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Inside One good thing after another is just waiting to be discovered and savoured in our nation’s capital city

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Whether you want to eat, explore or experience the best of what Canberra has to offer, we break down the neighbourhoods you’ll want to add to your must-see list, complete with full-day itineraries and handy maps to plot out your plan of action.

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Did you know that Canberra is home to some of the country’s finest and most respected craft breweries and spirit distilleries? Whatever your tipple of choice, there’s sure to be a tour for you – along with a delicious food menu to match.

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Canberra’s cool climate provides the perfect conditions for wine production and, with dozens of vineyards just a short drive from the city, a trip beckons visitors. Go for a day, a weekend or longer, but one thing’s for sure: you won’t be leaving empty-handed.

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Nature reserves, museums, galleries, heritage trails, cultural tours… Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and traditions of Australia’s Indigenous people with inspiring and informative activities.

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Kids and adults alike will be in their element as they partake in the many fun and educational activities Canberra has to offer, including visits to Questacon, the Canberra Space Centre and the National Zoo & Aquarium, plus trampolining and rock climbing.


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Be carried away – literally! – as you discover Canberra’s great outdoors from up above in a hot-air balloon, or stick to the ground with hiking trails, mountain-bike riding and Segway tours galore.

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Canberra Visitor Guide 2019 is published by Medium Rare Content Agency (02 8114 8907, mediumrarecontent.com) for VisitCanberra, part of the ACT Government. VisitCanberra uses PEFC-certified stock, which is from sustainably managed forests and controlled sources and recognised in Australia through the Australian Forestry Standard PEFC/21-31-51. ISSN 1832-0589. GPO Box 158, Canberra City, ACT 2601. T: (02) 6205 0666, E: visitcanberra@act.gov.au. Tourist information: 1300 554 114. Printed December 2018.

BEYOND CANBERRA Did you know that the picturesque Southern Tablelands, the Snowy Mountains and the beautiful beaches of the South Coast are just a short drive from Canberra’s CBD? Extend your stay and explore the surrounding areas for a truly unforgettable experience.

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Our seasonal guide to what’s on in Canberra will help you plan your entire year. The city’s in full bloom in spring with Floriade, the Canberra Comedy Festival brings the laughs in autumn, The Truffle Festival is a must in winter and summer signals Summernats!

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VISITOR INFORMATION Our trip planner takes the hassle out of navigating Canberra. With useful tips about public transport, information centre services, access to free wi-fi and more, we have you covered.

CITY MAP Whether walking, cycling or driving, our comprehensive map makes it easy to navigate your way around Canberra.

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From its bustling hubs to hidden gems just off the beaten path, Canberra is a vibrant city waiting to be explored

Canberra City In the heart of the city is where everything meets. Art-lovers can wander from world-class galleries to community-run studios, while foodies can have their main at an award-winning restaurant and dessert at a local pop-up. Whatever your passion, Canberra City offers a central hub for everyone.

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Walking through the Australian National Botanic Gardens is a great way to begin your exploration of Canberra’s finest attractions. You can then commence your cultural tour at Canberra Museum and Gallery, which houses The Nolan Collection comprising 141 artworks. At the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, experience the wonderfully immersive media instalments. Then continue the adventure at Craft ACT:

Craft and Design Centre, a not-for-profit organisation that supports its artists and practitioners to create on site. The ANU School of Art & Design Gallery showcases works from students, while just a short walk away is the ANU School of Music, where you can be treated to a live musical performance. If you want to see Indigenous work, Burrunju Art Gallery exhibits pieces from the local Aboriginal community.

SHOP Fancy a bit of retail therapy? You couldn’t be in a better place than the Canberra Centre, home to a popular collection of high-street brands and stores such as Myer, David Jones and H&M. The Monaro Mall will take care of all things beauty; it features Australia’s first artistry bar at Mecca Maxima. When it comes to independent stores, Müssen Boutique is the place for women’s chic fashion and


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8.30am Start your day with breakfast at Morning Glory, then pop into nearby Mocan & Green Grout for its Fairtrade coffee. 5 minutes

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10am With everything close by, ditch the car and hire a bike from NewActon Bike Hire, then cycle to the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia to explore the immersive instalments. Continue on to the Nishi Gallery (open Wednesday to Sunday from 11am) for contemporary art – the ride should take only a few minutes. 1 minute 1pm Return your bike and walk around the corner for lunch at Capitol Bar & Grill. Need some downtime? Walk four minutes to the Nishi Building and catch a movie at Palace Electric Cinema. If you’re there on a Saturday, check out the new pop-up Cellar Door wine market at the Nishi Grand Stair.

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Trove sells handcrafted homewares from around 30 artists and designers. You can also pick up local pieces from the Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre shop. For street style, Sancho’s Dirty Laundry is all about skate clothing, printed T-shirts and graphic-art supplies. Vinyl enthusiasts will be in their element at Canberra’s leading record store, Landspeed Records.

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There’s a show for everyone at the Canberra Theatre Centre and The Street Theatre. The National Convention Centre is the city’s largest multipurpose venue; it hosts music events and basketball games and is also home to the Royal Theatre. ANU’s Llewellyn Hall is revered for hosting orchestral and classical performances. Want to catch some live music? Both Transit Bar and Smith’s Alternative are just on the outskirts of London Circuit. If you prefer the big screen, Dendy Canberra and Arc Cinema, located at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, showcase a variety of mainstream and art-house flicks. You can also test your luck at Casino Canberra’s gaming tables or take in the scenery at Commonwealth Park. Momoda Iori Bar Rochford 65 Northbourne Kokomo’s The Highball  Express Treehouse Bar Hippo Co

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3pm Jump back in the car and arrive at the National Museum of Australia for the vast array of exhibits on offer. Don’t leave without sampling a cake or pastry at their café. 4 minutes 7pm Head to Parlour for cocktails and tapas before strolling to Lucky’s Speakeasy for a final tipple. Or try newly opened Rebel Rebel, with chef Sean McConnell at the helm – previously of Monster Kitchen and Bar, inside the revamped Ovolo Nishi (formerly Hotel Hotel).

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Braddon With hipster cafés, restaurants, stylish cocktail bars and quirky shops just a few minutes’ stroll from Canberra’s city centre, Braddon’s bustling Lonsdale Street and surrounds have become the thriving destination locals hang out in and out-of-towners flock to.

always something going on here, including art exhibitions, music classes and plays. Foodies will be satisfied, too, with Sage Dining Rooms and the Mint Garden Bar showcasing some of the region’s finest food and wine. While you’re there, don’t miss the opportunity to duck into the Nancy Sever Gallery to see the works of Australian and international artists across a range of genres.

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EAT, DRINK & BE MERRY You don’t have to be near the coast to get quality seafood – just head to Catch, on the corner of Lonsdale and Elouera streets, for a casual feed of fish and chips. Be sure to fit in a visit to The Mandalay Bus. Parked near Haig Park, this big yellow bus (open Wednesday to Saturday nights) serves up plenty of Asian-fusion dishes, like the chicken satay on roti that’s light on the wallet but heavy on flavour. In the mood for a tasty sweet treat? Gelato Messina and Frugii Dessert Laboratory make Lonsdale Street a prime dessert spot. Round off your night with a nightcap or two at hip bars the Tipsy Bull and Hopscotch, just a short walk from each other.

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6.30pm till late The staff at Tipsy Bull say that gin is their thing. Beyond their impressive display of the spirit – more than 165 varieties, to be precise – a seasonal menu offers tasty small and large share plates. Just a hop, skip and a jump away, gastropub Hopscotch has hearty meals, the largest range of whiskies in Canberra, a spacious beer garden and an outdoor spit to cook mouth-watering meats.

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Pialligo, Majura & Fyshwick Nestled between the city fringe and Canberra Airport, the semirural suburbs of Pialligo, Fyshwick and Majura are slowly being transformed with alfresco dining hotspots and a retail hub.

PLAY Take a brewery tour, then tuck into Brodburger burgers and beer at locally owned Capital Brewing Co. Just 10 minutes’ drive north on nearby Lime Kiln Road is Mount Majura Vineyard, where you can taste varietals such as tempranillo, pinot gris and shiraz at the cellar door. For a rural foodie experience, visit The Truffle Farm, which runs seasonal truffle hunts and other events, such as dégustation lunches. Practise skiing or snowboarding on the “slopes” – soft, white nylon matting – at Vertikal Indoor Snow Sports, before sipping hot chocolate, après-ski-style. Climb the walls at BlocHaus Bouldering Gym or join its exercise classes.

EAT, DRINK & BE MERRY Get your caffeine fix at ONA Coffee House, which also has freshly baked cakes and pastries. Enjoy scenic views of vineyards and olive groves while dining at Pialligo Estate.

SHOP Pick up fashion and homewares bargains at the Canberra Outlet Centre or stock up at superstores IKEA and Costco – the latter of which is located at Majura Park Shopping Centre, also home to other major retailers and supermarkets. For preloved pieces, the Designer Op Shop Emporium in Fyshwick is well stocked with vintage and retro fashion. A five-minute drive away, in Pialligo, you’ll find ceramics and glassware at Bisonhome, while Bliss Garden & Giftware has you covered for gifts and homewares. A minute’s drive down Beltana Road is Rodney’s Plants Plus, a nursery with a café. Dotted around Pialligo are several other nurseries and orchards where visitors can buy freshly picked fruit such as apples, pears and peaches. Families can also enjoy self-picking at Tanbella Orchard.

SEE Take a stroll around the Jerrabomberra Wetlands, in Fyshwick, a nature reserve and refuge for migrating birds from the Northern Hemisphere and inland Australia.

Manuka Regarded as one of Canberra’s premier shopping and dining destinations, with plenty of restaurants and cafés, Manuka is 10 minutes from the CBD.

PLAY Catch the latest films at Capitol Cinemas Manuka, an Event Cinema. For a sporting outing, head to Manuka Oval, which hosts cricket and AFL matches. Take a dip at the historic Manuka Pool – Canberra’s first swimming pool, officially opened in 1931.

SEE Canberra Contemporary Art Space Manuka is well worth a visit for its experimental art installations, while PhotoAccess features striking photographic exhibitions.

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clothing at Lusso by Paris and Things of Desire, the Australian and New Zealand labels at Department of the Exterior, and Momento Dezigns’ unique collection of Australian and international designers. For custom pieces, try Creations Jewellers or Bijoux Jewellers. Wolfie is the place to go for cool kids’ clothing, or pick up a new read at the independent Paperchain Bookstore. Need some pampering after a day on the go? Get yourself to The Lab, where the team can get you glammed up for a night out on the town – including make-up, brows and tints.


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Kingston Canberra’s oldest suburb – located right next to the Parliamentary Triangle – is a hive of cultural activity and trendy eateries dotted along the foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin.

SEE The Kingston Arts Precinct continues to expand, with plans for workshops, gallery spaces and accommodation for visiting artists. Visit the Canberra Glassworks, housed in the iconic Kingston Powerhouse (an industrial site constructed between 1913 and 1915) to marvel at the exhibitions and see live glassblowing. In the building next door is Megalo Print Studio + Gallery, Canberra’s original home of screen printing, while the Scott Leggo Gallery is nearby for photo enthusiasts.

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PLAY Rent an electric boat from GoBoat to sail around Lake Burley Griffin, stopping to have a picnic along the way, or get your heart racing with a quick lap around the go-kart track at Power Kart Raceway.

SHOP In Kingston’s shopping village, explore boutique women’s fashion stores such as Honeysuckle and Lace and the CARDIF Collective, which showcases local designers. Each Sunday, the Old Bus Depot Markets spring to life, with art, craft, fashion, jewellery, homewares and food stalls attracting huge crowds to what has now become one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations.

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Laurence Kain, Capital Brewing Co.’s managing director, reveals his top spots to have the best weekend ever What’s the night-life like in Canberra? It’s pretty amazing. We have a lot of incredible restaurants and bars. For me and my wife, a really good night out starts in Lyneham at The Old Canberra Inn for warm-up beers, moves to Lazy-Su in Braddon for a vegan banquet, followed by Gelato Messina, and a few drinks at Hippo Co or Bar Rochford to finish things off. Is there a secret spot in Canberra that you just love? James Turrell’s Skyspace installation at the National Gallery of Australia. It is very meditative – and nice and cool when it’s super-hot outside. What would you say is the best outdoor activity to enjoy in Canberra? We have some of the best granite climbing in Australia, so get up to Booroomba Rocks in Namadgi National Park. It’s probably not the best spot for beginner climbers, but there are some truly amazing lines.

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Lakeside & Barton Some of the nation’s most iconic cultural institutions and historic buildings are set on the water’s edge of Lake Burley Griffin, just a few minutes’ drive from Canberra’s CBD. Along with the neighbouring suburb of Barton, this precinct – which has plenty of leafy parks and culinary delights on offer – is one of the city’s premier tourist destinations.

SEE The striking National Museum of Australia is perched at the end of Acton Peninsula on an 11ha site. Opened in 2001, it focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture, Australian history and society since European settlement and how we interact with our environment. Lake Burley Griffin’s foreshore is also the site of the National Library of Australia, which houses the world’s largest collection of materials relating to Australia. Visitors can find a quiet spot to pore over titles in the many reading rooms or use the research tools to explore their family history. Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, across the road from the library, is ideal for families. With its interactive galleries and outdoor Science Garden exhibits, it makes learning about science fun for kids. Only a short walk away, along King Edward Terrace, is the National Portrait Gallery, which has more than 3500 works representing people who have shaped Australia’s national identity. 12

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Nestled behind the gallery, also on the lake foreshore, sits the High Court of Australia – the highest court in our judicial system. Art-lovers should make their way to the National Gallery of Australia for its extensive collection of international, local and Indigenous art. Until 28 April, visitors can enjoy exhibition Love & Desire, showcasing Pre-Raphaelite paintings on loan from the Tate in Britain. Once you’ve wandered through the galleries, head outdoors to James Turrell’s Skyspace installation and spend time in the Sculpture Garden on the lake’s edge. Stand on the steps of Old Parliament House, where former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam famously addressed the media after his dismissal in 1975, then walk inside to the

Museum of Australian Democracy. Here, you can learn about the country’s former leaders, discover how democracy works and explore the historical collections and exhibitions. The National Archives of Australia – keeper of the nation’s memory – can also be found at Old Parliament House. This diverse collection of government records includes documents about the Australian Constitution and Federation, Cabinet records and the Discovering Anzacs site, where you can download complete World War I service files. There’s also a reading room where visitors can peruse the pages of history. To see government in action, it’s just a short drive from Old Parliament House to Parliament House, the seat of national

Start the day right with a wholesome breakfast at Maple + Clove. For a day out, Schmicnics can provide a gourmet hamper, or enjoy fish and chips at Snapper on the Lake in the Canberra Southern Cross Club. Grab a bite to eat at the Museum Cafe while exploring the National Museum of Australia or at Bookplate in the National Library of Australia. Come evening, get wood-fired pizza and burgers at Ostani or dine at French-inspired Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar. For a special occasion, Canberra institution Chairman & Yip offers modern Cantonese; enjoy Japanese at Lilotang in the Burbury Hotel & Apartments; sit down to fine dining with matched wines at Vincent; or dig in to award-winning Turkish food at Ottoman Cuisine.

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SHOP Take home a memento of your time in the nation’s capital. Located at Regatta Point, the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre stocks local wine, beer and spirits, as well as other local produce and merchandise. There are also plenty of gift shops at the city’s many national attractions. Drop into the Museum Shop at the National Museum of Australia for books, jewellery, giftware and homewares. Buy Indigenous arts and crafts, prints and posters, and gifts at the National Gallery of Australia shop or browse the shelves at the National Library of Australia bookshop. The Curatoreum, an independent 14

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Cruise Lake Burley Griffin book and gift store at the National Portrait Gallery, sells a wide range of art, design and photography titles, plus giftware. Kids will love Q Shop at Questacon for its educational and interactive gift ideas.

PLAY One of the best ways to explore the heart of Canberra and the Lake Burley Griffin foreshore is on two wheels. Join a guided tour with Mulga Bicycle Tours or Canberra Urban Adventures (which has electric bikes). Pedal Power ACT has various rides and events to take part in. You can also glide around the attractions on a Segway tour with Seg Glide Ride. Take in Lake Burley Griffin from a different perspective – out on the water. Canberra

Urban Adventures offers island-hopping and sunset kayak tours, while GoBoat rents electric picnic boats. For a more informative experience, Lake Burley Griffin Cruises provides commentary as it floats past the national capital’s sights. Or board the MV Southern Cross for sightseeing, lunch and dinner cruises. Several self-guided walking tours also take in the foreshores of Lake Burley Griffin, along with attractions such as Old Parliament House and the Australian War Memorial. Explore the landscaped gardens, ponds, playgrounds and artworks at Commonwealth Park. You can also take the time to smell the flowers during Floriade, which is held in this beautiful urban park each spring and is a must-visit event.


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STAY Want to be close to all the action? The Realm Precinct, near the Parliamentary Triangle, includes four sister hotels and conveniently enables guests to access the facilities at each property. Five-star Hotel Realm has impressive function and conference facilities, as well as a day spa and health club. Located across the road, Burbury Hotel & Apartments offers a range of accommodation, including studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. Suited to corporate travellers, Little National Hotel has a lounge and library, while the 1920s Brassey Hotel boasts old-world charm and gardens.

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3.30pm Take time to reflect at the Australian War Memorial. See the Roll of Honour, which commemorates members of Australia’s armed forces who have died as a result of war service, and the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier. Each day at 4.55pm, visitors can witness the Last Post ceremony in the Commemorative Courtyard. 10 minutes

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5.30pm After a day of soaking up our culture, wind down at the Canberra Southern Cross Club, watching the sun set over the lake before dining in the Yacht Club restaurant.

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Gold Creek Village The quaint Gold Creek Village is the perfect family weekend getaway. With an abundance of attractions, museums and boutiques all within easy walking distance, this popular precinct in Nicholls, north of the city, offers something for young and old.

SEE Start the exploration at Cockington Green Gardens, a miniature village with its own houses, lakes, immaculately manicured lawns and even a mini steam train for children (and their parents) to ride. At the nearby Aarwun Gallery, art enthusiasts can see the works of famed artists such as Norman Lindsay, Pro Hart and David Boyd. Directly opposite is the Aboriginal Dreamings Gallery, displaying offerings from emerging Indigenous artists, as well as collectable pieces.

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stroll away, gives visitors the rare opportunity to walk among 500 free-flying birds from 60 species. The animal adventure continues at the National Dinosaur Museum, the country’s biggest permanent display of dinosaur and other prehistoric fossil material. It houses a variety of indoor exhibitions, plus an outdoor Dinosaur Garden featuring lifelike models that will blow the kids’ minds. For a bit of fun, catch a show at The Abbey – a multipurpose function venue that hosts parties, festivals and live performances.

SHOP Feel like shopping? The Bower Birds sells charming homewares, gifts and garden supplies; Flight of Fancy is renowned for its handmade leadlight lamps; and Totally Country supplies an eclectic range of vintage crystal and silverware.

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Start your day at Indulge Tea Garden with breakfast, brunch or high tea, which is accompanied by an extensive menu of more than 100 herbal, black and fruit teas. For an afternoon snack, try the delicious handmade ice-creams, milkshakes and thickshakes at Stripey Sundae. The ultimate sweet treats can be found at The Lolly Shop, famed for its floor-to-ceiling collection of every type of confectionery imaginable. For dinner, you can’t go past The George Harcourt Inn, a quintessential English-style pub serving pot pies and live music. For a more eccentric setting, there’s the nearby Green Herring Restaurant; this 1860s wooden hut features a large fireplace and serves modern Australian cuisine. Want to splash out? Versatile Restaurant offers a seasonal fine-dining menu with matching local wines.

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South Canberra From stately embassies to the forest-covered rural fringes, South Canberra is vast and varied, with rich pockets of culture and natural attractions to explore.

SEE Curious about how our currency is made? Join a tour of the Royal Australian Mint and all will be revealed, including the history of Australian coins. See Government House, the Governor-General’s official residence on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin, just five minutes’ drive away. Then take what’s known as Embassy Drive through the grand streets of Yarralumla, admiring the architecture of the embassies and high commissions – more than 100 in total. Enjoy the unbeatable views over Canberra from Red Hill Lookout. Exhibitions at M16 Artspace in Griffith showcase Australian artists, while Deakin’s Beaver Galleries has works by established and emerging artists. The Tuggeranong Arts Centre offers a wide range of art activities and exhibitions, or you can check out the contemporary jewellery, metals and glass at Bilk Gallery in Griffith. Outdoor enthusiasts are spoilt for choice in South Canberra, with locations such as Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Namadgi National Park offering walking trails, picnic spots and an array of wildlife. A 50-minute drive from Canberra, Corin Forest has a ski slope and snow-play area during the winter months, and a 1.2km Alpine Slide in summer.

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Lanyon Homestead Explore the solar system and beyond at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex on Canberra’s outer fringes. Visit the restored 1850s Lanyon Homestead and grazing property, 30 minutes’ drive from the city. The National Zoo & Aquarium, located at the western end of Lake Burley Griffin, will surprise and delight the kids – as will the green spaces and Pod Playground at the National Arboretum Canberra.

Portrait Gallery, National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia, National Library of Australia and National Archives of Australia all on our doorstep, along with world-class exhibitions. The Canberra Museum and Gallery highlights the very best of Canberra and it also has excellent theatre, wonderful bookshops and many gallery and artist experiences.

INSIDER VIEW As co-director of Beaver Galleries in Deakin, Susie Beaver knows where visitors to the ACT can immerse themselves in great culture How would you describe the cultural scene in Canberra? Our cultural scene is just fantastic. We are so privileged to have the National

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What’s the one attraction visitors should make sure not to miss? The National Portrait Gallery. It’s an intimate size – not overwhelming for those who don’t want to spend hours in a gallery. It also gives you a wonderful sense of history, features both traditional and contemporary art, covers a variety of mediums and has beautifully curated exhibitions. Where are your favourite eateries? For lunch, I just walk over to theKitchen

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at Beaver Galleries, a fantastic little café run by chef David Lockwood, who specialises in great organic food and homemade cakes. At night, we love the casual ambience and fresh Malaysian food at Abell’s Kopi Tiam in Manuka, the extraordinary Turkish at Pomegranate Restaurant in Kingston or Ottoman Cuisine in Barton. Public in Manuka is a great place for a pre-dinner drink or catch-up with friends, as is Joe’s Bar, at the East Hotel in Kingston, which is more intimate and has terrific food. What spots do you always love to take visitors to? We like to go up to Red Hill Lookout for a great panoramic view out over Canberra and also take a walk around Lake Burley Griffin. Then we like to visit as many of our fantastic national institutions as we can fit in.


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Day itinerary From art and architecture to food and BE SOCIAL nature, a daytrip to the suburbs south #VisitCanberra of Canberra is nothing if not diverse photo op! 9am Kickstart your day at Doubleshot in Deakin, a cool café serving all-day breakfast hits, including a nourish bowl and decadent hotcakes. 2 minutes 10.30am Take an embassy self-drive tour in Yarralumla – noting the architectural features of each country’s building – before passing Government House, the Governor-General’s official residence, situated on the foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin. 5 minutes 12pm

PLAY See Lake Burley Griffin from a different perspective by getting out on the water and hiring a boat from the Canberra Yacht Club, or a paddleboard or kayak from The Paddle Hub. Keep the whole family entertained for hours at Yarralumla Play Station, which is home to the Weston Park Miniature Railway, Lake Walter Miniature Golf and a mini farm that has plenty of animals to pat. Catch the latest movie releases at Hoyts Woden and Limelight Cinemas Tuggeranong.

The Royal Australian Mint's café, @ the Mint, is ideal for a light lunch, followed by a fascinating tour about Australian coins and how they’re made.

EAT, DRINK & BE MERRY Savour the relaxed vibe while enjoying coffee or brunch at Doubleshot in Deakin or a light lunch at the nearby @ the Mint café after visiting the Royal Australian Mint. Stand By Me in Lyons serves up classic vinyl tunes with its hearty breakfasts and excellent coffee. For a special dining experience, visit the two-hatted Aubergine in Griffith.

SHOP If you’re keen to scope out the retail scene, make your way to Westfield Woden or South.Point Tuggeranong shopping centres, where you’ll find major department stores and a wide range of other retailers. To stock up on food supplies, the Southside Farmers Market in Phillip, open on Sundays, has about 60 stalls selling regional and organic produce, including vegetables and fruit, dairy products and baked goods.

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1 minute 2.30pm Beaver Galleries, Canberra’s largest privately owned commercial gallery, is just down the road. Here, you can peruse three galleries of contemporary Australian artworks, a café, courtyard sculpture garden and a gallery shop stocked with crafted products. 5 minutes 4pm Take in Canberra’s national icons from the lofty vantage point of Red Hill Lookout – keeping an eye out for the native flora and fauna. 10 minutes 6.30pm Finish the day with a memorable modern-Australian meal at Griffith’s renowned fine-diner, Aubergine.

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North Canberra This area boasts beautiful heritage-listed buildings and some of Canberra’s oldest neighbourhoods, from Ainslie and Acton to Belconnen. While the inner north is close to the city’s central retail, business, dining and entertainment district, it also features its own must-see attractions.

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SEE Our nation is steeped in rich military history and the Australian War Memorial in Campbell,

built in a grand Byzantine architectural style, is Australia’s tribute to its armed forces. Art enthusiasts should pop into the non-profit ANCA Gallery, a space where more than 40 artists showcase the work they have created in the purpose-built studios nearby. Similarly, Belconnen Arts Centre, a five-minute walk from Westfield Belconnen, hosts exhibitions, dance classes and workshops for adults and kids. Active types can get their fitness fix at


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The Pedlar in Campbell does breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, while a few suburbs over in hip Aranda, café and roaster Two Before Ten is the go-to for coffee. Five minutes’ drive away in Macquarie, Ricardo’s macarons, cakes and pastries are works of art. When it comes to pubs, there is no shortage of them in North Canberra. At Stanley’s in Bruce, Family Day means kids under 12 eat for free on Sundays. Young & Frisky in Gungahlin is all about fried chicken, whisky and good times. And Ainslie’s newest restaurant on the block, Pilot, comes from some of the team who ran its popular predecessor, Pulp Kitchen.

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8am Little Oink serves delicious (all-day) breakfasts that are Instagram-worthy, too. The drinks list is also a highlight – try a turmeric latte, specialty tea by local blender Tea Garden or a healthy cold-pressed juice. 16 minutes

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10.30am Get a taste of the Canberra way of life at the Capital Region Farmers Market, held at Exhibition Park every Saturday from 7.30am to noon. There are more than 100 local stallholders selling fresh produce and baked goods, gourmet smallgoods, flowers and even treats for pampered pets. 16 minutes 12.30pm Stop for a pub lunch at Casey Jones, in the suburb of Casey, an authentic pub with specials like $15 schnitzels and $5 glasses of wine on weekdays. 27 minutes 2.30pm

Exhibition Park the Australian Institute of Sport – challenge yourself at the interactive Sportex exhibit and enjoy the Aussie sporting memorabilia.

SHOP Featuring approximately 270 specialty stores, Westfield Belconnen has everything from fashion and dining to entertainment. On the first Sunday of every month, Hall Showground hosts the rural-themed Hartley Hall Markets, selling food, clothing, furniture, plants and more. The award-winning quarterly market Handmade Canberra, in Mitchell, is a must, with 260 stalls dedicated to homewares, art, fashion and jewellery, plus food and drink.

PLAY Canberra Indoor Rock Climbing in Mitchell has courses for kids, beginners and seasoned climbers. Or plan an EPIC day or night out at

Exhibition Park in Canberra, a huge venue that hosts hundreds of events each year and doubles as a popular camping ground. Find out what’s on at the GIO Stadium Canberra – from rugby union to league and even music concerts, there’s always something happening. If your plans include a chilled-out movie session, Hoyts Belconnen at Westfield shows all the latest blockbusters.

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Keen to get out into the great outdoors? Drive to Mount Ainslie, then choose your own adventure: you can walk, cycle or drive to the lookout to check out the spectacular panoramic views over Canberra. 13 minutes 7pm till late Known as the Chinatown of Canberra, Dickson is a cultural hub definitely worth exploring. Once you’ve worked up an appetite taking in all the area has to offer, make a beeline for famed Ruby Chinese – an iconic restaurant that has been feeding locals tasty Cantonese fare since 1982. Tilley’s Devine Café Gallery is a well-known live-music venue in Canberra. With its old-fashioned wooden booths and vintage vibe, it’s the perfect place to kick back and relax in the evening. The Saturdaynight jazz sessions are a real treat.

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CULTURE NAMADGI NATIONAL PARK AND TIDBINBILLA NATURE RESERVE

PADDYS RIVER • NATIONAL PARK/NATURE RESERVE • ADMISSION: FREE/$13 (DAY PASS – PRIVATE VEHICLE) These two wilderness areas abound with culture and are home to the only known Aboriginal rock art sites in the ACT. The Yankee Hat site in Namadgi National Park, 1.5 hours’ drive from Canberra, features animals as well as abstract and human-like figures painted over a period of hundreds – or possibly thousands – 22

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of years. At Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, 40 minutes’ drive from the city, you can hike to the Birrigai Rock Shelter and follow the Hanging Rock Trail to the granite tors that Aboriginal people used as shelter. The area was highly prized for bogong moths, which would be teased out from beneath these rocky overhangs before being roasted and eaten. You can also throw a boomerang and learn about bush tucker on a tour with an Aboriginal ranger. environment.act.gov.au, tidbinbilla.act.gov.au

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The Aboriginal Memorial at the National Gallery of Australia

INSIDER VIEW Tina Baum, who is from the Larrakia/ Wardaman/Karajarri peoples of the Northern Territory and Western Australia, has been the curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at the National Gallery of Australia since 2005 What is the must-see Indigenous artwork at the gallery? Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri’s painting Warlugulong, which – at $2.4 million – is one of the most expensive Indigenous artworks sold at auction. This incredibly powerful work has so many layers; it’s like a storybook. There are eight or nine different stories, including the importance of sharing food.

What surprises visitors most when they come to the gallery? The diversity of the work. It’s not just dot and bark paintings, it’s a whole raft of designs and ways of telling stories about connecting to country, history and culture.

made from ceramic telegraph insulators and bottle glass introduced by European settlers, plus the remaining half of the old gate from the Kinchela Aboriginal Boys Training Home in NSW. nma.gov.au

DHARWRA ABORIGINAL CULTURAL TOURS MULTIPLE LOCATIONS • TOUR • ADMISSION: FROM $40

Learn how to speak the Ngunnawal language, take part in a traditional weaving workshop or join a bush food cooking class with Dharwra Aboriginal Cultural Tours. The company also visits significant cultural sites, including rock art sites and places where you can see grinding grooves, a canoe tree and a shield tree. Tours are from two hours to a full day; full-day tours run from September to March and include wildlife spotting in Namadgi National Park and a swim at Flea Creek in Brindabella National Park. thunderstone.net.au

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ACTON PENINSULA • MUSEUM • ADMISSION: FREE Explore the moving First Australians: Gallery of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, the largest gallery at the National Museum of Australia. It includes thousands of cultural artefacts, a dedicated Torres Strait Islander exhibition and displays about the impact of colonisation since the arrival of the British in 1788 – including first contact, the forced removal of children and the fight for land rights. Highlights include spear tips

View bark paintings, shell necklaces and other objects that form the world’s largest collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. Several galleries – each focusing on a specific geographic region or aspect of Indigenous art – are dedicated to the collection of more than 7500 works. As well as a woven cane basket from Queensland, a mask from the Torres Strait Islands and early Western Desert paintings from Central Australia, modern urban works explore community, identity, racism, race relations and oppression. A major drawcard is The Aboriginal Memorial, an installation

comprising 200 hollow log coffins or poles – one representing each year of European settlement until 1988 – from Central Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. Groups of 20 to 60 people can book a tour with an Aboriginal guide to experience a traditional smoking ceremony and didgeridoo demonstration. nga.gov.au/collections/atsi

NGUNNAWAL COUNTRY HERITAGE TRAIL MULTIPLE LOCATIONS • TOURING ROUTE • ADMISSION: FREE

Visit places of significance to Indigenous Australians on a self-drive tour that starts at the Yarramundi Cultural Centre on Lake Burley Griffin and includes Cotter Reserve, where the Ngunnawal people welcomed travellers for thousands of years; and the village of Tharwa, which was home to Aboriginal families who worked for early white settlers. At the Namadgi Visitor Centre, learn about archaeological artefacts found within the national park and call in to Tuggeranong Homestead, where one of the earliest written records of local Aboriginal life was documented in 1831. canberratracks.act.gov.au

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To ensure your culinary trip is covered, we’ve compiled a list of 50 cafés and restaurants – and some additional dessert spots – in and around Canberra as recommended by local professionals. They are: Belinda Neame, creator of Canberra’s only street-style food event, The Forage; Brian Tunks, creative director of Bisonhome; nutritionist and 2018 MasterChef Australia contestant Chloe Carroll; Patissez co-owner Anna Petridis; and director of This Canberran Life, Lisa Eriksson.

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LILOTANG

BARTON • JAPANESE • $$$$

Here you’ll be served authentic Japanese with a modern twist – think ocean trout with wasabi mascarpone and tempura egg served alongside duck. Pair your meal with sake – or ask the friendly staff to pick for you from the wide range – and experience some of the best hospitality that Canberra has to offer, nestled inside the Burbury Hotel (yes, there’s room service!). GOODFOOD.COM.AU SAYS: “The food is eclectic and immaculate, the service personable and professional and the set-up is Tokyo-cool. This eatery stands up in any company.” lilotang2014


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NEWACTON • MODERN AUSTRALIAN • $$$

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Offering seasonally-based meals designed to share, this modern Australian eatery is ideal for groups. Spread across four visually different spaces, including a lounge, Monster is open from breakfast until late so you can enjoy a bite from its unique menu whatever the time of day. LISA SAYS: “This is my go-to! Sitting by the fire with wine and share plates is perfect in winter.” monsterkitchenbar

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BRADDON • MODERN AUSTRALIAN • $$$

Everything about this dynamic restaurant works – from the unstructured menu loaded with Asian and Aussie flavours to the modern interior and hip-hop tunes. Menu items are listed from small to big, so you can mix and match based on your tastes. There’s also a salt-and-vinegar potato scallop (tip: order at least two), but be sure to leave room for the banoffee pie. CHLOE SAYS: “Eightysix is by far my favourite place for dinner. The food is well executed and the overall experience is second to none. Its spiced cauliflower is a must!” eateightysix

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KINGSTON • MODERN AUSTRALIAN • $$$$

Otis Dining Hall’s dark, moody timber interior is suggestive of a saloon but, in contrast, the menu is fresh, exciting and quintessentially Australian (even wallaby gets a look-in). If it’s a sophisticated dining experience you’re after, this is the venue for you. BELINDA SAYS: “Canberra loves its truffles, and my favourite way to enjoy them is the truffle gnocchi at Otis Dining Hall.” otis_dininghall

Morks (Kingston) Courgette (Canberra City) Bar Rochford (Canberra City) Eightysix (Braddon) Italian and Sons (Braddon) Temporada (Canberra City) Ottoman Cuisine (Barton)

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SAGE DINING ROOMS BRADDON • MODERN AUSTRALIAN • $$$$

Choose your own food adventure in elegant, ambient surroundings. The menu has an old-world feel, with the option of three or five courses, plus additional drink pairing. GOODFOOD.COM.AU SAYS: “Service is friendly and attentive all night and you can really tell they’re trying hard to please.” sagediningrooms

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ITALIAN AND SONS BRADDON • ITALIAN • $$$

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A top-10 contender in the Gourmet Traveller 2019 Australian Restaurant Guide, this café in the cultural district of NewActon pours Fairtrade coffee and its small but perfectly formed menu makes it well worth the visit. GOURMET TRAVELLER SAYS: “Mocan & Green Grout is the antithesis of comfortable fine dining. $ $25 & under

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OTTOMAN CUISINE BARTON • TURKISH • $$$

Make sure you arrive hungry to this little piece of Turkey. Start on meze plates of housemade dips, pan-fried haloumi and fetta-filled pastries, finishing on a sweet note of traditional baklava. CHLOE SAYS: “Ottoman Cuisine has an amazing reputation for good food, wine and service.” ottomancuisine

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BARTON • MODERN AUSTRALIAN • $$$$

What better way to watch the sun set over Lake Burley Griffin than with four courses of beautifully plated cuisine. Each dish on the short but satisfying menu is thoughtfully planned to deliver a fine-dining experience. BRIAN SAYS: “Beautiful location and absolutely brilliant menu.” theboathousecbr

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heartland. The cheeses are indeed sourced from Italy, as is the majority of the wine list. THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN MAGAZINE SAYS: “What makes this place stand out is a commitment to good produce and wonderful service.” italianandsons

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GRIFFITH • MODERN AUSTRALIAN • $$$$

This culinary icon is by far Canberra’s most decorated restaurant. The fast-changing menu is exciting and definitely worth splashing out on. GOODFOOD.COM.AU SAYS: “This little restaurant at the Griffith shops is anything but old-fashioned. It focuses on being a special place to dine, with a wine list like no other, and food that is intricate without being annoying.” auberginerestaurant visitcanberra.com.au 25


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NARRABUNDAH • ASIAN FUSION • $$$

Fun and funky, XO has nailed the share-plate concept with a small menu that sings with South-East Asian flavours. You’ll want to order one of everything – don’t skip the sake, either. GOODFOOD.COM.AU SAYS: “Eating should be fun and everything about XO is, from the service – by a team who is clearly passionate about food – to the particularly enjoyable playlist.” xorestaurant

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TEMPORADA

CANBERRA CITY • MODERN AUSTRALIAN • $$$

This is a restaurant that truly welcomes you with open arms. The menu of bespoke tapas plates is fresh and inviting, the staff are helpful and the website even has a handy parking map for out-of-towners. BRIAN SAYS: “Their menu is fabulous, with a great selection of gins from Canberra and all over.” temporadacanberra

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BAR ROCHFORD

CANBERRA CITY • WINE BAR • $

This venue’s sparse industrial interior is brought to life by a colourful menu of share plates and an extensive drinks list. Every night here feels like a Saturday night, so if you enjoy quirky music and solid bar food, this is your place. LISA SAYS: “Perfect for a late-night drink and their food is delicious! I always recommend this bar to anyone visiting Canberra.” barrochford

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LANTERNE ROOMS CAMPBELL • ASIAN • $$$

You’re in safe hands at Lanterne Rooms, which is run by The Chairman Group (also behind Lilotang). This is food for the soul: traditional satay chicken, tom-yum-infused prawns and Shanghai noodles, all in cosy surroundings. GOODFOOD.COM.AU SAYS: “Lanterne Rooms offers a style of gutsy Malaysian-Chinese-based food and reaches much wider for new influences.” lanternerooms

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MAESTRAL

WESTON CREEK • MEDITERRANEAN • $$

Dive right in to some of the best seafood that Canberra has to offer at this family-run diner. Anchovy bread, sweet prawns and chunky fish stew – it’s all delicious and comforting. GOODFOOD.COM.AU SAYS: “This is home cooking with a big heart, and the whole package adds up to a warm, friendly restaurant.” maestralrestaurant

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COURGETTE

CANBERRA CITY • FRENCH • $$$$

Dishes at this French establishment are finished with flair, from sauces and glazes to micro herbs. Here you will enjoy a decadent four-course dinner, with the option of a fifth cheese course that seems a shame to pass up. LISA SAYS: “Dishes are beautifully presented – it’s definitely one to add to your list.” courgetterestaurant

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VINCENT

BARTON • MODERN AUSTRALIAN • $$$$

We eat with our eyes so, naturally, this contemporary restaurant’s beautifully plated dishes make it an instant hit. But it is also the clever flavour creations and unsuspecting wine pairings that keep the locals coming back. The ambient interior feels relaxing – unusual for fine-diners but welcome all the same. GOURMET TRAVELLER SAYS: “The eats lean towards the accessible, with familiar combinations of flavours and ingredients: beetroot and goat’s

Capitol Bar & Grill cheese, pork belly and cauliflower, lamb with eggplant and fetta. Wagyu beef is a highlight.” vincent.restaurant

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CAPITOL BAR & GRILL CANBERRA CITY • ITALIAN • $$$$

Located in the QT Canberra hotel, this eatery oozes glamour and sophistication; the dress code of “dress to impress” says it all, really. The wine list perfectly complements mains hot off the wood grill, featuring mouth-watering steaks you’ll find hard to resist. OUT IN CANBERRA SAYS: “With a concept created by acclaimed restaurateur Robert Marchetti, you will have your fill of fine wine and food offerings that are perfect for a power lunch or dinner.” qtcanberra


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Best breakfast THE CUPPING ROOM CANBERRA CITY • CAFÉ • $

Helmed by the folks behind ONA Coffee, ACT powerhouse The Cupping Room delivers a full Canberra food experience. The bean blends on offer are rotated frequently and the smart, crowd-pleasing menu (think smashed avo, French toast and a beef burger) is packed with locally sourced ingredients. TIME OUT SAYS: “It’s the food that really makes this place. Every dish is nicely balanced.” thecuppingroom

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SILO BAKERY + CAFE

KINGSTON • CAFÉ • $

Local Press Café is for people who like their food consciously sourced and prepared – and snapping an Insta-worthy photo or two. With vegan-friendly and gluten-free meals, as well as a build-your-own-brekkie option, there’s something here for everyone. CHLOE SAYS: “If you’re after good wholesome food, coffee and cold-pressed juices, look no further. This quirky café is passionate about serving fresh, simple and honest food.” localpresscafe

DICKSON • CAFÉ & BAR • $

a treat or two from the onsite bakery and take the good times home with you. BELINDA SAYS: “I’m a sucker for good buttery pastry and that’s definitely what you get with Silo’s tarts. With flavours such as chocolate crumble, classic lemon and prune clafoutis, the hardest part is sitting down to just one.” silo.kingston

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DOUBLESHOT DEAKIN • CAFÉ • $

Variety is what makes this buzzy café great – from the numerous breakfast options and add-ons to the seemingly endless beverage menu. You’ll want to try one of everything, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself going back again and again. BRIAN SAYS: “Doubleshot is the best spot for a lazy weekend brunch.” ds_doubleshotdeakin

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BRADDON • CAFE • $

This café serves Five Senses (that is, delicious) coffee and Scandi-inspired dishes in a relaxing setting. Perch on a stool and dig into soft-boiled eggs with soldiers or, if your sweet tooth prefers, the orange-and-raisin artisan sourdough with banana and ricotta. GOODFOOD.COM.AU SAYS: “Rye’s menu is seasonally focused, with salads and sandwiches available for lunch, plus heartier meat dishes for those looking to stick around. Pickles, chutneys, pâté and even tonic water are made in-house.” ryecafe

LYNEHAM • CAFÉ • $

This café calls itself “one of Canberra’s greatest little secrets” and it’s a nice surprise given the dishes on offer. If you’re looking for your ’grammable moment, you will definitely find it at this Lyneham gem. One thing’s for sure: this secret won’t last long. THE CANBERRA EDIT SAYS: “Serving breakfast and lunch for now, The Front welcomes you to pop in for any occasion: a catch-up with friends or a place to study or just read the paper over a great coffee roasted by Two Before Ten.” the_fr0nt

KINGSTON • CAFÉ & BAKERY • $

Skip the continental breakfast at the hotel and head to Silo. The café menu is small but boasts an impressive array of flavours to suit most palates – Bircher muesli, scrambled eggs with local truffle and even a breakfast cheese board. When you’re finished, grab KEY

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Here’s where you can celebrate brunch in style. The menu – featuring chia pudding, pea-and-three-cheese fritters and a vegie bowl spiked with kimchi – is inventive and undeniably delicious. There are also plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. BELINDA SAYS: “What’s not to love about Highroad? It has a stunning, considered interior, wonderful service and a menu loaded with more-ish dishes – Highroad has it all.” highroad.cbr

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POACHERS PANTRY SPRINGRANGE • RESTAURANT • $$$

Smoked meat is having a moment and this restaurant knows exactly how to excite the senses with its artisan produce. The lush, inviting grounds make it the perfect spot for lunch. Give yourself a little extra time to explore the cellar door and farm shop, too. BESTRESTAURANTS.COM.AU SAYS: “Poachers Pantry, home of some of Australia’s best smoked goods, is nestled in the Hall hills just outside Canberra. The property produces a wide variety of smoked meats, poultry, game and vegetables, which are cured and smoked using traditional methods.” poacherspantry

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URBAN PANTRY

GRIFFITH • MODERN AUSTRALIAN • $$

With its white tiled walls and immaculate benches, Urban Pantry’s chic setting would not be out of place in the Hamptons. Best for a breezy long lunch – make sure you try the espresso martini. GOODFOOD.COM.AU SAYS: “The lunch menu includes French-inspired dishes such as bouillabaisse and a baguette with Angus fillet, gorgonzola and truffle butter.” urbanpantrymanuka

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PARKES • CAFÉ • $

Where else can you enjoy a mouth-watering meal in such close proximity to some of the greatest Australian literary works and treasures? No ordinary eatery, this airy café at the National Library is lined with stained-glass windows and has an impressive menu to match. THE CANBERRA TIMES SAYS: “There are lots of little touches that add a pop of colour to the space. Those who drop by for a bite can sink into mustard banquettes and eat off navy blue crockery made by an Australian potter.” bookplatecafe

PIALLIGO • MODERN AUSTRALIAN • $$

Located a short drive from the Parliamentary Triangle, Pialligo Estate is a picturesque property featuring a restaurant, which serves modern Australian cuisine, plus an orchard, vineyard, olive grove and more. Enjoy a long lunch followed by a browse of the farm shop for the wares produced on site. GOODFOOD.COM.AU SAYS: “A really pleasant place to eat, food that is very well done and a lovely sense of removal from everyday life.” pialligoestate

ACTON • CAFÉ • $

Take a break from wandering the picturesque Australian National Botanic Gardens at Pollen café, where you’ll truly experience peace and relaxation. Best of all, you can make a table reservation online or take your order with you. The kids’ menu is a winner, too. WEEKEND NOTES SAYS: “With its beautifully-styled décor and healthy food menu, Pollen café has quickly become another of the attractions at the National Botanic Gardens. Surrounded by native plants and tall gum trees towering above, the leafy ambience makes it a popular weekend escape.” pollencafe


Great Food Family faves

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DICKSON DUMPLING HOUSE

DICKSON • ASIAN • $

If you’re crazy for yum cha, make a beeline for this dumpling house, set on the strip that forms Dickson’s very own Chinatown. Steaming bowls of wontons and noodles are served quickly and in generous portions. It’s a restaurant for both the young and young-at-heart. THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD SAYS: “What you can expect is a good, fresh meal made with skill and pride, delivered quickly with a smile, and exceptional value for money.”

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BRISCOLA PIZZERIA CANBERRA CITY • ITALIAN • $$

Smack-bang in the heart of the CBD, Briscola Pizzeria serves unpretentious Italian comfort food. And boy, does it deliver: the atmosphere is warm and inviting and the menu is moderately priced. If daytime dining is an option, be sure to take advantage of the lunch specials. GOODFOOD.COM.AU SAYS: “The restaurant serves a mixed crowd and all are well catered for.” briscolapizzeria

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SAMMY’S KITCHEN CANBERRA CITY • CHINESE • $$

With a great menu of fan-favourite Chinese dishes to choose from, Sammy’s Kitchen is perfect for a quick and easy lunch or dinner.

The central city location makes it a convenient stop on your way to or from the surrounding attractions and shopping precincts, while the tasty dishes ensure it’s a hit with locals and visitors. BELINDA SAYS: “The ideal ‘Let’s go and get a quick bite to eat with the kids’ spot! Sammy’s is fast, friendly and consistently delicious. The sizzling pepper lamb with snow peas is a favourite.”

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GREASE MONKEY BRADDON • BURGERS • $

Half old-school burger joint, half trendy bar, Grease Monkey whips up crowd-pleasing grub, including burgers that won’t fall apart in your hands and succulent fried chicken. Burgers come with a side of chips that are cooked and seasoned to perfection. This eatery has a weekend vibe to it, no matter what day it is. GOODFOOD.COM.AU SAYS: “Grab a seat at the booths or there’s plenty of space in the huge courtyard outside, where long tables and benches are framed with hanging pot plants and a bright red wrought-iron gate swings merrily onto the street.” greasemonkeycanberra

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SOI NOODLE BAR CANBERRA CITY • ASIAN • $

This is not your average noodle house. We’re talking about plates of perfectly cooked gyoza, generous portions of made-to-order noodles – pad Thai, yakisoba, Korean spicy chicken –

and beautifully presented desserts. There’s also Japanese rice tea and a great range of slushies. LISA SAYS: “With its tasty mini plates, Soi Noodle Bar is a delicious place to catch up with friends.” soinoodlebar

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BRADDON • FISH AND CHIPS • $

More than just a takeaway joint, at Catch you can wash down your fish and chips (or burger or poke bowl) with a beer, wine or sparkling beverage for something a bit more special. GOODFOOD.COM,AU SAYS: “While it’s styled on a ‘takeaway’ – and everything’s available to take away from inside the store or the dedicated takeaway window facing Elouera Street – a lot of thought has gone into the seating areas, which have a beachy feel.” catchfishandchips

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Try this, too Feel like dining alfresco? Order a picnic or hamper from Schmicnics and enjoy tarts, sandwiches, cured meats and sparkling water, all packaged with napkins and cutlery. Visit schmicnics.com.au for bookings or more details. Akiba

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ABELL’S KOPI TIAM MANUKA • ASIAN • $$

The name of this vibrant eatery means “coffee shop” – a nod to the Malaysian coffee drink enriched with butter. The rest of the menu is just as comforting, but the stand-out is My Mum’s Laksa: a perfect balance of spicy and creamy. THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD SAYS: “There are many things to like about Abell’s; the place is full of good smells and happy eaters.” abellskopitiam

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KINGSTON • THAI • $$

Situated on the Kingston Foreshore, Morks offers contemporary Thai dining with water views. You won’t find page upon page of dishes here; instead, the menu is a carefully curated selection of memorable meals. GOODFOOD.COM.AU SAYS: “The idea is a modern, not-too-serious take on Thai food, wrapped up in a mod-Asian package.” morksrestaurant

CANBERRA CITY • ASIAN • $$

This fun restaurant, with cartoon artwork on the walls, is dedicated to bringing a new wave of Asian flavours to Canberra. As well as the usual suspects of bao and dumplings, you’ll find more creative picks such as kimchi and oyster pancake and tamarind-caramel-glazed beef rib. ANNA SAYS: “Akiba is such a cool joint, with great music, great service and always-great food.” akibacbr 30

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MORNING GLORY NEWACTON • JAPANESE • $

Brought to you by the folks behind XO, this eatery reimagines daytime dining. It’s brunch-good but with an Asian twist – there’s a char-siu-bacon and egg roll with mayo and the granola is served with a more-ish pumpkin lassi. LISA SAYS: “The location is great and both the food and service are impressive. The food has so much flavour – I love the black-sesame waffle.” morningglory_dining

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CANBERRA CITY • JAPANESE • $$

Raku is a mix of aesthetically pleasing food, impeccable service and clean, true Japanese flavours. The menu offers a range of raw and hot plates at fair prices, making this clever eatery accessible to the masses. GOODFOOD.COM.AU SAYS: “Chef Hao San has brought a new kind of Japanese dining to Canberra – sleek, super-modern in the drinks and set-up, quite purist and very good.” rakudining

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IORI

CANBERRA CITY • JAPANESE • $$$

Fresh ingredients and an authentic Japanese experience are at the heart of this restaurant, which serves traditional and modern dishes, sushi, sashimi and more. Set meals will help you get a taste of the variety on offer, or mix and match your own DIY sampler. QANTAS TRAVEL INSIDER SAYS: “Don’t be fooled by the casual exterior – this downtown joint is all class when it comes to Japanese cuisine.” iori.com.au KEY

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TURKISH HALAL PIDE HOUSE

YARRALUMLA • TURKISH • $

Don’t be fooled by the shopfront – this is a gem of Canberra’s takeaway food scene. All food is made on the premises to adhere to strict halal standards and the pides are worth lining up for. OUT IN CANBERRA SAYS: “Dubbed by many as the ‘best kebabs in town’, Turkish Halal Pide House serves 100 per cent fresh halal dishes. You will love the traditional flavours.”

KEBABA

CANBERRA CITY • TURKISH • $

New on the scene, this family-owned “grill bar” has perfected its succulent meats, rich sauces and desserts bursting with Turkish flavours. They do takeaway options, but the beautiful dining room is worth sticking around for. EAT CANBERRA SAYS: “The künefe (sweet cheese wrapped in kadayıf pastry baked and soaked in sweet syrup) with a glass of hot tea is the best way to finish off a truly unique Turkish dining experience right in the heart of Canberra.” kebaba_cbr

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MANUKA • INDIAN • $

Home to some of the best curries in Canberra, Jewel of India prides itself on its traditional, great-tasting meals. Dine in or take away and prepare yourself for a feast of breads from the tandoor, creamy spiced curry and biryani. BESTRESTAURANTS.COM.AU SAYS: “The colourful dining room is well equipped for groups and is complemented by the family-style share menu.” jewelofindiamanuka

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THE MANDALAY BUS BRADDON • STREET FOOD • $

An ideal pit stop on the way home – it’s open 6pm until late – this is street food at its best. Be sure to sample the sticky, sweet Mandalay chicken wings as you work your way through the South-East Asian menu. THE CANBERRA TIMES SAYS: “The Bus is serving up an international menu, from coconut chicken noodles, prawn twisters and bacon-and-cheese pies to beef nachos.” themandalaybus

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MOLTO ITALIAN KINGSTON • ITALIAN • $$

Set in the food hub of Kingston, this brightly lit Italian restaurant is where you can try the famed cacio e pepe – a decadent spaghetti dish with cheese and black pepper. LISA SAYS: “I love Molto! The service is always great and who can go past pasta served out of a giant wheel of cheese? Amazing!” molto_italian

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LOCALE PIZZERIA DEAKIN • ITALIAN • $$

Come to Locale for the wood-fired pizzas and stay for the bombolini – warm doughnuts filled with chocolate. The beverages are authentic, too, with beer and wine sourced from Italy, plus some local picks thrown in for good measure. BRIAN SAYS: “Locale really is my local – I love, love their pizzas.” localepizzeriadeakin

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MEZZALIRA RESTAURANT

CANBERRA CITY • ITALIAN • $$$$

This fine-dining restaurant housed in the CBD’s grand Melbourne Building, just a hop away from some of Canberra’s hotspots, has withstood the test of time – it’s been operating for more than 20 years. Its classic Italian menu includes antipasti, pasta and mains made with love. GOODFOOD.COM.AU SAYS: “Mezzalira is not constrained by the divide between refined Italian and country Italian; it does both.” mezzaliracanberra

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Lovers of steamed buns will not be disappointed with Akiba’s iconic bao – a delicious, fluffy steamed pocket filled with sticky slow-cooked char siu pork belly and creamy slaw. It’s well and truly worth the hype. akibacbr

DELUXE BURGER @ BRODBURGER (Kingston) Wrap your mitts around this burger that has double everything! There are two juicy, flame-grilled beef patties, two fried eggs, two strips of crispy bacon and your choice of cheese. While not for the faint-hearted, it’s a definite must-try. brodburger

ASIAN BOLOGNESE @ XO (Narrabundah) This is clever Asian cuisine at its best: wok-fried udon noodles dressed with flavoursome chicken ragù, topped with a gooey egg that’s just waiting to be popped. xorestaurant

TIRAMISÙ @ ITALIAN AND SONS (Braddon) You really can’t go past a classic, and this dreamy dessert of creamy mascarpone and light-as-air coffee-soaked sponge is a total winner. italianandsons

WAGYU CHEESESTEAK SPRING ROLL @ LAZY-SU (Braddon) Worlds collide in the best way possible in this mouth-watering crispy spring roll filled with ground beef and cheese. These bad boys come one per serve, but you’ll want at least three. wholazysu

AGOSTINIS

KINGSTON • ITALIAN • $$

Fitting for both big and little kids, Agostinis feels like home. You’ll be treated with warm hospitality at this family-friendly restaurant in the East Hotel and tempted with piping-hot pizzas and desserts made to order. ANNA SAYS: “I’ve recently discovered Agostinis. I love the fit-out and the food. It’s great for a social catch-up.” agostinisitalian

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Great Food Caffeine hit

Ricardo’s

ONA COFFEE HOUSE FYSHWICK • CAFÉ • $

Choose from milk-based, black, filtered, batch or cold-brew coffee at ONA. ona.coffeehouse

TWO BEFORE TEN ARANDA • CAFÉ • $

This suburban café roasts its own beans and has a family-friendly food menu. twobeforeten

BARRIO COLLECTIVE COFFEE BRADDON • CAFÉ • $

Barrio prides itself on simple yet tasty food and coffee. Grab a cuppa and a topnotch toastie. barriocc

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Indulgent treats FRUGII DESSERT LABORATORY

BRADDON • CAFÉ • $

Discover the reason Canberra has a reputation for excellent coffee at this bright, funky café. 7.lsr

Doughnut Department

BRADDON • DESSERT • $

This laboratory-inspired space sells delicious ice-cream, gelato and sorbet by the scoop. mrfrugii

RED BRICK CURTIN • CAFÉ • $

SPACE KITCHEN

This local roaster is also sharing its great coffee at Makeshift, Kubrick and Tinker Tailor.

PHILLIP • CAFE • $

PATISSEZ

MANUKA • DESSERT & CAFÉ • $ Visit the home of the original FreakShakes – milkshake mashups loaded with toppings. patissez

If you’ve dreamt of eating dessert for breakfast, then try the crazy creations from Space Kitchen. space.kitchen

DOUGHNUT DEPARTMENT CANBERRA CITY • DOUGHNUTS • $

KYNEFIN

HALL • DOUGHNUTS • $ Made fresh daily at Kynefin café, bombolini doughnuts are filled with irresistible flavours. kynefin

RICARDO’S

These doughnut connoisseurs are dedicated to crafting yeast-raised, hand-cut rings and filled Berliners that are seasonally flavoured. doughnutdepartment

It’s the handmade mini cakes, tarts, slices and macarons that steal the show at this busy spot. ricardoscafe

Space Kitchen

COFFEE ROOM BRADDON • CAFÉ • $

Want to chill out? Enjoy the Coffee Room’s single-origin cold brew made in-house. coffeeroom.cbr

FOUNDRY COFFEE CO. GREENWAY • CAFÉ • $

REMY’S BAKERY

As well as traditional brews, this café serves matcha and mermaid (blue superfood) lattes. foundrycoffeeco

A true artisan bakery, Remy’s is the ideal place to grab a fresh pastry, pie or gourmet sandwich. remys_bakery

ESPRESSO ROOM

GELATO MESSINA

Good vibes and great coffee are what these guys are all about. They’re not coffee snobs, either. espressorooms

FYSHWICK • BAKERY • $

MACQUARIE • CAFÉ • $

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BRADDON • DESSERT • $

Head here in between museum-hopping to try Messina’s classic gelato flavours or creative (and cheekily named) weekly concoctions. gelatomessina

HIGH TEA AT THE BURBURY

CANBERRA CITY • CAFÉ • $

COFFEE LAB

CANBERRA CITY • CAFÉ • $ Visit Coffee Lab for a pick-me-up while you are browsing the Canberra Centre stores. coffeelabcanberra

BARTON • DESSERT • $$$$

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Can’t get to a winery?

The Canberra and Region Visitors Centre at Regatta Point sells a range of local wines.

Vintage

TRAILS Murrumbateman, Gundaroo & Yass

The Canberra region is recognised for its world-class cool-climate wines, so escape the city to taste what all the fuss is about

BARTON ESTATE

DIONYSUS WINERY

Established in 1997, this family-owned vineyard produces super-premium coolclimate wines, including petit verdot, shiraz and riesling. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10am-5pm on weekends bartonestate.com.au

This four-hectare property, set amid the rolling hills of Murrumbateman, has been producing quality wine since 2001. Varieties include gamay, shiraz viognier, riesling and sauvignon blanc. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10am-5pm on weekends dionysus-winery.com.au

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Over almost five decades, Clonakilla has earned an international reputation for excellence. Wine critic James Halliday describes its shiraz viognier as “an icon wine, one of the best in Australia”. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10am-4pm Monday to Thursday; 10am-5pm Friday to Sunday clonakilla.com.au

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DOG TRAP VINEYARD YASS

With a focus on premium dry red table wines, this locally focused business produces outstanding shiraz and cabernet sauvignon using traditional and modern winemaking techniques. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: By appointment dogtrapvineyard.com.au


Great Wine FOOD TRAIL

Pair a day of wine-tasting in Murrumbateman, Gundaroo or Yass with wholesome country food in the region’s wineries, restaurants and cafés

BELLA’S AT TALLAGANDRA HILL (Gundaroo)

MURRUMBATEMAN WINERY (Murrumbateman)

CLEMENTINE RESTAURANT (Yass)

OLLEYVILLE AT SHAW VINEYARD ESTATE

Offers à la carte restaurant and casual outdoor dining. tallagandrahill.com.au

McKellar Ridge Wines

Hatted dining in a cosy cottage. clementinerestaurant.com.au

DIONYSUS WINERY (Murrumbateman)

EDEN ROAD WINES MURRUMBATEMAN

Eden Road received a five-star red rating in the Halliday Wine Companion 2019. Its sustainable approach to vineyard management makes it a regional leader, while The Long Road shiraz is a local legend. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 11am-5pm Wednesday to Sunday edenroadwines.com.au

FOUR WINDS VINEYARD MURRUMBATEMAN • FOOD ON SITE

With 29,000 vines producing riesling, shiraz, cabernet, merlot and sangiovese grapes, this two-decade-old intergenerational family business is renowned for exceptional quality. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10am-4pm Thursday to Monday fourwindsvineyard.com.au

Cheese plates and light lunches. dionysus-winery.com.au

EWE’N ME (Yass)

À la carte restaurant at the Thunderbird Motel. thunderbirdmotel.com.au

FOUR WINDS VINEYARD (Murrumbateman)

Wood-fired pizza served Thursday to Monday. fourwindsvineyard.com.au

Tasting plates, cheese and light meals. murrumbatemanwinery.com.au

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Vineyard restaurant with wine matching. olleyville.com.au

POACHERS PANTRY (Springrange)

Cured and smoked meats from the Smokehouse Restaurant. poacherspantry.com.au

YARRH WINES (Murrumbateman)

Food and wine-pairing flights. yarrhwines.com.au

Yarrh Wines

GALLAGHER WINES (Jeir)

Specialty cheeses at the cellar door. gallagherwines.com.au

GRANITEVALE ESTATE (Murrumbateman)

Cheese platters on weekends and a café opening early 2019. granitevaleestate.com.au

GRAZING (Gundaroo)

Rustic restaurant at the historic Royal Hotel. grazing.com.au

GUNDOG ESTATE CORK ST. CELLAR (Gundaroo)

Gourmet cheese and charcuterie plates. gundogestate.com.au

GALLAGHER WINES

JEIR (MURRUMBATEMAN) • FOOD ON SITE Greg Gallagher is an esteemed winemaker who also works as a consultant for other wineries in the Murrumbateman region. Gallagher’s 2018 riesling follows in the wake of the internationally acclaimed 2017 vintage. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10am-5pm Thursday to Monday gallagherwines.com.au

GRANITEVALE ESTATE MURRUMBATEMAN • FOOD ON SITE

Greg and Leigh Birch proudly push the envelope when it comes to creating vino. Their signature dessert wine, PinkIce, is said to be the region’s first ice wine made from a red grape variety. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10am-5pm Thursday to Monday granitevaleestate.com.au

GUNDOG ESTATE CORK ST. CELLAR GUNDAROO • FOOD ON SITE

According to James Halliday’s Wine Companion, this five-star red winery sources the finest grapes from NSW’s Hunter Valley, Hilltops and Canberra regions. Its Cork St. Cellar

showcases a wide range of innovative, premium wines. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 11am-4pm Thursday to Friday; 11am-5pm on weekends gundogestate.com.au

HELM WINES MURRUMBATEMAN

Established in 1973, the multigenerational Helm Wines was one of the first commercial wineries in the Canberra region. The Helm family are descendants of German vinedressers from the Rhineland, with winemaking lineage dating back to the 1860s. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10am-5pm Thursday to Monday (10am-4pm winter) helmwines.com.au

JEIR CREEK

JEIR (MURRUMBATEMAN) For 35 years, this tranquil vineyard has been producing cool-climate wines of distinction. As well as cellar-door tasting, it offers information sessions, masterclasses and hands-on experiences. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10am-5pm on weekends jeircreekwines.com.au

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This 24ha former sheep-farm-turned-winery, just north of Murrumbateman, is in a stunning amphitheatre-like setting. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 11am-4pm on weekends longrailgully.com.au

McKELLAR RIDGE WINES MURRUMBATEMAN

John and Marina Sekoranja purchased this five-star-rated vineyard in 2017, continuing a family tradition of winemaking. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10am-4pm on weekends mckellarridgewines.com.au

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Combining passion and creativity, this small-batch winery produces a broad range of styles and hosts events to showcase them. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 12pm-4pm Wednesday to Thursday; 10am-5pm Friday to Sunday murrumbatemanwinery.com.au 36

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POACHERS PANTRY AND WILY TROUT VINEYARD SPRINGRANGE • FOOD ON SITE

Combining a winery, farm shop, cellar door, artisan smokehouse and restaurant, this family business has steadily grown in the past 25 years and is driven by a love of fine food and premium wine. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 9.30am-5pm daily poacherspantry.com.au

SHAW VINEYARD ESTATE MURRUMBATEMAN • FOOD ON SITE

The Shaw family moved to Murrumbateman 25 years ago and turned a large, historic wool-producing property into an award-winning winery that’s also home to rustic restaurant Olleyville and an impressive new cellar door. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10am-5pm Wednesday to Sunday shawvineyards.com.au

TALLAGANDRA HILL GUNDAROO

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These Canberra-region wineries have been awarded a perfect score in the Halliday Wine Companion 2019

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producing wines of distinct character and taste. Bella’s at Tallagandra Hill restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining options. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 12pm-4pm on Saturday; 10am-4pm on Sunday tallagandrahill.com.au

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Stephanie Helm began making wine at age nine at her parents’ neighbouring estate, Helm Wines, branching out on her own in 2014. This winery has reinvigorated vines dating back to 1978, when the vineyard was originally established. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10am-4pm on weekends thevintnersdaughter.com.au

YARRH WINES

MURRUMBATEMAN • FOOD ON SITE This picturesque winery, set in bushland north-west of Murrumbateman, has views across the Yass River valley. Its handcrafted wines are inspired by the rugged landscape. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 11am-5pm Friday to Sunday yarrhwines.com.au


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BRINDABELLA HILLS Situated among rolling hills overlooking the Murrumbidgee River, Brindabella’s stunning vineyard is easy on the eye and produces wines with character. The Vineyard Café is also on site for the full experience. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10am-5pm on weekends brindabellahills.com.au

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CAPITAL WINES

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Primarily sourcing grapes from its Kyeema vineyard in Murrumbateman, Capital Wines produces highly regarded shiraz, chardonnay, merlot and tempranillo varieties. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10.30am-5pm Thursday to Sunday capitalwines.com.au

GREAT ESCAPES Go beyond the wine trails to experience more of Canberra’s surrounding region

BRINDABELLA HILLS (Hall) Brindabella Hills

PANKHURST WINES WALLAROO • FOOD ON SITE

Allan and Christine Pankhurst have been producing premium wines here since 1986. The former grazing site sits on granite hills that formed more than 400 million years ago and are perfect for grape production. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10am-5pm on weekends pankhurstwines.com.au

SURVEYOR’S HILL A fantastic weekend destination for food, wine, produce and accommodation, Surveyor’s Hill is an idyllic retreat that boasts stunning views of the Murrumbidgee Valley. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10am-5pm on weekends survhill.com.au

WALLAROO WINES

This sprawling rural property located between Gundaroo and Murrumbateman features bushland and wildlife that can be explored on horseback during fun weekend adventures. burnelee.com.au

This family-owned winery has won a swag of awards over the past decade – its riesling and shiraz, in particular, earning local and international acclaim. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: By appointment wallaroowines.com.au

After a day of touring Murrumbateman’s wineries, check in to this lakeside B&B and kick back with a glass of the region’s finest. adedra.com

HOPS & VINE (Hall)

Tasting and regular food events, plus cheesemaking. hopsandvine.com.au

PANKHURST WINES (Wallaroo)

Cheese platters and pinot chutney. pankhurstwines.com.au

SURVEYOR’S HILL (Wallaroo)

Weekend lunch at Pomegranate Bistrot. survhill.com.au

CAPITAL WINES (Hall)

Cheese plates and epicurean tastings. capitalwines.com.au

WALLAROO • FOOD ON SITE

BURNELEE EXCURSIONS ON HORSEBACK

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Delicious meals at the Vineyard Café. brindabellahills.com.au

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Poachers Pantry and Wily Trout Vineyard

OLD SAINT LUKE’S STUDIO Housed in a historic stone building, this Gundaroo gallery displays wood-fired ceramics. oldsaintlukesstudio.com.au

Burnelee Excursions on Horseback

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Contentious Character

Bungendore, Bywong, Wamboin & Lake George

FOOD TRAIL Bungendore, Bywong, Wamboin and Lake George wine country offers plenty of choice CONTENTIOUS CHARACTER (Wamboin)

Contemporary Italian-inspired dishes that hero regional produce. contentiouscharacter.com.au

THE GEORGE BAR & DINING (Bungendore)

Seasonal pub menu at the Lake George hotel. thegeorgebaranddining.com.au

GUNNA DOO BAKERY (Bungendore)

Pies, pastries, breads and cakes. facebook.com/gunnadoobakery

LAKE GEORGE WINERY (Lake George)

Restaurant offers breakfast and lunch, with light snacks at the cellar door. lakegeorgewinery.com.au

LARK HILL WINERY (Bungendore)

Wine bar and café serving weekend lunches. larkhill.wine

LERIDA ESTATE WINES (Lake George)

Tasting flights, coffee and snacks or a three-course lunch by the fireplace at Café Lerida. leridaestate.com.au

MOUNT MAJURA VINEYARD (Majura)

Cheese and regional tasting plates at the cellar door. mountmajura.com.au

SOME CAFE (Collector)

Country-style breakfast and lunch. facebook.com/somecafecollector

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AFFLECK VINEYARD BYWONG

Cabernet, Rhine riesling, chardonnay and pinot noir plantings date back to 1976 on this four-hectare property, which also produces fine sauvignon blanc, semillon, shiraz and merlot. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10am-4pm daily affleck.com.au

COLLECTOR WINES COLLECTOR

This small operation, which produces handcrafted table wines, earns high praise from vino enthusiasts – including a five-star red rating in the Halliday Wine Companion.

DON’T MISS… Two Canberra-region wineries have a five-star red rating in the Halliday Wine Companion 2019 but no cellar doors to visit. Nick O’Leary Wines, in Wallaroo, and Ravensworth, in Murrumbateman, produce outstanding wines you can order online.

While visiting local wineries, be sure to explore the historic towns of Bungendore, Gundaroo, Collector and Wamboin. Also, Mount Majura, near Canberra Airport, is home to The Truffle Farm, where visitors can go on a truffle hunt or enjoy a dégustation feast at select events.

The cellar door is located in a historic building (circa 1829) in the centre of Collector. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10am-4pm Thursday to Sunday collectorwines.com.au

CONTENTIOUS CHARACTER WAMBOIN • FOOD ON SITE

The original vines were planted in 1990, when the property was part of Lambert Vineyards. Having had a makeover, with new owners and a new name, this winery and restaurant blends new-world character with old-world charm. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10am-5pm Wednesday to Sunday contentiouscharacter.com.au

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Great Wine

FINEST DROPS Find the Canberra region’s best wines at these establishments BAR ROCHFORD (Canberra City) THE CANBERRA WINE HOUSE (Dickson) MEZZALIRA RISTORANTE (Canberra City) MONSTER KITCHEN AND BAR (NewActon) PARLOUR (NewActon) 65 NORTHBOURNE (Canberra City)

LAKE GEORGE WINERY

LERIDA ESTATE WINES

Established in 1971, this 150ha property is the oldest winery in the Canberra region. It produces premium cool-climate wines and features a restaurant. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10am-5pm Thursday to Sunday lakegeorgewinery.com.au

Founded in 1997 with aspirations to grow and produce world-class pinot noir, this winery has since branched out, now also making chardonnay, pinot grigio, viognier, merlot, cabernet franc and more. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10am-5pm daily leridaestate.com.au

LARK HILL WINERY

MOUNT MAJURA VINEYARD

Lark Hill Winery’s biodynamic farming practices result in healthy vines, beautiful wine and a sustainable farm that nurtures its environment. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 11am-4pm Wednesday to Monday larkhill.wine

The unique red soil of the Mount Majura area lends itself to excellent grape-growing and wine production. Tempranillo is this winery’s flagship, along with chardonnay, riesling and shiraz. CELLAR DOOR OPEN: 10am-5pm daily mountmajura.com.au

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Weekend itinerary

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Follow the Murrumbateman wine trail #VisitCanberra photo op! – with a few well-timed meal stops 9am – Springrange Jump in the car and drive to Poachers Pantry, 30 minutes from the CBD, for a light breakfast, plus wine-tasting at the onsite Wily Trout Vineyard. 20 minutes 11am – Murrumbateman Sample the award-winning range at Eden Road Wines. 15 minutes 11.45am Need a late-morning sugar fix? Hit up Robyn Rowe Chocolates. Then drive five minutes to Four Winds Vineyard for some wine-tasting. 5 minutes 12.45pm A short drive will take you to Clonakilla, renowned for shiraz that has wowed international experts. 10 minutes 1.30pm Have a leisurely lunch at the rustic Olleyville at Shaw Vineyard Estate. Wine-matching is a specialty. 5 minutes 3.15pm Visit McKellar Ridge Wines to taste its acclaimed French-style rosé. 10 minutes 4pm Make one final stop at Helm Wines – the winery that started it all in the Murrumbateman region. 10 minutes 5pm Check in to Adobe Murrumbateman for the evening or make the 35-minute drive to Surveyor’s Hill in Wallaroo, where you can spend the night in vineyard accommodation.

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BentSpoke Brewing Co.

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Breweries BENTSPOKE BREWING CO. BRADDON • BREWPUB • $$

Since opening in 2014, BentSpoke Brewing Co. has become one of Australia’s most consistent craft beer brands. Its Crankshaft IPA rocketed to number three in the 2017 Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular (GABS) Hottest 100 and three of its beers were voted in the top 30. A stone’s throw from the city, the brewpub boasts 18 beer and cider taps, and a classic pub menu. bentspokebrewing.com.au

CAPITAL BREWING CO. FYSHWICK • BREWPUB • $

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room pours a wide variety of craft beers, including seasonals and collaborations. Flavoursome treats are available from the Brodburger van, while behind-the-scenes brewery tours are available on weekends for $25 per person. capitalbrewing.co

WIG & PEN TAVERN & BREWERY CANBERRA CITY • BREWPUB • $

A Canberra microbrewing pioneer, the Wig & Pen has been operating since 1994. Having relocated to Llewellyn Hall at the Australian National University in 2015, this English-style pub continues its tradition of craft beer and wholesome meals. With one cider and 15 beer taps, including four with cask-conditioned real ale, there is something to please every palate. facebook.com/wigandpen.canberra KEY

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Capital Brewing Co.

ZIERHOLZ PREMIUM BREWERY RESTAURANT & BAR FYSHWICK • BREWPUB • $$

Established in 2005, this German-inspired brewery and restaurant operates from Wednesday to Saturday. It offers premium beers and hearty meals, including German snags, schnitzels, pork belly and pretzels. You’ll also find its ales on tap around the ACT. zierholz.com.au $$$ $40 to $55

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Beer & Spirits AVAILABLE TO BUY AROUND TOWN Local companies Pact Beer Co. and StoneAge Brewing produce acclaimed drops that are available for purchase at some Canberra venues on tap and in select liquor stores. Pact is an award-winning craft brewery that has gained national recognition; StoneAge is a small-batch microbrewery producing handcrafted ales from the basement of King O’Malley’s Irish pub in the city centre.

Craft beer bars TO ALL MY FRIENDS COOK • BAR • $$

To All My Friends has become a welcome addition to the northern suburb of Cook since first opening its doors in early 2018. Operated by the same people who are responsible for the Little Oink café, this establishment’s focus is on local craft beers, bar snacks and pizza. toallmyfriends.com.au

THE POT BELLY BELCONNEN • BAR • $

Since 1977, this intimate Belconnen bar has been an iconic watering hole and music venue. It features a selection of independent brews and boutique spirits and wines, as well as finger food and pizza. potbellybar.com.au

BREW NATION CANBERRA CITY • BAR • $

Located in the city centre, Brew Nation boasts a huge range of craft beers, as well as fine Australian spirits and wines. Open from Tuesday to Saturday. brewnation.com.au

Distilleries BALDWIN DISTILLING COMPANY

MITCHELL • DISTILLERY • ADMISSION: $50 Baldwin Distilling Company

Tours

A dedicated bourbon distillery, Baldwin offers tasting tours for groups ranging from eight to 16 people. Be sure to have a sip of its Apple Pie Moonshine, awarded a gold medal by the American Distilling Institute in 2018. baldwindistilling.com.au

DAVE’S BREWERY TOURS

UNDERGROUND SPIRITS

Enjoy an educational and informative guided tour of the best breweries, craft beer hotspots, distilleries and wineries the Canberra region has to offer. Both full- and half-day tour options are available. daves.com.au

Drawing on the expertise of consultant and surgeon Toby Angstmann, this distillery uses medical-grade equipment in the production of its award-winning gin and vodka. Check out the stall at the Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston on Sundays. undergroundspirits.com.au

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS • TOUR • ADMISSION: FROM $120

LOCAL SPIRIT

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS • TOUR • ADMISSION: FROM $250 Providing expert tour packages of distilleries, wineries and breweries for couples and groups, Local Spirit specialises in tailored tasting experiences. Hens’-day packages and corporate events are also a specialty. localspirit.com.au

INSIDER VIEW Richard Watkins, owner and head brewer of BentSpoke Brewing Co., reveals his favourite places to relax when he’s not making some of Canberra’s tastiest beer THE OLD CANBERRA INN (Lyneham) I like the Inn for its excellent tap variety.

DUCKS NUTS (Dickson) This is Canberra’s best pub food. The share platter is always good value.

KOKOMO’S (Canberra City), LAZY-SU (Braddon), ITALIAN AND SONS (Braddon) Kokomo’s, Lazy-Su and Italian and Sons always have simple, quality food. These three restaurants really drive Canberra’s food scene.

BAKED ON MORT (Braddon), SONOMA (Braddon) Baked on Mort and Sonoma bakery are my favourite Canberra cafés. They both do good coffee and great breakfasts.

THE DURHAM CASTLE ARMS PUB (Kingston) The Durham has rotating tap menus and always something eclectic to choose from.

Kokomo’s

KAMBAH • DISTILLERY • VISIT BY APPOINTMENT

THE CANBERRA DISTILLERY

BRADDON • DISTILLERY • NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Purveyor of handcrafted spirits such as gin, vodka and liqueur, this small-batch distillery sells online and at local retailers and markets. thecanberradistillery.com.au

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National Arboretum Canberra

Pialligo Estate

Casino Canberra

Pialligo Estate is a sensational food, wine and lifestyle destination on the banks of Canberra’s Molonglo River. Tucked in a rural setting, the estate incorporates the Glasshouse and Garden pavilions, an olive grove, vineyard, orchard, academy classes, market garden and award-winning smokehouse.

Located in the heart of the CBD, Casino Canberra mixes style, elegance and entertainment in a unique and complete package. Experience the thrill of next-generation gaming, dazzle your senses with a pop-Chinese experience at Natural Nine restaurant or soak up the ambience of the sophisticated Onyx Lounge and Chandelier Bar. A kitchen menu is also available from 12pm to 2am. Casino Canberra is an 18+ venue only.

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11.30am-10pm Wednesday-Friday; 8am-10pm Saturday; 8am-4pm Sunday; 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo ACT 2609 (02) 6247 6060 thepialligoestate.com.au

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12pm-4am daily 21 Binara Street, Canberra ACT 2601 (02) 6257 7074 casinocanberra.com.au

Experience spectacular views and remarkable architecture set among 44,000 rare, endangered and culturally significant trees from around the world. Highlights include the award-winning Village Centre, National Bonsai and Penjing Collection, Pod Playground, Sprout CafĂŠ, Conservatory Restaurant, Curatoreum gift shop, walking trails, gardens and lookouts. OPEN:

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Village Centre 9am-4pm daily (closed Christmas Day); Arboretum grounds and Pod Playground 6am-8.30pm (during daylight saving), 7am-5.30pm (during non-daylight saving) Forest Drive (off Tuggeranong Parkway), Weston Creek ACT 2611 (02) 6207 8484 nationalarboretum.act.gov.au

Award-winning brewpub Open 7 days - 11am until late 18 taps - beer, food, fun

38 Mort Street, Braddon ACT info@bentspokebrewing.com.au 02 6257 5220


Attractions

Balloon Aloft Canberra

National Carillon

Blundells Cottage

Ballooning is an unforgettable experience! Take off at sunrise and drift gently with the wind, experience breathtaking views and see the nation’s capital come to life below you. Your flight will last about an hour, but your memories will last a lifetime.

Towering 50 metres above Lake Burley Griffin on Aspen Island, this striking architectural landmark is also an impressive musical instrument with 55 bronze bells, each weighing between seven kilograms and six tonnes. The island is the perfect place to enjoy one of the free carillon recitals every Wednesday and Sunday, have a picnic or just enjoy the magnificent views of the lake.

Blundells Cottage is now open to the public following conservation works to the slab shed and major works to reinterpret the historic landscape. The cottage and its landscape provide, for the first time, insight into the lives of all four families who lived there.

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Morning flights daily Meeting point: Hyatt Hotel Canberra 120 Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla ACT 2600 (02) 6249 8660 balloonaloftcanberra.com.au

National Zoo & Aquarium Delivering two venues for the price of one, this attraction is Australia’s only combined zoo and aquarium. Discover a wide variety of native and exotic animals, as well as marine and freshwater fish, reptiles and frogs. Its Close Encounters experiences provide visitors with an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most amazing creatures. Free onsite parking is available. OPEN: ADDRESS: PHONE: WEBSITE:

9.30am-5pm daily; closed Christmas Day Lady Denman Drive, Yarralumla ACT 2600 (02) 6287 8400 nationalzoo.com.au

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Recitals 12.30pm-1.20pm every Wednesday and Sunday Wendouree Drive, Parkes ACT 2600 (02) 6272 2902 nca.gov.au/attractions-andmemorials/national-carillon

Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

Entry is FREE and you can enjoy a free guided tour on Saturdays at 10.15am, 11.30am and 12.45pm. Free parking is available. OPEN: ADDRESS: PHONE: WEBSITE:

10am-2pm Saturday; closed public holidays Wendouree Drive, Parkes ACT 2600 (02) 6272 2902 nca.gov.au/attractions-andmemorials/blundells-cottage

Lanyon Homestead

Discover the amazing universe around us and explore the solar system and beyond at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex. Part of NASA’s Deep Space Network, the facility provides constant contact with dozens of robotic spacecraft exploring planets, moons and stars. See Australia’s largest antenna dishes, a piece of the moon and exhibits on space exploration history. OPEN: ADDRESS:

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9am-5pm daily; closed Christmas Day 421 Discovery Drive (off Cotter and Paddys River roads), Tidbinbilla ACT 2620 (02) 6201 7880 cdscc.nasa.gov

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10am-4pm Tuesday-Sunday; closed some public holidays Tharwa Drive, Tharwa ACT 2620 (02) 6237 6500 historicplaces.com.au

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Kids’

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Science, history, nature, adventure and education – the nation’s capital has an activity to suit every family

Canberra Space Centre

CANBERRA SPACE CENTRE TIDBINBILLA • SPACE CENTRE • ADMISSION: FREE

Take an interactive trip around the solar system at the Canberra Space Centre, 45 minutes’ drive from the city, on the grounds of the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex in Tidbinbilla. You can see cameras used during the Apollo program and discover what astronauts wear and eat in space. cdscc.nasa.gov

CSIRO DISCOVERY CENTRE ACTON • SCIENCE CENTRE • ADMISSION: FROM $7 Australian War Memorial 44

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Learn fascinating facts about forensics and DNA, as well as the scientific techniques used to classify shark eggs, at one of the largest research organisations in the world.

Located at the base of Black Mountain, the centre is open from Monday to Friday, including school holidays. csiro.au

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN MINT DEAKIN • MINT • ADMISSION: FREE

The Mint has produced a staggering 15 billion coins since opening in 1965 and little ones can see how they’re made on a free guided tour. Be sure to pick up a copy of the My Visit to the Mint activity book from the front desk for the treasure hunt. ramint.gov.au


Learn & Play Day itinerary Interactive attractions and exhibits provide hands-on educational fun for big and little kids alike

National Zoo & Aquarium brings to life five environments inspired by Australia’s military history, including an Oberon-class submarine searching for enemy targets and a trench on the Western Front during World War I. awm.gov.au/visit/visitor-information/ features/discovery-zone

QUESTACON – THE NATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTRE

PARKES • SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY CENTRE • ADMISSION: FROM $17.50 (KIDS UNDER FOUR FREE) From a giant moon that lets you see detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface to robot hockey and an earthquake simulator that lets you feel the power of a natural disaster, Questacon certainly knows how to make science fun. A five-minute drive from the CBD, the centre includes Mini Q – a custom-built environment for little scientists aged up to six. questacon.edu.au

Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre

NATIONAL ZOO & AQUARIUM YARRALUMLA • ZOO/AQUARIUM • ADMISSION: FROM $25

Red pandas, meerkats, tree kangaroos, emus – you name it, you can see it at the National Zoo & Aquarium. Tours include Walk on the Wildside, where you become a zookeeper for the day, and Zooventure, which allows you to handfeed lions, tigers and bears. nationalzoo.com.au

AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL

CAMPBELL • WAR MEMORIAL • ADMISSION: FREE Climb, jump, crawl and touch your way through the Discovery Zone at the Australian War Memorial, just 10 minutes’ drive from the city centre. The experiential attraction

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA ACTON PENINSULA • MUSEUM/GALLERY • ADMISSION: FREE

With interactive adventure game Kspace at the National Museum of Australia, on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin, kids can travel back in time to find out what it was like to live during the gold rush or the 1930s, when the Sydney Harbour Bridge was being built. nma.gov.au

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#VisitCanberra photo op!

9am Learn about our nation’s military history at the Australian War Memorial, where interactive exhibits give you a glimpse of what it was like to fight on the front lines. 20 minutes 11am Have your own Jurassic Park-like adventure at the National Dinosaur Museum in Nicholls. It features 23 dinosaur skeletons and more than 300 fossils – the largest collection in the country. 1 minute 1pm Head across the road to the familyfriendly George Harcourt Inn. Its kids’ menu includes bangers and mash and polar bear ice-cream. 10 minutes 3pm Try wheelchair basketball, virtual downhill skiing, rowing and penalty shootouts at Sportex, an interactive exhibit at the Australian Institute of Sport, where many of the country’s sporting legends have trained. 18 minutes 5pm Enjoy dinner at the Hellenic Club in Woden. With multiple restaurant options and the jungle-themed indoor Play World to keep the kids occupied, it’s a hit with families.

MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRACY

PARKES • MUSEUM/GALLERY • ADMISSION: FROM $1 Budding politicians can practise their skills at the PlayUP: The Right to Have an Opinion and Be Heard exhibition at this museum at Old Parliament House. It includes listening pods, craft activities and a role-play Kindness Café. moadoph.gov.au/exhibitions/play-up

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POWER KART RACEWAY

Fun in nature

GRIFFITH • GO-KART RACING • ADMISSION: FROM $27 Let loose your competitive spirit as you race family members in an electric go-kart on an F1-style indoor circuit. There’s also a junglethemed, glow-in-the-dark minigolf course. powerkarts.com.au

CORIN FOREST

PADDYS RIVER • ALPINE RECREATION AREA • ADMISSION: FROM $20 Learn to ski and snowboard or zoom down the 1.2km-long Alpine Slide at this year-round alpine playground, situated 50 minutes’ drive from Canberra. corin.com.au

TIDBINBILLA NATURE RESERVE

PADDYS RIVER • NATURE RESERVE • ADMISSION: $13 (DAY PASS – PRIVATE VEHICLE) Watch out for wildlife on a ranger-guided walk through grasslands, wetlands and woodlands on one of the 22 marked trails in this reserve. tidbinbilla.act.gov.au

Vertikal Indoor Snow Sports

Get active BLOCHAUS BOULDERING GYM

FYSHWICK • GYM • ADMISSION: FROM $16 Just like rock climbing but without ropes or harnesses, on shorter walls and with padding on the ground, bouldering is fun for the whole family. This facility – for all ages and abilities – has more than 600sq m of climbing space. blochaus.com.au

WILDFEST

PADDYS RIVER • CAMPING • COST: FROM $195 (PER CHILD, PER NIGHT) Take part in ranger-guided activities as part of the new Wildfest pop-up family glamping experience at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve during the school holidays. Then enjoy a barbecue dinner, with stories and songs around the camp fire. wildfest.com.au/tidbinbilla

Wildfest pop-up luxury camping

CANBERRA INDOOR ROCK CLIMBING HUME AND MITCHELL • ROCK CLIMBING • ADMISSION: FROM $13.50

Scale the heights at one of these two indoor rock-climbing centres, which have 25 to 35 ropes and walls from 6.5m to 8.5m high. You can hire all the gear you need on site. canberrarockclimbing.com.au

VERTIKAL INDOOR SNOW SPORTS

FYSHWICK • INDOOR SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING • ADMISSION: FROM $64 (HALF-HOUR CLASS) So what if it’s hot outside? You can still ski and snowboard all year round to your heart’s content at this indoor snow centre. Instructors are on hand to help hone your skills. vertikalsnowsports.com

YARRALUMLA PLAY STATION YARRALUMLA • MINI TRAIN/GOLF AND FARM • ADMISSION: FROM $5

Ride a miniature train, try putt-putt and pat lambs, ponies and alpacas at this attraction. Its café has original wooden tables and booths from the NSW Department of Transport. yarraps.com.au

FLIP OUT

HUME AND MITCHELL • TRAMPOLINING • ADMISSION: FROM $16 Bounce your day away on trampolines, play in foam pits and give wall running a go at this super-fun indoor trampolining arena. flipout.net.au

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Learn & Play

INSIDER VIEW News Corp Australia senior writer and Canberra local Lanai Scarr loves getting out and about with her four children What do your children love to do in the capital?

The Pod Playground at the National Arboretum Canberra

Playgrounds POD PLAYGROUND MOLONGLO VALLEY

This playground at the National Arboretum Canberra has giant acorn cubbyhouses on stilts connected by net tunnels, as well as a climbing-net frame, musical bridge, two nest swings, slides, a sand area and musical instruments for toddlers. nationalarboretum.act.gov.au

KAMBAH DISTRICT PARK KAMBAH

Kids love the tree house, flying foxes, giant swings, space net and liberty swing at this adventure playground in the Tuggeranong district. There’s a half-pipe, too. environment.act.gov.au

BOUNDLESS PLAYGROUND PARKES

On the shore of Lake Burley Griffin, Boundless: The Centenary of Canberra National Playground is the city’s first all-abilities playground, which includes a water-play area, merry-go-round, seesaw, reclining swing and sandpit. environment.act.gov.au

YERRABI POND ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND GUNGAHLIN

Thrillseeking kids will have hours of fun on the flying fox, Tarzan swing and skate bowl at this playground, 20 minutes from the city centre. There are also bike paths and a basketball court. environment.act.gov.au

JOHN KNIGHT MEMORIAL PARK BELCONNEN

This 12ha park on the eastern foreshore of Lake Ginninderra, near Belconnen Town Centre, has a playground with a tree house and flying fox. The Snake House features a timber climbing unit with a wave board and nest spinner, a play structure with a shop counter and voice tubes that enable children to talk to each other. environment.act.gov.au

HENRY ROLLAND PARK ACTON

This new lakeside park at West Basin, which has barbecue facilities and fitness equipment, is connected to a boardwalk with two timber jetties and a dock for canoe and kayak access. act.gov.au/cityrenewal

Visit the Canberra Walk-in Aviary in Gold Creek Village, where they can feed a variety of birds that fly right up to their hands in anticipation of their free lunch.

Where are the best places for families to eat in Canberra? Urban Pantry in Griffith has great coffee and a beautiful tree in the courtyard that is just perfect for little legs to climb or run around. The farm at Poachers Pantry, 30 minutes from the city, also has a fantastic outdoor space where kids can play while the smoked meats made on site are devoured by parents.

Where do you take friends with kids when they visit? We go to Questacon. Cockington Green Gardens, in Gold Creek Village in Nicholls, is also an amusing day out.

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Attractions

Canberra Theatre Centre

Handmade Canberra

Canberra Glassworks

From international touring sensations to homegrown talent, the Canberra Theatre Centre hosts the best live music, comedy, theatre and dance shows. An evening performance is a must during a visit to the national capital.

This award-winning quarterly market is thoughtfully curated to bring the best Australian handmade designs and produce to Canberra. With 260 stalls selling homewares, fashion, jewellery and art, plus an entire pavilion dedicated to food and beverages, this indoor market is renowned for high-quality products, workmanship and sensational customer service.

Watch artists at work in the glassblowing studio at one of Australia’s only facilities dedicated to contemporary glass art. Canberra Glassworks offers guided tours (bookings essential), workshops and school holiday activities, with a retail shop and gallery showcasing the work of some of Australia’s leading artists. Entry is by gold-coin donation.

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2019 market dates: Mar 23 & 24, Jun 29 & 30, Sept 7 & 8, Dec 6*, 7 & 8 *Friday 5pm-9pm, Sat & Sun 10am-4pm Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue, Mitchell ACT 2911 0402 247 532 handmadecanberra.com.au

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10am-4pm Wednesday-Sunday 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston ACT 2604 (02) 6260 7005 canberraglassworks.com

Ethel Carrick Fox, Colonnades of Canberra’s Civic Centre

ACT Historic Places

Canberra Museum and Gallery

Australian War Memorial

Canberra is a thriving cosmopolitan city, full of coffee connoisseurs and culture-vultures. But what was it like 100 years ago? Step into a different time in the development of today’s city and explore its unique historic places, each one telling a different story.

Canberra Museum and Gallery is a unique place where visitors can experience the diverse history and contemporary culture of the Canberra region while also gaining a deep understanding of Australia’s dynamic society in its global setting.

The Australian War Memorial is a world-class museum, shrine, research centre and archive of Australia’s military history. With its magnificent collection, the Memorial tells the stories of men and women who have and continue to serve our nation. Visit the Memorial to honour those who gave their all to protect our freedom. Entry is free.

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LANYON HOMESTEAD 10am-4pm Tuesday-Sunday; guided or self-guided tours of the homestead are available Tharwa Drive, Tharwa ACT 2620 (02) 6237 6500 historicplaces.com.au MUGGA-MUGGA 1pm-4pm Saturday and Sunday for guided tours at 1pm, 1.45pm, 2.30pm and 3.15pm 129 Narrabundah Lane, Symonston ACT 2609 (02) 6237 6500 historicplaces.com.au CALTHORPES’ HOUSE 1pm-4pm Saturday and Sunday for guided tours at 1pm, 1.45pm, 2.30pm and 3.15pm 24 Mugga Way, Red Hill ACT 2603 (02) 6237 6500 historicplaces.com.au

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10am-5pm daily; closed Christmas Day Treloar Crescent, Campbell ACT 2612 (02) 6243 4211 awm.gov.au


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WE MAKE AUSTRALIA’S COINS See the coin factory, strike a coin and hunt for treasures at the Royal Australian Mint.

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Australia’s premier elite sporting precinct. Only minutes from Canberra’s CBD and set among 65 hectares of campus-like grounds with plenty of free off-street parking. AIS Tours

AIS Visitor Centre

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 the AIS Cafe. 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

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Where the destination becomes the journey From the enduring histories of the world’s oldest living cultures to the achievements of modern Australia, journey through time and discover the stories of our nation.

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Canberra Walk-in Aviary Located at Gold Creek Village, the Canberra Walk-in Aviary features 1000 square metres of planted space where free-flying birds can be observed, photographed and fed. Visitors can walk among 500 birds representing 60 different species from Australia and around the world. Weather permitting: September-April 10am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm) daily; May-August 10am-4pm (last admission 3.30pm) daily; closed Christmas Day Unit 13, Federation Square, 26 O’Hanlon Place, Gold Creek Village, Nicholls ACT 2913 (02) 6230 2044 canberrawalkinaviary.com.au

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Australian National Botanic Gardens

Telstra Tower

Experience and share the beauty of Australian plants. Discover Australia’s unique landscapes, from the rainforest to the Red Centre. Climb into the canopy and explore the Paperbark Treehouse. Take a walk with a guide or follow one of our many self-guided trails. Pamper yourself at Jindii Eco Spa, indulge at Pollen café and find gifts at the Botanical Bookshop. OPEN: ADDRESS: PHONE: WEBSITE:

Telstra Tower rises 195 metres above the summit of Black Mountain and provides unsurpassed 360-degree views of Canberra and surrounds. Visitors can take advantage of the two open viewing platforms or the enclosed viewing gallery, featuring spectacular views of the city by day or night. OPEN:

8.30am-5pm daily; closed Christmas Day Clunies Ross Street, Acton ACT 2601 (02) 6250 9540 nationalbotanicgardens.gov.au

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mountain Boost your adrenaline with an active day out in the bush capital’s many natural playgrounds

If you like great views TELSTRA TOWER – BLACK MOUNTAIN

ACTON • LOOKOUT • ADMISSION: $7.50 WHAT: Breathe in the picturesque vista from this iconic Canberra landmark, offering 360-degree views from its indoor and outdoor viewing platforms. HIGHLIGHT: Enjoy an ice-cream at the café as you soak up the views of Lake Burley Griffin, the Parliamentary Triangle and National Museum of Australia. telstratower.com.au

CAPITAL WARBIRDS

CANBERRA AIRPORT • TOUR • ADMISSION: FROM $300 WHAT: Strap yourself in and soar high above the city in a Yak-52 Warbird aircraft. HIGHLIGHT: Thrillseekers, get your heart racing during a 40-minute adventure flight that includes aerobatics. Choose your own adventure, from mild to wild! capitalwarbirds.com.au

MOUNT AINSLIE LOOKOUT

RED HILL LOOKOUT

design from atop Mount Ainslie, which sits 843m above sea level. HIGHLIGHT: For a really special experience, nothing beats soaking up the glorious views at sunrise and sunset. canberratracks.act.gov.au

you can admire the stunning views out over Parliament House, Lake Burley Griffin and Woden Valley. HIGHLIGHT: Dine at altitude at Onred or Little Brother, a two-minute drive from the lookout. canberratracks.act.gov.au

CANBERRA HELICOPTERS

HOT-AIR BALLOON FLIGHT

the Lake or the High Country, which flies you over the remote wilderness of Namadgi National Park – or customise your own half- or full-day tour. HIGHLIGHT: Wine-lovers should take up the opportunity to indulge in the package tour that takes you to Shaw Vineyard Estate in Murrumbateman for lunch. canberraheli.com.au

in a hot-air balloon, which can rise to more than 1300m above iconic landmarks such as Lake Burley Griffin and the National Museum of Australia. HIGHLIGHT: Come back down to earth and have a glass of champagne at the end of the 45-minute ride. balloonaloftcanberra.com.au dawndrifters.com.au

AINSLIE • LOOKOUT • ADMISSION: FREE WHAT: Appreciate Canberra’s unique urban

CANBERRA AIRPORT • TOUR • ADMISSION: FROM $150 WHAT: Opt for a scenic flight such as Lap of

RED HILL • LOOKOUT • ADMISSION: FREE WHAT: Two separate lookout spots where

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS • TOUR • ADMISSION: FROM $310 WHAT: Drift gently across the sky at dawn

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If you like sport MANUKA OVAL

GRIFFITH • SPORTS VENUE • ADMISSION: VARIES WHAT: The city’s premier site for cricket and AFL hosts Canberra’s history-making first Test in 2019, as well as GWS Giants games and other sports matches. HIGHLIGHT: Take in all the action from grassy Manuka Hill. manukaoval.com.au

GIO STADIUM CANBERRA

BRUCE • SPORTS VENUE • ADMISSION: VARIES WHAT: Home to the NRL’s Raiders and Super Rugby’s Brumbies, this 25,000-seat venue also hosts music concerts. HIGHLIGHT: Kids under four attend Raiders’ games for free, while Brumbies’ games are free for under-fives. giostadiumcanberra.com.au

Eastern bettong

Manuka Oval

Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary

If you like exploring the bush NGUNNAWAL COUNTRY

105KM ROUTE FROM CENTRAL CANBERRA WHAT: One of eight self-drive Canberra Tracks

PUBLIC GOLF COURSES Get out on the green and have a hit at: THE FEDERAL GOLF CLUB, RED HILL federalgolf.com.au/cms

GOLD CREEK GOLF CLUB, NICHOLLS goldcreekgc.org

YOWANI COUNTRY CLUB, LYNEHAM yowani.com.au

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routes, the Ngunnawal Country track honours the region’s Indigenous people, including tribal leader Onyong, who died in the 1850s. Along the drive, learn about their history and fascinating stories. HIGHLIGHT: There are seven places of interest to stop along the way, including the Yarramundi Cultural Centre and Tuggeranong Homestead, located a 20-minute drive from the CBD. canberratracks.act.gov.au

THE LIMESTONE PLAINS

75KM ROUTE FROM MOUNT AINSLIE LOOKOUT WHAT: Delve into this area’s European past, which stretches all the way back to the 1820s – when British explorers first visited the plains. There’s Duntroon Dairy, believed

to be the oldest standing European building in the ACT, as well as Calthorpes’ House, built in 1927. HIGHLIGHT: Displays at Blundells Cottage reflect the workers who lived there over more than 100 years. canberratracks.act.gov.au

MULLIGANS FLAT WOODLAND SANCTUARY FORDE • ADMISSION: FREE WHAT: A haven for woodland animals and

plants, the sanctuary aims to educate its visitors about conservation efforts to protect species such as the eastern bettong and the eastern quoll. HIGHLIGHT: Meet nocturnal creatures, including sugar gliders and wallabies, on the two-hour guided Twilight Tour. mulligansflat.org.au


Outdoors & Nature If you like gardens NATIONAL ARBORETUM CANBERRA

MOLONGLO VALLEY • ARBORETUM • ADMISSION: FREE WHAT: Some 44,000 trees from more than 100 countries grow in this 250ha arboretum – one of the world’s largest tree conservation projects. Visitors can learn about conserving endangered species or explore the many forests and trails by car or bike, on foot or on horseback. HIGHLIGHT: Children can visit the Pod Playground, with its giant acorn cubbies and banksia pods. nationalarboretum.act.gov.au

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS

ACTON • GARDENS • ADMISSION: FREE WHAT: On the lower slopes of Black Mountain, the ANBG is home to the largest living collection of Australian native plants. Join

a free guided walk, enjoy the picnic spots, café or bookshop, or just wander the walking trails and gardens – including the Rainforest Gully and Rock Garden. HIGHLIGHT: The Who Did That? Children’s Trail, which has an accompanying activity booklet, educates little ones about native biodiversity. anbg.gov.au

COCKINGTON GREEN GARDENS

NICHOLLS • GARDENS • ADMISSION: $19.50 WHAT: Marvel at the miniature buildings set within landscaped gardens of a quaint English village and an international display area. The Rose Room features the doll’s house Misrule, a replica of the house depicted in the classic children’s novel Seven Little Australians. HIGHLIGHT: A ride on the miniature steam train. cockingtongreen.com.au

If you like bushwalking NAMADGI NATIONAL PARK

PADDYS RIVER • NATIONAL PARK • ADMISSION: FREE WHAT: Discover the park’s rich Indigenous heritage and native wildlife, hike along the 160km of marked walking tracks or camp or fish at one of the many camp sites or pristine streams. HIGHLIGHT: Marvel at the mature conifer trees in the Bendora Arboretum. environment.act.gov.au

MOUNT AINSLIE SUMMIT WALK

AINSLIE • WALKING TRAIL • ADMISSION: FREE WHAT: Beginning at Remembrance Nature Park – situated behind the Australian War Memorial – this 4.5km round trip leads walkers to a scenic lookout via bushland filled with native birdlife. HIGHLIGHT: Keep an eye out for the many plaques and memorials that commemorate the soldiers who fought on the Kokoda Track during World War II. environment.act.gov.au

CENTENARY TRAIL

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS • WALKING TRAIL • ADMISSION: FREE WHAT: Opened in 2013 to commemorate 100 years since Canberra was officially named, this 145km loop takes cyclists and walkers through urban and natural environments. The trail comprises seven sections, which

vary in length and degree of difficulty, so there is something for everyone. HIGHLIGHT: In spring, native ornamental flowering trees bring the trail beautifully to life. environment.act.gov.au

TIDBINBILLA NATURE RESERVE

PADDYS RIVER • NATURE RESERVE • ADMISSION: $13 (DAY PASS – PRIVATE VEHICLE) WHAT: Enjoy a variety of recreational activities, including bushwalking, mountain and e-biking, ranger-guided tours and the Nature Discovery Playground for kids. HIGHLIGHT: Expect incredible chance encounters with koalas in the eucalypt forest or even kangaroos and emus in the picnic areas. tidbinbilla.act.gov.au

Seg Glide Ride tours

Day itinerary Walk, glide, ride or paddle – you can take in Canberra’s natural sights at your own pace

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9am – Acton Start your day at Pollen café in the Australian National Botanic Gardens – breakfast dishes, such as eggs Benedict and the Green Brekky Bowl, range from $15.80 to $18.80. Then stroll around this botanical wonderland, which includes the Red Centre and Rock gardens. 10 minutes 11am – Parkes Glide around the Parliamentary Zone, taking in all the major landmarks with Seg Glide Ride Segway tours. Bookings recommended. 10 minutes 1pm – Red Hill For a stunning view across the city, drive up to Red Hill Lookout – the ideal spot for birdwatching – before heading on to Manuka Village for a bite to eat. Urban Pantry, overlooking the Manuka lawns, focuses on fresh produce. Lunch dishes, including linguine vongole and salmon Niçoise, range from $21 to $34. 10 minutes

Ranger-guided tours at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

3pm – Acton Hire a bike from Cycle Canberra and spend the afternoon exploring the city’s lakeside paths. 5 minutes 5pm – Lake Burley Griffin Cap off your active day with a sunset kayak tour on Lake Burley Griffin with Canberra Urban Adventures. You’ll stop at a lakeside beach for drinks and nibbles before watching the sun sink over the water – bliss!

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MOUNTAIN BIKING For more rugged terrain and tracks, try the mountain-bike trails at Stromlo Forest Park, Kowen Forest or the Majura Pines: STROMLO FOREST PARK

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The Paddle Hub

If you like being active BURNELEE EXCURSIONS ON HORSEBACK

MURRUMBATEMAN • TOUR • ADMISSION: FROM $110 WHAT: Saddle up for a two-hour or full-day trail ride with Burnelee Excursions on Horseback, which operates from a 1400ha working farm located between the towns of Murrumbateman and Gundaroo. HIGHLIGHT: Muster sheep and cattle during your horseride. burnelee.com.au

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YARRALUMLA • BOAT HIRE • HIRE FEE: FROM $20 WHAT: Rent a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) or kayak from The Paddle Hub, based at the YMCA Aquatic Recreation Centre in Yarralumla Bay (October to April), and hit Lake Burley Griffin. HIGHLIGHT: Lose yourself in the tranquillity as you explore hidden coves along the lake. canberra.ymca.org.au/what-we-do/ activey/the-paddle-hub 58

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LAKESIDE WALK

CANBERRA • WALKING TRAIL • ADMISSION: FREE WHAT: Tackle one of the three suggested circuits around Lake Burley Griffin: the 4.9km Central Loop, 9km Eastern Loop and 16km Western Loop. The Central Loop, which also caters for cyclists, crosses the Commonwealth Avenue and Kings Avenue bridges and takes you past landmarks such as Old Parliament House and the National Library of Australia. HIGHLIGHT: If you’re doing the Eastern Loop, stop for coffee or lunch at the strip of cafés and restaurants on the Kingston Foreshore. visitcanberra.com.au/getting-around/ walking

CORIN FOREST

PADDYS RIVER • ALPINE RECREATION AREA • ADMISSION: $40 (HALF-DAY SKI PASS) WHAT: Located a 50-minute drive south-west of the CBD, Corin Forest is a summer and winter wonderland. During the warmer

Stromlo Forest Park months, cycle, camp or ride the 1.2km Alpine Slide; in winter, enjoy snow sports such as tobogganing and snow tubing. HIGHLIGHT: Refuel with the café’s delicious wood-fired pizza. corin.com.au

SEG GLIDE RIDE

PARKES • SEGWAY HIRE • HIRE FEE: FROM $28 WHAT: After a quick Segway lesson, glide around the Parliamentary Zone or Lake Burley Griffin foreshore. Tours are from 15 minutes to an hour. HIGHLIGHT: Learn fascinating facts about iconic landmarks on the guided tour with commentary. segglideride.com.au


Outdoors & Nature If you like cycling CANBERRA AND REGION VISITORS CENTRE Brompton folding bicycles can be hired for two to four hours and are perfect for a casual ride around the lake, stopping off at attractions. visitcanberra.com.au/canberra-andregion-visitors-centre

CANBERRA URBAN ADVENTURES

INSIDER VIEW

Hire a bike or join one of five guided tours graded easy to moderate. cyclecanberra.com.au

Hop on an electric bike to take in the sights around Lake Burley Griffin or Tidbinbilla. The pedal-kayak tours on the lake are also popular. canberraurbanadventures.com

Paul Jurak (kayakcameraman.com) shares his top five local spots for your best weekend ever

MULGA BICYCLE TOURS

AIRBIKE

On the water

Jump in the saddle for a half-day tour that includes a light lunch. mulgabicycletours.com.au

Hire one of 200 dockless bikes located at 30 locations around Canberra’s centre. airbike.network

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If you like animal encounters JAMALA WILDLIFE LODGE

WESTON CREEK • ACCOMMODATION • ADMISSION: VARIES WHAT: Get up close to the animals at five-star Jamala Wildlife Lodge. The luxurious Giraffe Tree Houses, Jungle Bungalows and uShaka Lodge suites allow guests to wake up alongside lions, giraffes, bears and more. HIGHLIGHT: Meet a cheetah or head to the shark tank at feeding time. jamalawildlifelodge.com.au

NATIONAL ZOO & AQUARIUM YARRALUMLA • ZOO/AQUARIUM • ADMISSION: $45 WHAT: Celebrating its 21st year in 2019, the

National Zoo & Aquarium is home to native

Lake Burley Griffin offers great variety for kayaking, with many easy access points. One day, I’ll be paddling in the East Basin and the next I will be in the Central Basin, surrounded by our iconic national buildings.

Bushwalking

and exotic animals, including sun bears, snow leopards and alligators. HIGHLIGHT: Children under four can visit for a gold-coin donation. nationalzoo.com.au

CANBERRA WALK-IN AVIARY

NICHOLLS • AVIARY • ADMISSION: $15 WHAT: Walk among more than 500 birds from some 60 species, including parrots, finches, doves and quails. HIGHLIGHT: Each visitor is given a small plate of food to feed the birds. canberrawalkinaviary.com.au

Jamala Wildlife Lodge

I often walk the trails of Mount Ainslie for the great views.

Family-friendly Mountain biking through the Majura Pines is a fun day out, as there is an abundance of trails that suit all levels.

Hidden secret My family will often go for a leisurely paddle and have a picnic on Springbank Island. A few years back, we even had a pirate birthday party there for my son. I paddled over to the island before the kids arrived to scatter chocolate gold coins and other treats for a treasure hunt. It was a blast of a party!

Dining My favourite dining spot is Lazy-Su, an Asian eatery in Braddon – the food is awesome.

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Oxley Court Serviced Apartments

Pacific Suites Canberra 100 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon ACT 2601 (02) 6262 6266 pacificsuitescanberra.com.au

9 Dawes Street, Kingston ACT 2603 (02) 6295 6216 oxleycourt.com.au

APARTMENT

Pacific Suites Canberra is ideally located in Braddon – a premier shopping and dining precinct – two minutes’ walk to the CBD. The spacious one- and two-bedroom apartments with full kitchens are perfect for family holidays and business travel.

• Spacious one- and two-bedroom suites with kitchens

• Great Braddon location metres from CBD

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• Free wireless broadband and Foxtel

• Apartments feature spacious living and dining areas and large bedrooms • Fully equipped modern kitchen and separate laundry

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• Situated a short walk from Kingston and Manuka

• 10 minutes to the CBD by car

• Stylish premium-quality accommodation

• One-bedroom apartments • Two-bedroom apartments

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1 Oxley Street, Griffith ACT 2603 (02) 6239 0000 manukapark.com.au APARTMENT

BACKPACKER

The Waldorf Apartment Hotel is ideally located in the heart of Canberra’s CBD, just a short walk to Lake Burley Griffin, Commonwealth Park, a variety of restaurants and shops and many national attractions. This apartment hotel features spacious fully self-contained apartments,

Located in the CBD, Canberra City YHA is a short walk from restaurants, shops and attractions. The hostel features private and multi-share rooms, 24-hour reception, onsite café and bar, indoor pool, spa and sauna, fully equipped kitchen, rooftop barbecue area and free wi-fi. Group accommodation is also available, with a secure dedicated area.

24-hour reception and a variety of leisure facilities. • Conveniently located in Canberra’s CBD • Self-contained apartments with kitchen and laundry • Foxtel, wi-fi, gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, sauna and rooftop tennis court

• Knightsbridge Rooms (Superior, Deluxe, and Executive) • One-bedroom apartments • Two-bedroom apartments

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This new luxury accommodation, located in the heart of Kingston, is only minutes from the national capital’s major attractions. Knightsbridge Canberra features 78 premium-quality rooms and apartments, offering free wi-fi, free in-house movies, free minibar on arrival and free parking.

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If you are in Canberra for business, a holiday or seeking a longer stay, make yourself at home at Oxley Court in Kingston. For guaranteed best rates, book directly through the website above.

• One-bedroom suite • Two-bedroom, onebathroom suite • Two-bedroom, two-bathroom suite • Two-bedroom, two-bathroom highrise suite • Two-bedroom, two-bathroom family suite

• Studio apartments • One- and two-bedroom apartments

3 Leichhardt Street, Kingston ACT 2604 (02) 6185 0000 knightsbridgecanberra.com.au APARTMENT

Waldorf Canberra Apartment Hotel

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Knightsbridge

• Onsite café and licensed bar • Indoor swimming pool, spa and sauna • Free wi-fi ROOM TYPES

• Multi-share • Twin/double ensuite • Family rooms

Set in an amazing location, the family-owned Manuka Park Serviced Apartments complex is just 10 minutes by car from Canberra’s CBD and close to the Parliamentary Triangle and national attractions, plus restaurants, cafés and boutique shopping. All apartments include a fully equipped modern kitchen, bathroom, laundry and aircon.

• Walking distance to Manuka’s shopping and restaurant precinct • Wi-fi and swimming pool • Secure undercover parking

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• One-bedroom apartments • Two-bedroom apartments


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Adina Serviced Apartments Canberra Dickson

Adina Serviced Apartments Canberra James Court

45 Dooring St, Dickson ACT 2602 (02) 6279 7000 adinahotels.com

Adina Serviced Apartments Canberra Kingston

74 Northbourne Ave, Canberra ACT 2601 (02) 6240 1234 adinahotels.com APARTMENT

Enjoy comfortable serviced apartments with all the modern conveniences of home, located only 2 minutes from the CBD. Discover iconic nearby attractions, including Lake Burley Griffin, the National Gallery of Australia, the Australian War Memorial and Mount Ainslie Lookout.

11 Giles St, Kingston ACT 2604 (02) 6239 8100 adinahotels.com

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Discover comfortable fully serviced apartments in the heart of Canberra, close to Questacon and the Australian War Memorial, plus only 8km from the airport. Enjoy the outdoor pool, work out in the fitness centre and then explore all Canberra has to offer.

Located in fashionable Kingston, this accommodation is within walking distance of Lake Burley Griffin and the Parliamentary Triangle. Discover 35 serviced apartments with all the comforts of home, including fully equipped kitchen, in-room laundry and separate living areas.

• Complimentary wi-fi

• Complimentary wi-fi

• Complimentary wi-fi

• Spacious serviced apartments

• Spacious serviced apartments

• Spacious serviced apartments

• Central Canberra location

• Central Canberra location

• Central Canberra location

ROOM TYPES

• Guest rooms • Premier studio rooms • 1 & 2 bedroom apartments

ROOM TYPES

Hotel Kurrajong Canberra

ROOM TYPES

• 1 & 2 bedroom apartments

Vibe Hotel Canberra

8 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600 (02) 6234 4444 hotelkurrajong.com.au

East Hotel

1 Rogan St, Canberra ACT 2609

69 Canberra Ave, Kingston ACT 2604 (02) 6295 6925 easthotel.com.au

(02) 6201 1500 vibehotels.com HOTEL

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The historic Hotel Kurrajong Canberra boasts 147 sophisticated rooms encapsulating modern luxury. Enjoy a warm ambience, redesigned rooms and signature restaurant Chifley’s Bar & Grill – named after former Australian prime minister Ben Chifley, who was a long-time resident of the hotel.

Award-winning design-led hotel with impressive soaring atrium, signature restaurant and 191 stylish guestrooms. Enjoy a relaxed lobby atmosphere featuring Helix Bar & Dining, specialising in local Canberra produce.

• Complimentary wi-fi • Handcrafted menus featuring local produce • Situated close to Parliament House and other iconic Canberra attractions ROOM TYPES

• Heritage rooms king, twin or family • Classic rooms king, twin or family • Terrace rooms • Executive suites

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• Complimentary wi-fi

• Part of airport complex

• 10 minutes from the CBD and Parliament House

ROOM TYPES

• 1 & 2 bedroom apartments • Family rooms • Upper deck rooms • Lower deck rooms

• 1 & 2 bedroom apartments

HOTEL

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• East Studio • Luxe Studio • East Apartment • Luxe Apartment • Two-bedroom apartments • Kids’ cubbies

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Skyfire fireworks display

SUMMER

26 JANUARY

UNTIL 28 APRIL

AUSTRALIA DAY FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR

Regatta Point, Lake Burley Griffin australiaday.org.au

February LOVE & DESIRE: PRE-RAPHAELITE MASTERPIECES FROM THE TATE

1-5 FEBRUARY

National Gallery of Australia nga.gov.au

UNTIL 3 FEBRUARY

DOMAIN TEST: AUSTRALIA vs SRI LANKA Manuka Oval cricket.com.au

ROME: CITY AND EMPIRE

9 FEBRUARY

National Museum of Australia nma.gov.au

January 3-6 JANUARY

KFC BBL: SYDNEY THUNDER vs HOBART HURRICANES Manuka Oval bigbash.com.au

15-17 FEBRUARY

SUMMERNATS

Social There’s always something happening in and around Canberra. Check out these events and save the date!

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DIARY

Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) summernats.com.au

NATIONAL MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL

Canberra City multiculturalfestival.com.au 22-24 FEBRUARY

For detailed seasonal events, go to visitcanberra.com.au or pick up a CANBERRA EVENTS brochure from the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre.

ACTEWAGL ROYAL CANBERRA SHOW Exhibition Park in Canberra canberrashow.org.au


Event Picks 9-17 MARCH

15 MARCH

April

25 APRIL

13-14 APRIL

Night Noodle Markets

March

Old Parliament House lawns enlightencanberra.com 10 MARCH

ENLIGHTEN FESTIVAL

8 MARCH

GIO Stadium Canberra giostadium.com.au

AUSTRALIAN RUNNING FESTIVAL runningfestival.com.au

17-22 APRIL

16 MARCH

1-17 MARCH

(Illuminations, 1-10 March) Parliamentary Triangle venues enlightencanberra.com

SUPER RUGBY: BRUMBIES vs WARATAHS

JOHN McGRATH AUTO GROUP BLACK OPAL STAKES and TAB.COM.AU CANBERRA CUP

SKYFIRE

Lake Burley Griffin enlightencanberra.com

ANZAC DAY COMMEMORATIONS Australian War Memorial awm.gov.au

May 2-12 MAY

AUSTRALIAN DRAGON BOAT CHAMPIONSHIPS (AUSCHAMPS)

Weston Park, Lake Burley Griffin ausdbf.com.au

CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL Various venues

cimf.org.au

18 – 24 MARCH

Thoroughbred Park thoroughbredpark.com.au

18-22 APRIL

27 MAY

NATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL

RECONCILIATION IN THE PARK

11 MARCH

LIGHTS! CANBERRA! ACTION! Senate Gardens, Old Parliament House enlightencanberra.com

CANBERRA DAY

Commonwealth Park enlightencanberra.com

CANBERRA COMEDY FESTIVAL

Various venues canberracomedyfestival.com.au

WINTER

GWS fans turn Manuka Oval into a sea of orange

June

Exhibition Park in Canberra folkfestival.org.au

October 26-28 OCTOBER

Glebe Park events.act.gov.au

November 11 NOVEMBER

7 JUNE – 18 AUGUST

CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia ciff.com.au

MONET: IMPRESSION, SUNRISE National Gallery of Australia nga.gov.au

July

August 22-25 AUGUST

SPRING

26 OCTOBER

REMEMBRANCE DAY Australian War Memorial awm.gov.au

December FROM 13 DECEMBER

September

14 SEP – 13 OCT

1 JULY – 1 SEPTEMBER

THE TRUFFLE FESTIVAL

Various venues trufflefestival.com.au

CANBERRA WRITERS FESTIVAL

Various venues canberrawritersfestival.com.au

FLORIADE – including NIGHTFEST Commonwealth Park floriadeaustralia.com

CANBERRA NARA CANDLE FESTIVAL Canberra Nara Peace Park events.act.gov.au/nara

MATISSE/PICASSO National Gallery of Australia nga.gov.au

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GOING

Fly-fishing in the Yass Valley Braidwood

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Venture further afield to explore the regions around the capital – you may be surprised by what you find

Southern Tablelands BRAIDWOOD Halfway between Canberra and Batemans Bay, historic Braidwood is the ideal pit stop when heading to the coast. The area was settled in the 1820s and the charming town features colonial buildings that now house bakeries, an old-fashioned lolly shop, a wood-fired pizza restaurant and a tea shop. There are plenty of delicious treats to taste here, from The Old Cheese Factory 64

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to dumplings at Paydirt Eatery and also at the farmers’ markets, held in the National Theatre on the main street on the first and third Saturdays of each month. Alternatively, enjoy a home-cooked meal at TorPeas restaurant in a cute cottage with a verandah and corrugated iron roof. Or have a drink and a bite to eat at the 1859-built Braidwood Hotel or The Royal Mail Hotel – a former stop for stagecoaches during the gold rush that was


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featured in the 1970 film Ned Kelly. The Braidwood Show, held at the showground just a few kilometres north of town each March, showcases the area’s agriculture with sheep-shearing demonstrations, produce displays and cattle competitions. visitbraidwood.com.au

YASS History buffs will love this town, 45 minutes’ drive from Canberra, which was gazetted in 1837. Step back in time at the Yass & District Museum, see a black steam locomotive at the Yass Railway Museum or visit Cooma Cottage, where the explorer Hamilton Hume lived from 1840 until his death in 1873. You can also hike the track he and William Hovell took in the spring and summer of 1824-1825 from Yass to Wee Jasper, 60km south. The surrounding Yass Valley also has wineries, boutiques and galleries, as well as opportunities for camping, bushwalking and fishing at Lake Burrinjuck. yassvalley.com.au

GOULBURN-MULWAREE No visit to Goulburn is complete without a visit to The Big Merino (known as Rambo), which celebrates the region’s wool industry. The three-storey, 18m-long structure features a gift shop and an exhibition about the history of wool in this country. Australia’s first inland city also has antiques dealers, art galleries, bookshops and second-hand stores. You can visit cool-climate wineries, classic 1940s milk bar the Paragon Cafe or the historic homestead Riversdale, serving up Devonshire tea on the third Sunday of each month. goulburnaustralia.com.au

BUNGENDORE One of the area’s hidden gems, Bungendore is around 40 minutes’ drive from the capital and offers an array of interesting experiences. Check out the timber art on display at the Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, enjoy a long lunch overlooking Lark Hill Winery’s biodynamic vineyard or go truffle-hunting at

Murrumbateman Turalla Truffles. The Southern Harvest Farmers Market is held on Saturdays and you can pick your own chestnuts at Tweenhills Chestnuts, 20 minutes’ drive south of town, in April. Accommodation options include The Carrington Inn, established in 1885, and beautiful boutique hotel The Old Stone House, built in 1861. visitnsw.com/destinations/country-nsw/ queanbeyan-area/bungendore

MURRUMBATEMAN This old gold-rush village, 35 minutes’ drive from Canberra, is the centre of this cool-climate wine region, where you can visit the cellar doors of more than 20 boutique wineries. The Australian Cool Climate Wine Show takes place here each September, followed by Murrumbateman Field Days on the third weekend in October. yassvalley.com.au/explore/towns/ murrumbateman

UPPER LACHLAN Check out the limestone rock formations at the Wombeyan Caves, fossick for gold and sapphires or visit an alpaca or lavender farm in this region, approximately a one-hour drive from Canberra. There are also village

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markets to explore, historical museums in Taralga and Gunning, hiking and cycling trails, and trout fishing. visitupperlachlan.com.au

HILLTOPS Incorporating Young, Boorowa, Harden and Jugiong, the Hilltops region has an abundance of heritage museums, galleries and antiques stores. Watch the sun set from Touts Lookout or take in the tranquil Lambing Flat Chinese Tribute Garden. Try to time your visit around an event such as the National Cherry Festival, Harden Kite Festival or Hilltops Food and Wine Weekend. visithilltopsregion.com.au

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Snowy River horseriding

Snowy Mountains JINDABYNE This gateway town to the Snowy Mountains, on the edge of Lake Jindabyne, is a destination in its own right. There are plenty of restaurants, bars and accommodation for snowboarders and skiers during winter, while in summer it makes a great base for bushwalking, horseriding, fishing, white-water rafting, canoeing, kayaking and waterskiing. snowymountains.com.au/destination/ jindabyne

SELWYN Perfect for first-timers and families on a budget, this family-owned-and-operated resort has 10 lifts, plus a snow-play park that’s great for snowball fights, building a snowman, tubing and tobogganing. There’s no accommodation at the resort, but you can stay in the town of Adaminaby, approximately 45km away. selwynsnow.com.au

Thredbo

PERISHER

CHARLOTTE PASS

Australia’s largest ski resort at 1245ha, Perisher comprises four linked resort areas: Perisher Valley, Blue Cow, Smiggin Holes and Guthega. It has 47 lifts and runs that cater for everyone from beginners to experts. There are plenty of eateries and you can either drive or catch the Skitube to the snowfields each day – or wake up surrounded by snow at one of the many on-mountain hotels or lodges. perisher.com.au

This 50ha resort – Australia’s highest at 1765m – has five lifts and is popular with families. It is accessible only by oversnow transport, which takes about 30 minutes from Perisher. Stay at one of its 11 lodges or the historic Kosciuszko Chalet Hotel, which has ski-in, ski-out facilities. charlottepass.com.au

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If you’re after a village vibe, then Thredbo is for you. This 480ha ski resort boasts more than 30 cafés, bars and restaurants – including Eagles Nest at a lofty 1937m – as well as the highest lift and longest ski runs in Australia and a great events line-up throughout winter. But it’s also a great year-round destination, with hiking and mountain-biking trails aplenty. thredbo.com.au

KOSCIUSZKO NATIONAL PARK The 6900sq km Kosciuszko National Park is a year-round wilderness paradise stretching all the way to the Victorian and ACT borders. During the summer, you can camp, hike, fish and horseride along the Lower Snowy River in the southern reaches of the park. In the north, take a guided tour of the limestone formations at Yarrangobilly Caves and swim in a thermal pool, staying at historic Caves House. nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/ parks/kosciuszko-national-park


Beyond Canberra Perisher

INSIDER VIEW Former ski instructor Brad Spalding founded Wildbrumby Schnapps Distillery, in Thredbo Valley, in 2005 and loves sharing the alpine region with visitors Where do you like to take guests?

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The highest mountain in Australia, Targangal, which was renamed Mount Kosciuszko by the white settlers. It is the most iconic feature of this wild and rugged landscape.

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Main Range Walk

What season do you prefer and why? Spring – you get beautiful weather and snow, and the snow conditions are the easiest to ski. Spring turns the valleys green and the raspberries in our patch start growing.

What events would you recommend in the Snowy Mountains region? The Thredbo Memorial Race, which commemorates and celebrates those who lost their lives in the [1997] Thredbo landslide. It brings the community together in a fun way, but it’s serious as well. The new L’Etape cycle race and the annual motorbike Snowy Ride are also two interesting events because they bring a whole different crowd to see the mountains.

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MAIN RANGE Pass glacial lakes, historic huts and the fabled Snowy River as you hike through alpine country on the Main Range Walk in Kosciuszko National Park, a UNESCOdesignated biosphere reserve. This challenging full-day trek is a 22km loop from Charlotte Pass that takes you up to the 2228m summit

Crackenback Farm, because I can walk there from the distillery and the food is excellent. of Mount Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest peak. The walk is snowbound in winter, so it’s best to tackle it in the warmer months. If you’re well equipped and prepared for back-country camping, you can spread the walk over a couple of days instead. nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/ walking-tracks/main-range-walking-track

What is one thing that surprises people most about this region? Australians accept that we have snowfields dotted with gum trees, but anyone visiting from outside the country finds this combination extraordinary.

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Murrays Beach in Jervis Bay

South Coast SHOALHAVEN Long touted as having the whitest sand in the world, Hyams Beach is just one of 100 pristine beaches in the Shoalhaven, a 2.5-hour drive east of Canberra. As well as the popular hubs of Nowra and Ulladulla, the region offers excellent hiking and camping opportunities in Booderee National Park, as well as wineries and fresh seafood. shoalhaven.com

SAPPHIRE COAST Each town on the Sapphire Coast – NSW’s southernmost coastal region – has its own particular character and charm. Home to the Eden Killer Whale Museum, Eden is one of the best places in the country to spot humpbacks as they cruise past during their annual migration. Swim at the Bermagui Blue Pool, a natural rock pool, and check out the offerings at the growers’ market in Bermagui, held on the wharf each Thursday afternoon. Shop for artisan products in the 68

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historic village of Cobargo or go bushwalking, fishing or birdwatching at Wonboyn Lake. sapphirecoast.com.au

BATEMANS BAY As the closest seaside town to Canberra at a two-hour drive away, Batemans Bay is a convenient base for exploring the surrounding national parks and beaches. Its Clyde River oysters are some of the finest in the country. eurobodalla.com.au/our-region/ the-towns-and-villages-of-eurobodalla/ batemans-bay

Clyde River oysters

MORUYA Hit the country market in Riverside Park on Saturday mornings or the farmers’ market on Tuesday afternoons. Moruya also has an impressive calendar of community arts festivals throught the year. eurobodalla.com.au/our-region/ the-towns-and-villages-of-eurobodalla/ moruya


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Eden is a hotspot for humpback whales

The stunning South Coast of NSW is an easy drive east of the capital

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8am – Canberra Rise early and drive an hour to the heritage-listed town of Braidwood. 1 hour 9am – Braidwood Have breakfast on the verandah at Trappers Bakery, which opened in 1926. Then wander through town, popping into antiques shops, galleries and the historical museum. 50 minutes

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The rolling green hills that surround this 150-year-old village are prime dairy country and Bodalla is famous for its cheese. Pop into the Bodalla Dairy Shed for a tasting, visit the town’s galleries or enjoy live music at the historic Bodalla Arms Hotel. eurobodalla.com.au/our-region/ the-towns-and-villages-of-eurobodalla/ bodalla

Thanks to TV series River Cottage Australia, this region won hearts around the country. You can experience it firsthand by meandering through the well-preserved villages of Central Tilba and Tilba Tilba. Accommodation includes B&Bs, cute cottages and glamping at Tilba Lake Camp. tilba.com.au

NAROOMA

Buy takeaway fish and chips to eat on the waterfront in this quiet town, 15 minutes’ drive from Batemans Bay, or catch your own seafood from the jetty next to the boat ramp. Go for a kayak on the Clyde River or follow the trade route of early settlers along the challenging Corn Trail in Monga National Park. eurobodalla.com.au/our-region/ the-towns-and-villages-of-eurobodalla/ nelligen

The crystal clear blue waters of Wagonga Inlet make this town – which hosts the Narooma Oyster Festival each May – a truly inviting destination. Spot dolphins, stingrays and seals from the Mill Bay Boardwalk, swim at sheltered Bar Beach and see the rock shaped like Australia at Wagonga Head. eurobodalla.com.au/our-region/ the-towns-and-villages-of-eurobodalla/ narooma

Wine, dine and stay at Cupitt in Ulladulla

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MOGO This former gold-rush town is best known for Mogo Zoo, which is home to the largest collection of primates in Australia. The town features cafés, galleries and boutiques in old miners’ cottages. eurobodalla.com.au/our-region/ the-towns-and-villages-of-eurobodalla/mogo

MONTAGUE ISLAND NATURE RESERVE See hundreds of seals and more than 90 bird species on this island, 9km off the coast of Narooma, where you can stay overnight in a historic lighthouse-keeper’s cottage. nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/ parks/montague-island-nature-reserve

12pm – Batemans Bay Arrive in Batemans Bay and grab fish and chips from Innes Boatshed, eating at a picnic table near the Clyde River. 20 minutes 3pm Head to Murramarang National Park and walk along the coast, looking out for kangaroos and birds. If it’s warm enough, enjoy a swim at one of the pristine beaches. 40 minutes 6pm – Mollymook Settle into your chic room overlooking the Pacific Ocean at boutique hotel Bannisters Mollymook before dining at the onsite seafood restaurant Rick Stein at Bannisters. 9am After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, head down the road and enjoy a stroll on the 2km-long Mollymook Beach. 10 minutes 12pm – Ulladulla Make your way to Cupitt, a winery, brewery, fromagerie, restaurant and venue in Ulladulla. Admire the views over the vineyard towards Burrill Lake and the Budawang Range as you enjoy a ploughman’s platter. 2.5 hours 6pm – Canberra Return to Canberra via the same route you came.

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Canberra’s Coast Jervis Bay

Just 2 hours drive from Canberra

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Visitor Info

Trip PLANNER Make the most of your time in Canberra with our handy information guide

CANBERRA AND REGION VISITORS CENTRE Centrally located alongside the National Capital Exhibition at Regatta Point – and boasting some of the most sought-after views overlooking Lake Burley Griffin – the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre is so much more than just an information hub. To ensure you get the most out of your visit, friendly staff and volunteers are on hand to share their extensive knowledge of everything to do, see and experience in the ACT – from last-minute accommodation deals to restaurant recommendations and tickets to the hottest new exhibitions. You can also hire a bike to take in the attractions around the lake. While there, be sure to check out the gift shop to stock up on souvenirs. The centre offers a great range of award-winning locally produced wines, beers and spirits, as well as chocolate, honey, nuts and olive oil.

FREE WI-FI Keep in touch and document your travels with CBRfree, which services the city centre and surrounding precincts – offering users 250MB of data per day. You can also use the free wi-fi at the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre, Canberra Airport’s International terminal and many hotels and motels.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT BUS AND LIGHT RAIL

Transport Canberra’s bus network and the new light rail – featuring 13 stops along

Ride Canberra’s light rail network

Brompton bike for hire the 12km track from Gungahlin to Alinga Street, Canberra City – are the most convenient and cost-effective ways of getting around the ACT. All you need to get started is a prepaid MyWay card, which you can pick up from convenience stores, newsagents and ticket vending machines at selected bus stations and light rail stops. For routes and real-time information on Canberra’s public transport network, go to transport.act.gov.au. The privately owned Red Explorer Bus is another way to take in Canberra’s attractions. The regular hop-on, hop-off service features commentary and stops at major attractions, as well as the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre, where you can buy tickets. You can also purchase tickets on board the bus.

TAXIS AND RIDESHARE Cabxpress (02 6181 2700), Canberra Elite Taxis (02 6126 1600), Ola (olacabs.com), Shebah (shebah.com.au), Silver Service (13 31 00), Uber (uber.com) and 13WATS wheelchair-accessible taxi (13 92 87).

National Capital Exhibition Explore Canberra’s past, present and future. The all-new National Capital Exhibition at Regatta Point tells the story of Canberra as Australia’s capital city. Discover how our planned capital went from the drawing board to reality and learn about the people and events that are part of this story. Entry is FREE and you can enjoy a free guided tour daily at 11am. Free parking is available for one hour. OPEN: ADDRESS:

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9am-5pm weekdays; 10am-4pm weekends; visit the website for public holiday hours Regatta Point, Barrine Drive (off Commonwealth Avenue), Commonwealth Park, Parkes ACT 2600 (02) 6272 2902 nca.gov.au/discover-and-learn/ national-capital-exhibition

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The Canberra Visitor Guide has official tourist and travel information and everything you need to know about visiting Canberra.