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From street food and pub grub to lauded and awarded cafes and restaurants, Canberra has it all. Satisfy your sweet tooth, cave into your coffee cravings and tick a few treats off your foodie bucket list!
Children of all ages and abilities are catered for in Canberra. There are opportunities for education, exploration and just plain fun in the area's many parks, zoos and kid-friendly museums.
Whether you come to Canberra in spring, summer, autumn or winter, there's always something to do.
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See Canberra from above in a balloon, helicopter or from one of the famous lookouts, or get down and dirty on a bushwalk or bike ride. You can even spend the night with a tiger or a bear!
Make the most of your stay in Canberra with this go-to guide for getting around the city and surrounds.
For wine and beer connoisseurs, Canberra has become a must-visit destination. Take a vineyard or brewery tour, try a cellar-door tasting or a craft brew on tap in one of the pubs and find out what all the fuss is about.
Breathtakingly beautiful beaches, snowcapped mountains, ancient caves â€“ you're spoilt for choice when it comes to things to see and do around Canberra.
Explore this ever-expanding and cosmopolitan city. Thriving new neighourhoods are popping up all the time, offering a wide variety of great shopping, dining, entertainment and cultural experiences.
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Past, present and future are all on display in the national capital. Galleries, museums, libraries and memorials offer fascinating glimpses into Australia's vast history and showcase its thriving art scene. ÂŠ VisitCanberra
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HE WAS A FINALIST ON MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA IN 2016, NOW LOCAL PRESS CAFE’S TRENT HARVEY GIVES HIS TAKE ON THE CITY’S BEST BREAKFAST, BRUNCH AND LUNCH SPOTS
BREAKFAST/BRUNCH THE CUPPING ROOM
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The coffee is front and centre as the hero of the morning at The Cupping Room, and the blend changes daily. Breakfast dishes range from egg and bacon rolls to French toast and salmon tartare. TRENT’S TAKE: “Really good food and coffee. It’s super popular, so you may have to wait for a table on the weekend.” (02) 6257 6412 thecuppingroom.com.au
A relaxed and warm suburban cafe to take a break with a coffee. Choose from treats including the breakfast burrito or the famous hotcakes with flavours like raspberry and coconut. TRENT’S TAKE: “It’s really good, and is a suburban place that is pushing the envelope. Their hotcakes are really popular if you want to treat yourself.” (02) 6162 2027 doubleshotdeakin.com.au
LOCAL PRESS CAFE KINGSTON FORESHORE | CAFE | $$ As the seasons change, so do the menus. Choose from local-produce-inspired dishes like baked chilli con carne, smoked leg ham toasted sandwich, French toast with plums or pearl barley porridge. TRENT’S TAKE (ON HIS WORKPLACE): “One of the best breakfasts in town. We have a commitment to fresh and local ingredients. The green pea pancake’s been on the menu for ages and is a favourite.” (02) 6162 1422 localpresscafe.com.au
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CAPITAL REGION FARMERS MARKET EXHIBITION PARK IN CANBERRA | MARKETS | $ With more than 100 stalls, this is heaven for foodies. There are baked goods, fruit and veg, meat and seafood, gourmet goods and more. Open 7:30am to 11:30am every Saturday. Arrive early to have your pick of the produce or go later to bag a bargain. TRENT’S TAKE: “It really embraces local producers and it’s a great spot to get breakfast.” 0400 852 227 capitalregionfarmersmarket.com.au
KINGSTON | CAFE | $ It got a special mention in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2017 for its range of freshly cooked breads and pastries and homemade jams. There are also tarts in a range of interesting flavours, like blackcurrant, Cabernet and mint. TRENT’S TAKE: “It’s a bit of an institution and does your traditional breakfast and brunch. They also do great sandwiches.” (02) 6260 6060 silobakery.com.au
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POACHERS PANTRY HALL | MODERN AUSTRALIAN | $$ The family-run country business smokes its own meats and recently refurbished the cafe. Choose from fresh-produce-laden meals like the Poachers big breakfast or Portuguese baked eggs. TRENT’S TAKE: “It’s a bit out of town but worth the trip. It’s a nice country place to visit.” (02) 6230 2487 poacherspantry.com.au
ITALIAN AND SONS BRADDON | ITALIAN | $$ A wildly popular haunt for lovers of classic Italian dishes like margherita pizza or pasta options that range from rabbit tortellini to blue swimmer crab linguine. There’s even a bar tucked out the back if you’re after a glass or two of wine. TRENT’S TAKE: “They know what they’re doing when it comes to Italian food and it’s highly acclaimed.” (02) 6162 4888 italianandsons.com.au
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CITY WEST | ITALIAN | $$$ It’s Italian inspired but there are also plenty of hearty options from the grill, like the Black Angus rib eye steak and the Coney Island burger. The Beer Steamed Prawn Cocktail is also hard to go past. TRENT’S TAKE: “It’s a glitzy one on the scene, so definitely worth a visit.” (02) 6247 1488 qthotelsandresorts.com/canberra
URBAN PANTRY MANUKA | MODERN AUSTRALIAN | $$ There’s a Hamptons-esque décor and fresh dishes to match. Choose from the all-day breakfast menu and enjoy your meal in the al fresco dining area. TRENT’S TAKE: “It’s got classic dishes and it’s always consistent.” (02) 6162 3556 urbanpantrymanuka.com.au
“I’M A FANATIC FOR GREAT BREAD, AND I’VE NEVER FOUND ANYTHING TO BEAT SILO IN KINGSTON. I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THE PLACE.” - FRANK VAN DE LOO, MOUNT MAJURA WINEMAKER CAPITOL BAR & GRILL
PODFOOD PIALLIGO | MODERN AUSTRALIAN | $$$ Located at the Pialligo plant farm, it’s teeming with patrons on a sunny day. On the deck of the restored 1930s cottage you can dine on dishes like beetroot cured ocean trout or mushroom and pinenut ravioli. TRENT’S TAKE: “They’re really innovative and always use the latest techniques and ingredients with their dishes.” (02) 6257 3388 podfood.com.au
IVY & THE FOX ACTON | CAFE | $$ A cute spot to stop for an all-day breakfast. Try the jerk chicken with herbed waffles or the sweet potato and grilled haloumi salad. TRENT’S TAKE: “It’s a great place that reflects Canberra’s cafe culture. Simple dishes done well.” (02) 6257 9229 facebook.com/ivyfoxfood
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AUBERGINE GRIFFITH | MODERN AUSTRALIAN | $$$$ With two chef hats under its belt once again, Aubergine prides itself on using seasonal produce with a creative flair. Chef Ben Willis has been at the helm of the suburban restaurant since 2008. After returning from working in London, he saw a hole in the market for fine dining with a more casual twist. And it’s proven to be a winning formula. Aubergine sources produce locally, and the four-course $90-per-person menu changes constantly. Examples of dishes are spiced duck breast with caramelised endive, carrot and orange puree, kingfish steamed with kaffir lime, and brown butter ice cream with hazelnut praline. Plus, the wine list is exceptional. (02) 6260 8666 aubergine.com.au
THESE FINE DINING RESTAURANTS DESERVE ALL THE ACCOLADES THEY’VE RECEIVED
“AUBERGINE IS THE PLACE TO GO FOR SPECIAL DINING OCCASIONS. THE STAFF ARE ALL VERY WELL TRAINED AND MAKE IT AN EXPERIENCE.” AUBERGINE
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- HUGH KELLY, 2016 AUSTRALIA BARISTA CHAMPION AND ONA COFFEE BARISTA
CANBERRA CITY | MODERN EUROPEAN | $$$$ One of the city’s most established fine dining restaurants, Courgette continues to deliver with its understated elegance and complex dishes. Featuring a hushed dining room and white table linen, it’s a favourite for special occasions. European-trained chef James Mussillon experiments with glazes, foams and sauces in his dishes, which range from the in-house smoked salmon with seared scallop, fennel sand, cauliflower puree and fermented black garlic to the baked hazelnut tart with coffee mascarpone mousse, raspberry gel, dulce de leche and praline dust. On offer are a $66-per-person three-course à la carte lunch and an $88-per-person four-course à la carte dinner menu. (02) 6247 4042 courgette.com.au
Great Food HATS OFF TO THE WINNERS
COURGETTE WATERS EDGE
The Sydney Morning Herald 2017 Good Food Guide awards handed out plenty of coveted hats to Canberra’s restaurants.
AUBERGINE (2 HATS)
PARKES | MODERN AUSTRALIAN | $$$$
Nestled on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin, with the water glistening outside its windows, Waters Edge offers exceptional views across the city. It’s another Canberra restaurant owned by chef James Mussillon and is well regarded for its exceptional service, lofty dining room and beautifullycrafted food. It’s an intimate setting to experience dishes like Mandagery Creek venison, confit duck leg, truffled mash and cinnamon-crusted donuts with maple and clove syrup. The wine list is updated regularly and includes a broad range of award winners from French and German wineries, as well as plenty of local options. (02) 6273 5066 watersedgecanberra.com.au
CANBERRA CITY TEMPORADA
LANTERNE ROOMS CAMPBELL
MONSTER KITCHEN AND BAR NEWACTON
CAMPBELL | ASIAN | $$$$
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LANTERNE ROOMS Lanterne Rooms is a small dining space, dimly lit with Asian-inspired lanterns that create an inviting, moody space to share a meal. The dishes are Southeast Asian with a modern, refined sophistication. Located at a suburban shopping strip in Campbell, this is one restaurant worth seeking out. There are banquet menu options for $68 or $75 per person, or select dishes off the à la carte menu devised by chef Daniel Mark. On offer are tom yum-infused prawns with rockmelon and apple, Malaysian duck rolls and Shanghai rice noodles with dark soy, calamari, prawns and scallops. (02) 6249 6889 chairmangroup.com. au/lanterne_rooms
CANBERRA CITY | MODERN AUSTRALIAN | $$$ Temporada means season in Spanish, and that’s certainly one of the key influences on the tapas-inspired menu at chef Ben Willis’s second Canberra venue. Variety is also key, with three different types of oysters (natural or woodgrilled) available, as well as small starters like marinated sardine on toast or cured meats and pickles. Larger plates range from corn and potato tortellini to a whole roasted lamb shoulder. Featuring décor that includes fence palings on the walls and pressed steel roofing, Temporada offers fine dining with a relaxed feel. (02) 6249 6683 temporada.com.au
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EXQUISITE CUISINES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
FAMILY FAVOURITES DICKSON DUMPLING HOUSE DICKSON | CHINESE | $ You’re spoilt for choice in this packed suburban favourite. Seafood dishes to choose from include salt and pepper fish and golden king prawns, but it’s hard to go past the steaming plates of dumplings. (02) 6248 8350
BRISCOLA CANBERRA CITY | ITALIAN | $$ Named after an Italian card game, this restaurant has a few tricks up its sleeve. Choose from classic Italian fare like pastas and arancini, or grab a few pizzas for the whole table to share. (02) 6248 5444 briscolapizzeria.com.au
KUSINA WESTON CREEK | FILIPINO | $$ It’s a treat to find Filipino restaurant Kusina in the suburbs. The menu is designed for sharing with dishes like Kare Kare, a traditional Filipino stew, and crispy pata, which is deep fried pork hock. (02) 6288 8461 kusina.com.au
TOMMY & ME
CANBERRA CITY | CHINESE/ MALAYSIAN | $ In the heart of the city, it’s hard to go past this cheap and cheerful Canberra mainstay. Tuck into the chicken fillet Szechuan style or one of the many hawker-style noodle dishes. (02) 6247 1464 sammyskitchen.com.au
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LA CANTINA NARRABUNDAH | ITALIAN | $$$ Be transported to Italy in the cosy brick dining room. Large portions and perfect pasta. (02) 6239 5556 la-cantina.com.au
MACGREGOR | MODERN AUSTRALIAN | $ Tommy & Me prides itself on being the most kid-friendly cafe in Canberra. Craft activities will keep the littlies busy while you enjoy classic dishes like burgers and nachos. (02) 6254 0065 tommyandme.com.au
LOCALE DEAKIN | ITALIAN | $$
salamis, or enjoy the thin-based pizzas. They prove the dough for 48 hours, and use buffalo mozzarella from Italy, so this is the real deal. (02) 6140 7039 moltoitalian.com
A neighbourhood joint dishing out tasty classic, woodfired pizzas. (02) 6162 2888 localepizzeria.com.au
PRIMO ITALIAN FARE MOLTO ITALIAN KINGSTON | ITALIAN | $$ Choose from antipasti of cheeses and
MEZZALIRA RISTORANTE CANBERRA CITY | ITALIAN | $$$ Veteran Italian restaurant Mezzalira has a strong reputation for its delicate Italian dishes. If you’re an early bird, there’s a dinner and wine menu option for $42 between 6pm and 7.30pm. (02) 6230 0025 mezzalira.com.au
BENTHAM STREET BAR ‘N’ PIZZA YARRALUMLA | ITALIAN | $$ An unassuming corner restaurant that serves up hot, fresh pizzas. Toppings are outside the box and include lemongrass and lime chicken. (02) 6282 7741
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ASIAN FUSION ABELL’S KOPI TIAM MANUKA | MALAYSIAN/CHINESE | $$ A bright and bustling place to indulge in some Asian fusion dishes. Give the tastebuds a workout with the 20 chilli lamb curry or the assam Australian king prawns. (02) 6239 4199 abellskopitiam.com.au
IORI JAPANESE CANBERRA CITY | JAPANESE | $$$ Modern and fresh Japanese fare with an intimate décor. If you have a large party, order a banquet to try all the delicacies. (02) 6257 2334 iori.com.au
The yellow bus is a Canberra icon and the go-to spot for a late-night snack, like the Canberra dog (hot dog with cheese, bacon and onion) or Nutella crepes. 0405 551 782 facebook.com/themandalaybus
Three great halal places to wake up your tastebuds.
OTTOMAN CUISINE BARTON | TURKISH | $$$$ (02) 6273 6111 ottomancuisine.com.au
CANBERRA CITY | KOREAN | $$
XO RESTAURANT NARRABUNDAH | MODERN ASIAN | $$$ This modern and hip suburban local is always buzzing with the cool crowd. Its dishes live up to the hype with crispy lamb ribs and sexy squid both winners. (02) 6295 9696 xo-restaurant.com.au
BLU GINGER CANBERRA CITY | INDIAN | $$ The spices of India will envelop you at this busy upmarket city restaurant. Dish sizes are plentiful and you can pick how hot you want your curries to be. Recommended to sample is the classic chicken tikka masala. (02) 6247 2228 bluginger.com.au
FOODIE BUCKET LIST Don’t leave Canberra without trying one (or all) of these iconic dishes.
MONSTER KITCHEN AND BAR − YABBY JAFFLE This isn’t your ordinary jaffle. Packed with yabby, crème fraîche, gruyere and horseradish, it was named one of the top Australian dishes to try before you die by the Good Food Guide. (02) 6287 6287 monsterkitchen.com.au
It’s hard to go past the Korean fried chicken at this relaxed city spot. There are 14 varieties of the chicken on offer! Choose from flavour variations like sweet soy and honey and snow cheese. (02) 6247 5525
STREET FOOD FIX THE HAMLET BRADDON | VARIOUS | $ An urban village of street food stalls, The Hamlet springs up from Wednesday to Sunday. Choose from the variety of food trucks that change regularly and then browse the markets. 0407 283 218 facebook.com/The-Hamlet
PAPPARICH CANBERRA CITY | MALAYSIAN | $$ (02) 6230 4929 papparich.net.au
TAJ AGRA DICKSON AND BELCONNEN | INDIAN | $$ Belconnen: (02) 6251 7747 Dickson (02) 6249 6633
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AKIBA − PORK BELLY BUN
CHAIRMAN & YIP − DUCK PANCAKES
Also recommended by the Good Food Guide, the steamed pork belly bun with Asian slaw is the perfect snack to eat one-handed. (02) 6162 0602 akiba.com.au
The menu may be tweaked at this upscale Asian restaurant, but the roast duck and mushroom pancakes always prove a popular choice. (02) 6162 1220 chairmangroup.com.au/chairmanyip
BRODBURGER − BRODDELUXE A delicious flame-grilled hamburger (pictured right) with two beef patties, eggs, crispy bacon, homemade aoili, your choice of cheese and more! (02) 6162 0793 brodburger.com.au
EIGHTYSIX − BLACK CHICKEN WITH BUTTERMILK SLAW Cooked in a Southern barbecue-style jam and then charred, the juicy chicken is perfectly complemented by the crunchy slaw. (02) 6161 8686 eightysix.com.au
THE FARMHOUSE RESTAURANT AT PIALLIGO ESTATE
EIGHTYSIX BRADDON | MODERN AUSTRALIAN | $$$$
IN STYLE THE FARMHOUSE RESTAURANT AT PIALLIGO ESTATE PIALLIGO | MODERN AUSTRALIAN | $$$$ Step inside, be enveloped by the cosy atmosphere and admire the tranquil garden outlook. The high-vaulted timber ceiling and warm fireplaces make The Farmhouse an inviting and decadent dining destination.
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One of the liveliest venues in town, Eightysix is fun, noisy and always popular. There’s the option to sit at a table or pull up a bar stool overlooking the chefs working in the kitchen. Dishes range from pappardelle with lamb and rosemary ragu to black chicken with buttermilk slaw. If you have a sweet tooth, you won’t be able to go past the caramel popcorn sundae or banoffee pie. Just make sure you get your order in quick smart because, once it’s sold out, it’s “eighty-sixed” and removed from the night’s menu. (02) 6161 8686 eightysix.com.au
TREAT YOURSELF TO ONE OF CANBERRA’S TOP DINING EXPERIENCES
Savour dishes like Kangaroo Island scallops, Muscovy duck from the Macedon Ranges or chestnut gnocchi. Adjacent to the Farmhouse are the Garden Pavilions, which offer meals made with fresh, locally-sourced seasonal produce and fantastic views of the estate’s vineyards and the Canberra skyline. (02) 6247 6060 thepialligoestate. com.au/dining/farmhouse-restaurant
MONSTER KITCHEN AND BAR NEWACTON | MODERN AUSTRALIAN | $$$ Nestled at the base of one of Canberra’s hippest hotels is the Monster Kitchen and Bar. There’s a strong focus on seasonal and local produce and the menu changes as the day ticks on. Hotel guests and locals arrive early for brunch and their caffeine fix, while late risers can enjoy the bar menu (12pm-1am) and shared plates (12pm-10pm). With an industrial fit-out, there are plenty of nooks – from tables to seats by the fireplace – to settle in and watch Canberra’s good-looking crowd drift by. Dishes include cured kingfish, crispy fried quail and pulled lamb shoulder. (02) 6287 6287 monsterkitchen.com.au
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“I GO TO MONSTER KITCHEN AND BAR REGULARLY. THE FOOD IS REALLY GOOD AND IT’S A GREAT ADDITION TO CANBERRA. LILOTANG IS MODERN AND LIGHT. IT’S REALLY GREAT FOR LUNCH.”
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VINCENT BARTON | MODERN AUSTRALIAN | $$$ “Less is more” when it comes to the number of dishes on the menu at this sleek dining establishment. Choose from small plates like a medley of beetroot or smoked wagyu, or share large plates like confit duck leg or lamp rump. (02) 6273 7773 vincentrestaurant.com.au
THE PEDLAR CAMPBELL | BRUNCH/ GASTRO PUB | $$
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KINGSTON | MODERN AUSTRALIAN/ MEDITERRANEAN | $$$
BARTON | JAPANESE | $$$$
Formerly the chef at one of Canberra’s best restaurants, Ottoman, Erkin Esen has now branched out to run Pomegranate with his wife, Ziba. Located on the ground floor of Kingston’s York Apartments, it’s sophisticated and smoothly industrial with Middle Eastern touches that reflect Esen’s heritage. The menu features fresh, uncomplicated fare like chargrilled Cowra lamb cutlets, and Wagyu beef sirloin with mash potato, with interesting twists like the Turkish dessert sekerpare, and passionfruit cheesecake with pomegranate caviar. (02) 6295 1515 pomegranatekingston.com
When LiloTang threw open its doors in 2015, its aim was to dish up traditional Japanese cuisine to the capital in style and it has succeeded. You can expect duck breast sukiyaki or black cod with saikyo miso yaki. There’s also a robata grill, which cooks dishes over white binchotan charcoal that is heated to a sizzling 400°C. Located in the Burbury Hotel & Apartments foyer, the décor is sleek with concrete floors and timber panelling. There’s also an impressive sake list with more than 15 varieties on offer. (02) 6273 1424 chairmangroup.com.au/lilotang
A relaxed and sunny spot perfect for indulging in a late breakfast or lazy Sunday lunch on the terrace. Breakfasts include fried duck egg or coconut crushed French toast, plus there’s pub fare like burgers or slow-braised beef cheek. (02) 5100 5929 thepedlar.com.au
THE MEATING ROOM WESTON CREEK | BRUNCH/ GASTRO PUB | $$ Hip and laidback is the vibe, with graffiti art on the walls and milk cartons as light shades. On offer are classic pub meals done well, like pizzas, burgers and schnitzel. (02) 6288 6328 meatingroom.com.au
THE MEAT & WINE CO KINGSTON | MODERN | $$$
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It’s already popular in Sydney and Melbourne and now there’s an establishment at the popular Kingston Foreshore. Tuck into flame-grilled skewers, ribs or the special Monte Beef sourced from Australian farms. themeatandwineco.com
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PATISSEZ CANBERRA CITY AND MANUKA | DESSERT 2016 Australian Barista Champion Hugh Kelly of ONA Coffee shares his top three sweet spots.
FRUGII DESSERT LABORATORY BRADDON | DESSERT “Their ice creams have amazing creamy texture and intensity of flavour, meaning a little bit goes a long way. Their mango sorbet is also very delicious.” 0438 366 368 frugii.com
Home of the famous Freakshake (pictured below). patissez.com.au
BOMBOLINI CANBERRA MARKETS | DOUGHNUTS Gooey centred doughnuts to die for. 0424 381 235 facebook.com/bombolinidoughnuts
THE FLUTE BAKERY FYSHWICK | DESSERT
RICARDO’S CAFE MACQUARIE | DESSERT “Really delicious mousse cakes and injectable doughnuts.” (02) 6251 2666 ricardoscafe.com
SPACE KITCHEN PHILLIP | DESSERT “Great presentation of the sweets, and the perfect treats to be given as part of a gift or special occasion.” (02) 6281 6668 space-kitchen.com.au
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Owner Sasa Sestic was voted the World Barista Champion in 2015, so that gives you an inkling about how good the coffee is. Three locations and they roast their own beans. onacoffee.com.au
Delectable cakes, tarts and more. (02) 6280 8001 theflutebakery.com.au
BRADDON | BRUNCH/CAFE | $
Fantastic coffee and tasty dishes like Colby cheese toasties. There’s a strong focus on quality produce, including milk from local dairies, and coffee from Fair Trade farms. 0423 100 814 barriocollective.com
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ARANDA AND CIVIC | BRUNCH/CAFE | $ The hand-roasted beans and all-day menus make both locations popular for weekend brunches. twobeforeten.com.au
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About 30 minutes’ drive from the capital, some excellent wineries, including the Canberra District’s well-known label, Clonakilla, thrive on the Yass Plains.
MURRUMBATEMAN CLONAKILLA The new expansive cellar door and tasting room is the perfect spot to try a few drops. The Shiraz Viognier is one of the country’s most awarded wines, and has been referred to by James Halliday’s Wine Companion as “a masterpiece”. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10am to 5pm daily. (02) 6227 5877 clonakilla.com.au WHERE TO EAT: Poachers Pantry.
JEIR CREEK WINES The Howell family-owned winery runs educational tours of the property as well as tastings of its cool-climate wines. Dessert wine Botrytis Semillon Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect last tipple. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday. (02) 6227 5999 jeircreekwines.com.au WHERE TO EAT: Poachers Pantry.
have won countless accolades, while the Cabernet Sauvignon is also a specialty, thanks to the district’s land and climate. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10am to 5pm Thursday to Monday. (02) 6227 5953 helmwines.com.au WHERE TO EAT: Poachers Pantry.
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HELM WINES Established in 1973, Helm Wines is a family-run winery with Ken Helm and his daughter Stephanie the winemakers. The Rieslings, including the classic dry Riesling,
SHAW VINEYARD ESTATE Named one of Australia’s top 10 Dark Horse wineries in the 2017 James Halliday Awards. Graeme and Ann Shaw oversee the family winery and their Shiraz and Riesling cellar door ranges are highly regarded. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10am to 5pm Wednesday to Sunday. (02) 6227 5827 shawvineyards.com.au WHERE TO EAT: Flint at Shaw Vineyard Estate. Lunch: Thursday to Sunday. Dinner: Wednesday to Saturday.
YARRH WINES Nestled in a bushland setting, Yarrh Wines offers sweeping views over the Yass River Valley. A relatively new vineyard, its Riesling and Shiraz have already achieved medal status. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 11am to 5pm Friday to Sunday (except July). (02) 6227 1474 yarrhwines.com.au WHERE TO EAT: Food and wine flights available on site.
FOUR WINDS VINEYARD Graeme and Suzanne Lunney planted their first vines in 1998. The hand-pruned family winery produces six varieties: Rieslings, Shiraz Rosé, Sangiovese, Cabernet Merlot, Shirazes and a Fortified Shiraz. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday. (02) 6227 0189 fourwindsvineyard.com.au WHERE TO EAT: Four Winds Vineyard serves wood-fired pizza.
In between wineries, take a break at one of these other attractions.
ROBYN ROWE CHOCOLATES Handmade Belgian chocolates in 26 varieties, including the popular butterscotch schnapps truffle. (02) 6227 0550 robynrowechocolates.com.au
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DIONYSUS WINERY This boutique, family-owned winery is named after the Greek god of wine and some of the wine names are inspired by the women in his life. Why not try the Ariadne Sparkling Chardonnay/Pinot Noir, a sparkling blend with apple and pear characters? CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday. (02) 6227 0208 dionysus-winery.com.au WHERE TO EAT: Range of snacks and antipasti platters on site.
GALLAGHER WINES Winemaker Greg Gallagher has been involved in premium wine production for the past 40 years. He’s worked in the Barossa Valley, New Zealand, the USA and France. At his family winery, the Shiraz, Blanc de Blancs and Riesling have all won trophies. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10am to 5pm Thursday to Monday. (02) 6227 0555 gallagherwines.com.au WHERE TO EAT: Cheese sourced from Yass Valley served on site.
OLD SAINT LUKE’S STUDIO AND GALLERY Wood-fired ceramics sold in a historic 19th-century stone building. (02) 6236 8197 oldsaintlukesstudio.com.au
BURNELEE EXCURSIONS ON HORSEBACK Saddle up and muster cattle or sheep for
a real country experience. Suits all levels. (02) 6227 5850 burnelee.com.au
REDBROW GARDEN A farmstay B&B on 10 hectares with a rambling garden (pictured inset). (02) 6226 8166 canberraguesthouse.com.au
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MCKELLAR RIDGE WINES
Established in 2005, it’s already made a name for itself due to its small batches of wines, which have received multiple medals and high-scoring reviews from wine judges in masked tastings. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: Noon to 5pm Sundays. (02) 6258 1556 mckellarridgewines.com.au WHERE TO EAT: Poachers Pantry.
Ken Helm, owner of Helm Wines, shares his favourite food places. CLEMENTINE RESTAURANT, YASS: “It’s an outstanding restaurant.” (02) 6226 3456 clementinerestaurant.com.au
WILY TROUT VINEYARD Set on the granite hills between Murrumbateman and Canberra, the vineyard produces classic cool-climate wines, including a soft, peppery Shiraz, and a fruity Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 9.30am to 5pm daily. (02) 6230 2487 wilytrout.com.au WHERE TO EAT: Poachers Pantry on site. FOUR WINDS VINEYARD
CAPITAL WINES This small wine company focuses on offering premium Canberra-region wines and also contracts for 17 other wine labels from the region. The Kyeema vineyard is one of only a handful in the area to produce old vine Shiraz. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10am to 5.30pm Thursday to Sunday. (02) 6236 8555 capitalwines.com.au WHERE TO EAT: Daughters At Hall.
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GRAZING AT THE ROYAL HOTEL, GUNDAROO: “It’s set in a beautiful old hotel and the chef is fantastic. They’re focused on matching food with local wines.” 02 6236 8777 grazing.com.au PATRICK’S BUTCHERY, YASS: “It’s an icon and my favourite butchers.” (02) 6226 1368 THE YASS COURTHOUSE: “It’s an absolute gem of a building. Yass is one of the oldest towns in Australia and has plenty of beautiful historic buildings to admire.” (02) 6226 1075
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YASS PLEASE! Clonakilla Wines vintner Tim Kirk offers his top tips on where to go locally.
TRADER AND CO, YASS: “It’s a new, really good cafe and they also sell pottery.” (02) 6226 3893 traderandco.com.au
YAZZBAR, YASS: “A little groovy wine bar with lots of live music.” (02) 6226 3138 yazzbar.com.au
THYME TO TASTE, YASS: “A deli and cafe that has great bread and artisanal products. I love their Jersey milk products from Tilba.” 0403 999 899 thymetotaste.com.au
COOMA COTTAGE, YASS: “It’s the house built by [explorer] Hamilton Hume. Go and see how he and his family lived in the 1840s.” (02) 6226 1470 nationaltrust.org.au/places/ cooma-cottage
HILL OF HALL WALLAROO WINES After a career in media, Philip Williams and his wife Carolyn Jack established the vineyard in 1997. Their Riesling and Sparkling Riesling have both performed well at the Canberra Regional Wine Show. Visits by appointment. (02) 6230 2831 wallaroowines.com.au WHERE TO EAT: The Drawing Room, Crace.
BRINDABELLA HILLS WINERY The family-owned winery is run by Roger and Faye Harris. Their Chardonnay and Shiraz have won trophies and their Riesling and Sangiovese are also strong performers. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10am to 5pm weekends and public holidays. (02) 6230 2583 brindabellahills.com.au WHERE TO EAT: Vineyard Café on site.
5-STAR WINNERS These Canberra wineries were the stars among James Halliday’s 5-star wineries for 2017: Capital Wines; Clonakilla; Collector Wines; Eden Road Wines; Four Winds; Helm Wines; Lark Hill; Lerida Estate; Mount Majura Vineyard; Nick O’Leary Wines; Ravensworth Wines; Shaw Vineyard Estate.
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PANKHURST WINES Established by agricultural scientist Allan Pankhurst in 1986, this vineyard has produced a number of award-winning wines, including the 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon and the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10am to 5pm weekends and public holidays. (02) 6230 2592 pankhurstwines.com.au WHERE TO EAT: Cheese platters and picnic facilities on site.
The vineyards are some of the oldest in the region. The Autumn Gold is a lovely accompaniment to cheese and fruit, while the Sweet Touriga is the ideal after-dinner drink. There’s also a range of homemade produce like jams and olive oil available for purchase. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10am to 5pm weekends and public holidays. 02 6230 2046 survhill.com.au WHERE TO EAT: Pomegranate Bistro on site, open from midday to 3pm.
A COOL CLIMATE IN AUSTRALIA IS TYPICALLY LOWER THAN 19°C. COOL CLIMATE WINE REGIONS TEND TO PRODUCE WINES WHICH HAVE TART FRUIT FLAVOURS AND MORE ACIDITY.
LARK HILL WINERY
BUNGENDORE, WAMBOIN, LAKE GEORGE MOUNT MAJURA VINEYARD Named Canberra district’s best large cellar door by Gourmet Traveller Wine in 2016, it’s an inviting spot to sample wines. Current winemaker Frank van de Loo took over managing the vineyards in 1998 and he’s had great success with the flagship Tempranillo variety. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10am to 5pm Thursday to Monday. (02) 6262 3070 mountmajura.com.au WHERE TO EAT: Cheese, including truffled brie in winter, and regional tasting plates available at the cellar door.
LARK HILL WINERY LERIDA ESTATE WINES
The family-run winery is certified Biodynamic and its Austrian-style Gruner Veltliner is incredibly popular. Once you’ve visited the cellar door, there’s a restaurant where you can enjoy the views over the vineyards. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 11am to 4pm Wednesday to Monday. (02) 6238 1393 larkhillwinery.com WHERE TO EAT: Lark Hill Winery restaurant on site.
LERIDA ESTATE WINES MOUNT MAJURA VINEYARD
Acclaimed Australian architect Glenn Murcutt designed the winery for owners Jim Lumbers and Anne Caine. The open design
means visitors can watch the winemakers in action, including the crushing and fermentation of the grapes. The 2015 Botrytis Pinot Gris was awarded Gold status by the James Halliday Wine Companion 2017. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10am to 5pm daily. (02) 6295 6640 leridaestate.com.au WHERE TO EAT: Café Lerida on site.
AFFLECK VINEYARD First established in 1976, this is one of the smallest wineries in the region. Well known for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, it also has a range of fortified wines. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10am to 4pm daily. 0415 484 113 affleck.com.au WHERE TO EAT: Grazing at Gundaroo.
ADDED EXTRAS HARTLEY HALL MARKETS Held on the first Sunday of the month (except January) it has more than 300 stalls selling local produce and homewares. (02) 6282 4411 hallmarkets.com.au
THE TRUFFLE FARM Join a truffle hunt and learn how truffles are harvested (pictured right). 0400 483 082 thetrufflefarm.com.au
WINERIES WITHOUT CELLAR DOORS Ravensworth and Nick O’Leary Wines are both local wineries that produce excellent Canberra wines. ravensworthwines.com.au nickolearywines.com.au
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PERFECT MATCH Choose the right wine to complement your meal with vintage recommendations from these wineries. Capital Wines 2013 Kyeema Vineyard Reserve Merlot – beef casserole Clonakilla 2015 Shiraz Viognier – Asian and Middle Eastern dishes Collector Wines 2013 Reserve Shiraz – lamb roast Eden Road Wines 2013 Canberra Syrah (inset) – light red meat or hearty duck dishes Four Winds Vineyard 2015 and 2016 Rieslings – seafood and curry dishes Helm Wines 2015 Premium Riesling – seafood and Asian dishes Lark Hill 2015 Gruner Veltliner – rich fish dishes Lerida Estate 2012 Pinot Noir – rich game dishes like kangaroo or quail or grilled Atlantic salmon Mount Majura Vineyard 2014 Shiraz – lamb dishes Nick O’Leary Wines 2015 Shiraz – beef, lamb or rich pasta dishes Ravensworth 2016 Riesling – oysters or seafood Shaw Vineyard Estate 2014 Shiraz Merriman Reserve – barbecued red meats and spicy Asian dishes
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LAKE GEORGE WINERY The 150-hectare property is perched on the hills overlooking Lake George. Established in 1971, its award-winning wines include the Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Semillon and Botrytis Semillon. It’s also a popular site for weddings. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 9am to 4.30pm Thursday to Sunday. (02) 4848 0182 lakegeorgewinery.com.au WHERE TO EAT: Westering Restaurant on site.
CONTENTIOUS CHARACTER Formerly Lambert Vineyards, Contentious Character is a contemporary vineyard estate with cellar door, dinner and function facilities. Wines on offer include a Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay and Merlot. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 9am to 5pm weekends. 0418 370 821 contentiouscharacter.com.au WHERE TO EAT: Dining Kitchen on site serves breakfast and lunch including pizza from the pizza oven.
LITTLE BRIDGE WINES This vineyard began when a group of four friends formed a partnership and planted their first vines in 1997. After one of the men had to relocate, the remaining three persisted, growing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Merlot. The white wines are made by Canberra Winemakers, while the friends make the reds. The Riesling and a Shiraz have both received awards. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 11am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday. (02) 6236 9620 littlebridgewines.com.au WHERE TO EAT: The Bushranger Hotel, Collector.
COLLECTOR WINES Sit by the fire in the cellar door tasting room and sample the award-winning Shiraz or Chardonnay. Recent ranges have included a Sangiovese and a Marsanne. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10am to 4pm Friday to Sunday and most public holidays. 0415 991 078 collectorwines.com.au WHERE TO EAT: Some Cafe, Collector.
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TAPPING IN These brewers are trying their luck on the local beer scene.
PACT BEER CO Pact began with three mates in a tiny Canberra kitchen in 2016. Starting with homebrewed prototypes, brewer Kevin Hingston now produces seasonal beers including the Mount Tennent Pale Ale and Brickworks Brown Ale, which are available on tap and in bottles at bars, cafes, restaurants and liquor stores in Canberra and around Australia.
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BENTSPOKE BREWING CO. This microbrewery and taphouse in Braddon is the perfect spot for a pint at the end of the day. Opened in 2014, BentSpoke Brewing Co. has at least 18 different varieties of beer and cider on offer and some change with the seasons. Choose from sturdy stouts or handpressed Brindabella Apple Cider. The bar overlooks the stainless steel tanks of beer and there are also tasty bar snacks like burgers and spicy chicken wings to accompany your brew. (02) 6257 5220 bentspokebrewing.com.au
ZIERHOLZ Since 2005, Zierholz has been supplying Canberra with beers from its microbrewery. The German-inspired beers are on tap at several locations
around town, or you can visit the brewery and restaurant. Some of the beers you can taste include a Schankbier – a traditional German draught – and a Weizen or wheat beer. Prost! (02) 5105 3664 zierholz.com.au
The new Canberra brewer began producing its range of beers in 2016. Its offerings so far include the Coast Ale, the Trail Pale Ale and the Evil Eyed Red IPA (India pale ale, pictured left). The beers are on tap at venues throughout Canberra. 0421 070 193 capitalbrewing.co
WIG & PEN TAVERN & BREWERY The iconic Canberra pub has been pouring pints since 1994. Having moved locations a few years ago, it continues to be a firm favourite with local beer lovers. The British-inspired tavern serves classic pub food with its ales on tap. Choose from varieties like the Irish Red Ale or the Wig & Pen Extra Special Bitter. (02) 6248 0171 facebook.com/wigandpen.canberra
DAVE’S BREWERY TOURS For a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Canberra’s craft breweries, book one of Dave’s Brewery Tours. Three-hour and full-day tours available. 0481 162 820 davesbrewerytours.com.au
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& HERITAGE DELVE INTO AUSTRALIA’S PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE BY VISITING THE MANY MONUMENTS AND MUSEUMS THAT PRESERVE OUR NATION’S IDENTITY
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA
AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL WHAT TO EXPECT: Australia’s armed forces are honoured at this shrine and museum which commemorates the sacrifice of those who’ve died in war. DON’T MISS: The famous “G for George” Lancaster bomber, a Japanese midget submarine and The Last Post ceremony, which is held daily. In the First World War Galleries permanent exhibition “Australia in the Great War” is one of the world’s great collections of WWI material. WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS? Primary and secondary school age children will find plenty to interest them. Read about the interactive Discovery Zone on page 31. FREE ADMISSION (02) 6243 4211 awm.gov.au
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MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRACY
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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA WHAT TO EXPECT: Before you even step inside this social history museum situated on the tip of the Acton Peninsula, take some time to inspect the architecturally stunning building that houses it – it will amaze you. Then, carry on inside to explore exhibits about the land, nation and people of Australia. DON’T MISS: The Phar Lap collection, which features the champion racehorse’s huge heart on display, and the Jerilderie Letter, publican John Hanlon’s handwritten copy of Ned Kelly’s political manifesto. WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS? They’re catered for with interactive adventure game Kspace, which you can read more about on page 31. FREE ADMISSION 1800 026 132 nma.gov.au
NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA WHAT TO EXPECT: Australia’s largest library is home to the world’s biggest collection of resource material recording our nation and its people. Material housed in the library ranges from rare books and magazines to photographs, artworks and oral histories. DON’T MISS: The Treasures Gallery, which contains James Cook’s journal from on board the Endeavour, an original manuscript of “Waltzing Matilda” and the landmark papers of Eddie Mabo. WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS? Older children will enjoy the 45-minute Discover Your National Library tour (2pm Saturdays). FREE ADMISSION (02) 6262 1111 nla.gov.au
MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRACY AT OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE WHAT TO EXPECT: A step back in time to when political tussles and nation-defining events took place in Australia’s original Parliament House, a nationally-listed heritage building. DON’T MISS: Just as essential as spending time in the Prime Ministers of Australia exhibition is a visit to the Opposition Party Room and the Leader of the Opposition’s Office, where you can learn about the important role the opposition plays. WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS? As well as the PLAY UP exhibition (read more on page 31), there are packs to help children explore the museum, the Zine Lounge where they can design their own magazine, a dressup station and the chance to have a photo taken in a replica Speaker’s chair. (02) 6270 8222 moadoph.gov.au
HOUSE & HOMES These historic properties provide a glimpse into Canberra’s past.
BLUNDELLS COTTAGE (02) 6272 2902 nationalcapital.gov.au
CALTHORPES’ HOUSE (02) 6235 5677 historicplaces.com.au/ calthorpes-house
LANYON HOMESTEAD (02) 6235 5677 historicplaces.com.au/ lanyon-homestead
ST JOHN’S SCHOOLHOUSE MUSEUM (02) 6248 8399 stjohnscanberra.org
HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA
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WHAT TO EXPECT: Once Parliament makes a law, it is interpreted and applied by the justices of the highest court in the country. DON’T MISS: If the High Court is in session, proceedings can be observed. Otherwise, guides can answer your questions. WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS? It’s probably a bit dry for most youngsters, but older kids, especially those with an interest in the law, might enjoy it. FREE ADMISSION (02) 6270 6811 hcourt.gov.au
CANBERRA HAS PROVIDED THE BACKDROP FOR A NUMBER OF TV AND FILM PRODUCTIONS, INCLUDING THE CODE, SECRET CITY AND JOE CINQUE”S CONSOLATION.
NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF AUSTRALIA WHAT TO EXPECT: It’s like walking into the Cloud. The Archives act as Australia’s memory, holding millions of government records on countless subjects. DON’T MISS: If your visit coincides with the Federation Gallery being open – it happens once a month, often over a long weekend – you can lay your eyes on the Constitution Act. The document signed by Queen Victoria in 1900 gave birth to the Commonwealth of Australia. WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS? Interactive display Memory of a Nation is a popular exhibit with children. FREE ADMISSION (02) 6212 3600 naa.gov.au
NATIONAL FILM & SOUND ARCHIVE WHAT TO EXPECT: More than 2.16 million Australian works have been collected and stored by the National Film & Sound Archive to preserve our audiovisual heritage. There’s everything from the call of a lyrebird to a Kylie Minogue song, and episodes of Skippy to silent movie The Sentimental Bloke. DON’T MISS: The state-of-the-art 250-seat Arc cinema screens classic Aussie films most days. WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS? What kid doesn’t like listening to music or watching TV? They’ll get a kick out of seeing what their parents and grandparents used to enjoy in The Front Room. FREE ADMISSION (some screenings incur a charge) 1800 067 274 nfsa.gov.au
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PARLIAMENT HOUSE WHAT TO EXPECT: This extraordinary building on Capital Hill is where the decisions that affect all of us are made. DON’T MISS: Having a stickybeak at what goes on in both houses of Parliament when it’s sitting. Tickets can be booked for the 2pm Question Time session. Call the office of the Serjeant-at-Arms on (02) 6277 4889 by 12.30pm on the day of your visit. WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS? Their interest may be limited to the 40-minute free tour. But they should be suitably impressed by the building’s glass elevator and one of the largest tapestries in the world, which hangs in the Great Hall. The tapestry of an Arthur Boyd painting of eucalypts measures 20m x 9m and took 14 full-time weavers at the Victorian Tapestry Workshop two years to complete. FREE ADMISSION (02) 6277 7111 aph.gov.au
WHAT TO EXPECT: Experience the diverse history and contemporary culture of the Canberra region. DON’T MISS: Check out exhibitions by leading local artists and Australian Indigenous arts communities. WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS? They’ll enjoy the works from Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly series. FREE ADMISSION (02) 6207 3968
NOLAN COLLECTION, CANBERRA MUSEUM AND GALLERY
Above right: Nick Cave, 1999, by Howard Arkley, National Portrait Gallery. Right: Deborah Mailman, 1999, by Evert Ploeg and Alex Dimitriades, 2005, by Michael Zavros, National Portrait Gallery.
PARLIAMENT HOUSE DURING ENLIGHTEN CANBERRA
Arts & Culture
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NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY WHAT TO EXPECT: So many faces, all of them important to our country. Considering the idea of a portrait gallery wasn’t really floated until the early 1990s, the breadth and quality of the National Portrait Gallery, which opened in 2008, is exceptional. DON’T MISS: One of the gallery’s first commissions, Howard Arkley’s popular portrait of Nick Cave. Highly emotive works include Benjamin Law’s 1830s plaster busts of Aboriginal leaders Trucaninny and Woureddy. WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS? They’ll enjoy trying to remember the names of all the actors and sports stars lining the walls, plus it’s a great way to sneak in a history lesson! FREE ADMISSION (02) 6102 7000 portrait.gov.au
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As director of Canberra’s National Portrait Gallery, Angus Trumble knows a thing or two about art. Here he reveals his favourite creative experiences in the capital.
I can spend hours at… The National Library of Australia ((02) 6262 1111, nla.gov.au) in its marvellous Treasures Gallery, or peacefully hunting for items of obscure knowledge. I still trust books, mostly old ones. I love heading back in time at… The National Museum of Australia (1800 026 132, nma.gov.au) and exploring the exhibitions and objects. The same is true of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House ((02) 6270 8222, moadoph. gov.au), where, just now, you can see Sir Edmund Barton’s amazing coatee which must have been run up for the Coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra in 1902.
I learn something each time I go to... The National Portrait Gallery ((02) 6102 7000, portrait.gov.au) and envision what it’s like to be a visitor and what impression our institution makes on somebody who might be crossing the threshold for the first time. The collection is the perfect combination of social history and art, though I say it myself! More Australians should visit the… House of Representatives at Parliament House ((02) 6277 7111, aph.gov.au). We are pretty tough on our elected representatives, but you almost always leave the chamber having formed a far better impression than the one you glean from snippets on the news.
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LOCAL ART TRAIL Once you’ve taken in the big galleries, why not check out the work of Canberra’s local artists in one of the city’s many smaller exhibition spaces?
ABORIGINAL DREAMINGS GALLERY (02) 6230 2922 aboriginaldream.com
ANCA (02) 6247 8736
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WHAT TO EXPECT: The gallery is home to more than 160,000 artworks, including a roll call of Australia’s leading artists. Permanent collections are rotated regularly and there are always outstanding, often exclusive, travelling exhibitions gracing the light-filled galleries. Exhibitions in 2017 include Versailles: Treasures from the Palace and Artists of the Great War. DON’T MISS: Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles and John Olsen’s astonishing Sydney Sun. The Sculpture Garden, set on the edge of
Lake Burley Griffin among casuarinas, acacias and grevilleas, features works by Australian and international artists. WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS? Head to NGA Play, a year-round interactive space where children can immerse themselves in art experiences. The aim is to encourage and challenge chiildren to be engaged and stimulated by art. FREE ADMISSION (02) 6240 6411 nga.gov.au
ANU SCHOOL OF ART GALLERY (02) 6125 5841
BEAVER GALLERIES (02) 6282 5294
CANBERRA CONTEMPORARY ARTS SPACE (02) 6247 0188
CRAFT ACT: CRAFT AND DESIGN CENTRE (02) 6262 9333
M16 ARTSPACE (02) 6295 9438
MEGALO PRINT STUDIO + GALLERY (pictured above) (02) 6232 6041
Arts & Culture CANBERRA GLASSWORKS WHAT TO EXPECT: While its primary aim is to provide a workspace for glass artists, it’s also an exceptional gallery for those interested in the craft of working with this delicate material. DON’T MISS: The opportunity to make your own glass paperweight or tumbler under the guidance of a professional artist. Book a weekend workshop and have a go. WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS? Phone ahead to make sure there are artists working, because the kids will love watching them create. There are also hands-on school holiday programs, but you’ll need to book. FREE ADMISSION (Workshops incur a fee) (02) 6260 7005 canberraglassworks.com
INSPIRED CHOICES Local textile designer, Megan Jackson, is the Acting Artistic Director at Megalo Print Studio + Gallery, and has earned herself a reputation for her striking bold patterned textiles and prints. She finds plenty of artistic inspiration around the city. How would you describe Canberra’s local art scene? Diverse and vibrant, with many hidden gems scattered around town. Pick up the quarterly exhibition poster SHOW DOWN at one of the local galleries.
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THE SCHOOL OF ART GALLERY IS A PUBLIC ART SPACE WHICH SHOWCASES THE WORK OF GRADUATING STUDENTS AND PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS.
Which galleries or designers should visitors check out? Megalo Print Studio + Gallery ((02) 6232 6041, megalo.org). Tour the light-filled studios, see artists at work and view the latest print work exhibition. There’s also the fabulous Bilk Gallery ((02) 6162 2761, bilk.com.au), tucked away in the laneway of Manuka and showcasing the best of contemporary jewellery, metal and glass. My top picks of local creatives include the work of Dimity Kidston, Harriet Schwarzrock and Alison Jackson, available through local galleries and boutiques. Where do you go for a unique gift? The Curatoreum at the National Portrait Gallery ((02) 6102 7000, portrait.gov.au) has an amazing collection of books, ceramics, accessories, homewares and textiles. Handsome Pretty (0429 533 338, handsomepretty.com. au) also has a beautifully-curated collection of wares.
TIDBINBILLA NATURE RESERVE
Indigenous BUSHWALKING TRAILS There’s no better place to begin an exploration of Canberra’s Indigenous heritage than at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve ((02) 6205 1233, tidbinbilla.act.gov.au). Located at the foothills of the Australian Alps, just 40 minutes’ drive southwest from Canberra, the reserve contains several sites of Aboriginal significance and a couple of trails you can walk on your own. The Birrigai Time Trail (3km) is an easy walk across grassland to the Birrigai Aboriginal Rock Shelter, where you can see an ancient hearth dating back more than 20,000 years to around the time of the last Ice Age. Tools used during the Pleistocene
epoch have also been unearthed here. A quicker walk (500m) takes you to Hanging Rock, an undercut granite boulder once used as shelter. Alternatively, you can sign up for one of the ranger-guided activities, including walks led by Indigenous rangers, that are conducted on weekends, public holidays and select days during school holidays. Expect to see native animals like kangaroos, koalas, wombats and emus along the way. Tidbinbilla adjoins the larger Namadgi National Park (environment.act.gov.au) which, at more than 100,000 hectares, comprises 46 per cent of the ACT. Aboriginal people have had a long association with Namadgi and there are many Aboriginal heritage sites there, including rock art, stone tools, quarry sites, stone arrangements and campsites. Find out more about the region from an Indigenous ranger on a Murumbung Yurung Murra cultural tour. There are also plenty of walks throughout Namadgi, ranging from ones suitable for day-trippers to the 650km Australian Alps Walking Track.
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The National Gallery of Australia ((02) 6240 6411, nga.gov.au) contains the largest and most significant collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in the world. There
TIDBINBILLA NATURE RESERVE are more than 7500 works by Indigenous people, starting with the foyer’s display of 200 hollow log coffins. Created by 43 artists from Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, in 1988 to represent the previous two centuries of European occupation, the display is a memorial to the Indigenous people who lost their lives during this time. As you venture inside the gallery, you’ll find artworks and artefacts from a range of sources and eras, including Western Desert paintings, watercolours by the Hermannsburg School and contemporary pieces by Aboriginal artists working in urban settings.
Far 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.
INSIDE OR OUTDOORS, CANBERRA OFFERS MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPLORE THE HISTORY AND CULTURE OF AUSTRALIA’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
Arts & Culture BRINGING CULTURES TOGETHER The National Museum of Australia (1800 026 132, nma.gov.au) has a variety of exhibits of significant Indigenous items ranging from 1970s dot paintings to Evonne Goolagong Cawley’s Wimbledon singles trophies and the sketchbook of a 19th century Aboriginal man. The First Australians is the largest gallery in the museum, offering different stories and experiences, while the Torres Strait Island gallery focuses on the history and vitality of Australia’s most northerly region.
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The Ngunnawal heritage trail ((02) 6205 0255, canberratracks.act.gov.au) allows
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you to imagine what life in Canberra was like 20,000 years ago. The trail begins at the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre ((02) 6205 6645, communityservices.act.gov.au/atsia/ cultural_centre) and takes you past locations of significance to the Indigenous inhabitants, ending at the Mt Ainslie Lookout (13 22 81, canberratracks. act.gov.au). Information placards along the route explain the importance of the locations, which were used for a variety of purposes – from hosting neighbouring clans to marriage and initiation ceremonies.
ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSY It started off as a beach umbrella and sign erected opposite Old Parliament House by four Aboriginal men – Michael Anderson, Billy Craigie, Bertie Williams and Tony Coorey – on Australia Day, 1972 to protest the rejection of land rights by the then government. Quickly, support for the “Aboriginal Embassy” grew, especially when footage of police violently dismantling the tents aired on the evening news. Destroyed again by a storm in 1974, it also faced an arson attack and various relocations, before being re-established in its original position in 1992. Now, the Aboriginal Tent Embassy has been given heritage status and remains a symbol of the struggle by Australia’s Indigenous population to have their native title recognised and to bring about an end to discrimination.
Regional manager of Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Namadgi National Park, Brett McNamara, shares some of his favourite natural (and man-made) spots in the Canberra area.
The most fascinating place is… The Wetlands Sanctuary at Tidbinbilla. To spend some time observing a playful platypus is simply majestic. The perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon. My favourite way to blow off some steam is with… A rigorous walk up Stockyard spur within Namadgi National Park. There’s nothing better than getting the heart rate up while taking in the sheer beauty of the Brindabella Ranges. If I want a sweet treat, I visit… Red Brick Espresso ((02) 6285 1668, redbrickespresso.com.au), a wonderful little boutique hideaway nestled in
amongst the Curtin Shops. They know how to make coffee dreams come true. For a last-minute gift I go to... The Pialligo precinct. With a fantastic array of speciality shops – from smokehouse gourmet delights to unique little garden nursery treasures – you’re sure to find something special. There is always a feel-good atmosphere at… The National Arboretum Canberra (13 22 81, nationalarboretum.act.gov. au). There is something just wonderful about immersing yourself in this environment with stunning views across our beautiful bush capital.
Discover where Australia’s stories come alive at the National Museum of Australia. Located on the shores of Lake Burley Griﬃn, the Museum’s stunning architecture oﬀers visitors an extraordinary place to explore the rich and diverse stories of Australia and its people.
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TIDBINBILLA NATURE RESERVE Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is an iconic place to encounter native wildlife in their natural setting. Nestled at the base of the Tidbinbilla Range, the reserve is only a 40 minute drive south-west of Canberra’s city centre. Located within the reserve is a Wildlife Sanctuary Area of five ponds and weirs abundant with wildlife including platypus. There is an over 80% chance of seeing these rare and usually elusive animals! Other native animals you may encounter include koalas, emus, pelicans, brolgas, kangaroos and many bird and reptile species. Tidbinbilla is also a leader in conservation with a Threatened Species Breeding Program focusing on the Northern Corroboree Frog, Southern BrushTailed Rock-Wallaby and the Eastern Bettong.
The landscape of the reserve is spectacular and varied with mountain ranges, peaceful dry eucalypt forests, woodlands, sheltered streams, majestic open grasslands and calming wetlands. Facilities include the Visitor Centre, barbecues, picnic tables and playground. You can explore the reserve and experience all it has to offer by joining one of our popular ranger guided activities. Tidbinbilla has a rich cultural landscape dating back over 25 000 years and is the traditional Country of the Ngunnawal people. The Tidbinbilla Valley also reflects the European history of the area with historic homesteads and evidence of farming scattered throughout the reserve. Unique accommodation is available at one of the historic homesteads, Nils Desperandum.
HOURS Reserve: 7:30am–8pm daily (summer) 7:30am–6pm daily (winter) Visitor Information Centre: 9am–5pm daily Closed Christmas Day
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DAY 1 ITINERARY 9am
QUESTACON: THE NATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTRE Start the day at one of Canberra’s most popular family destinations, where learning about science and technology is made fun. With more than 200 interactive displays, it offers a hands-on experience, from the thrills of the Earthquake Lab to the natural elements-inspired exhibits in the Science Garden. Littlies are also catered for with Mini Q, a custom-built environment for 0-6 year olds. (02) 6270 2800 questacon.edu.au
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Nearby at Old Parliament House is this hands-on exhibit and evolving space curated for, with and by the children it’s aimed at. The current exhibition, PLAY UP – The Right to Shelter, challenges young visitors to imagine their life without the things they take for granted, like their bedrooms, favourite foods or warm clothes. (02) 6270 8222 moadoph.gov.au
THE DISCOVERY ZONE AT THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL Give kids a real sense of what their fellow Australians experienced in times of war. The Discovery Zone immerses them in five different war-like environments, from a World War I trench on the front line
to a submarine during the Cold War. On weekdays, the Discovery Zone is only open to the public between 12.30pm and 1.30pm, with school groups using it at other times. (02) 6243 4211 awm.gov.au/visit/discovery-zone/
2pm Fit in another national landmark. Choose either Kspace at the National Museum of Australia or the CSIRO Discovery Centre at Black Mountain, which are both in Acton.
KSPACE AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA Designed for kids aged five to 12, Kspace is an interactive adventure game. It transports players back in time to explore different periods in history, like the Victorian goldfields of 1854 or Sydney in the 1930s when the Harbour Bridge was being built.
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Players design a time-travelling robot, then collect points as they explore the location before teaming up with others as one big robot to complete a mission. 1800 026 132 nma.gov.au
CSIRO DISCOVERY CENTRE AT BLACK MOUNTAIN Go on an interactive journey through Australia’s scientific history. Hands-on exhibitions cover topics such as gene technology, food and nutrition and alternative energy. More suitable for older children, it also lets you conduct experiments in the DiscoverLab, and meet stick insects and turtles during the Live Creatures talk. (02) 6246 4646 csiro.au/en/locations/ act/black-mountain-discovery
4:30pm Wrap up the day and burn off any extra energy. Yerrabi Pond Adventure Playground is around 30 minutes’ drive away and John Knight Memorial Park is around 20 minutes’ drive, but either are well worth a visit.
YERRABI POND ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND
A water trail featuring three ponds and a stream give this park a unique feel. There’s a variety of play equipment for kids of all ages and abilities, including a tree house, a flying fox and a snake-themed climbing unit and shop counter. environment.act.gov.au
DAY 2 ITINERARY 10am
AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORT Start the day being inspired by seeing the nation’s elite sports stars in action. Go behind the scenes on a 90-minute tour conducted by one of the athletes attending the institute. Admire the sporting memorabilia on display and test yourself in Sportex, an interactive exhibit that allows you to try wheelchair basketball and football penalty shootouts. (02) 6214 1010 experienceais.com
YARRALUMLA PLAY STATION At this Canberra institution, you can pat the cute animals at the Petite Park Petting Zoo, play a round on the 36-hole Canberrathemed minigolf course or hop on the miniature train, Bluebell, for a leisurely journey around the grounds. Then grab lunch or a gelato at the Station Stop Café. (02) 6282 2714 yarraps.com.au
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THE NATIONAL DINOSAUR MUSEUM What started as just a modest collection has now grown to become Australia’s largest permanent display of dinosaur and prehistoric fossil material. Take a guided tour and touch a 150-million-year-old dinosaur bone, a 150kg meteorite and a piece of 100-million-year-old fossilised dinosaur dung. (02) 6230 2655 nationaldinosaurmuseum.com.au
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3:30pm Have an active afternoon karting or bouncing, or an educational visit to the Mint.
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With its specially-designed F1-style course and fleet of electric go-karts, Power Kart Raceway provides a thrilling racing experience for drivers of all ages. Minimum age/height is 6 years/124cm to race the junior karts and12 years/148cm for the adult karts. For four to seven-year-olds, there’s the new Power Kart Kids section, with karts and a track designed especially for little ones. (02) 6239 5599 powerkarts.com.au
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SKY ZONE TRAMPOLINE PARK AND FLIP OUT INDOOR TRAMPOLINE ARENAS Put a spring in your step at one of these indoor trampoline parks, which offer fun for the whole family. At Sky Zone, hundreds of trampolines allow kids (and adults) to literally bounce off the walls. There are more massive trampolines as well as foam pits at Flip Out. Sky Zone 13 75 99 skyzone.com.au Flip Out (02) 6255 5533 flipout.net.au
ROYAL AUSTRALIAN MINT Visitors can watch our nation’s official coinage being produced and even mint their own commemorative one-dollar coin. Free 30-minute guided tours take place at least twice a day. 02 6202 6999 ramint.gov.au
DAY 3 ITINERARY
“OUR SON, MAX, USES A WHEELCHAIR TO GET ABOUT. BOUNDLESS IS A FABULOUS, ALL-ABILITIES PLAYGROUND AT KINGS PARK, WHERE OUR BOYS CAN PLAY SIDE BY SIDE ON THE WHEELCHAIRACCESSIBLE FORT AND SWINGS.”
NATIONAL ARBORETUM CANBERRA Early risers can head to the Pod Playground. Located in the grounds of the magnificent Arboretum – a botanical garden devoted to growing trees – it takes inspiration from its surroundings. Kids will love climbing into the acorn-shaped cubbies and swinging on the nest swings. 13 22 81 nationalarboretum. act.gov.au
NATIONAL ZOO & AQUARIUM After the playground (or breakfast), head to the zoo. It boasts a variety of unique tours that allow visitors to get up close and personal with the animals. As well as hand-feeding giraffes and patting cheetahs, there’s even the chance to become a zookeeper for the day. Picnic areas and barbecue facilities are available within the zoo grounds. (Extra fees for some tours). (02) 6287 8400 nationalzoo.com.au
THE CANBERRA DEEP SPACE COMMUNICATION COMPLEX Also in Paddys River, the Canberra Space Centre (CSC) at the CDSCC (part of NASA’s Deep Space Network) gives visitors a glimpse inside the work Australia is doing in the continued exploration of space. It offers free entry and features a variety of displays, including a 3.8 billion-year-old piece of the Moon and the types of food astronauts eat. (02) 6201 7880 cdscc.nasa.gov
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KAMBAH DISTRICT PARK If the kids still have some energy left, this is the perfect place to burn it off. The highlight is the flying foxes (there are junior and senior versions) and the huge slide. It’s not just older, more adventurous kids who are catered for, with plenty of play equipment for even the youngest children. environment.act.gov.au
TIDBINBILLA NATURE RESERVE This is the perfect place for an outdoor lunch. Kids will love getting up close to a range of native animals at this hugely popular destination, which is a 40-minute drive south from Canberra. Among the range of bushwalking trails are easy strolls that small children can manage. Also, many of the popular trails are wheelchair friendly. Take a picnic or use the barbecue facilities. (02) 6205 1233 tidbinbilla.act.gov.au
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Relax with a coffee and snack at the newly refurbished Terrace Café, or break for a leisurely lunch in our Modern Australian restaurant, Hoi Polloi.
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Go behind the scenes on an award-winning 90 minute AIS Tour where you might catch some of Australia’s top athletes in training. Challenge yourself in Sportex, one of Australia’s leading interactive sports exhibits, surrounded by a unique collection of Australian sporting memorabilia. Best of all, Sportex is included as part of every AIS Tour. Tours run daily from the AIS Visitor Centre at 10am, 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm. Tour costs apply.
Everyone’s welcome at the AIS Visitor Centre. Purchase exclusive merchandise at the AIS Shop and enjoy great coffee and cafe-style food at GG espresso. Open daily. AIS Aquatic and Fitness Centre Get fit like a true champion at the AIS. Dive into our world-class swimming pool, try our fully equipped gym or get real results with one of our experienced personal trainers. All visitors are welcome. Fees apply. Leverrier Street, Canberra, ACT Phone: (02) 6214 1010 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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See the coin factory, strike a coin, hunt for treasures in the National Coin Collection. Free entry | Free tours | Free parking Mint Coin Shop | Cafe.
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Looking for the perfect Sunday in Canberra? Then be sure to include a visit to the national awardwinning 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.
The Canberra Wine House at The Dickson Tradies is the home of Canberra wines. With complimentary tastings led by our resident experts, menus featuring all-local produce, our wonderful outdoor garden, and the region’s best wines available to have in or to takeaway. The Canberra Wine House offers an experience unlike any other.
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CANBERRA GLASSWORKS Watch Australia’s leading glass artists in action at Australia’s state-of-the-art cultural centre dedicated to contemporary glass art. Join in the fun and “Make Your Own” glass work with a professional artist on weekends. Take some time to browse the shop and see exhibitions in the gallery. It’s a fun day out for the whole family at the Kingston Foreshore. Entry by gold coin donation. OPEN ADDRESS PHONE
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DAVE’S BREWERY TOURS ACT Canberra’s perfect beer experience, Dave’s takes you behind the scenes of the capital’s best breweries – where you can taste, touch, smell, hear and learn about every part of the beer making process. Come immerse yourself with some local brews, have a conversation and learn all about the Canberra beer scene.
11am- 6pm Friday, Saturday. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Australia Day, ANZAC Day. Other days, group and private tours by request Tours depart: BentSpoke Brewing Co., 38 Mort Street, Braddon 0413 803 409 davesbrewerytours.com.au
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KING O’MALLEYS Canberra’s favourite pub, King O’Malleys, is a must visit while in Australia’s Captial City. Open seven days until late, with free live music five nights a week, you certainly won’t be left short on a good time. OPEN
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CANBERRA WALK-IN AVIARY 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. OPEN
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FROM SOAKING UP THE GREAT OUTDOORS ON FOOT OR BY BIKE, TO TWISTING YOUR WAY AROUND THE MOUNTAINS BY CAR – THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE IN THE BUSH CAPITAL
LOOKOUTS BLACK MOUNTAIN – TELSTRA TOWER WHAT: This iconic telecommunications tower rises nearly 200m above the summit of Black Mountain. It offers 360 degree views of the city and the surrounding mountain ranges. HIGHLIGHTS: The tower is open till 10pm, so you can see the lights of the city. 1800 806 718 telstratower.com.au
MT AINSLIE WHAT: This is one of the best places to appreciate Canberra designer Walter Burley Griffin’s architectural achievements. You can cycle, drive or walk up the trail from the Australian War Memorial. HIGHLIGHTS: Try going at sunrise or sunset to really appreciate the spectacular scenery. environment.act.gov.au
RED HILL WHAT: South of the city centre, this is a perfect place to check out Parliament House and other iconic buildings. HIGHLIGHTS: You can enjoy the views over a meal and a glass of wine at Onred or Little Brother. environment.act.gov.au
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IF YOU LIKE GREAT VIEWS... HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT
WHAT: Take a dawn flight over Canberra. It’s a peaceful, magical way to experience the city, with the views being particularly spectacular in spring. HIGHLIGHTS: If you’re planning a romantic moment, you can hire a balloon just for two. (02) 6248 8200 dawndrifters.com.au; (02) 6249 8660 balloonaloftcanberra.com.au
WHAT: A helicopter flight is a spectacular way to get around Canberra and the region. Take a tour package or tailor-make your own. HIGHLIGHTS: If you’re keen for more than a 15-minute lap of Lake Burley Griffin, you could fly over the Perisher and Blue Cow snowfields, and go all the way to the top of Mt Kosciuszko. 0428 093 505 canberraheli.com.au
WHAT: Go flying in a Yak 52, a plane designed to train Soviet Union pilots in aerobatics. Take a sedate scenic or nail-biting adventure flight. HIGHLIGHTS: Always wanted your own Top Gun experience? Roll, loop and turn in an aircraft designed to dance in the sky. 0402 026 136 capitalwarbirds.com.au
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IF YOU LIKE BUSHWALKING... CENTENARY TRAIL WHAT: For people who have a week to spare, this 145km trail is the way to really get to know Canberra. Otherwise, you can choose to walk just a short stretch. HIGHLIGHTS: There’s a particularly beautiful section that follows the Murrumbidgee River. The lookout over Red Rocks Gorge has gorgeous views. environment.act.gov.au
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TIDBINBILLA NATURE RESERVE WHAT: There are 22 marked trails at this nature reserve. The easiest is a 15-minute stroll to Black Flats Dam. The hardest is a 19km hike to Camels Hump, which offers spectacular views. HIGHLIGHTS: If you’re a wildlife lover, take the Lyrebird Trail or the Koala Path, and keep your eyes peeled. (02) 6205 1233 tidbinbilla.act.gov.au
NAMADGI NATIONAL PARK WHAT: This national park takes up nearly half the ACT. The highest peaks are covered with snow during winter, and the stunning scenery also includes granite cliffs. It’s home to 15 threatened animal species, including the smoky mouse. HIGHLIGHTS: Well-preserved Aboriginal rock art can be seen on boulders at the foot of Yankee Hat. environment.act.gov.au
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IF YOU LIKE GARDENS... NATIONAL ARBORETUM CANBERRA WHAT: Covering 618 acres, the arboretum features rare and iconic tree species from around the world. HIGHLIGHTS: Kids will love the Pod Playground. The arboretum also houses the National Bonsai and Penjing (miniature landscapes) Collection, and a 165-millionyear-old petrified tree stump. 13 22 81 nationalarboretum.act.gov.au
AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS WHAT: These gardens are home to more than 6000 species of native plants. Children
can take a discovery walk with activity stations, while anyone less mobile can hop on a small bus for a guided tour. HIGHLIGHTS: There are plenty of interesting gardens here, from the Red Centre garden to the eucalypt lawn, but for sheer beauty, nothing beats the rainforest gully. (02) 6250 9588 anbg.gov.au
COCKINGTON GREEN GARDENS WHAT: The miniature buildings of Cockington Green have been drawing crowds for decades, but the gardens surrounding them are an attraction in their own right. Each year, almost 35,000 flowers are planted, creating a colourful sight. HIGHLIGHTS: Look out for the tiny trees and shrubs in the displays. 1800 627 273 cockingtongreen.com.au
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IF YOU LIKE SELF-DRIVES... NGUNNAWAL COUNTRY WHAT: This is a trip into the Aboriginal history of Canberra, which goes back more than 20,000 years. It starts at the ACT Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre, and goes through places such as Tidbinbilla, Tharwa and Tuggeranong Homestead. HIGHLIGHTS: Learning about traditions, like the feast of the Bogong moth, held annually at Uriarra Crossing. canberratracks.act.gov.au
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THE LIMESTONE PLAINS WHAT: The “Limestone Plains” was the name British explorers gave to this area. Starting at Mt Ainslie, this drive takes you to the oldest standing building in the ACT (Duntroon Dairy), the oldest church (St John’s) and more. HIGHLIGHTS: Visiting the lovingly restored 1850s homestead Lanyon where you can enjoy a guided tour, explore the outbuildings and stroll and picnic in the rambling gardens while enjoying the view to the hills beyond the Murrumbidgee River. canberratracks.act.gov.au
NATIONAL ABORETUM CANBERRA
THE BONSAI AND PENJING TREES AND FORESTS AT THE ARBORETUM ARE LIKE LIVING SCULPTURES, DESIGNED TO REFLECT TREES OR LANDSCAPES IN NATURE TO CREATE A SENSE OF CALM AND PEACEFULNESS.
Tim the Yowie Man, who runs ghost tours of Canberra, takes us on a quirky trip around his city. What’s an interesting attraction most tourists never hear about? Calthorpes’ House in the inner south of Canberra has an air raid shelter from WWII. It’s in working order, so you can check out what it was like to sit in one. 02 6237 6500 historicplaces. com.au/calthorpes-house Where can you get a really different view of Canberra? Most people go to Mt Ainslie, but I recommend Mt Pleasant. You can drive to the top, and it’s the best view of Lake Burley Griffin. You can see the whole lake from that spot. canberratracks.act.gov.au Where do you take kids if you want them to have a fun day out? Weston Park in Yarralumla. There’s a couple of minigolf courses, there’s a little train, there’s a new playground, there’s bike paths, there’s trees to climb. It’s where I take my kids. (02) 6282 2714 yarraps.com.au Where’s a good place to bike ride? Stromlo Forest Park is a worldstandard mountain bike riding facility in the middle of the ACT. You’ve got 50km of mountain trails, a downhill section, a BMX area and a family area, so no matter what your standard of cycling, you can get in there and go crazy. (02) 6256 6700 stromloforestpark.com.au
Outdoors & Nature
IF YOU LIKE BEING ACTIVE... STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING WHAT: This new form of exercise has taken off worldwide in recent years. Stand-up paddleboards can be hired from The Paddle Hub on Lake Burley Griffin on weekends from October through to March. You’ll also get basic instruction and a life jacket. HIGHLIGHTS: Apart from being a beautiful way to experience the lake, it’s fantastic for improving core strength. canberra.ymca.org.au
SEGWAY TOURS WHAT: You can join a Segway tour of Canberra even if you’ve never been on one of these self-balancing machines before. Before your ride begins, you’ll be given a lesson and some time to practise. HIGHLIGHTS: On the grass at Reconciliation Place, you can really have some fun, slaloming around cones. 0406 379 518 segglideride.com.au
CORIN FOREST WHAT: If you’re looking for fun in the snow less than an hour from Canberra, Corin Forest is the place. You can ski, snowboard,
toboggan or just make a snowman. The snow season at Corin Forest usually runs from mid-June to mid-September. HIGHLIGHTS: A snow-making system makes sure there’s white stuff all winter long. Corin Forest is also worth visiting in the summer for its 1.2km alpine slide. (02) 6235 7333 corin.com.au
KAYAKING WHAT: At Lake Burley Griffin, hire a single or double kayak on weekends from October to March. It’s great fun and great exercise. HIGHLIGHTS: On the lake, you can enjoy the views, check out birds such as swamphens and maybe even spot a native water rat. canberra.ymca.org.au
When friends are visiting Canberra for the first time, the first place I take them is… the zoo! Most of them want to come to the zoo because I work there. They’re keen to get up close to something, usually the big cats or the bears. (02) 6287 8400 nationalzoo.com.au The most beautiful place near Canberra is… Mulligans Flat. It’s just the atmosphere, being out in the bush. It’s a nice relaxing place to go. mulligansflat.org.au
Bec Scott, wildlife supervisor at the National Zoo & Aquarium, shares some of her all-time favourite Canberra experiences.
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The best place to go in the summer is… Uriarra Crossing. You can take a picnic or have a barbecue, and you’ve got the water
there. It’s a natural outdoor setting where you can go swimming. environment.act.gov.au The best place to go in the winter is… a pub! The George Harcourt Inn is a nice place to go when you want to get warm. You can get a good feed and sit next to the open fire. (02) 6230 2484 georgeharcourt.com Anyone who wants to see kangaroos should go… anywhere around Government House. There are usually kangaroos hopping around on the lawns. gg.gov.au
PUBLIC GOLF COURSES IF YOU LIKE ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS... NATIONAL ZOO & AQUARIUM
JAMALA WILDLIFE LODGE
IF YOU LIKE SPORT... MANUKA OVAL WHAT: Manuka Oval is the venue for AFL and international cricket matches in Canberra. The GWS Giants have a 10-year commitment to play one pre-season game and three premiership games in Canberra. As for cricket, Australia competes against the touring international side at Manuka each summer. HIGHLIGHTS: The Prime Minister’s XI, played at Manuka Oval, is an annual cricketing tradition, dating back to the Menzies era in the 1950s. (02) 6228 0300 manukaoval.com.au
GIO STADIUM CANBERRA WHAT: This stadium, with a capacity of more than 25,000, is home to both the Canberra Raiders NRL team and Super Rugby team the Brumbies. It’s also played host to big soccer matches, including a 2018 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifier. HIGHLIGHTS: Three Rugby League World Cup 2017 games are being played at the stadium, including a match between Australia and France. (02) 6256 6700 giostadiumcanberra.com.au
WHAT: The zoo and aquarium are two attractions in one. The zoo features native and exotic animals, while the aquarium has the largest inland salt water tank in Australia. It’s home to sharks, as well as the colourful creatures of the Barrier Reef. HIGHLIGHTS: Visitors aged 12 and over can book an animal encounter. Pat a friendly tawny nurse shark, feed meerkats, have an owl land on your arm and more! (02) 6287 8400 nationalzoo.com.au
JAMALA WILDLIFE LODGE WHAT: The lodge offers luxury African-
themed accommodation inside the National Zoo & Aquarium. You can spend the night with your favourite animal, with just a wall of glass separating you. Private zoo tours are also offered to guests. HIGHLIGHTS: Lie in the bath and stare into the eyes of a bear, feed a giraffe from your balcony, or dine in luxury with a lion looking on. Don’t be surprised if you’re kept awake by roaring during the night! (02) 6287 8444 jamalawildlifelodge.com.au
CANBERRA WALK-IN AVIARY WHAT: This privately-owned aviary houses approximately 500 birds representing more than 60 different species from Australia and around the world. HIGHLIGHTS: When you enter, you’re given a small plate of food to feed the birds. If you’re lucky, some might even land on you. (02) 6230 2044 canberrawalkinaviary.com.au
GIO STADIUM CANBERRA
THE PERIMETER OF THE GIO STADIUM CANBERRA STRUCTURE IS 800M AND THE LIGHT TOWERS REACH 67M INTO THE SKY?
Canberra has some magnificent golf courses. Here are four of the best that welcome visitors.
Yowani Country Club, Lyneham (02) 6241 3377 yowani.com.au Gungahlin Lakes Golf Club, Nicholls (02) 6242 6283 gungahlinlakes.com Gold Creek Country Club, Nicholls (02) 6123 0600 goldcreekcountryclub.com.au The Federal Golf Club, Red Hill (02) 6281 1888 fgc.com.au
IF YOU LIKE CYCLING... With Paralympic legend Michael Milton.
LAKE BURLEY GRIFFIN LOOP “It’s easily accessible, bikes are rentable and it’s pretty well signposted. There’s beautiful scenery and variety, from riding through the middle of bushland to past the National Gallery and the National Library. The best time of day would be sunset, because it looks so beautiful across Lake Burley Griffin.” visitcanberra.com.au
CENTENARY TRAIL (NORTHERN SECTION) “This is for the more adventurous. It goes from the Carillon on the lake to Hall. There’s some great bushland through Mt Ainslie and Mt Majura reserves, some great wildlife to see through Goorooyarroo and Mulligans Flat, and then some thrilling riding on the mountain bike single track from Forde to Hall.” environment.act.gov.au
STROMLO FOREST PARK “It has everything, from a fun little kiddies’ track to the Criterium racetrack – a wide open space to do some laps. Obviously, it has world-class mountain bike trails, because it’s hosted world championships. Plus there’s a cafe at the top.” (02) 6256 6700 stromloforestpark.com.au
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BRADDON According to the New York Times, Canberra has a “decidedly hipster underbelly”. Looking to scratch that belly? Start with Braddon. An eclectic energy courses through this exciting suburb filled with restaurants and independent boutiques. Just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre, Braddon is the place to be if you’re a serious foodie or fashionista. Most of the action takes place on Lonsdale St, and there are enough eateries on the strip to keep you sated for weeks. (Check out our Foodie Heaven section, right, for the delicious details!) Beer lovers shouldn’t miss a visit to BentSpoke Brewing Co. ((02) 6257 5220, bentspokebrewing.com.au) a microbrewery and taphouse featuring 18 different varieties of beer and cider, all made on the premises by one of Australia’s most awarded brewers. Braddon is also a shopper’s paradise. Whether you have a hankering for designer labels, or you’re more of a vintage fan, you’ll find something to suit. Assemblage Project
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showcases local talent. Pink Ink, Things of Desire and Rebel Muse boast premium fashion, while itrip iskip exudes quirky charm. Designer Op Shop boasts a dizzying array of vintage items. And little ones are looked after at Lellow Kids and Tip You’re It. The architecturally arresting Ori building is home to a collection of unique boutiques packed with fashion, homewares, jewellery, furniture, and a gentleman’s general store
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and barber. Oh, and incredible confections to help with that 3pm sugar hit. A short stroll from Lonsdale St you’ll find Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centres ((02) 6182 0000, agac.com.au), both brimming with art and music. Gorman Arts Centre is also home to the award-winning Sage Restaurant and Mint Garden Bar – the perfect place to while away a balmy summer’s evening.
FOODIE HEAVEN From cafe fare to fine dining, Braddon’s got all bases covered. Caffiends can get their fix at one of two Lonsdale Street Roasters outlets (No.7: (02) 6156 0975, No.23: (02) 6247 9882, lonsdalestreetroasters.com). Street food fans can head to The Hamlet (0407 283 218), while ice cream aficionados will love Frugii Dessert Laboratory (0438 366 368, frugii.com). Sweet Bones (0413 067 890, sweetbonescompany.com), Elemental
((02) 6248 7502, elementalcafe.com), eighty/twenty ((02) 6247 2866, eightytwentyfood.com.au) and Paleo Café ((02) 6230 1069, paleo-cafe.com.au) cater to the health conscious. For casual dining, try Pizza Gusto’s ((02) 6257 7508, pizzagusto.com.au) woodfired creations or The Elk & Pea’s (0436 355 732, elkandpea.com.au) South Americaninfluenced fare. Gourmands will love Black Fire’s ((02) 6230 5921, blackfirerestaurant. com.au) rustic Mediterranean.
Precincts 24-HOUR ITINERARY
JUST 10 YEARS AGO BRADDON’S STREETS WERE DOMINATED BY CAR YARDS, MECHANICS AND LIGHT INDUSTRY.
9:00am Start your day with a little slice of Paris at Autolyse ((02) 6262 8819, autolyse. com.au). Inhale the scent of just-baked bread as you tuck into authentic French sourdough and pastries, and watch the bakers at work in the open industrial kitchen. Grab a coffee to go with your pastry at Barrio Collective Coffee (0423 100 814, barriocollective.com).
LONSDALE ST SHOPPING Luxury labels, curated vintage, sensational shoes... there’s something to suit any shopaholic. ASSEMBLAGE PROJECT – new and quirky designs 0435 001 886 assemblageproject.com BRADDON TAILORS – suits and (02) 6181 6442 alterations braddontailors.com DESIGNER OP SHOP – pre-loved and vintage designer clothing (02) 6225 8128 designeropshop.com.au
HANDSOMEPRETTY 11:00am Time for some TLC. Guys should head to Groomed ((02) 6181 4310, groomedonlonsdale.com.au) for a hot towel shave, while girls make haste to Browlab ((02) 6230 4143, browlab.com. au) for some primping with the capital’s brow queens. Be sure to check out Miss Winks (misswinks.com) for lingerie and jewellery while you’re there.
ITRIP ISKIP – quirky clothing boutique (02) 6257 9950 itripiskip.com LELLOW KIDS – children’s apparel (02) 6162 1272 lellow.com.au PEACHY KEEN & REBEL MUSE – shoes, accessories and sophisticated fashion (02) 6262 5719 rebelmuse.com.au PINK INK – edgy, fashionable, modern (02) 6249 1215 pinkinkboutique.com.au THINGS OF DESIRE – European fashion (02) 6156 0459 todesire.com.au TIP YOU’RE IT! – kids’ clothing (02) 6262 6442 tipyoureit.com.au
DESIGNER OP SHOP 2:30pm Take the easy 10-minute stroll to Canberra Contemporary Art Space at Gorman Arts Centre ((02) 6182 0000, agac.com.au) and explore some of the city’s most exciting contemporary art. In the warmer months, stop in at Mint Garden Bar for a cheeky afternoon drink.
AUTOLYSE 10:00am Let’s go shopping! At the Ori building on Lonsdale St you’ll find boutiques bursting with fashion, homewares and more, including The Hive ((02) 6247 5166), Handsomepretty (0429 533 338, handsomepretty.com.au), Timber & Tailor (0412 610 918, timberandtailor. com) and Moxom + Whitney (0477 888 805, moxomandwhitney.com.au).
GROOMED 1:00pm Head to The Hamlet (0407 283 218) to discover the work of local creatives at Anvil Studio and Gallery (anvildesign. studio) and Kin Gallery (0431 052 214), which showcases contemporary jewellery and objects from designers around Australia. When you’ve worked up an appetite, take your pick from a range of international street food. 6pm till late Dine at eightysix ((02) 6161 8686, eightysix.com.au), one of Canberra’s best restaurants. Afterwards, try wine bar Bacaro ((02) 6162 4888, italianandsons.com.au/bacaro) or Knightsbridge Penthouse (02) 6262 6221, knightsbridgepenthouse.com.au) for cocktails and retro tunes.
MANUKA Manuka’s streets and laneways are lined with boutiques. Fashionistas should check out Momento Dezigns ((02) 6295 1146, momentodezigns.com.au) and Department of The Exterior ((02) 6239 4225). Fans of bling are also well catered for – try Bijoux Jewellers ((02) 6162 1117) – while booklovers will get lost in the stacks at the delightful Paperchain Bookstore ((02) 6295 6723, paperchainbookstore.com.au). Foodies will be in their element, with Manuka offering everything from some of Canberra’s best sushi at Mee’s Sushi ((02) 6295 7442) to Mod Oz any time of day at Urban Pantry ((02) 6162 3556, urbanpantrymanuka.com.au) and worldclass coffee from ONA on The Lawns ((02) 6162 3321, onacoffee.com.au). Don’t leave without sampling a FreakShake from Patissez ((02) 6156 3413, patissez.com.au). Into sports? Manuka Oval ((02) 6228 0300, manukaoval.com.au) is just a stroll away and hosts a number of AFL and cricket matches. In warmer months, the Art Deco-era Manuka Pool ((02) 6295 1910, manukapool.com.au) is the place to be. Culture vultures should pop next door to PhotoAccess ((02) 6295 7810, photoaccess. org.au) or to Canberra Contemporary Art Space ((02) 6247 0188, ccas.com.au).
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KINGSTON It’s not as hectic as Manuka, but there’s a lot to like about Kingston, starting with fashion. CARDIF Collective (0455 911 140, cardifcollective.com.au) features fashion, jewellery, accessories and homewares by local designers and makers, while Honeysuckle and Lace ((02) 6134 6421) stocks labels from around the world. There are also plenty of great dining options. Jones & Co. ((02) 6162 3355, jonesnco.com.au) offers sophisticated
and eclectic fare, while Silo Bakery ((02) 6260 6060, silobakery.com.au) has a cult following for its housemade bread. In the East Hotel, restaurant/wine bar/ bookstore Muse ((02) 6178 0024, musecanberra.com.au) is wonderfully cultured and Joe’s Bar ((02) 6178 0050, joesateast.com) is the perfect grown-up retreat. Want to eat in? Take away one of Pizza Arte’s ((02) 6239 6777, pizzaarte.com. au) traditional wood-fired pizzas.
Canberra’s International Airport is surrounded by two very different suburbs: Pialligo, a semi-rural community of nurseries, gift shops and cafes (Beltana Rd); and Majura, a bustling retail precinct, boasting big names such as Costco and IKEA (Majura Rd). Just minutes from the Swedish furniture giant is the sprawling Majura Park Shopping Centre ((02) 6275 2252, majuraparkshopping.com.au) where you’ll find high street brands and smaller local offerings. Follow Majura Rd north to discover quality wines at Mount Majura Vineyard – the cellar door offers seated tastings with cheese and regional tasting plates ((02) 6262 3070, mountmajura.com.au). During truffle season (June to August), you can hunt for – and eat – this prized food at The Truffle Farm (0400 483 082, thetruffle farm.com.au). Pialligo’s tree-lined Beltana Rd offers up nurseries and gift shops, orchards and even an apple yurt! A visit to Bison ((02) 6257 7255, bisonhome.com) is a must for beautiful ceramics and linens, while Bliss Garden & Giftware ((02) 6257 8358, blissgardengiftware.com.au) has jewellery, handbags, homewares and more. Foodies won’t be disappointed either; culinary highlights include the quaint Pod Food ((02) 6257 3388, podfood.com. au) and Pialligo Estate ((02) 6247 6060, thepialligoestate.com.au), home to artisanal smoked goods, local wine and the property’s one-hat Farmhouse Restaurant. Minutes away is the Jerrabomberra Wetlands (13 22 81, jerrabomberra wetlands.org.au), where you’ll discover a unique array of wetland habitats.
This buzzy waterside eat street is the place to be (and be seen) on evenings and weekends. An impressive strip of restaurants and cafes caters to every taste, from Morks’ ((02) 6295 0112, morks. com.au) contemporary Thai to Molto Italian’s ((02) 6140 7039, moltoitalian.com) impressive modern Italian and The Dock’s ((02) 6239 6333, thedockkingston.com.au) pub fare. Be sure to check out wholefoodsbased Local Press Cafe ((02) 6162 1422, localpresscafe.com.au) – one of Canberra’s most Instagrammed eateries. Kingston Foreshore is also home to a burgeoning arts scene, with the Megalo Print Studio and Gallery ((02) 6232 6041, megalo.org) and Canberra Glassworks ((02) 6260 7005, canberraglassworks. com) housed in restored historic Canberra buildings. The Glassworks is also home to Brodburger ((02) 6162 0793, brodburger. com.au) the iconic burger joint. Every Sunday, the area comes alive with the Old Bus Depot Markets ((02) 6295 3331, obdm.com.au) – more than 200 stalls featuring handcrafted fashion, jewellery, homewares, art, and international food.
TOP PLACES TO EAT & DRINK BRODBURGER BURGERS | $ (02) 6162 0793 brodburger.com.au
JONES & CO.
ECLECTIC | $$$$ (02) 6162 3355 jonesnco.com.au
LOCAL PRESS CAFE
WHOLEFOODS CAFE | $$ (02) 6162 1422 localpresscafe.com.au
MODERN ITALIAN | $$$$ (02) 6140 7039
ONA ON THE LAWNS
CAFE FARE AND COFFEE | $$ (02) 6162 3321 onacoffee.com.au
FREAKSHAKES AND MORE | $$ (02) 6156 3413 patissez.com.au
FRESH CAFE FOOD | $$ (02) 6162 1500 pennyuniversitycafe.com
POLIT BAR SEASONAL
COCKTAILS & SNACKS | $$ (02) 6162 2947
POMEGRANATE MODERN MEDITERRANEAN | $$$$
(02) 6295 1515 pomegranatekingston.com
PUBLIC UPMARKET PUB FARE | $$$
(02) 6161 8808 cocu.com.au/public-bar
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NEWACTON A corner of the city that turns Canberra’s staid image on its head. NewActon is an award-winning multi-use precinct in the heart of Canberra, featuring high-rise apartments, luxury hotels, cafes and an outdoor art collection. The precinct’s jaw-dropping centrepiece is the award-winning Nishi building, home to the achingly cool Hotel Hotel ((02) 6287 6287, hotel-hotel.com.au) and its onehat restaurant Monster Kitchen and Bar (monsterkitchen.com.au), as well as retail shops and Palace Electric Cinema ((02) 6222 4900, palacecinemas.com.au). It may be pocket sized but NewActon punches above its weight when it comes to places to eat. A. Baker ((02) 6287 6150, abaker.com.au) produces varied fare from regional ingredients and boasts top-notch housemade breads, while the chefs at Mo an & Green Grout ((02) 6162 2909, mocanandgreengrout.com) serve up unexpected delights from an open kitchen inside a cosy restaurant. Parlour Wine Room’s ((02) 6257 7325, parlour.net.au) open terrace is the perfect place to while away an evening with intriguing tapas and a glass of something
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fabulous, while Bicicletta ((02) 6262 8683, bicicletta.com.au) dishes up tasty modern Italian, and TwentyOne ((02) 6162 0550) is the place for a casual bite or to stock up on groceries. Just across Marcus Clarke St you’ll find QT Canberra ((02) 6247 6244, qtcanberra. com.au), where you can grab a bite to eat from Robert Marchetti’s Capitol Bar & Grill ((02) 6247 1488) or settle in for a session at Lucky’s Speakeasy ((02) 6267 1270). Visiting in summer? Catch a flick or live music under NewActon’s stunning 100-year-old Oak tree in the precinct’s central courtyard.
THE NEWACTON PAVILION BEGAN ITS LIFE AS THE HOTEL ACTON IN 1927, BUILT TO ACCOMMODATE VIPS VISITING FOR THE OPENING OF THE PARLIAMENT HOUSE.
TICK THESE OFF YOUR LIST! Top places to eat and drink.
24-HOUR ITINERARY 8:00am Grab a freshly-baked muffin from City Edge Cafe Bar ((02) 6162 3434, cityedgecafe.com.au) or squeeze into the retro-chic Mo an & Green Grout ((02) 6162 2909, mocanandgreengrout. com) for a breakfast that goes beyond the usual scrambled eggs and fair-trade espresso. NATIONAL FILM AND SOUND ARCHIVE
Noon Cross the pedestrian bridge to Westside Acton Park (0415 425 389, facebook. com/westsidevillage), a market square precinct made entirely of shipping containers, to sample some street food. Then take a walk to the ANU School of Music, home to Wig & Pen Tavern & Brewery ((02) 6248 0171, facebook. com/wigandpen.canberra) for a beer. MONSTER KITCHEN AND BAR
6:00pm Climb the Nishi Grand Staircase, an architectural delight made from thousands of pieces of raw, rough-hewn wood, to Monster Kitchen and Bar ((02) 6287 6287, monsterkitchen.com.au). Settle in for a leisurely night sharing local and seasonal produce, while soaking up the space’s visual richness.
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CLASSIC BAR | $$ bmbar.com.au MO AN & GREEN GROUT 10:00am Stroll across to the National Film and Sound Archive (1800 067 274, nfsa.gov. au). This magnificent Art Deco building houses an audiovisual collection of more than 2.16 million works. Then continue to the National Museum of Australia (1800 026 132, nma.gov.au), an extraordinary place to explore the rich and diverse stories of our country. WIG & PEN TAVERN & BREWERY
CAPITOL BAR & GRILL* WOOD FIRE GRILL | $$$ (02) 6247 6244 qtcanberra.com.au
THE LIBRARY BAR COCKTAIL BAR | $
LUCKY’S SPEAKEASY BAR & SNACKS | $$ (02) 6247 6244 qtcanberra.com.au
CHOCOLATE BAR | $ maxbrenner.com.au/locations/ australia/canberra-nishi
MO AN & GREEN GROUT* ESPRESSO BAR | $$
(02) 6162 2909 mocanandgreengrout.com 3:00pm Catch a flick at Palace Electric ((02) 6222 4900, palacecinemas.com.au) or explore the light-filled Nishi Gallery ((02) 6287 6287, hotel-hotel.com.au/ venues/nishi-gallery), where there’s always something interesting hanging on the walls. Then indulge in some pampering at Soma Day Spa ((02) 6162 3636, soma.net.au). After dinner Time for a nightcap. Tucked into the basement of A. Baker is Black Market (bmbar.com.au). Dusky and intimate, it’s a bar for grown-ups with a focus on rare, limited edition spirits and innovative practices in cocktail making. Night owls will also love Parlour Wine Room ((02) 6257 7325, parlour.net.au).
MONSTER KITCHEN AND BAR*
MODERN AUSTRALIAN | $$$ (02) 6287 6287 monsterkitchen.com.au
PARLOUR WINE ROOM
COCKTAILS & SPANISH | $$$ (02) 6257 7325
TWENTYONE CAFE & GROCERIES (02) 6162 0550
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*Featured in SMH Good Food Guide 2017
CANBERRA CITY The city centre offers shopping, dining, arts and entertainment aplenty, but it pays to know where to look. Canberra Centre ((02) 6247 5611, canberracentre.com.au) is the place to head for serious retail therapy – you’ll find all the high street brands here. Nearby, discover independent boutiques including Trove (trovecanberra.com.au), Landspeed Records ((02) 6248 9220), Sancho’s Dirty Laundry (0431 285 160, sanchosdirtylaundry.com), Müssen ((02) 6162 0664, mussen.com.au) and Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre Shop ((02) 6262 9333, craftact.org.au). When you’ve had your fill of shopping, spend a few hours at one of Canberra Museum and Gallery’s ((02) 6207 3968, cmag.com.au) fascinating exhibitions, or catch a show at Canberra Theatre Centre ((02) 6275 2700, canberratheatrecentre. com.au) or The Street Theatre ((02) 6247 1223, thestreet.org.au). Boasting a multi-million dollar interior refurbishment, VIP lounges, and restaurant Natural 9, Casino Canberra ((02) 6257 7074 casinocanberra.com.au) is a vibrant entertainment precinct minutes from the National Convention Centre ((02) 6276 5200, nccc.com.au) and Canberra Olympic Pool ((02) 6248 6799, canberraolympicpool. com.au). Hungry? The city centre offers everything
TASTES IN THE TRIANGLE Sightseeing works up an appetite! All of the national institutions have onsite cafes, with Bookplate at the National Library of Australia ((02) 6262 1154, bookplate.com.au) one of the most picturesque places to catch your breath. And if you love sweet delights, don’t miss high tea at Hyatt Hotel Canberra ((02) 6269 8815, canberra.park.hyatt.com) every Friday to Sunday in the heritagelisted Tea Lounge (pictured inset). If you’re after a view with your
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from the decadent Koko Black chocolate salon ((02) 6230 4040, kokoblack.com) to buzzing modern Asian eatery AKIBA ((02) 6162 0602, www.akiba.com.au), named Australian Financial Review Top Restaurants People’s Choice 2016. In between you’ll find sushi trains, burgers and shakes, and Italian just like Nonna used to make. At the southern end of Bunda Street is The Local Larder (0402 247 532, thelocallarder.com.au), which showcases the best of the Canberra region’s wines, food, produce and designers.
meal, head to Dom’s Coffee Bar and Gelato (0481 501 513) or The Deck at Regatta Point ((02) 6230 7234, thedeckatregattapoint.com.au). If you’re after an elegant lunch or dinner, Waters Edge ((02) 6273 5066, watersedgecanberra.com.au) on the edge of Lake Burley Griffin is a must. Just minutes away is the leafy precinct of Barton, a culinary destination in its own right. Enjoy carefully selected wines and exciting matching cuisine at Vincent ((02) 6273 7773, vincentrestaurant.
A short stroll away is some of the best coffee in the world (officially!). At The Cupping Room ((02) 6257 6412, thecuppingroom.com.au) 2015 World Barista Champion, Sasa Sestic, and his staff educate caffiends on the coffee journey in special cupping sessions. Want to escape the hustle and bustle? Have a picnic on the lawns in Commonwealth Park on the edge of Lake Burley Griffin, marvel at the interesting sculptures and unwind with a walk as you take in the tranquil ponds within the park’s 34.5 hectares.
com.au), innovative Turkish at Ottoman Cuisine ((02) 6273 6111, ottomancuisine.com.au), fresh whole foods at Maple + Clove ((02) 6162 0777, mapleandclove. com.au), contemporary Cantonese at long-time favourite Chairman & Yip ((02) 6162 1220, chairmangroup.com. au/chairmanyip, pictured inset) and authentic Japanese at the hatted Lilotang ((02) 6273 1424, chairmangroup.com. au/lilotang).
Precincts INSIDER INTERVIEW
CLOSE TO HOME
LAKE BURLEY GRIFFIN
Lake Burley Griffin is the heart of Canberra. Explore the area on foot, take a guided Segway tour (0406 379 518, segglideride. com.au) or see the sights from the water (check out your options at visitcanberra. com.au/tours/find). There are so many gems within the Parliamentary Triangle – once you’ve done the rounds of the national cultural institutions, be sure to visit the historic Blundells Cottage and the National Capital Exhibition (NCE), where mini explorers can build their own Lego versions of Canberra’s iconic buildings (Blundells Cottage and NCE: (02) 6272 2902, nationalcapital.gov.au). The NCE is co-located with the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre.
WALTER BURLEY GRIFFIN AND HIS WIFE MARION WORKED THROUGH THEIR HONEYMOON TO PREPARE THEIR PLANS FOR CANBERRA.
The Local Larder co-owner Julie Nichols loves promoting the best the region has to offer. What are your favourite places to eat and drink? I love Coffee Lab (thecoffeelab. com.au) for a coffee fix with great service. And CBD Dumpling House ((02) 6262 8866) because dumplings! Say no more! Where are the top two places we will catch you hanging out in and around Canberra? Definitely Trove (trovecanberra. com.au), to pick up a madein-Australia gift, and the Canberra Centre ((02) 6247 5611, canberracentre.com.au) – my biggest indulgence is just wandering around looking at the beautiful window displays!
CASINO CANBERRA Experience sophistication and luxury at Casino Canberra. Enjoy a cocktail at the Chandelier Bar, relax in the intimate surrounds at the Onyx Lounge, or try your luck with our entertainment options. Complete your experience with fine dining at Natural 9, featuring modern Australian cuisine with French, American and Asian influences. OPEN ADDRESS PHONE WEB
Midday - 4am 21 Binara Street, Canberra ACT 2601 02 6257 7074 casinocanberra.com.au
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GOLD CREEK VILLAGE An unexpected delight in Canberra’s north, Gold Creek Village has something for all the family. If you’re looking for family fun, you’ve come to the right place — there’s plenty to fill a whole day in Gold Creek Village. It’s been around for nearly 40 years, but Cockington Green Gardens ((02) 6230 2273, cockingtongreen.com.au) never goes out of style. You could spend hours marvelling over the highly-detailed miniature buildings and figurines, with sound and movement bringing scenes to life. Step through the mouth of a giant Tyrannosaurus Rex and be swept up in a prehistoric adventure where dinosaurs roam free at the National Dinosaur Museum ((02) 6230 2655, nationaldinosaurmuseum. com.au). From fossils to robotic dinosaurs, exhibits trace Earth’s dynamic geological history. The guided tours are great fun (no matter how old you are!) For real-life wildlife, take a short stroll to Canberra Reptile Zoo ((02) 6253 8533, reptilesinc.com.au) and meet geckos, pythons, turtles and more. If birds are more your style, the Canberra Walk-in Aviary ((02) 6230 2044, canberrawalkinaviary.com.au) has around 500 of them. You can purchase a tub of mealworms to entice some of the birds to interact with you. Art enthusiasts will enjoy a visit the Aarwun Gallery ((02) 6230 2055, aarwungallery.com) where heritage treasures from Norman Lindsay, Pro Hart and David Boyd sit alongside dot works from the Warlukurlungu indigenous community. Once you’ve had your fill of sightseeing, grab a bite to eat. Tea fans will love Adore Tea’s ((02) 6230 9962, adoreteagoldcreek. com.au) quality blends and cafe fare, while coffee lovers should head to Thumper and Miss Bunny (0475 422 552) for the houseroasted brew and wood-fired pizzas. Cafe Injoy ((02) 6255 5550) is a family favourite, The George Harcourt Inn ((02) 6230 2484, georgeharcourt.com) serves up pub fare and live music, and The Green Herring ((02) 6230 2657, thegreenherring.com.au) is a cosy spot for dinner.
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COCKINGTON GREEN GARDENS
CUTE & QUIRKY
Five shops you must stop at before you leave Gold Creek. FLIGHT OF FANCY – gifts and home décor (02) 6230 2712 THE CRYSTAL CHALICE – Pagan books and gifts (02) 6241 0799, lilitu.com.au
THE LOLLY SHOP – Willy Wonka-esque wonderland (02) 6230 2556 STAGHEAD – furniture, candles, soaps and homewares (02) 6230 9665 staghead.com.au WRAPPED IN PAPER – scrapbook and papercraft supplies (02) 6255 5009 wrappedinpaper.com.au
Precincts 24-HOUR ITINERARY
GOLD CREEK VILLAGE TAKES ITS NAME FROM AN 1800S PROPERTY, BUT THERE IS NO GOLD AND NO CREEK –GOLD CREEK STATION WAS NAMED AFTER A RACE HORSE!
9:00am Start your day with a hearty breakfast and house-roasted coffee at Thumper and Miss Bunny (0475 422 552). After breakfast, amble over to Cockington Green Gardens ((02) 6230 2273, cockingtongreen.com.au) and step back in time with a ride on the Steam Train.
NATIONAL DINOSAUR MUSEUM
1:00pm Head to The George Harcourt Inn ((02) 6230 2484, georgeharcourt. com) for a pub lunch in a familyfriendly atmosphere. Up for dessert? Stripey Sundae (0403430708 stripeysundaecanberra.weebly.com) serves up delicious handmade ice cream. You can walk if off while you browse the boutique shops.
THUMPER AND MISS BUNNY
11:00am Continue your journey into the past with a visit to the National Dinosaur Museum ((02) 6230 2655, nationaldinosaurmuseum.com.au). Then meet the dinos’ descendants at Canberra Reptile Zoo ((02) 6253 8533, reptilesinc.com.au) where you can interact with snakes, lizards and more.
3:00pm Time for tea! Enjoy one of Adore Tea’s ((02) 6230 9962, adoreteagoldcreek. com.au) 150 blends of quality loose leaf. It’s a short stroll to Canberra Walk-in Aviary ((02) 6230 2044, canberrawalkinaviary.com.au) where you can see more than 60 different species of birds from around the world.
THE LOLLY SHOP 6:00pm Tuck into a hearty meal at The Green Herring ((02) 6230 2657, thegreenherring.com.au), which is housed in one of Canberra’s oldest buildings, a 150-year-old slab hut. Feel like something fancy? Try the Versatile Restaurant ((02) 6230 9333, versatilerestaurant.com.au).
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IN CANBERRA, THE FUN DOESN’T STOP WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN. HERE’S OUR GUIDE TO WHAT’S HAPPENING AFTER DARK PLAYGROUND BAR
BLISS FOR BARHOPPERS Let your choice of “poison” guide you in Garema Place. Head to Hippo Co ((02) 6247 7555, hippoco.com.au) for more than 250 whiskies, Honkytonks ((02) 6262 6968, drinkhonkytonks.com.au), for “serious” tequila, and Playground Bar ((02) 6262 7171, playgroundbar.com.au) for creative cocktails. Minutes away on Northbourne Ave is the Alice in Wonderland-inspired White Rabbit Cocktail Room ((02) 6257 7779, whiterabbitroom.com.au) where food and drinks are served in a tea party style. Beer aficionados are well served at Wig & Pen Tavern & Brewery (02 6248 0171, facebook.com/wigandpen.canberra), Braddon’s Bentspoke Brewing Co. ((02)
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6257 5220, bentspokebrewing.com.au), Brew Nation (0403 106 952, brewnation. com.au), Hopscotch ((02) 6107 3030, hopscotchbar.com.au) and King O’Malley’s ((02) 6257 0111, kingomalleys.com.au). All serve up tasty pub grub to sate latenight cravings. The Sydney and Melbourne building precinct is home to some of Canberra’s coolest bars. For a taste of Cuba, make your way to The Highball Express (highballexpress.com.au) or step back into the Prohibition era at Molly (molly. net.au). Bar-cum-restaurant Bar Rochford ((02) 6230 6222, barrochford.com) is sophisticated with a touch of grunge, and equally fitting for a quick after-work drink or lengthy session, while the subterranean
Suke Suke (facebook.com/sukesukebar) is a lively Izakaya serving up a range of Japanese whiskies and sake with platters of yakitori, edamame and gyoza.
FANCY A DANCE? Head to Treehouse ((02) 6162 0906, treehousebar.com.au), Dolce Bar ((02) 6249 1888, facebook.com/dolcebarCBR) or Mr Wolf ((02) 6230 7493, mrwolfclub. com.au). If you like your music with a Latin American twist, MonkeyBAR (0448 653 287, facebook.com/MonkeyBAR.Canberra) is the place to be, and you can’t go past Knightsbridge Penthouse ((02) 6262 6221, knightsbridgepenthouse.com.au) for retro R&B and quality cocktails.
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CULTURE VULTURES Love live performance? Canberra Theatre Centre ((02) 6275 2700, canberratheatrecentre.com.au) and The Street Theatre ((02) 6247 1223, thestreet. org.au) have vibrant and diverse programs, while Llewellyn Hall ((02) 6125 5767, llewellynhall.anu.edu.au) showcases musical performances in the city’s finest acoustics space. Cinephiles are well catered for centrally at Dendy ((02) 6221 8900, dendy.com.au) and Palace Electric Cinema ((02) 6222 4900, palacecinemas.com.au), Hoyts in Belconnen ((02) 6223 5300, hoyts.com.au) and Woden ((02) 6223 5310, hoyts.com. au), Event Cinemas in Manuka ((02) 6295 9042, eventcinemas.com.au) and Limelight Cinemas in Tuggeranong ((02) 6293 6100, limelightcinemas.com.au). For a true cultural experience, head to Arc Cinema at the National Film and Sound Archive ((02) 6248 2000, nfsa.gov.au), an Art Deco cinema screening classics, cult movies and Australian films.
Get off the beaten track and try these bars outside the city.
54 BENJAMIN (Carefully crafted drinks and jaffles) 54benjamin.com.au
BLACK MARKET (High-end cocktails) bmbar.com.au
(Live music and sport) (02) 6162 0799 theduxton.com.au
HA HA BAR
THE HIGHBALL EXPRESS
(Cocktails by Lake Ginninderra) 02 6251 6110 hahabar.com.au
LATE NIGHT ACTION Try your luck at Canberra Casino ((02) 6257 7074 casinocanberra.com.au) or catch live music at ANU Union Bar ((02) 6125 3660, anuunion.com.au/the-anu-bar), Transit Bar ((02) 6162 0899, transitbar. com.au), The Royal Theatre ((02) 6276 5200, nccc.com.au) or The Abbey ((02) 6230 2905, theabbey.com.au). Performing arts café, Smith’s Alternative (0401 084 773, smithsalternative.com) is a good bet for a cosy night in with nightly entertainment including all genres of music, comedy, poetry, cabaret, burlesque, and performance art.
THE LOFT (NYC chic) (02) 6247 7330 theduxton.com.au/the-loft/
(Classic drinks and bar snacks, pictured above) (02) 6267 1270 qthotelsandresorts.com/ canberra/eat-drink/luckysspeakeasy
PARLOUR WINE ROOM
(Premium wine and tapas) (02) 6257 7325 parlour.net.au
POLIT BAR (Glamorous cocktail bar)
(02) 6162 2947
TILLEY’S DEVINE CAFÉ GALLERY (Cafe meals and
occasional live music) (02) 6247 7753 tilleys.com.au
WHITE RABBIT COCKTAIL ROOM
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@rachiperera Frugii Dessert Laboratory
AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
BALLOON ALOFT CANBERRA
Discover the diverse experiences of Australians at war. Connect with the stories of people and events that helped shape Australia, pay your respects, and discover what it means to be Australian. The Australian War Memorial has one of the world’s greatest military collections. The Memorial commemorates the service and sacrifice of all Australian men and women in war and on operations. Free entry.
Canberra, a beautiful city of lakes, parks, national buildings and colourful tree lined streets surrounded by bushland and mountains viewed from a unique perspective. Balloon Aloft offers flights over the capital city of Australia every morning. Ballooning adventures with style.
POWER KART RACEWAY Power Kart Raceway is an exhilarating indoor racing experience, featuring world class electric go-karts on an F1 style circuit. Our facilities not only host some of Australia’s best karting but also a luxurious corporate room, café and Jungle Golf, Canberra’s only glow in the dark mini golf. It’s fun for all ages.
Daily flights OPEN
10am–5pm weekdays 10am–5pm weekends Closed Christmas Day
Treloar Crescent, Campbell
CANBERRA DEEP SPACE COMMUNICATION COMPLEX Explore the Solar System and beyond, as well as discovering 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.
9:30am – 5pm daily Closed Christmas Day Free onsite parking
Lady Denman Drive, Canberra PHONE
02 6287 8400 WEB
10am-10pm weekdays 9am-10pm Saturday 9am-8pm Sunday 125 Canberra Ave, Griffith 02 6239 5599 powerkarts.com.au
The National Zoo & Aquarium is Australia’s only combined zoo and aquarium – that’s two venues for the price of one! Discover a wide variety of both native and exotic animals, as well as marine and freshwater fish, reptiles and frogs. Animal Encounters provide visitors with an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most amazing creatures!
02 6243 4211
NATIONAL ZOO & AQUARIUM
02 6249 8660 ADDRESS
Meeting at the Hyatt Hotel Canberra
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9am–5pm daily Closed Christmas Day 421 Discovery Drive (off Cotter and Paddys River Roads), Tidbinbilla 02 6201 7880 cdscc.nasa.gov
LANYON HOMESTEAD Lanyon Homestead lies at the foot of the Brindabella Ranges and is one of Australia’s premier historic properties. The Precinct’s centrepiece, the 1850’s Homestead, has been beautifully restored and furnished. Enjoy a self guided tour of the homestead and courtyard buildings using a detailed brochure, or a guided tour of the homestead with one of our friendly guides. OPEN
ADDRESS PHONE WEB
10am–4pm Tuesday–Sunday Closed Monday and some public holidays Tharwa Drive, Tharwa 02 6237 6500 historicplaces.com.au
Sass and Bide 2008, Deborah Paauwe, Commissioned with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2008
Ethel Carrick Fox, Colonnades of Canberra’s Civic Centre
CANBERRA MUSEUM AND GALLERY
CANBERRA THEATRE CENTRE
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY
Canberra Museum and Gallery serves a unique role as a place to experience the diverse history and contemporary culture of the Canberra region; and through this to gain a deeper understanding of Australia’s dynamic culture in its global setting.
From international touring sensations to home grown talent, Canberra Theatre Centre hosts the best live music, comedy, theatre, and dance. Make the time to catch a show in the evening. It’s the perfect complement to your day in Canberra.
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.
10am–5pm weekdays 12pm–5pm (12pm-4pm winter hours) weekends closed some public holidays
176 London Circuit, Canberra City
9-5pm weekdays 10am to 2pm Saturdays Two hours prior to every show Canberra Theatre Centre Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra City
02 6207 3968
02 6275 2700 WEB
NATIONAL ARBORETUM CANBERRA Surround yourself with rare forests from around the world. Experience spectacular views and remarkable architecture and sculpture. 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
Village Centre 9am–4pm daily (closed Christmas Day) Arboretum Grounds and Pod Playground 6am–8.30pm (daylight savings time) 7am–5:30pm (non-daylight savings time) Forest Drive, off Tuggeranong Parkway, Weston Creek
ACT HERITAGE 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. Track 1: Track 2: Track 3: Track 4: Track 5: Track 6: Track 7: Track 8: PHONE
Ngunnawal Country The Limestone Plains Looking at Canberra ACT Pioneers Cemetery Gungahlin Heritage Track Belconnen Heritage Track Woden Heritage Track Tuggeranong Heritage Track
02 6207 8484 nationalarboretum.act.gov.au
King Edward Terrace, Parkes 02 6102 7000 portrait.gov.au
TREASURES @ NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA Make the journey to the National Library’s Treasures Gallery to find an array of fascinating objects that tell many of Australia’s most moving stories. Among them are James Cook’s handwritten Endeavour journal, an Olympic gold medal won by Fanny Durack for the 100 metre freestyle in 1912, and an original manuscript of Australia’s unofficial anthem Waltzing Matilda.
10am-5pm daily Closed on Christmas Day Free tours daily at 11.30am
Parkes Place West, Parkes
02 6205 0255 PHONE
10am–5pm weekdays and weekends Closed Christmas Day
02 6262 1111 nla.gov.au/treasures
SUMMER DECEMBER 9-18 DECEMBER THE COMMONS STREET FEAST
Commonwealth Park thecommonstreetfeast. com.au
9 DECEMBER – 17 APRIL
VERSAILLES: TREASURES FROM THE PALACE National Gallery of Australia nga.gov.au
NEW YEAR’S IN THE CITY City centre events.act.gov.au
JANUARY 5-8 JANUARY SUMMERNATS
Exhibition Park in Canberra summernats.com.au
AUSTRALIA DAY FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR
CALENDAR 15 FEBRUARY
UNTIL 29 JANUARY
Manuka Oval ticketek.com.au
National Museum of Australia nma.gov.au/100objects
FEBRUARY 5 FEBRUARY
T20 PM’s X1 v SRI LANKA CRICKET
AUTUMN MARCH 3 – 12 MARCH
ENLIGHTEN + NIGHT NOODLE MARKETS
NATIONAL MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL
Parliamentary Triangle venues enlightencanberra.com.au
City centre multiculturalfestival. com.au
CENTRAL COAST MARINERS vs ADELAIDE UNITED
24-26 FEBRUARY ACTEWAGL ROYAL CANBERRA SHOW
MERCEDES-BENZ BLACK OPAL STAKES AND TAB. COM.AU CANBERRA CUP RACEDAY
GIO Stadium Canberra ticketek.com.au
Exhibition Park in Canberra canberrashow.org.au
Thoroughbred Park, Mitchell thoroughbredpark.com.au
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THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING HAPPENING IN AND AROUND CANBERRA. PICK THE EVENT YOU WANT TO ATTEND AND PUT THE DATE IN YOUR DIARY
Regatta Point australiaday.org.au
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 100 OBJECTS FROM THE BRITISH MUSEUM
ST THE LAOY IN OP!
LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION! Senate Rose Gardens, Old Parliament House events.act.gov.au
CANBERRA BALLOON SPECTACULAR Old Parliament House lawns events.act.gov.au
CANBERRA DAY ACTIVITIES Commonwealth Park events.act.gov.au
18 MARCH SKYFIRE
Regatta Point 1047.com.au/skyfire
ART NOT APART
13 – 17 APRIL NATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL
Exhibition Park in Canberra folkfestival.org.au
Various venues artnotapart.com
ANZAC DAY COMMEMORATION
19 – 26 MARCH
Australian War Memorial awm.gov.au
CANBERRA COMEDY FESTIVAL Various venues canberracomedyfestival. com.au
APRIL 31 MARCH - 9 APRIL CANBERRA DISTRICT WINE WEEK
Various venues canberrawines.com.au
1 – 2 APRIL
MONT 24-HOUR BIKE RACE East Kowen Forest selfpropelled.com.au
8 – 9 APRIL
28 APRIL – 7 MAY
25 – 27 AUGUST
Various venues cimf.org.au
Various venues canberrawriters festival.com.au
21 JUNE – 31 AUGUST
16 SEPTEMBER – 15 OCTOBER
CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
THE TRUFFLE FESTIVAL Various venues trufflefestival.com.au
FLORIADE INCLUDING FLORIADE NIGHTFEST
23 – 25 JUNE
Commonwealth Park floriadeaustralia.com
AUSTRALIAN RUNNING FESTIVAL
DANCESPORT AUSTRALIA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Telopea Park, Manuka runningfestival.com.au
AIS Arena dancesport.com.au
CANBERRA BALLOON SPECTACULAR
CANBERRA WRITERS FESTIVAL
30 SEPTEMBER – 1 OCTOBER
CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL National Film and Sound Archive ciff.com.au
REMEMBRANCE DAY Australian War Memorial awm.gov.au
24 NOVEMBER – 17 DECEMBER MAMMA MIA!
Canberra Theatre Centre canberratheatrecentre. com.au
TRADIES MURRUMBATEMAN MOVING FEAST Murrumbateman makersofmurrum bateman.org.au
OCTOBER 28 OCTOBER
CANBERRA NARA CANDLE FESTIVAL Canberra Nara Peace Park events.act.gov.au/nara
29 OCTOBER, 3 AND 10 NOVEMBER RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP 2017
GIO Stadium Canberra rlwc2017.com/host-cities/ canberra
For a detailed seasonal events calendar, pick up a copy of our CANBERRA EVENTS booklet from the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre or download the CANBERRA VISITOR GUIDE from the App Store or Google Play.
CANBERRA CANBERRA STADIUM
FRANCE V LEBANON
AUSTRALIA V FRANCE
TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM RLWC2017.COM
FIJI V ITALY
CANBERRA AND REGION VISITORS CENTRE
GETTING AROUND CANBERRA
BUS AND COACH SERVICES
NEED SOME TIPS AND POINTERS ON GETTING AROUND CANBERRA? WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED SOCIAL MEDIA RETAIL HOURS AND SHOPPING The city’s major shopping centres are generally open from 9am to 5.30pm on weekdays, with late-night shopping at malls on Friday (to 9pm). Saturday trading hours are 9am to 5pm and Sundays 10am to 4pm.
THE MAIN SHOPPING CENTRES Canberra Centre (city), Westfield Belconnen, Westfield Woden, Hyperdome Shopping Centre (Tuggeranong), Canberra Outlet Centre (Fyshwick), IKEA Canberra (Majura) and Majura Shopping Centre.
MARKETS Regular weekend markets include the Old Bus Depot Markets (Sundays 10am4pm, pictured above) in Kingston, the Capital Region Farmers Markets (Saturday mornings) and Southside Farmers Markets in Phillip (Sunday mornings) for fresh food produce. The Hartley Hall Markets (Hall) operate the first Sunday of each month.
FREE WI-FI CBRfree Wi-Fi is being rolled out across the city to become Australia’s largest free outdoor public Wi-Fi network.
Want a local’s recommendation? Ask @VisitCanberra Twitter followers a question using #localscan and share your holiday Instagram snaps using #visitcanberra
VISITORS CENTRE Meet the friendly locals at the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre, Barrine Drive, Regatta Point (co-located with the National Capital Exhibition). Call 1300 554 114 or go to visitcanberra.com.au
CAPITAL REGION FARMERS MARKET
The bus system in Canberra is one of the best in Australia. On weekdays buses are very frequent to most locations and even on weekends enough buses run to make getting around easy. Go to action.act.gov.au for timetables and realtime route information for Canberra’s public bus service, ACTION. MyWay cards can be purchased from convenience stores and newsagents. Catch the free City Loop Bus route 101 around the city centre and into Braddon. ACTION also runs a Tourist Loop route 81/891 that takes in many of the city’s national attractions. A one-day adult ticket is $9. For route details see transport.act. gov.au/routes-and-timetables/ canberra-attractions The privately-run hop-on, hop-off red Explorer Bus provides commentary for visitors as you explore the city’s attractions and stops at the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre at Regatta Point. For routes and timetable see canberradaytours.com.au For transport to and from the city to Canberra Airport (pictured above), catch the Airport Express bus ($12 one way). Call 1300 368 897 or book at royalecoach.com.au
TAXIS AND RIDE SHARE Cabxpress 1300 222 977 Canberra Elite Taxis 13 22 27 or 0417 672 773 Silver Service 13 31 00 Wheelchair accessible 13 92 87 UBER uber.com
TABLELANDS No matter which direction you go from the capital, you’ll find somewhere well worth a visit just a short drive away in the Tablelands, the name given to the inland areas surrounding Canberra.
YASS A 45-minute drive northwest of Canberra is the Yass Valley, home to a range of small hamlets and towns bursting with local produce, winemakers and artists. Follow the Poacher’s Way for a taste of what the area has to offer. If you’re after something a little more active, head to Burrinjuck Dam (Burrinjuck Rd, (02) 6227 8121), which offers water sports, fishing, hiking and accommodation in picturesque bushland yassvalley.com.au surroundings.
WITH SO MANY FANTASTIC DESTINATIONS SURROUNDING THE CAPITAL, IT’S WORTH VENTURING A LITTLE FURTHER AFIELD
MURRUMBATEMAN A great way to see this rural town, situated 30 minutes’ drive north of Canberra, is on a horse with Burnelee Excursions on Horseback (320 Dicks Creek Rd, (02) 6227 5850, burnelee.com.au). You’ll be accompanied by experienced instructors, who’ll point out the local wildlife. You can even have a go at mustering sheep and cattle! Another way to really revel in the region is to visit some of the wineries surrounding Murrumbateman. If you’re in town in October, don’t miss the Tradies Murrumbateman Moving Feast ((02) 6226 2557, makersofmurrumbateman.org.au).
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ALPACA PRODUCTS AUSTRALIA
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ALPACAS COMMUNICATE USING A VARIETY OF SOUNDS, INCLUDING CLICKS AND SNORTS, BUT ARE BEST KNOWN FOR THEIR HUMMING, WHICH IS SOOTHING TO ANIMALS AND HUMANS.
After a few minutes in this picturesque place, which is just over an hour east of Canberra, it will become obvious why Braidwood was the first town added to the NSW State Heritage Registry in its entirety. Historic buildings like the Braidwood Museum (186 Wallace St, (02) 4842 2310, braidwoodmuseum.org.au) and the Royal Mail Hotel (145 Wallace St, (02) 4842 2488, royalmailhotelbraidwood.com), which was used as a location in the 1970 film Ned Kelly (and is home to the odd ghost, reportedly!), line the streets, while local antique shops provide another glimpse into the town’s past. And the annual “Airing of the Quilts”, in November is a must for craft lovers.
UPPER LACHLAN Heading north for just over an hour will bring you to this region. Visitors flock to the stunning Wombeyan Caves, estimated
Beyond Canberra to be between 400 and 430 million years old. Another highlight of the area is the alpaca farm at Alpaca Products Australia (24 Reservoir Rd, (02) 4832 2907, alpacaproductsaustralia.com.au), five minutes from the town of Crookwell where you can enjoy a hands-on experience with these remarkable animals.
GOULBURN-MULWAREE Australia’s first inland city, Goulburn, lies around an hour northeast of Canberra. Soak up the local history or, for more modern entertainment, head to Wakefield Park (4770 Braidwood Rd, Tirrannaville, (02) 4822 2811, wakefieldpark.com.au) and drive a race-prepared vehicle around the circuit – accompanied by a professional, of course. Thrill seekers might also want to visit Adrenalin Skydive (59 Airport Rd, Brisbane Grove, (02) 9042 2000, askydive. com.au) for a bird’s-eye view of the region.
QUEANBEYAN-PALERANG Fifteen minutes east of Canberra and just outside the ACT border is the region of Queanbeyan-Palerang, an important centre during the 1850s gold rush. Queanbeyan itself is home to a number of historic buildings and museums, including the 1880 brick cottage that houses the Queanbeyan Art Society Gallery (6 Trinculo Pl, (02) 6297 8181, qarts.com.au) and holds art classes
daily. On the first Saturday of the month (except January), the Captains Flats Country Markets are well worth a trip. captainsflat.org/markets.htm
HILLTOPS Less than one hour west of Canberra is the Hilltops region, which each year attracts crowds of foodies and wine lovers keen to sample the local specialties. A highlight of the Hilltops calendar is the annual National Cherry Festival, held in Young on the first weekend in December at the height of the cherry-picking season. Key events include the cherry pie eating contest and the street parade. visithilltopsregion.com.au
BUNGENDORE You can easily drive to this town, which lies around 30 minutes east of Canberra, or you can make the journey on the restored vintage train that regularly makes the trip ((02) 6232 6405, canberrarailwaymuseum. org/the-stockmans). Once in Bungendore, which served as a crossroads for those travelling between the coast, Goulburn, Queanbeyan and the Snowy Mountains, you’ll find a laidback town full of local galleries like Bungendore Wood Works Gallery (22 Malbon St, (02) 6238 1682, bungendorewoodworks.com.au) and Bungendore Art Connection (33 Gibraltar St, (02) 6238 1500, bungendoreart.com.au).
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NATIONAL PARKS & RESERVES TIDBINBILLA NATURE RESERVE See some of Australia’s most iconic creatures in their natural environments just 40 minutes’ drive south of Canberra. Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve (Paddy’s River Rd, (02) 6205 1233, tidbinbilla.act.gov.au) can be explored independently along one of the 22 marked trails or on a ranger-guided tour. Close by is the alpine playground of Corin Forest (Corin Rd, Tidbinbilla Range, (02) 6235 7333, corin.com.au), which offers a snow experience on Canberra’s doorstep. Don’t miss the Alpine Slide!
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A range of outdoor activities are on offer at this expansive national park. Mountain bikers will love the more than 400 kilometres of formed vehicle trails, some of which are also open to horse riders. In winter, be sure to check with the Namadgi Visitor Centre (Naas Rd, Tharwa, environment.act.gov.au) about any sections of the park that might be snow covered. Fishing is also permitted in some Namadgi mountain streams (although not in the dams), but make note of seasonal closures. There are three designated campgrounds at Honeysuckle Creek, Orroral Valley and Mount Clear. Book online or at the Visitor Centre.
Beyond Canberra THE SLOPES SNOWY MOUNTAINS It doesn’t have to be winter for you to enjoy the wonders of the Snowy Mountains. Obviously, there’s much fun to be had during the snow season, but the region, which forms part of the Australian Alps, is also well worth a visit during the warmer months. In spring and summer, the snow melts to form clear alpine streams full of fish that flow into the lakes of the Snowy Mountains Hydro Scheme, where water sports are popular pastimes. Bushwalkers will enjoy the challenges of the rugged mountain terrain on Mt Kosciuszko and Main Range, and marvel at the carpet of wildflowers which burst into bloom. From Canberra, it takes two or three hours (depending where you are headed) by car to reach the ski slopes, but, with plenty of towns to stop off at along the way, there’s no rush.
Never skied before? You’ll find Thredbo the perfect place for your first time on skis. And with more than 20 bars and restaurants, it’s also the best resort for après-ski. 1300 020 589 thredbo.com.au
PERISHER Boasting more than 3000 acres of skiable terrain and 47 lifts across its four resort areas, Perisher is the Southern Hemisphere’s largest alpine resort. Skiers of all capabilities are catered for and snowboarders are looked after with Australia’s only Superpipe. perisher.com.au
CHARLOTTE PASS A 45-minute snowcat ride from Perisher is the only way to access this snowbound resort for most of the season, making it less crowded than other destinations. Perfect for those wanting off-piste skiing. charlottepass.com.au
MT SELWYN This family-owned and operated resort is popular with parents thanks to Snow World where kids can be eased onto the slopes as well as take part in indoor educational activities. The Snow Sports School allows beginners of any age to sign up for group or private lessons. 02 6454 9488 selwynsnow.com.au
JINDABYNE The four resorts all offer on-site accommodation, but many skiers choose to stay in nearby Jindabyne, which is busy year round. In winter, skiers converge on the town for its range of accommodation options and its nightlife. During summer, keep active by going sailing or water skiing on Lake Jindabyne, mountain bike riding or walking along the foreshore. destinationjindabyne.org.au
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THE SURROUNDS As you drive from Canberra to the snowfields, you’ll pass through historic Cooma, the gateway to the Alpine region. Looking for a quaint town for a lunch stop? Bredbo, Berridale and Numeralla are all a short distance from Cooma. Northwest of Cooma in the mountains themselves is Kiandra, which is known as the birthplace of skiing in Australia. A walk around the former gold mining town will take you past relics of a bygone era. Continue north from Kiandra for half an hour and you’ll reach the Yarrangobilly Caves, where you can explore the limestone caves on a guided or self-guided tour, see frozen waterfalls and swim in a natural thermal bathing pool. Further north again and just on the other side of the mountains is Tumut, the perfect place to unwind for a few days. (02) 6454 9597 nationalparks.nsw.gov.au
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SKIING IN AUSTRALIA DATES BACK TO 1861 WHEN NORWEGIAN MINERS IN KIANDRA INTRODUCED THE LOCALS TO THE PASTIME. RESIDENTS TOOK UP SKIING TO GET AROUND THE OFTEN SNOWED-IN TOWN.
LOCAL LEGEND A resident of the Snowy Mountains region for 27 years, Brad Spalding, the owner of the Wild Brumby Distillery at Jindabyne, loves what he calls “the alpine attitude – the Tis et people andi ilicius, sus freenossum spirit of the who et assit voloribus sinim live and visit this area”. Herevel are his picks of things to do in eariation comni nonsequam, the Mountains… oditibusda pre rem erferorest,
solupit atiisquassit Ignimagnam, What are some of the highlights quam, ut mod molut dis of the local calendar? consequossi quiam et At the distillery ne (Cnrdolo Wollondibby que nimintum ab rendus. Rd &et thequia Alpine Way, Jindabyne, (02) 6457 1447, wildbrumby.com), we have the producers’ market on the first Saturday of the month. Best place for a nightcap? The top of Kosciusko with a full moon. Thredbo Resort offers fullmoon walks – it’s more a summer thing. You have a nightcap when the full moon rises. It’s beautiful. If friends come to visit, where’s one place you always take them? My favourite bend on the Thredbo River near Diggings Campground (Kosciuszko Rd, Jindabyne, (02) 6450 5600, nationalparks. nsw.gov.au). You can drive in and walk to it, but there are numerous beautiful spots you can access by mountain bike on the Thredbo Valley track. Which local shops are worth checking out? Flynn’s Wrecking Yard just outside Cooma (408 Snowy Mountains Hwy, Cooma, (02) 6452 1866). It’s an amazing place – there are all these old car bodies. It’s an untapped tourist destination. All three op shops in Cooma are pretty damn good, too.
SOUTH COAST Not far from Canberra is the spectacular South Coast of New South Wales. A scenic two-hour drive is all it takes to reach stretches of unspoilt coastline, pristine beaches and all manner of wildlife-viewing opportunities.
MONTAGUE ISLAND, OFF NAROOMA
BATEMANS BAY The gateway to the Eurobodalla Coast, Batemans Bay is a popular holiday destination for Canberrans. From here, you journey north to the small village of South Durras with its private beaches and rich forests, the first stop you’ll want to make on the Coast itself.
NELLIGEN A short distance up the Clyde River from Batemans Bay, this tranquil village is worth keeping in mind for bushwalkers who want to take on the challenging Corn Trail or those of us who’d prefer to kick back on one of the houseboats you can rent locally.
MOGO Ten minutes away from Batemans Bay is Mogo, which dates back to the 1850s gold rush. Local theme park The Original Gold Rush Colony (26 James St, (02) 4474 2123, goldrushcolony.com.au) recreates that era, while Mogo Zoo (222 Tomakin Rd, (02) 4474 4930, mogozoo.com.au) is home to more than 42 rare and exotic animal species.
MORUYA This relaxed country town on the banks of the Moruya River comes alive every October with the annual Moruya Jazz Festival. At other times of the year, you can explore the nearby beaches or the forest terrain of the Deua National Park. granitetown.com.au
NAROOMA If you’re in this picturesque coastal town between September and November, a whale-watching tour is a must. The Mill Bay Boardwalk, which extends over the water, offers more opportunities for sea life spotting.
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MONTAGUE ISLAND NATURE RESERVE Just off the coast of Narooma you’ll find wildlife sanctuary Montague Island, which attracts fishing enthusiasts keen to try their luck with the kingfish, marlin and yellowfin tuna that are in abundance. Hop on board a charter or rent a boat yourself to explore the pristine waters.
TILBA TILBA Home of TV series River Cottage Australia, the Tilba region abounds with rolling green pastures, quaint villages and delicious local produce. There’s plenty of the latter each Saturday morning at the Tilba Growers’ Market (Bate St, Central Tilba, (02) 4473 7231, visitnsw.com/destinations/southcoast/batemans-bay-and-eurobodalla/ tilba/events/tilba-growers-market).
BODALLA Famed for its cheese making and other dairy products, Bodalla’s most famous location is the Bodalla Dairy Shed, a cottage-style cafe that also offers accommodation. (52 Princes Hwy, (02) 4473 5555, bodalladairyshed.com.au) WHALE WATCHING OFF MONTAGUE ISLAND
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If you have time to venture further north of Eurobodalla, you’ll reach the Shoalhaven Coast. At Jervis Bay, the white sand at Hyams Beach is truly spectacular, while other beaches worth a visit include Seven Mile Beach and Pebbly Beach. At Currarong, the Point Perpendicular Lighthouse and Lookout offers unparalleled views from atop a dramatic escarpment, and at Huskisson, you can head out on the water to enjoy a dolphin watch cruise or sea kayak excursion. Head inland to the popular towns of Berry, Milton and Kangaroo Valley, where you’ll find charming shops and gourmet cafes. The Berry market (berry.org.au/ berry-markets) on the first Sunday of the month (except February) attracts visitors from far and wide.
South of the Eurobodalla coast, you’ll find the Sapphire Coast, which is known for its wild unspoilt coastline. About 70 per cent of the Sapphire Coast (sapphirecoast.com.au) is national park and forest, making the region perfect if you want to get back to nature. In the north, fishing village Bermagui offers a range of water activities, while Cobargo is home to a thriving local arts
and crafts scene. In the many heritage buildings, local artisans produce and sell their wares, which include pottery, leatherwork and woodcraft. Further south is the former whaling territory in Eden. You can learn all about the practice at the Eden Killer Whale
Museum (184 Imlay St, (02) 6496 2094, killerwhalemuseum.com.au) or, between September and November, watch the whales swim past on the “Humpback Highway”. Fishing enthusiasts will want to continue to Wonboyn, which is known for some of the best game fishing on the coast.
THE SAND AT HYAMS BEACH, JERVIS BAY, IS RECOGNISED BY THE GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS AS THE WHITEST IN THE WORLD. IT IS COMPRISED OF FINE PARTICLES OF QUARTZ.
SOUTH IS BEST FOR WEST
My favourite place to go and catch up with friends is… Mister Jones Espresso Bar in Bermagui. (1/4 Bunga St, 0403 755 672, misterjones. com.au). The best breakfasts are served at… The garden at home! Though, if I’m out and about, you can’t beat the three cheese toastie from Honorbread (8 Bunga St, Bermagui, honorbread.com). It’s the breakfast of champions.
River Cottage Australia host Paul West has certainly made himself at home on the South Coast, where he runs a sustainable farm in Central Tilba. These are his favourite local spots.
There’s always a lot of fun to be had at… The beer garden at the Dromedary Hotel (Bate St, (02) 4473 7223, dromedaryhotel. com.au) on a sunny Sunday afternoon. When I want to dine out, I go to... Il Passaggio at Fishermen’s Wharf,
Bermagui (5/73-79 Lamont St, Bermagui, (02) 6493 5753, ilpassaggio.com.au). The best beach is… There are so many to choose from. Any beach in Eurobodalla or Mimosa Rocks National Park would be my pick. My favourite place to unwind is… In the water at one of those beaches. The best country drive is... Across the Monaro, down Brown Mountain and up to Tilba! One thing a lot of people don’t know about the South Coast is… The water is warmest at the end of autumn.
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