutes’ walk to shops, dining and clubs
Free Foxtel including sports and movies
Flat-screen LCD TVs with Foxtel
Onsite pool, gym, bar and restaurant
Oaktree Bistro onsite
Queen & Twin Rooms One & Two Bedroom Apartments
Queen · King · Twin · Suite
Standard · Family · Deluxe · Executive
CANBERRA CITY YHA
CAPITAL EXECUTIVE APARTMENTS
EAST HOTEL + APARTMENTS
7 Akuna St, CANBERRA ACT 2601 PH 02 6248 9155
108 Northbourne Ave, CANBERRA ACT 2601 PH 02 6243 8333 or 1800 026 129
69 Canberra Avenue, KINGSTON ACT 2604 PH 02 6295 6925
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Canberra City YHA is located in the heart of Canberra City, only minutes walk to restaurants, shopping and attractions. It offers a range of accommodation including multi-share through to private rooms with ensuites. Canberra City YHA also has dedicated areas for groups, with secure bathrooms and leaders’ accommodation. Pool, spa, sauna and roof top BBQ
Cafe and licensed bar
24 hour reception
Multishare · Double Ensuite Family Room
All rooms are fully self-contained, with kitchenette facilities to make your stay easier. Alternatively, you can take advantage of the hotel’s prompt and friendly room service, or enjoy a meal alfresco in the hotel courtyard overlooking the stately pines of Haig Park.
Situated between the vibrant hubs of Kingston and Manuka, EAST will be the ultimate location for your visit to the capital. At EAST you will experience all the services you would expect from a premium hotel, while feeling completely at home in our modern and stylish accommodation. Guests will appreciate the fun approach to service and the excellent proximity to shopping and restaurants.
Located 2 blocks north of CBD
AHA winning ‘The Haig’ Italian Restaurant
Established 2012 as Canberra’s newest AAA rated 4.5 star apartment hotel
Check-in open 24 hours
Covered parking and walking distance to cafes and shops
Awarded Best Suite/Apartment Hotel at 2013 & 2014 National AHA Awards
Studio Apartment · One Bedroom Spa Suites · Family Rooms
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H O T E L /A PA R T M E N T
East Studio · Luxe Studio East Apartment · Luxe Apartment Two Bedroom Apartments · Kids Cubbies
EXHIBITION PARK IN CANBERRA
HYATT HOTEL CANBERRA
MANUKA PARK SERVICED APARTMENTS
Cnr of Flemington Rd and Northbourne Ave, MITCHELL ACT 2911 PH 02 6205 4976
Commonwealth Ave, YARRALUML A ACT 2600 PH 02 6270 1234 or 13 12 34
Cnr Manuka Circle & Oxley St, GRIFFITH ACT 2603 PH 02 6239 0000
EPIC’s camping facilities are set on 70 hectares of unique country surroundings, only eight minutes north of the city and close to Canberra’s major attractions. Over 100 powered sites including large sites for caravans and motor homes. >
Full amenities including facilities for the disabled
Canberra’s only pet friendly camping ground
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Heritage listed, this self-rated five star hotel is located within a short stroll to Canberra’s leading attractions, galleries, museums and Parliament House. Spacious 41sqm rooms with large marble bathrooms featuring separate shower and large soaking baths.
Complimentary Clubhouse Fitness Centre with pool, spa and sauna
Walking distance to Manuka’s shopping and restaurant precinct
Foxtel, WiFi and onsite pool
Traditional afternoon tea buffet served Friday to Sunday
Air-conditioned comfort with modern kitchens, bathrooms and appliances
Park Room · Park Deluxe Room Club Room · Suite
One & Two Bedroom Apartments
OXLEY COURT SERVICED APARTMENTS
Corner Ainslie & Limestone Ave, BRADDON ACT 2612 PH 02 6243 0000
9 Dawes St, KINGSTON ACT 2604 PH 02 6295 6216
Melbourne Building, 28 West Row, CANBERR A ACT 2601 PH 02 6243 2222
Mercure Canberra combines old world charm with modern comforts. A recent $8 million refurbishment highlights many of its original features. Along with 129 rooms, three flexible meeting rooms, a gymnasium, two stunning fish tanks, and complimentary off street car parking, there is also the Courtyard Restaurant and Olims Bar, Bistro and Beer Garden.
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Amazing location! The family owned Manuka Park is ideally located five minutes from Canberra’s CBD, the Parliamentary Triangle, restaurants, cafes, boutique shopping and many national attractions. All apartments include fully equipped kitchens, bathroom and laundry. Secure undercover parking is included.
All Hotel guests receive complimentary WiFi
Beautiful central courtyard
Recent $8 million dollar refurbishment
Standard · Superior · Deluxe Loft
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Are you in Canberra for business? Or visiting on a holiday? Or taking a longer stay? You can make yourself at home at Oxley Court, Kingston.
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Developed within the Heritage-listed Melbourne Building, Quest Canberra offers a variety of stylishly furnished studio, one and two bedroom apartments. The majority of apartments feature large balconies and have full, or semi, selfcontained kitchen and laundry facilities.
Free wireless broadband and Foxtel
Spacious living and dining area and large bedrooms
Fully equipped modern kitchen and separate laundry
Easy access to the business and legal precincts of Canberra
Short stroll to some of the finest restaurants, entertainment, shopping and attractions
Parliament House is a mere 2kms away
One & Two Bedroom Apartments
Studio · One & Two Bedroom Apartments
Stay in Canberra’s finest 5 Star Hotel Located at the footsteps of Parliament House in Canberra, the 5 star Hotel Realm is part of a truly mixed use precinct. With 163 hotel and suite style accommodation rooms all with free WiFi, Apple® Mac Mini TV systems, Nespresso coffee machines and Malin+Goetz amenities. Hotel Realm is complemented by an onsite day spa, state of the art health club with Technogym equipment, Aveda concept hair salon, wholefoods café, fine dining restaurants, casual dining and lounge bars.
+61 2 6163 1800 | firstname.lastname@example.org | 18 National Circuit Barton ACT 2600 | www.hotelrealm.com.au
GADEN TROUT HATCHERY Come see how four species of premier sport fish are bred and raised: Atlantic salmon as well as rainbow, brown and brook trout! View aquariums, visual displays and an informative DVD presentation, then go for a walk around the grounds with one of the experienced hatchery staff and feed the fish! OPEN
VISIT YASS VALLEY
Less than two hours from Canberra, you can walk in the footsteps of early pioneers in the heart of the historic NSW Gold Trails region. Taste the difference with fresh produce at farm gate stalls complete with honesty boxes. Pick your own cherries and taste sweet nectarines, apricots, peaches, apples and figs. Finish your day by kicking back and enjoying a glass of Hilltops Region wine.
Just 45 minutes from Canberra, Yass Valley offers a variety of experiences. It has a proud heritage connection to early rural Australia, a modern food and wine scene and quality affordable accommodation. There’s never been a better time to take a short break, visit Yass Valley and experience how life should be...
10am and 2pm, 1 hour duration 224 Gaden Road, Jindabyne NSW
02 6451 3400 dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/info/gaden
9am–5pm weekdays 9:30am–4pm weekends and public holidays, closed Christmas Day and Good Friday Railway Station, Lovell Street, Young, NSW 02 6382 3394
ADDRESS PHONE WEB
9.30am–4.30pm weekdays 10am–3pm weekends and public holidays (until 4pm during daylight savings) 259 Comur Street, Yass, NSW
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10am–4pm daily, closed Anzac Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day
1300 886 014 yassvalley.com.au
Canberra surrounds From the alps to the sea and in between
Canberra is a central base for exploring the surrounding region. Within a few hoursâ€™ drive you can be in Australiaâ€™s high country exploring the New South Wales Snowy Mountains, or the beautiful unspoilt coastline of the South Coast, or quaint towns and villages close to the capital.
DIVERSE CANBERRA REGION AND SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS The region immediately surrounding the ACT offers world-class arts and crafts, historic towns and villages, spectacular manicured gardens, stunning nature and breathtaking vistas, gourmet delights and three wine regions all within 90 minutes from Canberra. The thriving and historic townships of Braidwood, Bungendore, Bowral, Goulburn, Mittagong, Murrumbateman, Queanbeyan, Yass and Young are among many within an easy drive from the capital. Admire historic buildings, museums and galleries, antique stores, country fare and weekend markets. Find gourmet delights at the many winery cafes and restaurants, in country towns and along country lanes. Canberra is the perfect base for exploring the region’s wineries. With more than 30 cellar doors within 35 minutes drive of the city, you’ll get a true sense of how the varying altitude (from 300 to 800 metres) and micro climates vary and influence the range of cool climate wines that are produced. Take the Poacher’s Way trail. Developed by a group of people inspired by the land and life, the trail features a collective of businesses that offer diverse experiences including dining, cool climate wines, arts, crafts, bed and breakfasts, horse riding excursions and more. Their motto is Live Life Well. visitnsw.com, thesouthernhighlands.com.au and thepoachersway.com.au
EVENT PICKS Australian Blues Music Festival, Goulburn 5–8 February
Brigadoon: The Bundanoon Highland Gathering 11 April
Fireside Festival, Canberra region August weekends
Tulip Time Festival, Bowral 10 September–4 October
Irish Woolfest, featuring the Running of the Sheep, Boorowa 4 October
National Cherry Festival, Young 4–6 December
Australia’s high country is a two and a half hour scenic drive from Canberra. To fully appreciate the beauty of the region, take the Kosciuszko Alpine Way or Snowy Valleys Way touring routes. Discover alpine wildflowers, top ski resorts, wild brumbies, glacial lakes, trout fishing, mountain bike riding, trekking, bushwalking, horse riding and much more including Australia’s highest peak and one of the world’s famous ‘seven summits’, Mount Kosciuszko. Kosciuszko National Park is one of the world’s great national parks and a year-round destination. See alpine and sub-alpine plant species, historic huts, bushwalks, glacial lakes and limestone caves. Walk to the top of Mount Kosciuszko for spectacular views (you can take the quad chair that operates year round from Thredbo ski resort part of the way up) or trek the main range. The NSW ski fields draw skiers like bees to a honeypot each winter. Perisher, Thredbo, Guthega, Charlotte Pass and the family friendly Selwyn Snowfields abound with skiers and snowboarders in winter. In summer Thredbo is open, offering bushwalking, chairlift rides, stunning wildflowers, mountain biking, a bobsled and exciting events including an annual jazz festival. Lake Crackenback is also a popular year round destination. Horseriding is another popular mountain activity. Journey through the countryside made famous in the Man from Snowy River film on a guided horseback trek. Treks range from two hours to more than two days and are suitable for novices to experienced riders. snowymountains.com.au
EVENT PICKS Thredbo Blues Festival 16–18 January
Tumbafest, Tumbarumba 21–22 February
Oceania Cross Triathlon Championships & Multi Sport Festival, Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa 28 February–1 March
Batlow CiderFest 15 May
Festival of the Falling Feast, Tumut 2 May
The Peak Festival, Perisher Valley
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Murrumbateman Field Days, Murrumbateman
PRISTINE SNOWY MOUNTAINS
Snowy Ride, Snowy Mountains Region 7 November
Left: Thredbo Snowy River Horses; Robyn Rowe Chocolates, Murrumbateman
UNSPOILT SOUTH COAST The pristine South Coast of NSW is a two-hour drive from Canberra. Unspoilt coastlines, a fishing paradise, historic villages and nature parks are plentiful. The Grand Pacific Drive covers 140km of some of the most spectacular scenery and coastline in NSW. Explore the surf beaches that stretch from Wollongong in the north to Eden in the south. If driving from Canberra, your first beachside town will be Batemans Bay and you can choose to go north or south from there. Jervis Bay offers some of Australia’s cleanest waterways and whitest sands. Choose from a variety of experiences — take a kayaking excursion to appreciate Jervis Bay’s outstanding scenic, natural and cultural heritage. Head out to sea on a commercial cruise to see dolphins and whales migrating along the coastline or head out to sea on a fishing charter. Dotted along the coast and inland are small towns offering arts, crafts and homewares as well as wineries, museums, and a large water theme park, open daily from September to April. Don’t miss the picturesque towns of Berry, Kangaroo Valley, Tilba and Eden. And if you visit the heritage town of Mogo make sure to stop at the Mogo Zoo, home to Australia’s largest pride of white lions. See everything from a Bengal tiger to giraffes, chimpanzees, meerkats and much more. You can also get up close and personal with one of the incredible animal encounters. southcoast.net.au
EVENT PICKS Husky Long Course Triathlon Festival, Huskisson 20–22 February
Ulladulla Blessing of the Fleet 5 April (Easter Sunday)
Berry Celtic Festival 24 May
Shoalhaven Coast Winter Wine Festival 6–8 June
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Granite Town: Moruya’s Jazz, Food & Funk Festival 17–18 October
Shoalhaven River Festival 25 October
Kangaroo, Jervis Bay; Hyams Beach
travislongmore A #sunset just outside of #Canberra!
Regional gourmet trails Searching for great eats as you travel between Canberra and Sydney either on the coast or inland route? For tempting suggestions about drives and places along the way, check out our Capital, Coast and Country Touring Route Gourmet Trails on visitcanberra.com.au
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Fast facts What you should know
Our fast facts will help you get to and around the nationâ€™s capital.
Drive With a good highway system linking Canberra to surrounding New South Wales, driving to Canberra is easy.
Sydney Direct driving route: 3.5 hours Leave via the M5 tollway, connecting to Hume Highway M31. Take the exit after Goulburn on to the Federal Highway M23. SCENIC DRIVE ROUTES
Leave via the Princes Motorway M1 and follow the coast road to Batemans Bay. Turn onto the Kings Highway B52 and head to Canberra via the historic towns of Braidwood and Bungendore. sydneymelbournetouring.com.au and grandpacificdrive.com.au Take the Mittagong exit from the Hume Highway M31 and follow the Old Hume Highway through picturesque Mittagong, Bowral, Moss Vale and Sutton Forest, and rejoin the Hume Highway M31 to Goulburn and Canberra. southern-highlands.com.au
Melbourne Direct driving route: 8 hours Follow the City Link tollway to the Western Ring Road, connecting to the Hume Highway M31. Near Yass, take the Barton Highway A25 turn off to Canberra. SCENIC DRIVE ROUTES
Follow the coast road through Genoa, Bairnsdale and Eden to Batemans Bay. Turn onto the Kings Highway B52 and head to Canberra via the historic towns of Braidwood and Bungendore. sydneymelbournetouring.com.au and visitvictoria.com
Canberra is 282 kilometres from Sydney, 150 kilometres inland from the east coast and 571 metres above the Pacific Ocean.
Getting to the nation’s capital is easy, whether you fly, catch a train, take a coach or drive.
The national capital’s four distinct seasons, each with their own beauty and charm, turn the city into a kaleidoscope of colour throughout the year, with vibrant spring blossoms turning to a blanket of orange, red and gold leaves in autumn.
Fly into Canberra Airport with Qantas or Virgin Australia. The city centre is a 10-minute drive from the airport by taxi, hire car or shuttle bus.
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Left: Canberra Balloon Spectacular
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Hire cars Avis Budget Europcar Hertz Thrifty Redspot Sixt
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Train and coach NSW TrainLink provides a train service from Sydney Central Station. NSW TrainLink 13 22 32 or nswtrainlink.info
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The city’s shopping centres are generally open 9am to 5.30pm weekdays, with late night shopping at the larger shopping malls until 9pm Fridays, Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday openings generally from 10am to 4pm. Major supermarkets and petrol stations are open longer hours.
QANTAS Virgin Australia
Take an inland drive through Bendigo, Echuca and Albury–Wodonga (sydneymelbournetouring.com.au) and either travel direct to Canberra or take a scenic detour through the Snowy Mountains and visit Khancoban, Tumut, Jindabyne, Thredbo and Cooma. visitnsw.com.au
Several coach operators provide services to Canberra from all over Australia. Greyhound Australia Murrays Australia Transborder Express
1300 473 946 13 22 51 02 6299 3722
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LOCAL TRANSPORT Bus Canberra’s public bus service, ACTION Buses, covers the major sights and most suburbs. Pick up a bus map and timetable from bus interchanges in the city, Belconnen, Woden and Tuggeranong or visit action.act.gov.au Catch the Airport Express bus from the airport to the city via Russell ($12 one way). Call 1300 368 897 or visit royalecoach.com.au The Canberra City Explorer red double decker bus offers a hop on hop off service past many of the city’s top attractions. You can purchase 24 or 48 hour tickets on the bus or from the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre. Visit canberracityexplorer.com.au
Taxis Canberra Elite Taxis
13 22 27 or 0417 672 773 SMS your name, pickup address and time to be collected
1300 222 977
Wheelchair accessible taxis 02 6126 1596 Silver Service
13 31 00
This premium service features luxury sedans and seven seater vans, accredited silver standards, and guaranteed delivery times for bookings.
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Cycling Hire a bike and discover Canberra’s great network of on and off road cycle paths. Row ‘n’ Ride Bike Hire deliver to your hotel, while Mr Spokes Bike Hire is conveniently located by the lake in Acton. The more adventurous can try a guided mountain bike ride with all equipment supplied by Capital Bike Hire. Spinway operates three automated bicycle rental stations outside the Crowne Plaza, Novotel Canberra and QT Canberra.
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There’s no better way to experience Canberra’s beautiful Lake Burley Griffin than by boat. Join a cruise or test your legs on a paddle boat from Lake Burley Griffin Boat Hire.
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Canberra SYDNEY–MELBOURNE DRIVING HOLIDAYS DRIVE YOURSELF AROUND THE REGION Canberra is a fantastic base from which to explore the many treasures of the surrounding region. The region offers historic townships, natural wonders, beautiful coastlines and the famous Snowy Mountains. So allow enough time to linger longer and enjoy all the nation’s capital has to offer. Tourist information: 1300 554 114 Online bookings: visitcanberra.com.au
LEGEND C A P I T A L C O U N T R Y, S O U T H E R N HIGHL ANDS AND SOUTH COA ST
WOLLONGONG AND SOUTHERN HIGHL ANDS (GR A ND PACIFIC DRI V E)
S N O W Y M O U N TA IN S
B LU E M O U N TA IN S
MELBOURNE TO CANBERR A ( S Y D N E Y M E L B O U R N E C O A S TA L D R I V E , V IA PHILLIP ISL AND)
MELBOURNE TO SYDNE Y (SYDNE Y MELBOURNE HE R I TA G E D R I V E )
HI G H WAY/ M A J O R R O A D
S T A T E B O U N D A R Y, A I R P O R T
V I S I T O R INF O R M AT I O N C E N T R E S
ÂŠ Cartoscope Pty Limited
Shopping & food precinct
Canberra and Region Visitors Centre
Attraction – admission charge
Attraction – free admission
CANBERRA CBD LEGEND
AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Central business district
Black Mountain Peninsula