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Visitor Guide 2016





F O O D & W I N E • A R T S & C U LT U R E • N AT U R E & O U T D O O R S • FA M I LY F U N • P R E C I N C T S & S U R R O U N D S


Lake Burley Griffin

2 FOOD From award-winning restaurants to the best coffee in the world and hot family-dining favourites, our food section has you covered.

9 WINE The three best Canberra wine regions to explore and how to get the most from your visit.



Urban Pantry

Burnelee Excursions on Horseback The Hamlet, Braddon



ack a lot into a short break in Canberra. Soar above Australia’s capital in a hot air balloon; hike the city surrounds; sample cool-climate wines; see blockbuster art; discover foodie hotspots; laugh with the kids; and sip a coffee or two. The arts scene is alive and kicking with a multitude of galleries and markets to explore. Our natural surroundings make Canberra a true city in a park, offering a mix of experiences for visitors who want the best of both worlds. And, of course, it’s the place to discover even more about Australia’s history, democracy and way of life. The capital’s famed attractions hold and share the nation’s stories. Throughout this guide many Canberra locals share their insights into our city and exciting local neighbourhoods for a new angle on Canberra – from the slick and chic NewActon area, to the cool, hip vibe of Braddon. A huge thank you to all our insiders for sharing their personal Canberra favourites.

VisitCanberra Canberra Visitor Guide 2016 is published by Medium Rare Content Agency (, (02) 8114 8907) for VisitCanberra, part of the ACT Government. VisitCanberra uses PEFC-certified stock, which is from sustainably managed forests and controlled sources and is 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:, Tourist information: 1300 554 114 Printed November 2015. Main cover photograph by Paul Jurak.

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Our round-up of the don’t-miss national attractions and our thriving arts scene.

26 FAMILIES Travelling with kids is a breeze with our list of attractions and activities for children of all ages.

35 NATURE & OUTDOORS Canberra is famous for its natural beauty; from bushwalking to mountain biking, there’s something for everyone.

40 PRECINCTS Our insider guide to Canberra’s hottest neighbourhoods and where to eat, drink, shop and have fun.

47 FAST FACTS Need-to-know tips and information for a great stay.

48 MAJOR EVENTS The hottest festivals, shows, markets and sports events in 2016.

52 BEYOND CANBERRA Discover three amazing regions – country, coast and alpine – that are right on Canberra’s doorstep.

64 MAP It’s easy to find your way around with our Central Business District map. 1




Whether you’re celebrating or simply treating yourself, these restaurants have a sense of occasion.




It’s noisy and the blackboard menu dominates the room. But that hasn’t stopped Eightysix from becoming Canberra’s go-to dining spot, particularly if you like a helping of fun service and open-kitchen antics with your meal. All the colour and movement doesn’t take away from the food, either. Dishes range from the delicate (ceviche, for example) to the traditional (they do a serious pulled pork terrine) and some cater to current trends (blackened chicken with buttermilk coleslaw). How to choose? Take some friends and order whatever catches your eye, because it’s all good. Make sure you leave room for the banoffee pie and caramel popcorn sundae. Why Eightysix? When they run out of a dish it’s struck off the menu, or ‘eighty-sixed’. Cnr Elouera and Lonsdale Sts, Braddon, (02) 6161 8686,

Settle into the deep chairs in this luxurious space overlooking a walled garden and delight in chef James Mussillon’s modern European menu. Dinner is a four-course affair with unusual riffs on classic combinations: seared scallops with smoked cauliflower puree and fermented black garlic, and an updated version of Eton mess that includes a mint cloud and freeze-dried mandarin. There are some fine French drops on the wine list too. 54 Marcus Clarke St, Canberra City, (02) 6247 4042,

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OTTOMAN CUISINE When you’ve been attracting diners and awards since 1992, you’re doing something right. Chef Serif Kaya’s exceedingly smart Turkish restaurant, set in an elegant Art Deco pavilion,

is frequented by powerbrokers and politicians but somehow manages not to be pretentious. Back when he opened, Kaya says, diners were reluctant to eat ingredients such as eggplant, but now he serves it in a number of guises, including a modern-day moussaka featuring seared scallops on baby eggplant, tomato relish and taramasalata. Order the tasting menu to sample the best of everything. 9 Broughton St, Barton, (02) 6273 6111,

AUBERGINE When chef Ben Willis took over Aubergine in 2008, he brought his creativity and passion for local produce to the kitchen. Aubergine remains the only two-hat restaurant in Canberra in The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide. Sourcing produce from local farmers means the four-course menu changes


GRAB A HAT The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Awards saw Canberra and its neighbours come away with plenty of coveted chef’s hats for 2016. Aubergine


Aubergine (2), Griffith Courgette, Canberra City Eightysix, Braddon Lanterne Rooms, Campbell Lilotang, Barton Monster Kitchen and Bar, NewActon Ottoman Cuisine, Barton Pialligo Estate Farmhouse Restaurant, Pialligo Temporada, Canberra City Waters Edge, Parkes Lanterne Rooms


Monster Kitchen and Bar

daily, but you can expect refined dishes such as roast quail with baby cabbage, vanilla, horseradish and mustard leaves, and venison loin with Jerusalem artichokes, cipollini onions and truffle sauce. In 2014 the Aubergine crew opened its low-key Temporada bar and grill, where French cider, cool cocktails and local and international wines are served alongside tuna tartare, barbecued octopus and baked mussels. Aubergine, 18 Barker St, Griffith, (02) 6260 8666,; Temporada, 15 Moore St, Canberra City, (02) 6249 6683,

Set on the ground floor of the exceptionally fashionable Hotel Hotel, this eatery and bar operates all day and well into the night. In the morning guests from upstairs filter down for house-made crumpets, scrambled eggs and locally roasted coffee, but as the day moves on so do the patrons. The share-plate menu (midday to 10pm) created by chef Sean McConnell (brothers Andrew and Matt are leading lights in Melbourne’s restaurant scene) highlights local ingredients and Asian influences. Enjoy charred broccoli with miso puree and puffed wild rice, for instance, or hoisin-flavoured twice-cooked pig cheek with burnt eggplant and scallop floss. This is where Canberra’s beautiful people come to play and promenade; the bar in the adjacent Salon room is definitely the place to be late at night. Nishi, 25 Edinburgh Ave, NewActon, (02) 6287 6287, eat-and-drink/monster


CAPITAL REGION FARMERS MARKET From humble beginnings with just 15 stalls, this fresh-food market has grown to be Canberra’s largest. Every Saturday morning (7.30am to 11.30am) Canberrans flock to the market to experience the exciting sights, tastes and smells and to interact with their local farmers. Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell, 0400 852 227, 3

Frugii Dessert Laboratory


BEST ITALIAN He’s known around town as the man who seeks out the best beans for his Lonsdale Street Roasters venues, but Alastair Evans also knows good Italian when he tastes it.

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23 Lonsdale St, Braddon, (02) 6257 7508,

Their doors haven’t been open for long, but these establishments are already stealing the limelight.

THE RUM BAR Sure, The Rum Bar caters for cocktail-lovers and imbibers of the golden liquid, but the snack menu at this atmospheric spot also impresses. The arancini balls, crispy lamb ribs, salted cod fish fingers and chicken skin with bacon jam and mascarpone are difficult to resist. Trevillian Quay, Kingston Foreshore, (02) 6162 1256,

creating desserts such as peanut butter jelly cheesecake with cacao nib streusel. And you can always have some scoops of the frozen stuff in flavours ranging from traditional to innovative. Seafood laksa gelato, anyone? Ori, 28–30 Lonsdale St, Braddon, 0438 366 368,

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Italian and Sons

The Rum Bar

FRUGII DESSERT LABORATORY It’s not all about savoury in the capital. John Marshall, Canberra’s favourite ice-cream maker (some say his chocolate gelato is the best in the world), is transferring his impressive skills to

7 Lonsdale St, Braddon, (02) 6162 4888,

60 Alinga St, Canberra City, (02) 6248 5444,

JOE’S BAR The place to mingle, this intimate bar in East Hotel takes its inspiration from Venice, with Italian cocktails, fine wines and an impressive share-plate menu featuring produce sourced from within 100km of Canberra. Snack on pork-stuffed olives, charcuterie and trout cured in grappa. 69 Canberra Ave, Kingston, (02) 6178 0050,


Joe’s Bar


Caffeine HITS


Stay perky at one of these excellent coffee spots. The Cupping Room

In 2015, Sasa Sestic, founder of ONA Coffee, took out the World Barista Championship. Confessing to having a very sweet tooth, he reveals his favourite decadent treats. * RICARDO’S CAFE has the most impressive, immaculately presented cake cabinet in Canberra and the cronuts (croissant-doughnut hybrid with filling) are great. Jamison Plaza, Bowman St, Macquarie, (02) 6251 2666, Ricardo’s Cafe

ONA COFFEE Founder Sasa Sestic was awarded World Barista Champion in 2015. Want proof? Check out ONA Coffee’s three locations. The Cupping Room, 1–12 University Ave, Canberra City, (02) 6257 6412; Shop 4 The Lawns, Manuka, (02) 6295 0057; 68 Wollongong St, Fyshwick, (02) 6162 3320; LONSDALE STREET ROASTERS These guys, who source and roast their own beans, were ahead of the coffee revival on their street. With their Ole Hickory Pits barbecue pit handmade in the US, the food’s good too. 23 Lonsdale St, Braddon, (02) 6247 9882, TWO BEFORE TEN You’ll find the beans roasted here in cafés and restaurants all over Canberra.

Go straight to the source and drop in for an inspired brekky. 68 Bandjalong Cres, Aranda, MOCAN & GREEN GROUT Evoking the warmth and familiarity of eating in a good friend’s kitchen, this retro-style café and bike-maker serves fair trade coffee from Two Before Ten alongside a menu that features locally sourced produce and reflects the seasons. 1/19 Marcus Clarke St, NewActon South, (02) 6162 2909,

* PÂTISSEZ is where I’ve been lining up for the freakshakes. My favourite one contains a third of a jar of Nutella and is topped with cream and pretzels. Shop 2/21 The Lawns, Bougainville St, Manuka, Pâtissez

38 ESPRESSO If you’re wandering the Kingston Foreshore, take a break here with an espresso and pastries. Trevillian Quay, Kingston Foreshore, (02) 6162 3027, 5

Enjoy the Make the most of Canberra’s spectacular scenery at these great restaurants.

THE BOAT HOUSE BY THE LAKE Regal trees and endless views of Lake Burley Griffin’s glassy surface are the backdrop to this fine-dining establishment. Days are reserved for special events and conferences, but arrive on summer afternoons to enjoy sunset before the six-course degustation or four-course set menu packed with modern Australian flair. Grevillea Park, Menindee Dr, Barton, (02) 6273 5500,

THE CONSERVATORY RESTAURANT The Conservatory is set high above the National Arboretum Canberra in the light-filled, timber-framed Village Centre designed by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects. Look out over the changing landscape while noshing on South Coast calamari, smoked Jindabyne trout and plenty of locally sourced produce. National Arboretum Canberra, off Tuggeranong Pkwy, Weston Creek, (02) 6130 0173, 6 Follow us

The Boat House by the Lake


WATERS EDGE This restaurant has one of the best outlooks in Canberra; the wedge-shaped room’s expansive windows take in postcard views of Lake Burley Griffin. Book a table for lunch and enjoy dishes such as goat’s cheese mille-feuille and confit duck while the sun glistens on the water. 40 Parkes Pl, Parkes, (02) 6273 5066,

More dining options For more great food and wine options throughout Canberra, check out the Precincts section on page 40 of this guide, where we list the best spots to try.

FLINT AT SHAW VINEYARD Great food, wine and views are guaranteed at this charming restaurant at Shaw Vineyard. Choose a table on the terrace and enjoy the signature dish of wood-fired camembert with rosemary, garlic, red wine glaze, apple compote and ciabatta while enjoying views of the bucolic fields of Murrumbateman Valley. Excellent thincrust pizzas with sophisticated toppings such as mascarpone, salami, pear, roast capsicum and jalapeno are the perfect match for the wines. Stop by the cellar door afterwards and take some of this lovely spot home with you. 34 Isabel Dr, Murrumbateman, (02) 6227 5144,

Flint at Shaw Vineyard



ICONIC TASTES Add these dishes to your Canberra foodies bucket list. * CARAMEL POPCORN SUNDAE When you dine at Eightysix be sure to leave room for this seriously fun sundae. Cnr Elouera and Lonsdale Sts, Braddon, (02) 6161 8686, * DUCK PANCAKES ‘At The Chairman & Yip there’s a sense that all is good from the moment the duck pancakes are so carefully filled, tableside, deftly wrapped and transferred to your plate,’ says Bryan Martin, Ravensworth winemaker. 108 Bunda St, Canberra City, (02) 6248 7109, thechairmanandyip. * SMOKED AND DRY-CURED BACON Pialligo Estate Farmhouse Restaurant won Best Artisan Bacon at the Australian Bacon Awards in 2015. Farmhouse Restaurant, 18 Kallaroo Rd, Pialligo, (02) 6247 6060, * ICE-CREAM ALCHEMY Frugii Dessert Laboratory takes great delight in creating combos such as black liquorice and sambuca. Ori, 28–30 Lonsdale St, Braddon, 0438 366 368, * THE BRODDELUXE Brodburger’s flame-grilled burger is the hot choice. Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Ave, Kingston, (02) 6162 0793,

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ASIAN accent The nation’s capital upholds Australia’s fine tradition of adopting the flavours of our northern neighbours. LILOTANG At this culinary hotspot former Nobu chef Shunsuke Ota prepares tuna and snapper sashimi, quail kara-age, and yakitori skewers over binchotan charcoal. 1 Burbury Cl, Barton, (02) 6273 1424, LANTERNE ROOMS Enjoy South-East Asian flavours in this venue evoking a Malaysian farmhouse serving Nyonya cuisine. Mains include lemongrass and galangal chicken, Kapitan duck and Wagyu curry. 3 Blamey Pl, Campbell, (02) 6249 6889, PAPPARICH Part of a chain of Malaysian restaurants, this is a smart but laid-back stop for roti canai (flatbread) and bowls of fragrant noodle soups, including asam laksa. Canberra Centre, Bunda St, Canberra City, (02) 6230 4929, AKIBA This uber-cool space attracts a younger crowd and those drawn to the pan-Asian menu. The pork belly buns, steamed prawn and chicken dumplings, oysters with black vinegar and ginger wine, and Japanese fried chicken are sure winners. 40 Bunda St, Canberra City, (02) 6162 0602,

KINN THAI ‘Kinn’ is the Thai word for ‘eat’, so tuck into duck pancakes, crab spring rolls, salt-and-pepper squid and fried eggplant with tamarind-vinegar sauce, along with vegetarian and vegan options. Canberra Centre, Bunda St, Canberra City, (02) 6247 1277,

CANBERRA’S CHINATOWN Dickson is the place for a taste of the East. Here’s our pick of the top five Chinese restaurants. * The East Kitchen – Hong Kong-style banquet dishes Shop 2, 28 Challis St, Dickson, (02) 6262 6889, * Ruby Chinese Restaurant – large selection of live seafood 18 Woolley St, Dickson, (02) 6249 8849, * The Scholar – plentiful dim sum at yum cha 23 Woolley St, Dickson, (02) 6257 8323 * Rasa Sayang Restaurant – where Chinese and Malaysian dishes meet 43 Woolley St, Dickson, (02) 6249 7284, * Jimmy’s Place – family-friendly Chinese staples 71 Woolley St, Dickson, (02) 6248 8188 7




These places not only welcome kids, they won’t break the bank either. The hard part? Which one to choose.

KEEP IT CASUAL URBAN PANTRY Look over Manuka Lawns while the kids scamper about at this relaxed mod café. It’s an all-day affair with an amazing breakfast menu and seasonal flavours. 5 Bougainville St, Griffith, (02) 6162 3556, Gus’

TAKE THE KIDS DICKSON DUMPLING HOUSE Parcelled-up snacks appeal to little ones because they can eat with their fingers. They’re also a winner with adults at this bustling diner. Order pork dumplings, duck pancakes and spring rolls for a fun feast. 2 Cape St, Dickson, (02) 6248 8350 GUS’ Take a seat on the footpath – it’s what this café is famous for. Mum and Dad will appreciate the coffee and homemade cakes, as well as the inventive kids’ menu: cheesy scrambled eggs and mini pancakes in the morning, and mini beef burgers and vegetarian nachos for lunch. Shop 8, Garema Arcade, Bunda St, Civic, (02) 6248 8118, KUSINA This Filipino family-run establishment invites you to tuck in with your fingers and enjoy spring rolls, prawn fritters, grilled dishes and salads. From 5pm to 7pm, Tuesday to Sunday, kids aged eight and younger eat from a special menu for free. Cooleman Court, Brierly St, Weston, (02) 6288 8461, TOMMY & ME There’s a play area, edible kids’ craft, a decent kids’ menu, and breakfast and lunch options to please grown-ups. Staples include burgers, nachos and milkshakes. 3/12 Chalmers Pl, Macgregor, (02) 6254 0065, 8 Follow us

LA CANTINA You feel like you’re dining in a wine cellar at this popular spot that serves pizza, house-made pasta and Italian classics such as parmesan-crumbed veal rib eye. 4 Iluka St, Narrabundah, (02) 6239 5556, THE HAMLET From the assortment of food vans in this open space, grab your choice of pizza, Peruvian street food, souvlaki, hot dogs, schnitzels, coffee and milkshakes. 16 Lonsdale St, Braddon, 0407 283 218 80/20 Whether you’re being ‘80 per cent mindful’ or indulging in the ‘cheeky 20 per cent’, you can relax with this café’s balanced food philosophy. Inspired salads, smoothies and acai bowls will put a spring in your step. 1/18 Lonsdale St, Braddon, (02) 6247 2866, WESTSIDE ACTON PARK Canberra’s shipping container village is the place to grab street foods ranging from tacos and pressed buns, to beef noodle soup and Middle Eastern barbecue. 3 Barrine Dr, Acton, Urban Pantry

Chef Sean McConnell, who brings creative flair to the kitchen of super-popular Monster Kitchen and Bar, gives his tips for where to have an outstanding breakfast. * BARRIO COLLECTIVE, which was opened by Sam Burns and co in mid-2015, has everything you want from a coffee shop: great coffee, great food and great people. Try the fried egg and marrow butter on toast. Ori, 28–30 Lonsdale St, Braddon, 0423 100 814, * SILO BAKERY + CAFE is a mustvisit. Leanne Gray and Graham Hudson have been making the city’s best bread and pastries for 20 years. Their breakfast is unbeatable and the lunch menu and Graham’s wine list never disappoint. For brekky try the piperade omelette. Closed Sunday and Monday. 36 Giles St, Kingston, (02) 6260 6060, Silo Bakery + Cafe


Wine EXPLORER Canberra’s three cool-climate wine regions offer a spectacular range of experiences, from wine-tasting and fine dining to truffle hunting.

Yarrh Wines


bout 30 minutes’ drive from the capital, excellent wineries, including the Canberra District’s well-known label, Clonakilla, reside on the Yass Plains. CLONAKILLA: Considered one of the best wineries in the country, Clonakilla produces shiraz, riesling and chardonnay but is probably best known for its outstanding shiraz viognier. Gourmet Traveller Wine named Tim Kirk its Winemaker of the Year in 2013. Cellar door open 10am to 5pm daily. 3 Crisps Ln, Murrumbateman, (02) 6227 5877, HELM WINES: Ken Helm AM and his wife, Judith, established the vineyard in 1973. Today, Ken and daughter Stephanie are the winemakers and are well known for their popular German style of riesling known as halbtrocken (half dry), which goes well with spicy dishes. Cellar door open 10am to 5pm Thursday to Monday. 19 Butts Rd, Murrumbateman, (02) 6227 5953,


JEIR CREEK WINES: In addition to tasting the Howell family’s riesling and shiraz at this picturesque vineyard, make a booking to go on a winery tour or take part in a Let’s Talk session or Muscat Blending Masterclass. Cellar door open 10am to 5pm Thursday to Monday. 122 Bluebell Ln, via Gooda Creek Rd, Murrumbateman, (02) 6227 5999,

a pink moscato style called Riscato. There are also local olives, chocolates and preserves for sale. Cellar door open 10am to 5pm Wednesday to Sunday. 34 Isabel Dr, Murrumbateman, (02) 6227 5827,

built with rammed earth and straw bales and the cellar is designed for ideal temperature conditions. Cellar door open 11am to 5pm Friday to Sunday. 440 Greenwood Rd, Murrumbateman, (02) 6227 1474,

SHAW VINEYARD ESTATE: The Shaw family makes a number of wines across several labels. At the cellar door taste the Estate range, which includes sparkling cuvee, semillon sauvignon, merlot and

YARRH WINES: One of the younger wineries, Yarrh Wines overlooks the Yass River valley. The riesling, shiraz, sauvignon blanc and sangiovese grapes are grown organically. The winery is

FOUR WINDS VINEYARD: Jaime and Bill Crowe make eight styles of wine at this 33-acre vineyard. Not only is it a beautiful setting, but these are winemakers with a conscience. Working with two other 9

Flint at Shaw Vineyard

Jeir Creek Wines

Canberra District wineries (Collector Wines and Eden Road Wines), they made 200 cases of wine to donate the funds to Canberra’s Companion House, which supports refugees. Cellar door open 10am to 5pm weekends and public holidays. 9 Patemans Ln, Murrumbateman, 0432 060 903, DIONYSUS WINERY: From four hectares of vines Wendy and Michael O’Dea create several wines, including tempranillo and gamay. Enjoy the views while tasting these excellent drops. Cellar door open 10am to 5pm weekends and public holidays. 1 Patemans Ln, Murrumbateman, (02) 6227 0208, GALLAGHER WINES: Greg Gallagher acts as a consultant for 12 wineries in the region as well as making wine for his own label. Try his chardonnay, riesling, sauvignon blanc, merlot and shiraz, as well as his three sparkling wines: blanc de blanc, NV sparkling and sparkling merlot. Cellar door open 10am to 5pm Thursday to Monday. 2770 Dog Trap Rd, Jeir, (02) 6227 0555, WILY TROUT WINES: At the cellar door sip on chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot noir and shiraz created by renowned winemakers Nick Spencer and 10 Follow us

Hamish Young from grapes grown on the Poachers Pantry property. Cellar door open 10am to 5pm daily. 431 Nanima Rd, Hall, (02) 6230 2487, EDEN ROAD WINES: This boutique winery punches above its weight when it comes to awards. Try its lauded The Long Road Shiraz and its pinot noir, riesling, chardonnay and pinot gris. Cellar door open 11am to 4pm Wednesday to Sunday. 3182 Barton Hwy, Murrumbateman, (02) 6226 8800, BARTON ESTATE: This family-owned winery produces premium cool-climate varieties. At the cellar door you can try petit verdot, sangiovese and a crisp sparkling chardonnay. Cellar door open 10am to 5pm weekends and public holidays. (Make an appointment if visiting in January or July.) 2307 Barton Hwy, Murrumbateman, (02) 6230 9553, MURRUMBATEMAN WINERY: Winetasting and antipasto plates are a welcome combination here. Chardonnay, pinot gris and fortified wines are on offer. Cellar door open 10am to 5pm Friday to Sunday. 131 McIntosh Cct, Murrumbateman, (02) 6227 5584,

GRANITEVALE ESTATE: Winemaker Greg Birch is known for his innovative approach to winemaking and was the first in the area to create an ice wine. His outstanding shiraz, riesling and cabernet sauvignon are well worth trying. Cellar door open 11am to 5pm weekends and public holidays. 153 Magennis Dr, Murrumbateman, 0419 547 850, LONG RAIL GULLY WINES: Growing grapes in soils that are among the oldest on the planet (more than 400 million years old) means these wines have a distinct terroir. Discover vibrant pinot gris and earthy cabernet sauvignon, among others. Cellar door open 10am to 5pm weekends and public holidays. 161 Long Rail Gully Rd, Murrumbateman, 0412 781 044,


Wily Trout Wines Four Winds Vineyard

WINE AND DINE Many cellar doors serve local produce to accompany tastings.

Helm Wines

At Four Winds Vineyard three types of pizza – barbecue chicken, salami and black olives, and potato and gorgonzola – are cooked in the wood-fired oven. 9 Patemans Ln, Murrumbateman, 0432 060 903, On weekends, those in the know head to Yarrh Wines, where antipasto platters can be bought and enjoyed with the wines and sensational views. 440 Greenwood Rd, Murrumbateman, (02) 6227 1474, At Gallagher Wines, Greg Gallagher’s wife, Libby, is a cheesemaker and you can buy her labneh (including one infused with black truffle), camembert, soft washed blue and mozzarella at the cellar door. 2770 Dog Trap Rd, Jeir, (02) 6227 0555,

McKellar Ridge Wines Brian and Janet Johnston create small-batch runs of their wines. On Sundays from midday to 5pm, visit their cellar door, where you can also view Janet’s artworks. 2 Euroka Ave, Murrumbateman, (02) 6258 1556,

Wily Trout Wines is part of Poachers Pantry. Take a seat in the Smokehouse Café and order the farmhouse charcuterie board, Sicilian smoked chicken breast with parmesan gnocchi and sun-dried tomatoes or smoked kangaroo carpaccio. 431 Nanima Rd, Hall, (02) 6230 2487, Thanks to its picture-perfect setting overlooking the vines and a smart dining room with an open fireplace, Flint at Shaw Vineyard already has plenty going for it. With bread and pizzas straight out of the wood-fired oven, dishes such as confit duck Maryland and honey-brined pork loin, plus Shaw Vineyard Estate wines heading the list, it’s no wonder this is where Canberrans come to relax and enjoy a long lunch or dinner. 34 Isabel Dr, Murrumbateman, (02) 6227 5144,

MOVERS AND MAKERS Susan Bruce, the founder of Poachers Pantry, shares her Murrumbateman secrets. * BURNELEE EXCURSIONS ON HORSEBACK: Herd sheep or just amble through the stunning scenery. (02) 6227 5850, * MURRUMBATEMAN MAGPIES: At 8am on Sunday mornings join our cycling group for a 50–80km ride. BYO good road bike and strong legs! * OLD SAINT LUKES STUDIO: Ian Jones and Moraig McKenna produce lovely pottery with natural glazes. (02) 6236 8197, * ROBYN ROWE CHOCOLATES: Locally made from Belgian couverture. (02) 6227 0550, Old Saint Lukes Studio

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Brindabella Hills Winery

HILLS OF HALL Hartley Hall Markets

WHAT ELSE CAN I DO? Just outside the village of Hall, 20 minutes from Canberra, is a compact wine region overlooking the Murrumbidgee Valley. BRINDABELLA HILLS WINERY: The ranges from which this winery takes its name offer a suitably dramatic backdrop to the rolling vineyards located in what is almost a natural amphitheatre. Taking their cues from regions around the world with a similar climate and terroir, Roger and Faye Harris planted their vines in 1986. Now, with winemaker Brian Sinclair, they produce seven types of wine, including pinot gris, sangiovese and shiraz. Cellar door open 10am to 5pm weekends and public holidays. 156 Woodgrove Cl, Hall, (02) 6230 2583, PANKHURST WINES: It may be tucked away, but it’s definitely worth seeking out this little slice of heaven run by Allan and Christine Pankhurst. You’ll find a good selection of classic Canberra District varieties and local favourites such as sparkling cabernet and the Box Tree Red, which blends sangiovese, tempranillo and cabernet for an easy-drinking table wine. Stock up on chutney, sauces and sparkling juices made by the Pankhursts from their grapes, or take a seat on the barrel furniture under the trees and enjoy a picnic. Cellar door open 10am to 5pm weekends and public holidays. ‘Old Woodgrove’, Woodgrove Cl, via Hall, (02) 6230 2592, 12 Follow us

SURVEYOR’S HILL: With 25 acres of vines on a 225-acre property, viticulturalist Leigh Hobba grows all the grapes that go into the 11 varieties of wine, including the popular Autumn Gold, a low-alcohol, sweet drop made from late-harvest sauvignon blanc and semillon grapes. There’s also a range of seasonal produce for sale, including fresh eggs, olives and preserves made from the property’s orchard. You can stroll to the top of Surveyor’s Hill, which was a volcano. Cellar door open 10am to 5pm weekends and public holidays. ‘Woodgrove’, 215 Brooklands Rd, Wallaroo, via Hall, (02) 6230 2046,

On the first Sunday of the month Hartley Hall Markets moves into the fairgrounds. Browse 300-plus stalls of arts and crafts, organic produce, baked goods, jams, toys and plants.

WORTH SEEKING OUT These award-winning wineries don’t have cellar doors, but you’ll find most of them at Ainslie Cellars bottle shop (7 Edgar St, Ainslie, (02) 6230 6622, * Collector Wines – small producer of award-winning wines * Ravensworth – winemaker Bryan Martin was a Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year 2015 award finalist * Nick O’Leary Wines – award-winning wines made from small parcels of fruit


Pankhurst Wines

These Canberra winemakers were the stars among James Halliday’s 5-star wineries for 2016: Clonakilla, Capital Wines, Eden Road Wines, Mount Majura Vineyard, Four Winds Vineyard, Lerida Estate, Collector Wines, Lark Hill Winery, Helm Wines and Nick O’Leary Wines.



Parlour Wine Room

On weekends The Pomegranate Bistrot at Surveyor’s Hill serves lunch created from produce grown on the property and local organic farms. The contemporary dining room allows special views of the district – the perfect accompaniment to tomatoes Provençal, baked beetroot, wild rabbit, leek and potato pie and a glass of wine. ‘Woodgrove’, 215 Brooklands Rd, Wallaroo, via Hall, (02) 6230 2046, At Pankhurst Wines order a vineyard platter of regional produce, including cheese from boutique makers on the South Coast, and enjoy it in the garden. ‘Old Woodgrove’, Woodgrove Cl, via Hall, (02) 6230 2592, Brindabella Hills Winery offers a good selection of dishes at its café, including duck liver pâté with onion jam, lasagne and quiche. There’s also a kids’ menu. 156 Woodgrove Cl, Hall, (02) 6230 2583,

ON THE BEER TRAIL If you’d rather have a pint than a wine, Canberra has a number of craft brewers, including BentSpoke Brewing Co. Richard Watkins and Tracy Margrain brew about 20 varieties of beer and cider, including porter, India pale ale, glutenfree ginger beer and Belgian-style ale. Stop by for a drink and a burger. 38 Mort St, Braddon, (02) 6257 5220, For more German-inspired flavours, try Zierholz. You’ll see its bevvies, including pilsener and weizen (wheat beer), at bars around town, but it also has its own venues at Fyshwick, where BentSpoke Brewing Co

LOCALS ON THE WINE LIST Poachers Pantry Smokehouse Café

At The Gum Nut Cafe enjoy coffee, cakes and light meals on the shaded verandah. Village Court, Gladstone St, Hall, (02) 6230 2668, From Hall village Poachers Pantry Smokehouse Café is a 15-minute drive. 431 Nanima Rd, Hall, (02) 6230 2487,

the microbrewery is located, and the University of Canberra. 7/19–25 Kembla St, Fyshwick, (02) 6162 0523; Building 1, University of Canberra, Kirinari St, Bruce, (02) 6206 3900; In 2015, Wig & Pen tavern and brewery moved to the Australian National University. Order a paddle of four of the best by head brewer Frazer Brown. And check out the Hopinator, a glass canister filled with hops or fruit, through which the beer runs and is infused as it’s poured. Llewellyn Hall, William Herbert Pl, Canberra City, (02) 6248 0171,

Many of the restaurants throughout this guide serve a selection of Canberra District wines. Here are six more with a local focus. * PARLOUR WINE ROOM 16 Kendall Ln, NewActon, (02) 6257 7325, * GRAZING AT GUNDAROO Cnr Cork and Harp Sts, Gundaroo, (02) 6236 8777, * MEZZALIRA RISTORANTE 55 London Cct, Canberra City, (02) 6230 0025, * A. BAKER 15 Edinburgh Ave, NewActon, (02) 6287 6150, * BENCHMARK WINE BAR 65 Northbourne Ave, Canberra City, (02) 6262 6522, * THE CANBERRA WINE HOUSE 2 Badham St, Dickson, (02) 6162 5656,

Mezzalira Ristorante

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Capital Wines Epicurean Centre

AROUND LAKE GEORGE The large wine-growing region surrounding Lake George and encompassing Bungendore and Wamboin has an amazing climate. MOUNT MAJURA VINEYARD: Edgar Reik AO identified this small parcel of land as ideal for grapegrowing and it became the first vineyard in the ACT when it was planted in 1988. Winemaker Frank van de Loo works with all the varieties in the region and has some tempranillo and graciano vines on the nine-hectare vineyard too. Cellar door open 10am to 5pm Thursday to Monday. 88 Lime Kiln Road, Majura, (02) 6262 3070, LARK HILL WINERY: Sue and Dave Carpenter planted their vineyard in 1978 and had it certified biodynamic in 2006. They work with riesling, chardonnay, pinot noir, grüner veltliner, shiraz, viognier, sangiovese, marsanne and roussanne grapes – which translates to some great blends, including the Exaltation (shiraz and sangiovese). Cellar door open 11am to 4pm Wednesday to Monday. Cnr Joe Rocks and Bungendore Rds, Bungendore, (02) 6238 1393, LAMBERT VINEYARDS: Ruth and Steve Lambert’s vineyard is one of the highest in the district (800m). They make pinot noir, shiraz, chardonnay, pinot gris, riesling 14 Follow us

and a sparkling pinot chardonnay. Try award-winning drops while you drink in the views of the vineyard, valley and hills. Cellar door open 11am to 4pm weekends. 810 Norton Rd, Wamboin, (02) 6238 3866, LERIDA ESTATE: Jim Lumbers and Anne Caine produce elegant drops at their winery designed by architect Glenn Murcutt. Try the pinot noir, as the terroir of Lake George suits it perfectly. Cellar door open 10am to 5pm daily. Off Federal Hwy, Collector, (02) 6295 6640, LAKE GEORGE WINERY: On the shores of Lake George, this winery is one of the oldest in the district and makes a small amount of pinot noir, semillon sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, tempranillo, riesling, cabernet merlot, shiraz and pinot noir rosé. Cellar door open 9am to 4.30pm Wednesday to Sunday. Federal Hwy, Lake George, Collector, (02) 4848 0182, CAPITAL WINES: Winemaker Andrew McEwin is the great-great-grandson of George McEwin, one of the first to plant vines in the Adelaide Hills. Capital

Wines has an old shiraz vine (a Penfolds clone) at Murrumbateman and it sources grapes from other Canberra District growers. Cellar door open 10am to 5pm Thursday to Sunday and public holidays. The Royal Hotel, 42 Cork St, Gundaroo, (02) 6236 8555, TALLAGANDRA HILL: Brad and Annemaree Schafferius work with shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, tempranillo, riesling, viognier, pinot gris and chardonnay grapes. Taste their wines, view the work of local artists and tuck in to cakes and scones baked on site. Cellar door open 10am to 5pm weekends and public holidays. 1692 Murrumbateman Rd, Gundaroo, (02) 6236 8694, AFFLECK VINEYARD: On four hectares near Bungendore, Susie and Ian Hendry grow cabernet, riesling, chardonnay, pinot noir, sauvignon blanc, semillon, shiraz and merlot grapes to make wines that can only be bought from their cellar door. Open 10am to 5pm Friday to Tuesday. 154 Millynn Rd, Bywong, 0415 484 113, LITTLE BRIDGE WINES: This small enterprise run by four mates now grows fruit at three vineyards for their awardwinning riesling, pinot noir and shiraz. Cellar door open 11am to 4pm weekends. 106 Brooks Rd, Bywong, 0450 851 877,


Lerida Estate Truffle hunting

GREAT FINDS Jayson Mesman, of Majura’s Ruffles Estate, producer of French Black Truffles, has unearthed these great finds in the area. From early June to late August, book to go truffle hunting at French Black Truffles. Participate in a truffle hunt and create truffle honey, butter, oil and pasta. Then, of course, consume the delicious spoils with matched wines.

Short on time?

There’s no need to miss out on the winery experience. Mount Majura Vineyard is just 15km from Canberra City centre yet it feels a million miles away. If you’re driving back to Sydney, both Lerida Estate and Lake George Winery are just off the Federal Highway near Lake George.

Mount Majura Vineyard

We work with two restaurants nearby. Pialligo Estate Farmhouse Restaurant is a very grand experience, while Pod Food is an intimate spot tucked away in a very pretty nursery. Farmhouse Restaurant, 18 Kallaroo Rd, Pialligo, (02) 6247 6060,; Pod Food, 12 Beltana Rd, Pialligo, (02) 6257 3388, The little-known cycle paths on Majura Parkway link Pialligo, Majura Valley and Gungahlin. It’s not a hard ride and there are plenty of places to stop. Don’t miss Bungendore Wood Works Gallery for sculptures and furniture by Australian designers and makers. 22 Malbon St, Bungendore, (02) 6238 1682, At Mount Majura Vineyard do a selfguided gumboot tour that takes you on a nature trail through the vineyard. 88 Lime Kiln Road, Majura, (02) 6262 3070,

Join a wine to ur of the region! Private or small-group tours are possible. See for more details.

Pod Food

WINE AND DINE At Mount Majura Vineyard winetasting is a relaxed, sit-down affair with notes, so order one of the regional tasting platters or cheese plates and make an event of it. 88 Lime Kiln Road, Majura, (02) 6262 3070, Look out over the vineyard while you have lunch at Lark Hill Winery. Much of the produce is grown on the property. Dishes include mushroom and pine nut dumplings, and ocean trout with sauce gribiche. Cnr Joe Rocks and Bungendore Rds, Bungendore, (02) 6238 1393, With an open fireplace in winter and a courtyard for warmer weather, Café Lerida @ Lerida Estate Winery is the place to enjoy seasonal produce matched with the estate’s wines. Off Federal Hwy, Collector, (02) 6295 6640, At Capital Wines there are two options: the café in the Epicurean Centre and Grazing next door in The Royal Hotel. Open during cellar door hours, the café offers dishes meant to be shared. On weekends do the Epicurean Tasting with four matched wines. At Grazing chef Kurt Neumann’s mouth-watering menu is complemented by a range of Canberra District wines. The Royal Hotel, 42 Cork St, Gundaroo, (02) 6236 8555,

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National Museum of Australia


History &

HERITAGE Canberra is the place to see Australia’s history brought to life, marvel at our money makers, and watch our movers and shakers in action.

National Library of Australia during Enlighten

What: Everything you want to know about Australia’s history, land, culture and people is exhibited within the walls of this architecturally stunning building inspired by a jigsaw puzzle. It’s situated on the tip of the Acton Peninsula, surrounded by Lake Burley Griffin. Highlights: Read John Hanlon’s original transcription of Ned Kelly’s political manifesto, the Jerilderie Letter. See an Australian flag found in the ruins of the World Trade Center after September 11, 2001. Check out the Phar Lap collection where the winning racehorse’s huge heart is on display. Will kids like it? You bet. There’s a free 40-minute Museum Trailblazer activity that takes them on a self-guided tour of the museum. They get stickers and a booklet to complete along the way. Free admission; Lawson Cres, Acton Peninsula, 1800 026 132,

NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA What: Australia’s largest library has ‘the greatest collection in the world’ relating to Australia and its people. Rare books, magazines, photographs, artworks, maps and oral history… you’ll find it all. Highlights: In the Treasures Gallery see Captain James Cook’s Endeavour journal, an original manuscript of Waltzing Matilda

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MY CANBERRA Dr Brendan Nelson, director of the Australian War Memorial, shares his favourite things to see and do in Canberra. * When family or friends visit, I take them to Questacon, the National Arboretum Canberra, the National Gallery of Australia and Floriade.

National Museum of Australia Museum of Australian Democracy

find plenty to explore. The interactive Discovery Zone for visiting school groups is open to the public from 12.30pm to 1.30pm on weekdays and all day on weekends and public holidays. Free admission; Treloar Cres (top of Anzac Pde), Campbell, (02) 6243 4211,

MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRACY AT OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE and the landmark papers of Eddie Mabo. Will kids like it? The older ones, especially those into history, will get a kick out of the 45-minute Discover Your National Library tour (2pm Saturday). Free admission; Parkes Place, Parkes, (02) 6262 1111,

AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL What: A shrine, an archive and an expansive museum dedicated to all who have served for our country. Highlights: Don’t miss the moving Last Post each day when those who died are remembered. Look out for the soundand-light shows, including Over the Front: The Great War in the Air, which bring fascinating stories to life. Will kids like it? It might be a bit much for very little kids, but teens will certainly

What: Once the seat of the corridors of power, the gracious 1920s Old Parliament House allows visitors to go behind the scenes of the dramatic events that have moulded the nation. Highlights: Stand on the front steps and do your best Gough Whitlam impersonation: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, well may we say God save the Queen, because nothing will save the GovernorGeneral.’ Will kids like it? You might not think politics is for kids, but there are special kids’ exhibitions; packs to help them explore the museum; the Zine lounge where they can design their own magazine; a dress-up station; and the chance to have a photo taken in a replica Speaker’s chair. 18 King George Tce, Parkes, (02) 6270 8222,

* At the Australian War Memorial (AWM), I have a strong emotional connection with Will Longstaff’s painting, Menin Gate at midnight, because Menin Gate Memorial bears the names of 55,000 men who died at Flanders but have no known graves, including more than 6000 Australians. * The refurbished First World War galleries at the AWM are brilliant. Gilbert Doble’s statue of Winged Victory particularly resonates with me. * The Commemorative Area at the AWM is an evocative place where you can silently reflect, especially in the Hall of Memory with its 15 stainedglass windows themed on the qualities of Australians during wartime. Australian War Memorial 17

National Archives of Australia

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NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF AUSTRALIA What: This is where the most important records in the country go when the government has finished with them. Millions of items cover records about immigration, the military, Indigenous Australians, science and more. Highlights: Opened to the public about once a month (often over a long weekend), the Federation Gallery is where the Constitution Act – Australia’s ‘birth certificate’ signed by Queen Victoria in 1900 – is preserved. Will kids like it? It’s popular with school groups, particularly as the permanent exhibition Memory of a Nation has a touch-and-see interactive display. Free admission; Queen Victoria Tce, Parkes, (02) 6212 3600,

come from here. The Mint can produce two million coins a day. Highlights: Check out Titan, one of the world’s strongest robots, as it lifts blanks to pour into a hopper at the start of production, and finished coins that go back into a hopper to be counted, bagged and sent to the bank. Will kids like it? They certainly will. For a start, there are robots, and they can mint their own $1 coin. Free admission; Denison St, Deakin, (02) 6202 6999,



What: It’s where those old episodes of Skippy went, where you can hear a recording of a lyrebird’s call, and where important Australian films – including Jedda and silent movie The Sentimental Bloke – are restored and preserved. Highlights: Arc cinema is a 250-seat state-of-the-art space where classic Australian films are screened. Will kids like it? Absolutely! They can hang out in The Front Room and watch classic TV shows and listen to radio broadcasts on a 1950s radiogram. Free admission (some screenings incur a charge); 1 McCoy Cct, Acton, 1800 067 274,

What: This is the highest court in the land and the place where the laws of Australia are interpreted and applied. Highlights: If the High Court is sitting, members of the public can watch the proceedings; if not, guides sitting in the three courtrooms are happy to answer questions. Will kids like it? This is one for budding legal eagles. Free admission; Parkes Place, Parkes, (02) 6270 6811,

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN MINT What: This is where they make Australia’s cold, hard cash. Every coin in every pocket and every piggy bank in the country has 18 Follow us

Royal Australian Mint

PARLIAMENT HOUSE What: The decisions affecting the nation are made in this extraordinary building on Capital Hill. Highlights: Hanging in the Great Hall, the tapestry of an Arthur Boyd painting of eucalypts is truly magnificent. One of the largest tapestries in the world (20m x 9m), it took 14 full-time weavers at the

Since it opened in 1965, the Royal Australian Mint has struck more than 15 billion circulating coins.

Victorian Tapestry Workshop two years to complete it. When Parliament is sitting, members of the public are allowed to view the goings-on in both Houses. If you fancy watching Question Time at 2pm, you need to book your ticket by 12.30pm on the day by calling the office of the Serjeant-at-Arms on (02) 6277 4889. Will kids like it? Absolutely, although they might need a break after the 40-minute free tour, depending on their age. Still, they’ll probably love taking the lift to the roof. Free admission; Parliament Dr, Canberra, (02) 6277 7111,

CANBERRA MUSEUM AND GALLERY What: This gallery looks at the Canberra region’s diverse history and culture. Highlights: Check out exhibitions by leading local artists and Australian Indigenous arts communities. Will kids like it? Yes, especially the works from Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly series. Free admission; cnr London Cct and Civic Square, (02) 6207 3968, Canberra Museum and Gallery


National Gallery of Australia


Parliament House

FOR ART-LOVERS From impressive national art collections to intimate galleries where you can meet the makers, Canberra knows how to put on a show.

NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA CANBERRA’S HERITAGE Don’t miss these local historical attractions that reveal Canberra’s heritage in fascinating ways. * Lanyon Homestead Tharwa Dr, Tharwa, (02) 6235 5677, * Blundells Cottage Wendouree Dr, Parkes, (02) 6272 2902, * St John’s Schoolhouse Museum 45 Constitution Ave, Reid, (02) 6249 6839, * Calthorpes’ House 24 Mugga Way, Red Hill, (02) 6235 5677, Canberra Tracks app This free app offers eight self-drive routes to many of Canberra’s historical sights. Free from the App Store and Google play. Start your own adventure!

What: The gallery is home to more than 160,000 artworks, including a roll call of Australia’s leading artists. Permanent collections are rotated regularly and there are always outstanding, often exclusive travelling exhibitions gracing the light-filled galleries. Highlights: Jackson Pollock’s Blue poles and John Olsen’s astonishing Sydney sun. The Sculpture Garden, set on the edge of Lake Burley Griffin among casuarinas, acacias and grevilleas, features works by Australian and international artists. Don’t miss the collection of Pukamani burial poles and Fujiko Nakaya’s Fog sculpture, which operates daily between 12.30pm and 2pm. Will kids like it? For sure. Often, there are activities for families, including drawing classes and ‘stART with art’ for toddlers. The Sculpture Garden is a sure-fire winner. Free admission (special exhibitions may incur a charge); Parkes Place, Parkes, (02) 6240 6411,

Heads from the North by Dadang Christanto, National Gallery of Australia

Ramingining Artists, The Aboriginal Memorial 1987–88, (detail), National Gallery of Australia, purchased with the assistance of funds from National Gallery admission charges and commissioned in 1987

Deborah Mailman, 1999, by Evert Ploeg and Alex Dimitriades, 2005, by Michael Zavros, National Portrait Gallery

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY What: So many faces, all of them important to our country. Considering the idea of a portrait gallery wasn’t really floated until the early 1990s, the breadth and quality of the National Portrait Gallery, which opened in 2008, is exceptional. Highlights: Howard Arkley’s popular portrait of Nick Cave was one of the first commissioned by the gallery. Highly emotive works include Benjamin Law’s 1830s plaster busts of Aboriginal leaders Trucaninny and Woureddy. Will kids like it? Yes, and it can be a great way to sneak in a history lesson. They’ll enjoy trying to remember the names of all the actors and sports stars lining the walls. Free admission; King Edward Tce, Parkes, (02) 6102 7000,


CANBERRA GLASSWORKS What: While its primary aim is to provide a workspace for glass artists, it’s also an exceptional gallery for those interested in the craft of working with this delicate material. Highlights: Book a weekend workshop to make your own glass paperweight or tumbler under the guidance of a professional artist. Will kids like it? Phone ahead to make sure there are artists working, because the kids will love watching them create. There are also hands-on school holiday programs, but you’ll need to book. Free admission (fee for workshops); 11 Wentworth Ave, Kingston, (02) 6260 7005, 20 Follow us

Canberra Glassworks

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The tank furnace in the Hotshop at Canberra Glassworks is never turned off. It can hold 350kg of molten glass. Every Monday it’s filled with raw, powdered glass, which is melted for about 10 hours at a whopping 1260°C.

Nick Cave, 1999, by Howard Arkley, National Portrait Gallery

Canberra Glassworks


LOCAL ART TRAIL Jan Nelson Walking in tall grass, Shelby 2 2011 oil on linen 79 x 56 cm National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Warwick and Jane Flecknoe Bequest Fund 2015 © Jan Nelson

GALLERY HIGHLIGHTS National Gallery of Australia deputy director Kirsten Paisley reveals her three must-sees. * The National Gallery of Australia’s collection of contemporary Australian art is incredible. Jan Nelson’s Walking in tall grass, Shelby 2 features youths painted in a bright, photorealist style. NGA Contemporary, on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, has wonderful treasures from the gallery’s contemporary art collection; it’s open Wednesday to Sunday. * I love the story behind Sidney Nolan’s The trial. Bushranger Ned Kelly told Judge Barry that he would meet him in the next world and, strangely enough, Judge Barry went home to bed and died a fortnight later. * Grace Cossington Smith’s The Bridge in building is a painting of one of Australia’s iconic landmarks. The Sydney Harbour Bridge was a symbol of energy and hope during the Great Depression, and the bright colours and perspective chosen by the artist express those feelings clearly.

Megalo Print Studio + Gallery


Sidney Nolan The trial 1947 enamel paint on composition board 90.7 x 121.2 cm National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gift of Sunday Reed 1977 Grace Cossington Smith The Bridge in building 1929 oil on pulpboard 75 x 53 cm National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gift of Ellen Waugh 2005

IN THE KNOW Indigenous art and history professor Margo Neale, from the Australian National University, suggests where to learn about the First Australians. BURRUNJU ART GALLERY This is a great gallery showing work by local artists. Despite being just 10 minutes from the city, it’s a hidden gem and well worth a visit (call ahead to confirm opening times). 245 Lady Denman Dr, Yarramundi Reach, (02) 6251 4371, NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA There’s a unique Tasmanian canoe made especially for the museum, high up in front of the bay window in the Main Hall.

Canberra’s big-gun galleries aren’t the only players on the scene. To discover the work of local artists visit the city’s smaller exhibition spaces.

It’s a little hidden, but it’s a beautiful piece and well worth the effort to spot. At the other end of the museum are the Open Collections. I consider this a must-see destination because it plays an important role in helping visitors learn about Australia’s Indigenous cultures. Appreciate the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in a behind-the-scenes manner you might experience when in a museum storeroom – a truly memorable experience. Lawson Cres, Acton Peninsula, 1800 026 132,

North Building, 180 London Cct, Canberra City, (02) 6262 9333; AGENCY store, Ori, 28–30 Lonsdale St, Braddon, (02) 6257 8350;

* MEGALO PRINT STUDIO + GALLERY 21 Wentworth Ave, Kingston, (02) 6232 6041,

* M16 ARTSPACE 21 Blaxland Cres, Griffith, (02) 6295 9438,

* BEAVER GALLERIES 81 Denison St, Deakin, (02) 6282 5294,

* ANU SCHOOL OF ART GALLERY 105 Ellery Cres, Acton, (02) 6125 5841,

* KIN GALLERY Shop 4, 16 Lonsdale St, Braddon, 0414 152 055,

* SKEEHAN STUDIO 16 Lonsdale St, Braddon,

* AINSLIE + GORMAN ARTS CENTRES Ainslie Arts Centre, Elouera St, Braddon; Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Ave, Braddon; (02) 6182 0000;

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CULTURE Explore the country and ancient culture of Australia’s Indigenous peoples, including the Ngunnawal people of the Canberra region.


BUSHWALKING TRAILS Just 40 minutes’ drive south-west from Canberra, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, at the foothills of the Australian Alps, is the location of several sites of Aboriginal significance. At Birrigai evidence of the earliest use of fire – at about the time of the last Ice Age more than 20,000 years ago – was discovered. Aboriginal rangers conduct walks in the area, but there are two trails that allow visitors to step out on their own. The easy Birrigai Time Trail (3km) crosses grassland to the Birrigai Aboriginal Rock Shelter, where you can see an ancient hearth. Past excavations have found tools used during the Pleistocene epoch. Another easy walk (500m) takes visitors to Hanging Rock, an undercut granite boulder that was used as shelter. Tidbinbilla is home to a variety of native animals, including kangaroos, koalas, wombats, echidnas and emus. The reserve is next to the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (cdscc., which is integral to NASA’s space program, so make a day of it.

INDIGENOUS ART Nowhere else in the world is there a larger or more important collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art than at the National Gallery of Australia. It begins in the foyer, where 200 hollow log coffins – created by 43 artists from Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, in 1988 – stand for every year of European 22 Follow us

occupation from 1788 as a memorial to the Indigenous people who lost their lives during that time. The Aboriginal Memorial is among the gallery’s 7500-plus works by Indigenous peoples, including 19th-century artefacts, Western Desert paintings, watercolours by the Hermannsburg School and pieces by contemporary Aboriginal artists working in urban settings. Parkes Place, Parkes, (02) 6240 6411,

BRINGING CULTURES TOGETHER Exhibited at the National Museum of Australia, Oscar’s sketchbook is a faded ruled notebook with 40 pencil drawings by an 18-year-old Aboriginal man, who depicted aspects of his life around the goldfields of Cooktown, Queensland, in the

late 19th century. Also see the museum’s collection of Papunya art, including 1970s dot paintings, and Evonne Goolagong Cawley’s Wimbledon singles trophies. Lawson Cres, Acton Peninsula, 1800 026 132,

DRIVING THE HERITAGE TRAIL Imagine life 20,000 years ago when you drive the Ngunnawal heritage trail. Follow the route through the mountains, where initiation and marriage ceremonies and the exchange of resources took place. Starting at the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre, information placards reveal the importance of locations, from Cotter Reserve to Tuggeranong Homestead, to the local Indigenous people. (02) 6205 0255,

Ramingining Artists, The Aboriginal Memorial 1987–88, (detail), National Gallery of Australia, purchased with the assistance of funds from National Gallery admission charges and commissioned in 1987



Evening ENTERTAINMENT From live music and compelling theatre to film festivals and cocktail bars, there’s always lots to do in Canberra when the sun goes down. Palace Electric Cinema

Every day people ask her where to eat and party after hours, so Hotel Hotel concierge Louise Black lets us in on her favourite after-dark haunts. NO LIGHTS NO LYCRA: This is a quirky night of free-form dancing just for the fun of it! It happens every Wednesday from 7.30pm to 9pm. St John’s Church Hall, 45 Constitution Ave, Reid, MOLLY: An intriguing concept and the place to go for a nightcap, this hidden ‘speak-easy’ in the city has no signage and the website lists no address, just GPS coordinates.

* Canberra Theatre Centre hosts live music, comedy, theatre and dance. Civic Square, London Cct, Canberra City, (02) 6275 2700, * Casino Canberra has the regular games of chance, poker tournaments, sports bar, restaurant, nightclub and bands. 21 Binara St, Canberra City, (02) 6257 7074, * If contemporary live performance is your scene, The Street hosts innovative shows. 15 Childers St, City West, (02) 6247 1223, * See independent and art-house films and docos at Palace Electric Cinema. Arrive early for a tipple at Prosecco Bar. 2 Phillip Law St, NewActon, (02) 6222 4900, * Film buffs are spoiled for choice at Limelight Cinemas (Tuggeranong,, Hoyts (Belconnnen and Woden, hoyts. and Event Cinemas (Manuka,

THE HAMLET: This urban village concept in Braddon is open until 9pm on Friday and Saturday, offering a plethora of dinner options from food vans. Afterwards, have drinks at Hopscotch. The Hamlet, Lonsdale St, Braddon; Hopscotch, 5 Lonsdale St, Braddon, (02) 6107 3030,

Prosecco Bar

* Do dinner and a film in the Premium Lounge at Dendy Cinemas, followed by an ale at nearby King O’Malley’s. Dendy Cinemas, 148 Bunda St, Canberra City, (02) 6221 8900,; King O’Malley’s, 131 City Walk, Canberra City, (02) 6257 0111, * Transit Bar showcases Australian and international musicians throughout the week and has local craft beers on tap. 7 Akuna St, Canberra City, (02) 6162 0899,

SUNSET CINEMA: The outdoor cinema at the Australian National Botanic Gardens is a leisurely stroll from Hotel Hotel and is great during the warmer months. Eucalypt Lawn, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross St, Acton, sunsetcinemacanberra Sunset Cinema 23

CANBERRA DEEP SPACE COMMUNICATION COMPLEX Explore the Solar System and beyond and discover the amazing universe around us. A part of NASA’s Deep Space Network, we provide constant contact with dozens of robotic spacecraft exploring planets, moons and stars. See Australia’s largest antenna dishes, a piece of the Moon and exhibits on space exploration history. OPEN ADDRESS


9am–5pm daily closed Christmas Day 421 Discovery Drive (off Cotter and Paddys River Roads), Tidbinbilla 02 6207 7880

Artists Annette Blair, Glenn Bush and Brian Corr. Image by Martin Ollman

Elioth GRUNER: The dry road 1930 CMAG Collection



Watch Australia’s leading glass artists in action at Australia’s state-of-the-art cultural centre dedicated to contemporary glass art. Join in the fun and Make Your Own glass work with a professional artist on weekends. Take some time to browse the shop and see exhibitions in the gallery. A fun day out for the whole family at the Kingston Foreshore. Entry by gold coin donation.

Canberra Museum and Gallery serves a unique role as a place to experience the diverse history and contemporary culture of the Canberra region; and through this to gain a deeper understanding of Australia’s dynamic culture in its global setting.



10am–4pm Tuesday – Sunday 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston 02 6260 7005


10am–5pm weekdays 12pm–5pm (12pm-4pm winter hours) weekends closed some public holidays 176 London Circuit, Canberra City 02 6207 3968

Nicholas Fuller, ‘Phil’ Soap finished Oak




Fully-inclusive boutique tours (maximum 10 guests) of Canberra wineries, villages and highlights. Enjoy a delightful day experiencing Canberra’s cool-climate wines, wonderful local produce, scrumptious meals, delicious coffee, stunning scenery and more! We will collect and return you to your accommodation so you can sit back, relax and enjoy!

See something you haven’t seen at Canberra’s premier live performance venue, presenting the crème-de-la-crème of international, national and local talent. From the playful and exhilarating, to the beautiful and moving – it’s all here waiting for you.

Visit the Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre Gallery and discover a diverse exhibition program showcasing cutting edge Australian craft and design. You can also visit our new retail store AGENCY, conveniently located only a short stroll away.



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Civic Square, Canberra city 02 6275 2700


10am–5pm Tuesday–Friday 12pm–4pm Saturday closed Sunday, Monday and public holidays Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit, Canberra City 02 6262 9333


Tim Rogers 1995 (detail), Montalbetti+Campbell, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

LANYON HOMESTEAD Lanyon Homestead lies at the foot of the Brindabella Ranges and is one of Australia’s premier historic properties. The Precinct’s centrepiece, the 1850's Homestead, has been beautifully restored and furnished. Enjoy a self guided tour of the homestead and courtyard buildings using a detailed brochure, or a guided tour of the homestead with one of our friendly guides. OPEN


10am–4pm Tuesday–Sunday Closed Monday and some public holidays Tharwa Drive, Tharwa 02 6235 5677



At the National Portrait Gallery bushrangers and judges sit side by side and prime ministers mingle with pop stars, explorers and sporting legends. The gallery spaces host vibrant exhibitions, lectures, education programs and events. A fabulous cafe and shop soothe appetites and rest weary feet. Free general admission.

Visitors to the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra see the factory where Australia’s spending coins are made and rare coins on display from Australia’s National Coin Collection. Visitors mint their own collectable coin and browse gifts and souvenirs made at the Mint in Canberra. Free entry and free parking.


10am–5pm daily closed Christmas Day


King Edward Terrace, Parkes 02 6102 7000


8.30am–5pm Monday–Friday 10am–4pm weekends and public holidays closed Christmas Day and Good Friday Denison St, Deakin 02 6202 6999

Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre

Too easy! Purchase a 3infun ticket at the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre for admission to Questacon, the Australian Institute of Sport and Cockington Green Gardens – you’ll save 25 per cent of the usual price. Go to


National Zoo & Aquarium

From high-adrenaline fun and interactive experiences to outdoor adventures, Canberra is a fantastic place for kids.

QUESTACON Don’t think science can be fun? You’ll change your mind at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre. Among the 200-plus interactive exhibits you can freefall on a six-metre-high slide, experience a simulated earthquake or challenge a robot to a game of air hockey. King Edward Tce, Parkes, (02) 6270 2800,

AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORT Be shown around the Australian Institute of Sport by an athlete during an AIS Tour, which includes Sportex, where you can try wheelchair basketball, rock climbing and football penalty shoot-outs. Leverrier St, Bruce, (02) 6214 1010,

CANBERRA DEEP SPACE COMMUNICATION COMPLEX It’s one of Canberra’s best-kept secrets and just 45 minutes’ drive from the city. As part of NASA’s Deep Space Network, 26 Follow us

CDSCC’s giant antenna dishes send commands to, and receive data from, spacecraft exploring planets millions and billions of kilometres from Earth. Get the latest info from around the universe! 421 Discovery Dr, Tidbinbilla, (02) 6201 7880,

MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRACY Play Up – The Right to Play allows children to stand up, dress up, make up, think up and step up. This children’s space is one of the museum’s most popular for families. The exhibition The Right to Shelter asks young visitors to imagine how life would be without their bedroom, favourite food or warm jacket. 18 King George Tce, Parkes, (02) 6270 8222,

NATIONAL DINOSAUR MUSEUM From fossils and skeletons to lifelike models and moving robotic dinosaurs, this museum has it all. Touch a

150-million-year-old dinosaur bone and 150kg meteorite or hold a piece of 100-million-year-old fossilised dinosaur dung. Don’t miss the guided tours – they’re heaps of fun! The night tours after the museum is closed to the public are extra special (bookings essential). Gold Creek Village, cnr Gold Creek Rd and Barton Hwy, Nicholls, (02) 6230 2655,

NATIONAL ZOO & AQUARIUM The National Zoo & Aquarium has native and exotic animals and the largest inland saltwater tank in Australia. The Family Tour takes you behind the scenes to feed sun bears and fallow deer and meet monkeys, dingoes, kangaroos and emus. Lady Denman Dr, Scrivener Dam, Yarralumla, (02) 6287 8400,


NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA See the beautiful and the rare in the National Library of Australia’s collection of maps, books, magazines, newspapers, music and ephemera, as well as its worldclass Asian and Pacific collections. Plus, you can become a library detective – the ‘Find it!’ trail leads children and families through the library’s artworks and reading rooms (collect your free copy at reception). Parkes Place, Parkes, (02) 6262 1111,

CORIN FOREST Corin Forest is a year-round destination that offers snow play and tobogganing in winter and provides cool respite for bushwalking and mountain biking in summer. The all-seasons bobsled Alpine Slide is 1.2km long, giving you time to take in views of the surrounding forest while you ride. The rustic lodge on the banks of Gibraltar Creek has an open fire and wood-fired pizza oven. Corin Rd, Tidbinbilla Range, (02) 6235 7333,

Cockington Green Gardens

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN MINT See where every Australian coin comes from. Check out the coin production factory and the Mint’s robots that help with the heavy lifting. Mint your own $1 coin and join a free guided tour at 10am and 2pm on weekdays. Denison St, Deakin, (02) 6202 6999,

National Dinosaur Museum

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA At the National Museum of Australia children aged 5–12 can take part in Kspace, an interactive adventure game that includes creating a time-travelling robot to complete a mystery mission to a historical time and place. They’ll also love the Museum Trailblazer, a self-guided tour of the galleries that’s designed just for kids. Lawson Cres, Acton Peninsula, 1800 026 132,

COCKINGTON GREEN GARDENS Explore the world in miniature at Cockington Green Gardens, 15 minutes’ drive from Canberra’s centre. See miniature buildings and magical landscaped gardens, with figurines, sound and movement bringing these scenes to life. Marvel at detailed replicas of buildings such as Braemar Castle in Scotland and Château de Réduit in Mauritius. Take a ride on a miniature steam train, enjoy a picnic in the grounds or have lunch in the café. Gold Creek Village, 11 Gold Creek Rd, Nicholls, 1800 627 273,

Q&A WITH EINSTEIN Questacon’s resident genius, ‘Albert Einstein’, reveals what you shouldn’t miss. Q: What top three things would you see and do at Questacon? A: First, the new and exciting Spiders exhibition, running until October, where you can get up close to real spiders! Second, Excite@Q, where you bend your mind as you freefall on a six-metre-high slide. Third, Awesome Earth, to experience the force of an earthquake and the excitement of watching lightning strike. Q: Is there something for all age groups? A: There’s Mini Q for the littlies aged 0–6 years, Q Lab to inspire young budding scientists, and even adults-only SciNights.

GOOD SPORTS Olympian volleyball player and AIS tour guide Travis Passier picks the best of the Australian Institute of Sport. * AIS High Performance Testing & Training Pool: This is a stand-out. Equipped with an extensive range of biomechanical testing equipment, it’s one of the leading scientific pools in the world. * Sportex: Visitors can challenge themselves in Australia’s leading interactive sports exhibit. Even nonsporty people find their competitive spirit in this fun environment! 27


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Go fast, go hard! * Power Kart Raceway has world-class electric go-karts on an indoor F1-style circuit. Its OTL Electrokarts are more powerful than petrol-powered karts. There’s a heated spectator area, café and amusement arcade. The minimum age/height is 6 years/124cm to race the Junior Karts and 12 years/148cm for the Adult Karts. 125 Canberra Ave, Griffith, (02) 6239 5599, * Sky Zone Trampoline Park is an indoor complex with hundreds of trampolines all connected to form a single, massive trampoline that allows the kids to literally bounce off the walls. Westfield Belconnen, Lathlain St, Belconnen, 13 75 99, * Flip Out Indoor Trampoline Arenas is an exciting experience for the whole family. Its massive trampolines and foam pits provide healthy, awesome fun. 4/45 Dacre St, Mitchell, (02) 6255 5533; 30 Sawmill Cct, Hume, (02) 6260 1991; * Yarralumla Play Station is the home of Weston Park Railway, Petite Park Petting Zoo and Lake Walter Mini Golf. The 36hole Canberra-themed minigolf courses include a model Lake Burley Griffin and adaptations of other landmarks. Ride the miniature train around the grounds. 9 Pescott Ln, Yarralumla, (02) 6282 2714, * The Discovery Zone at the Australian War Memorial is where you can immerse yourself in environments inspired by Australia’s military history. Dodge sniper fire in a First World War trench, take control of an Iroquois helicopter and peer through the periscope of a Cold War submarine. Treloar Cres (top of Anzac Pde), Campbell, (02) 6243 4211,

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Go WILD Wake up and smell the bush… and then get up close to the wildlife.

Lake Burley Griffin

TIDBINBILLA NATURE RESERVE Just 45 minutes’ drive south-west from Canberra, see koalas, emus, kangaroos, platypuses, reptiles, possums, echidnas and the endangered brush-tailed rock wallaby. This outdoor attraction features high-quality boardwalks and exhibits. From the Visitor Centre, road-test the Discovery Playground, ask about guided walks, activities and bush trails, and enjoy hands-on educational displays. Trail maps and refreshments are available. Paddys River Rd, Tharwa, (02) 6205 1233,

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS An oasis next to the city, the Australian National Botanic Gardens has a breathtaking array of native plants in a spectacular bushland setting. It’s the only place in the world where you can see such a diversity of Australian native plants in the one location. Check out

the year-round events, school holiday programs, exhibitions, guided walks and talks. There’s a café, botanical bookshop and day spa too. Clunies Ross St, Acton, (02) 6250 9588,

LAKE BURLEY GRIFFIN Explore Lake Burley Griffin in central Canberra. The lake’s shoreline is 40.5km, so there’s plenty of room to play. Take a cruise or catch a ferry. Hire a boat or a bike. Enjoy water views from the cafés and restaurants. Picnic in parks such as Commonwealth Park or Lennox Gardens. Go rowing, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing or model boating. Visit the lakeside national attractions. Or simply feed the swans.

FAMILIES Pod Playground, National Arboretum Canberra

FREE for all

Some of the best fun in Canberra doesn’t cost a thing. Across the city there are playgrounds where kids can burn off energy and use their imagination.

Boundless fun for all abilities

POD PLAYGROUND In this beautifully crafted space at the National Arboretum Canberra giant wooden acorn cubbyhouses are reached by clambering up challenging ladders and tunnels and then exited by whizzing down the slides. It’s definitely reminiscent of The Magic Faraway Tree. Good luck extricating your kids from this playground! Forest Dr, off Tuggeranong Pkwy, Weston Creek, 13 22 81,

BOUNDLESS PLAYGROUND Boundless showcases the benefits of inclusion and diversity, enabling children with a disability to explore, play and swing to their heart’s content alongside their able-bodied peers. There are ramps, cubbies, swings, slides and a sandpit with diggers. Kings Park, Wendouree Dr, Parkes, (02) 6205 5335,

KAMBAH ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND This is an adventure playground within Kambah District Park for all ages and abilities. The tree house, junior and senior flying foxes, giant swings and

Max and his family

‘Boundless is a fabulous all-abilities playground in the centre of Canberra. Our son, Max, has cerebral palsy, which means he uses a wheelchair to get about. At Boundless our boys can play side by side on the wheelchair-accessible fort and swings.’ Fiona Keary

space net are sure to keep the kids engaged for hours, so bring a picnic hamper or fire up the barbecue. Springbett St, Kambah,

BLACK MOUNTAIN PENINSULA PLAYGROUND The beauty of this playground is its lakeside location and play equipment for all ages and abilities, including a fort, climbing net and wheelchair-accessible swing. In addition to large shades and a soft-fall surface underfoot, the playground has picnic tables and barbecues that enable the kids to refuel while playing. Garryowen Dr, Acton,

Wide brown land sculpture, National Arboretum Canberra

JOHN KNIGHT PARK This idyllic playground includes a tree house, flying fox, play sculpture, snakethemed shop counter and voice tubes for speaking across the play area. Aikman Dr, Belconnen, 29

Discover what’s inside Old Parliament House A national icon, a place of great beauty, magnificent design and historical significance, Old Parliament House is home to the Museum of Australian Democracy. King George Terrace, Parkes, Canberra

Open daily 9am – 5pm (closed Christmas Day) | 02 6270 8222

Admission fee: $1 Child/Concession, $2 Adult, $5 Family

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Discover the stunning architecture of this national and historic icon as you are captivated by the stories, events and people that shaped the Australia we know today.

From the location to the light fittings, the structure to the furniture, every detail of this building was considered by John Smith Murdoch— take a look for yourself.

Delight yourself with modern Australian cuisine in the NonMembers’ Bar at Hoi Polloi – a restaurant made for the people, or relax with a coffee or sweet treat in the Terrace Café.

PLAY UP is the popular family exhibition curated for, with and by children. A fun and creative space which will keep visitors of all ages thinking and learning.

Find the power of your own voice through a spectrum of inspiring exhibitions, events and public activities that celebrate the stories and spirit of Australian democracy.

Discover where Australia’s stories come alive at the National Museum of Australia. Located on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, the Museum’s stunning architecture offers visitors an extraordinary place to explore the rich and diverse stories of Australia and its people. Visit us in Canberra or connect with us online today. Image: Adam McGrath, Hcreations

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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

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Go behind the scenes on an award-winning 90 minute AIS Tour where you might catch some of Australia’s top athletes in training. Challenge yourself in Sportex, one of Australia’s leading interactive sports exhibits, surrounded by a unique collection of Australian sporting memorabilia. Best of all, Sportex is included as part of every AIS Tour. Tours run daily from the AIS Visitor Centre at 8.30am, 10am, 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm. Tour costs apply.

Everyone’s welcome at the AIS Visitor Centre. Purchase exclusive merchandise at the AIS Shop and enjoy great coffee and cafe-style food at GG espresso. Open daily. AIS Aquatic & Fitness Centre Get fit like a true champion at the AIS. Dive into our world-class swimming pool, try our fully equipped gym or get real results with one of our experienced personal trainers. All visitors are welcome. Fees apply. Leverrier Street, Canberra, ACT Phone: (02) 6214 1010 Email:

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National Dinosaur Museum

Where The Giants Of The Past Come To Life! Open 7 days 10am-5pm • Last admission 4:30pm

S t e p b a c k i n t i m e a n d e xp e r i e n c e . . . Animatronic dinosaurs which move, roar, bite and even breathe! More than 50 lifelike dinosaur models and dozens of skeleton and skull displays. Huge walk through outdoor dinosaur garden. Canberra’s largest and most comprehensive range of amazing crystals, minerals and fossils. Australian dinosaurs, and interactive areas for kids of all ages Austra with many fun activities. Selected by CNN Travel as one of the Top 10 Dinosaur Museums in the world - April 2015

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Did you know…

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More than half (53 per cent) of the Australian Capital Territory is nature reserve, national park or state forest.

From lakeside city parks to surrounding nature reserves and forests, enjoying the outdoors comes naturally in the Bush Capital.

Lake Burley Griffin

IF YOU LIKE BEING ACTIVE… LAKESIDE WALK What: An easy 2km, one-hour selfguided walk on the south side of Lake Burley Griffin that does a loop from Commonwealth Place (Queen Elizabeth Terrace) via Speakers Square, Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Australia, High Court of Australia, National Portrait Gallery, Reconciliation Place, Questacon, National Library of Australia and Australians of the Year Walk. Highlights: After doing the loop, walk across Commonwealth Avenue Bridge to Commonwealth Park, the home of Floriade in spring, to soak up the atmosphere at any time of the year. There are artworks and memorials throughout the park if you’re looking for photo ops.

SEGWAY TOURS What: Available in bookings of 15 minutes, 30 minutes or one hour, a segway tour with Seg Glide Ride will have you whizzing

around Australia’s most famous artificial lake in two-wheeled style. The guides will even teach you how to ride (lean forward to go, lean back to stop, don’t panic). Highlights: They tailor the ride to your group, which could mean friendly races, a commentary tour or a combination of both (discuss the options when you book). West Kiosk, Queen Elizabeth Tce, Parkes, 0406 379 518,

CANOE OR KAYAK ON LAKE BURLEY GRIFFIN What: Walking, cycling or segwaying around the lake’s perimeter is all very well if you want to stay on dry land, but to truly experience Lake Burley Griffin, get waterborne. Hire a canoe or kayak from R.E.A.L Fun and paddle around the lake for three hours or the whole day. Highlights: The Central Basin is the place to enjoy views of the city’s many monuments; the East Basin and Wetlands

are where you’ll see lots of birdlife, including black swans, and their nests. 0410 547 838,

IF YOU LIKE BUSHWALKING… CANBERRA CENTENARY TRAIL What: For the hardcore walker, this 145km loop passes many natural and man-made icons of the capital. It’s divided into sections so you can tackle it bit by bit, averaging 20km a day over a week. Highlights: One Tree Hill Lookout was Charles Scrivener’s commencement point when he surveyed the site that would become Canberra, and from here you can see the nation’s capital. Keep an eye out for wombats, echidnas and wedge-tailed eagles. If you see a platypus, you’re among the lucky ones – they’re shy and nocturnal. 35


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TIDBINBILLA NATURE RESERVE What: There are lots of different walks of various grades. The nature reserve is organised so you can hop into the car to get from one area to the next and then do a short walk. The rangers at the Visitor Centre can help you work out what to do and see. Highlights: There’s a breeding program for the endangered brush-tailed rock wallaby, so you have a good chance of spotting them in their enclosure. Koalas also inhabit the nature reserve, although the population is still rebuilding after the 2003 bushfires. For the best chance of seeing wombats or platypuses, visit first thing in the morning.

NAMADGI NATIONAL PARK What: Expansive Namadgi National Park is abundant with wildlife, scenic views and great bushwalks. Managed in cooperation with local Ngambri leaders, the park is a wonderful place to explore the region’s Indigenous heritage. Highlights: There’s a total of 160km of walking trails and plenty of ancient Indigenous art sites to discover, whether you’re hiking alone or with a ranger (ask at Namadgi Visitor Centre). Combining natural wonders with human history, you’ll feel a connection with 36 Follow us

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your surroundings. If you want to stay overnight, camp sites are available (bookings essential). Fishing with artificial lures is permitted in selected waterways.

MT AINSLIE What: One of the most popular walks among locals, the bush track behind the Australian War Memorial goes to the top of Mt Ainslie. It’s about 2km each way, with plenty of steep steps, so check your fitness level. You can also drive up Mt Ainslie Drive to appreciate the view. Highlights: There are lots of rosellas and kangaroos in the area. Capture sweeping shots of Canberra from the lookout.

National Arboretum Canberra What: The National Arboretum Canberra is a botanical garden devoted to growing trees for conservation, scientific research and education. It features ceremonial trees from around the world, including century-old Himalayan cedar and cork oak forests. Highlights: You can explore the Arboretum on foot or by bike, especially during regular mountain biking events such as Capital Punishment MTB ( There’s also public art to discover and admire. Forest Dr, off Tuggeranong Pkwy, Weston Creek, 13 22 81, Australian National Botanic Gardens What: Named by Australian Geographic as the country’s number-one botanic garden. With a huge collection of native plants from across the country, this is a lovely place to wander around under your own steam or take a guided tour. Highlights: In addition to the plant life, there are many species of birds to spot in the gardens. Breakfast with the Birds ( is a regular event at Floresco in the Gardens café. Clunies Ross St, Acton, (02) 6250 9588, Pialligo nurseries What: A whole neighbourhood of nurseries, fruit orchards and gardens. Highlights: Sample fresh apples, pears and quinces in season from February to May and explore the huge range of plants – and then take some home. National Arboretum Canberra




NGUNNAWAL COUNTRY What: Explore the Indigenous heritage of Canberra on a whirlwind tour of seven sites in one day and get a sense of the area’s 20,000-year-old history. Highlights: The Aboriginal war memorial plaque, near the path to the summit of Mt Ainslie, remembers the Indigenous people who have served in the Australian armed forces.

THE LIMESTONE PLAINS What: This drive follows the trails forged by convicts and free settlers. There are eight stops, each offering insights into the area’s development since 1823. Highlights: In Reid, St John’s Church, the oldest European place of worship in the ACT, has a graveyard that’s worth walking around. Also on site is Canberra’s first schoolhouse, now the St John’s Schoolhouse Museum ((02) 6249 6839,; check the opening hours before you visit). View from Mt Ainslie


MANUKA OVAL What: A Canberra fixture since the 1920s, Manuka Oval underwent an upgrade to its amenities and playing surface in 2014. Watch One Day International cricket and see GWS Giants play four football games a year. Highlights: The Prime Minister’s XI has been played here every year since 1984 – a great tradition worth experiencing. Manuka Circle, Griffith, (02) 6228 0300,

GIO STADIUM CANBERRA What: Built in 1977, GIO Stadium Canberra is next door to the Australian Institute of Sport. Originally there was a running track, but today it’s used purely for ball-based games. It has hosted AFL, cricket and soccer (including the 2015 AFC Asian Cup). Highlights: It’s the home ground of the Canberra Raiders (Rugby League) and the Brumbies (Rugby Union). Battye St, Bruce, (02) 6256 6700,

GREAT GOLF Here’s our pick of Canberra’s top golf courses that welcome visitors. Call the pro shop first to book your tee-off time. * Yowani Country Club Canberra Lyneham,

LOOKING AT CANBERRA What: Focusing on sweeping views, visit six of the best vantage points in Canberra and see the unique vision of the city’s original architect, Walter Burley Griffin. Highlights: Black Mountain is a beautiful spot to soak up your surroundings among native bush and wildlife. For an even better view, scale Telstra Tower.

* Gungahlin Lakes Golf Club Nicholls, * Gold Creek Country Club Nicholls, * Federal Golf Club Red Hill,

Tim the Yowie Man suggests how to make the most of a day in Canberra where you can expect the unexpected. Spend the morning wandering around the Australian National Botanic Gardens (Clunies Ross St, Acton, (02) 6250 9588, and its various ecosystems. The Rainforest Gully is cool in summer, while the Red Centre Garden replicates the desert conditions of Central Australia. In the afternoon take a bike (BYO or hired) for a ride around Lake Burley Griffin to the Jerrabomberra Wetlands, which is a bit of a secret. It’s near Kingston Foreshore, where there are cafés and bars, but if you go just a couple of kilometres further you’ll come to the wetlands. Go into the hides to spot birds from among 100 species, including those that migrate from Siberia and come to this one place.

BALLOON FLIGHTS There’s no better, more breathtaking way to experience the landscape of the Canberra area than from the liberating height of a hot air balloon. It’s an early start before sunrise and you get to see the balloon being inflated before your ride. Taking off is an effortless experience; as the balloon gently rises, Canberra’s green, grand, planned city is revealed. All flights are conducted by approved pilots and after the three-hour flight there’s the option to have champagne and breakfast. There’s also an option to choose a special flight for just two people. Don’t miss out on this exciting and perspective-altering experience.; 37

IF YOU LIKE ANIMALS… NATIONAL ZOO & AQUARIUM What: Australia’s only National Zoo combined zoo and aquarium & Aquarium is a one-stop attraction for animal-lovers, whether you prefer your creatures great, small or in tanks. Highlights: There’s a range of tours, including Walk on the Wildside, which enables visitors to work closely with the zoo’s largest and most dangerous animals. You can get a photo with a cheetah if you’re brave enough. Some of the world’s most endangered species live here, including Malayan sun bears and white lions. The country’s largest inland saltwater tank is here, too, showcasing the brightly coloured marine life of the Great Barrier Reef (sharks are housed separately). Lady Denman Dr, Scrivener Dam, Yarralumla, (02) 6287 8400,

JAMALA WILDLIFE LODGE What: Taking safari encounters to a new level, this unusual luxury lodge features rooms that share a glass wall with wild animal enclosures. Jamala Wildlife Lodge offers stays of one to three nights. Highlights: If a bear watching you bathe isn’t enough of a tale to tell, try feeding a giraffe from your balcony or having a lion watch you eat! National Zoo & Aquarium, Lady Denman Dr, Scrivener Dam, Yarralumla, (02) 6287 8444,

CANBERRA WALK-IN AVIARY What: This outdoor facility holds 50 species of birds from Australia and around the world. When you go in you’re given plates of food to feed them, plus you can buy additional live mealworms to spice up their diet. Highlights: Visit on a cooler day to see the birds in flight, taking wing all around you. O’Hanlon Pl, Gold Creek Village, Nicholls, (02) 6230 2044, 38 Follow us

IF YOU LIKE BIKING… STROMLO FOREST PARK What: A shared-use park that welcomes runners and horseriders as well as bike fanatics, Stromlo Forest Park has more than 50km of customdesigned cross-country trails, plus dirt jumps and dedicated zones for every skill level. Highlights: There are six suggested loops, depending on your ability. Check them out on the website. Uriarra Rd, Stromlo, (02) 6256 6700,

KOWEN FOREST TRAILS What: Originally built to host a 24-hour mountain bike race, Kowen Forest Trails has been expanded to become a great experience for cross-country riders. Highlights: For beginners, it will be the flatter areas with smoother tracks. For riders seeking more of a challenge, those original 24-hour trails will test your mettle. kowalski-brothers/trail-buddy

LAKE BURLEY GRIFFIN What: There are three loops around the lake for easy sightseeing. Highlights: The Western Loop is a 16km ride past tourist hotspots, including the National Museum of Australia and the National Zoo & Aquarium. The 4.9km Central Loop covers Kings Avenue Bridge to Commonwealth Avenue Bridge, taking in the Parliamentary Triangle. The Eastern Loop passes the Kingston Foreshore along a 9km route that includes the Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve. cycling_map/1

FREEWHEELING FUN Caroline Buchanan is an Olympian and multiple BMX and Mountain Bike World Champion. Here are her best riding, coffee and food stops. * Westside Acton Park combines two of my loves: getting out on the bike and eating great food. Ride up, try new cuisines from the food trucks, get a barista coffee to go, and then get back on the paths around beautiful Lake Burley Griffin. 3 Barrine Dr, Acton, * National Arboretum Canberra has arguably the best views in town. Forest Dr, off Tuggeranong Pkwy, Weston Creek, 13 22 81, * Sweet Bones organic vegan café and bakery serves delicious light meals. Shop 8, 18 Lonsdale St (entrance via Elouera St), Braddon, 0413 067 890, * Stromlo Forest Park is a world-class riding facility with activities for kids, running tracks, horseriding and events. Uriarra Rd, Stromlo, (02) 6256 6700, Stromlo Forest Park




Experience the diversity of Australian plants in one location. Wander through a range of landscapes from coastal rainforests to the dry Red Centre, take a guided tour, lunch at Floresco Cafe, browse through the Botanical Bookshop or pamper yourself at Jindii Ecospa! Check out the special events held throughout the year.

Canberra, a beautiful city of lakes, parks, national buildings and colourful tree lined streets surrounded by bushland and mountains viewed from a unique perspective. Balloon Aloft offers flights over the capital city of Australia every morning. Ballooning adventures with style.


8.30am–5.30pm daily closed Christmas Day Clunies Ross Street, Acton 02 6250 9588


Daily flights Meeting at the Hyatt Hotel Canberra 02 6249 8660

CANBERRA TRACKS The Canberra region has a long and diverse heritage prior to its development. Canberra Tracks are eight self-drive themed heritage tracks with interpretive signs that help you appreciate your nation’s capital. Track 1: Ngunnawal Country Track 2: The Limestone Plains Track 3: Looking at Canberra Track 4: ACT Pioneers Cemetery Track 5: Gungahlin Heritage Track Track 6: Belconnen Heritage Track Track 7: Woden Heritage Track Track 8: Tuggeranong Heritage Track PHONE WEB

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The Canberra Walk-In Aviary is a 1000 square metre planted walk-in aviary, where the friendly free flying birds can be observed, photographed and fed. Visitors to the Aviary walk amongst approximately 400 birds representing 50 different species from Australia and around the world.

Surround yourself with rare forests from around the world. Experience spectacular views and remarkable architecture and sculpture. Highlights include the awardwinning Village Centre, the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection, Pod Playground, cafe, restaurant, gift shop, walking trails and picnic decks.

Tidbinbilla is an exceptional place to see native wildlife in their natural environment. The landscape of the reserve is spectacular, with facilities including a Visitor Centre, barbecues and a playground. Native animals include koalas, platypuses, emus, pelicans, kangaroos and many bird species. Accommodation is also available at a historic homestead, Nil Desperandum.



Open 7 days (Weather permitting) except Christmas Day September–April: 10am–5pm (last admission 4.30pm) May–August:10am–4pm (last admission 3.30pm) Unit 13 Federation Square, O’Hanlon Place, Nicholls



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Village Centre 9am–4pm daily (closed Christmas Day) Arboretum Grounds 6am–8.30pm (daylight savings time) 7am–5:30pm (non-daylight savings time) Forest Drive, off Tuggeranong Parkway, Weston Creek 02 6207 8484



Reserve: 7am–8pm daily (summer) 7am–6pm daily (winter) Visitor Information Centre: 9am–5pm daily closed Christmas Day Paddys River Road, Tharwa 02 6205 1233 39

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Canberra’s thriving precincts are made for exploring and discovering. Here are our insider secrets, from fine food and great shopping to the best entertainment.

BRADDON The neighbourhood hangout is The Hamlet (16 Lonsdale St, Braddon, 0407 283 218), a motley assortment of food vans clamouring for attention in an open space. Artisan pizza, Peruvian street food, souvlaki, coffee and doughnuts, hot dogs, milkshakes, schnitzels… it’s all here! Grab your dish of choice, pull up a seat at a communal table and say hi to the locals. Step inside the converted garage and you’ll find a collection of local makers producing everything from unique furniture to fine jewellery and fashion. If you’re a beer fan, pop in to BentSpoke Brewing Co (38 Mort St, Braddon, (02) 6257 5220, au) microbrewery and taphouse. At the northern end of Lonsdale Street is the architecturally arresting Ori building (28–30 Lonsdale St, Braddon). ‘Curated’ and ‘unique’ are the keywords here: boutiques showcasing local and international labels; homegrown homewares, jewellery and furniture; a gentlemen’s general store and barber; and Moxom + Whitney florist (0477 888 805, The pièce de résistance is Frugii Dessert Laboratory (0438 366 368,, where Canberra’s ice-cream alchemist, John Marshall, whips up flavours such as Tim Tam, salted butter caramel, musk stick and the more outrageous peanut butter and bacon. You’re welcome. 40 Follow us

Frugii Dessert Laboratory

Far from the madding crowd are Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centres (Ainslie Arts Centre, Elouera St, Braddon; Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Ave, Braddon; (02) 6182 0000;, two spaces brimming with all art forms. Gorman Arts Centre is also home to Sage Dining Rooms and Mint Garden Bar – the perfect places to while away a balmy summer’s evening.

BRADDON DINING Explore hot cafés, bars and restaurants in this inner-city foodies’ hub. * Lonsdale Street Roasters – quality coffee, two locations. * Autolyse – bakery and bistro. * Eightysix – modern with fun flair. * Italian and Sons – award-winning classic Italian. * Sweet Bones – vegan café and bakery. * Marble & Grain – modern steakhouse and bar. * Elemental – creative Paleo eatery. * Grease Monkey – American-inspired burger joint. * Black Fire – rustic Mediterranean cuisine. * The Elk & Pea Eating House – Central American flavours. * 80/20 – seasonal, nutritious delights.

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Keen for a pre- or post-dinner drink? In Braddon you’re certainly spoiled for choice. * Knightsbridge Penthouse serves sophisticated cocktails. 1/34 Mort St, Braddon, (02) 6262 6221, * Italian and Sons’ Bacaro wine bar has a formidable wine list and formaggi. 7 Lonsdale St, Braddon, (02) 6162 4888, * Hopscotch has a beer garden with a relaxed vibe. 5 Lonsdale St, Braddon, (02) 6107 3030, * BentSpoke Brewing Co microbrewery and taphouse makes an impressive range of craft beers. Try the Barley Griffin, an easy-drinking pale ale. 38 Mort St, Braddon, (02) 6257 5220, Hopscotch

Hit the city centre for shopping, restaurants, night-life and bars.

LONSDALE STREET SHOPPING Whether you have a hankering for exclusive Australian and international labels or you’re more of a vintage fan, you’ll find something in Braddon to suit. PINK INK REBEL MUSE ITRIP ISKIP MÜSSEN DESIGNER OP SHOP ASSEMBLAGE PROJECT AGENCY LELLOW KIDS TIP YOU’RE IT! BRADDON TAILORS GROOMED: THE GENTLEMAN’S GENERAL STORE Groomed: The Gentleman’s General Store

For serious retail therapy go to Canberra Centre (125 Bunda St, Canberra City, (02) 6247 5611, for major retail brands and fashion labels. On City Walk pedestrian mall look for Shop Handmade Canberra (20 Allara St, Canberra City, (02) 6247 8676,, which has handmade works from more than 150 of Australia’s best independent, small and creative businesses. Bunda Street offers great dining: * Jamie’s Italian is kid-friendly and casual. Canberra Centre, 125 Bunda St, Canberra City, (02) 6268 0400, italian/australia/restaurants/canberra * Koko Black serves decadent sweets. Canberra Centre, 125 Bunda St, Canberra City, (02) 6230 4040, * The Chairman & Yip is perfect for high-end Chinese dining. 108 Bunda St, Civic, (02) 6248 7109, thechairmanandyip. * Shorty’s does great burgers and delicious shakes. 29 Garema Pl, Canberra City, (02) 6230 7692, shortyscanberra * Provini serves Italian just like Nonna makes. 50 Bunda St, Canberra City, (02) 6154 9720, * Akiba, with its ‘new Asian’ cuisine, is a must-eat any day, but its Sunday yum cha is excellent. 40 Bunda St, Canberra City, (02) 6162 0602, For ‘tried and true’, you can’t go past Canberra institution Gus’ (Shop 8, Garema Arcade, Bunda St, Civic, (02) 6248 8118, This relaxed, continental-style café has been packing them in since it opened its doors in 1968. Canberra City

I LOVE THE NIGHT-LIFE City hotspots for a great evening out.

NEWACTON Honkytonks

Hippo Co (1/17 Garema Pl, Canberra City, (02) 6247 7555, hippoco. serves more than 220 types of whiskies; Honkytonks (17 Garema Pl, Canberra City, (02) 6262 6968, is serious about tequila; and Playground Bar (25 Garema Pl, Civic, (02) 6262 7171) does an excellent martini. Try King O’Malley’s (131 City Walk, Canberra City, (02) 6257 0111, for beer and spirits. The Melbourne building on West Row is home to The Highball Express (, Bar Rochford ( and the 1920s-style Muddle Bar ( White Rabbit Cocktail Room (65 Northbourne Ave, Canberra City, (02) 6257 7779, is an Alice in Wonderland-inspired venue.

SECRETS AND THE CITY Rachel Evagelou, co-owner of Handmade Canberra, reveals her insider go-tos. What’s your favourite boutique? Shop Handmade Canberra (20 Allara St, Canberra City, (02) 6247 8676,, of course! Seriously, though, I love any independent boutique. I recommend visitors go to the

Wig & Pen tavern and brewery (Llewellyn Hall, William Herbert Pl, Canberra City, (02) 6248 0171, facebook. com/wigandpen.canberra) serves house-brewed beers and cider. Molly ( is a very in-theknow bar. It’s so secret, there’s only GPS coordinates to guide you there. It’s worth it for their expertly mixed drinks, live jazz and cool vibe. Feel like dancing? Try Tongue & Groove (Cnr Genge and Bunda Sts, Canberra City, (02) 6230 4455, tandg. and Mr Wolf (122 Alinga St, Canberra City, (02) 6230 7493, For music with a Latin American twist, MonkeyBAR (128 Bunda St, Civic, 0448 653 287, facebook. com/monkeybar.canberra) is the place.

NewActon area and Lonsdale Street in Braddon, where we’re seeing wonderful local businesses flourish. Best breakfast spot and your favourite dish there? I love Kindle café (Hillside Ln, Canberra City, (02) 6169 6169). It’s tucked away, the service is friendly, the coffee is great and breakfast is simply delicious. While I’m a fan of the egg-and-bacon rolls, they have great vegetarian options too. Must-do experience? If you’re in Canberra during the Handmade Market (handmadecanberra. you’re in for a treat, with designers exhibiting their creations to about 20,000 visitors. Best venue for live music? Transit Bar (7 Akuna St, Canberra City, (02) 6162 0899, offers a great range of music acts. Hippo Co

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A cultural precinct where city dwellers rub shoulders with hotels and restaurants, NewActon is ‘a bold new adventure in urban mixed-use eco design’. The jaw-dropping centrepiece of this precinct is the award-winning Nishi building (25 Edinburgh Ave, NewActon), which is all crazy angles and recycled timber. Catch your breath at the sight of the Grand Stair, where thousands of pieces of raw, recycled timber lead you upwards to Hotel Hotel ((02) 6287 6287, Settle in for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a nightcap here at one-hat restaurant Monster Kitchen and Bar ((02) 6287 6287, Also in the Nishi building are chocolate salon Max Brenner (maxbrenner. and Palace Electric Cinema (, which hosts a brilliant line-up of international film festivals and screens art-house, independent and new-release films. If you’re keen for some ‘me time’, at Hotel Hotel you can get bendy at a yoga class, treat yourself to a new ’do at the hair studio or enquire about the nearby day spa and Pilates sessions. Also take time to see the latest exhibition at the light-filled Nishi Gallery (17 Kendall Ln, NewActon, newacton. You’re spoiled for dining choices in NewActon. Enjoy intriguing tapas at Parlour Wine Room (16 Kendall Ln, NewActon, (02) 6257 7325, parlour., a thoughtful regional menu at A. Baker (15 Edinburgh Ave, NewActon, (02) 6287 6150, and delicious modern Italian at Bicicletta (15 Edinburgh Ave, NewActon, (02) 6262 8683, The latter two restaurants share a large courtyard, so during the warmer months catch a Courtyard Cinema screening or live music. At cosy Mocan & Green Grout (1/19 Marcus Clarke St, NewActon South, (02) 6162 2909,




Parlour Wine Room

you’re shoulder to shoulder with other tables while the chefs cook at a bench inside this quirky restaurant, making you feel like you’re at a friend’s house for a meal. The owners don’t just make an excellent cup of coffee, they’re also the brains behind Canberra’s Goodspeed Bicycle Co (stay at Hotel Hotel to hire one of these beauties for free). Just up the street is QT Canberra (1 London Cct, Canberra, (02) 6247 6244,, another funky hotel and entertainment space. While you’re here, grab a bite to eat at Robert Marchetti’s Capitol Bar & Grill Restaurant ((02) 6247 1488) or get a straight-edged razor shave and shoeshine at The Barber Shop ((02) 6267 1267). Mocan & Green Grout

It’s a pocket-sized precinct, but NewActon punches above its weight with its watering holes that serve cocktails, craft beers and local and international wines. * Monster Kitchen and Bar: Named Best Bar in the Gourmet Traveller Australian Hotel Guide Awards 2015, this is one of those rare places that’s equally comfortable for breakfast and midnight cocktails. You don’t feel like you’re sitting in a hotel foyer and the regionally focused wine list, quality cocktails and more-ish nibbles are hard to beat. Nishi, 25 Edinburgh Ave, NewActon, (02) 6287 6287, eat-and-drink/monster * A. Baker basement bar: Downstairs at A. Baker the basement bar is a dimly lit escape from the activity above. It’s a place to relax after a day of sightseeing. There’s a good list of Australian spirits, including Tasmanian whiskies, a plump list of local wines and a reserve list that goes a bit further afield. 15 Edinburgh Ave, NewActon, (02) 6287 6150, * Parlour Wine Room: This snappy, modern venue focused on the square bar in the centre is packed with tables and cosy nooks that are perfect for enjoying a cheeky glass of wine. In summer the large terrace overlooking NewActon is the place to be. 16 Kendall Ln, NewActon, (02) 6257 7325, * Lucky’s Speakeasy: You’ll find Lucky’s Speakeasy via a secret entrance at the back of QT Canberra’s Barber Shop or a discreetly lit entrance outside. Though sizeable, the space feels sophisticated and intimate, with booths providing privacy. Add a well-crafted list of classic and newer cocktails, dance and DJs, and this is one lucky find. 1 London Cct, NewActon, (02) 6267 1270, * The Library Bar: Tucked away in stylish Peppers Gallery Hotel, this tiny bar is a hidden gem. It’s popular and the pizzas from Bicicletta next door are great. 15 Edinburgh Ave, Canberra, (02) 6262 8683,

MANUKA & KINGSTON Close neighbours Manuka, Kingston Foreshore and Kingston share many characteristics – great restaurants, independent boutiques and arts activities – but each has its own flavour, too.

MANUKA The four streets that comprise Manuka’s major shopping precinct are lined with boutiques, such as Momento Dezigns and Carla Zampatti, jewellers and homewares merchants, while its laneways reveal intriguing independent offerings such as TOD Things Of Desire (Shop 6, Style Arcade, Manuka, (02) 6260 8844,, which stocks only European fashion labels. At Paperchain Bookstore (34 Franklin St, Manuka, (02) 6295 6723, you could easily spend hours browsing the thoughtful selection of books. Foodies will be in their element here, with great sushi at Mee’s Sushi (7 Flinders Way, Manuka, (02) 6295 7442), delicious Malaysian at Abell’s Kopi Tiam (7 Furneaux St, Forrest, (02) 6239 4199, abellskopitiam. and family-friendly fare served since 1926 at CAPHS (36 Franklin St, Manuka, (02) 6295 9783, The place that has social media abuzz is Pâtissez (Shop 2/21 The Lawns, Bougainville St, Manuka, with its signature freakshakes. Perhaps skip breakfast if you’re thinking of tackling one of those babies! Seeking a little culture? Pop in to PhotoAccess (Manuka Arts Centre, cnr Manuka Circle and New South Wales Cres, Griffith, (02) 6295 7810, to see contemporary photo-based works or visit Canberra Contemporary Art Space (19 Furneaux St, Manuka, (02) 6247 0188,, a small project gallery that enables emerging and established artists and curators to stage experimental exhibitions. 43



KINGSTON FORESHORE The Kingston Foreshore precinct has recently sprung to life, with more restaurants and retailers set to open in early 2016. This waterfront promenade is buzzing at night and on weekends. Local Press Café (9/81 Eastlake Pde, Kingston Foreshore, au) is one of the most Instagrammed Canberra eateries. It’s all nourishing and delicious here. Try the Green Breaky Plate: za’atar-coated boiled eggs with kale, salmon, quinoa, avocado, asparagus and goat’s cheese. They don’t take bookings, so get there early on weekends if you want a table. Iconic Canberra burger food truck Brodburger ((02) 6162 0793, is housed in Canberra Glassworks (11 Wentworth Ave, Kingston, (02) 6260 Kingston 7005, canberraglassworks. Foreshore com), where you can take in spectacular arts and crafts and watch live glassmaking. See exhibitions and watch artists in action at Megalo Print Studio + Gallery (21 Wentworth Ave, Kingston, (02) 6232 6041, Every Sunday the area comes alive with the Old Bus Depot Markets (21 Wentworth Ave, Kingston, (02) 6295 3331, offering more than 200 stalls of handcrafted fashion, jewellery, homewares, art and food. 44 Follow us

* Morks – contemporary Thai 18/19 Eastlake Pde, Kingston Foreshore, (02) 6295 0112, * Wild Duck – innovative Asian cuisine 71 Giles St, Kingston Foreshore, (02) 6232 7997, * C Dine Bar – seafood and steak 17/19 Eastlake Pde, (02) 6239 5299, Kingston Foreshore, * Walt & Burley – brilliant burgers 70/17 Eastlake Pde, Kingston Foreshore, (02) 6239 6648, * The Dock – pub fare, fantastic views 7/81 Giles St, (02) 6239 6333,

KINGSTON While Kingston is not as hectic as its little sister, Kingston Foreshore, there are plenty of great dining options. Penny University Coffee Roasters (15 Kennedy St, Kingston, (02) 6162 1500, facebook. com/pennyuniversitycoffeeroasters) is as pretty as a picture with vintage tables and chairs, and drinks served in Mason jars. If you’re after a place to chill out with a burger and a beer while you watch a sports game on screen, go to Little Brooklyn (44 Jardine St, Kingston,

(02) 6260 8150, And if you’re in the mood for something a little more refined, try the Mediterranean-influenced Middle Eastern fare at Pomegranate (31 Giles St, Kingston, (02) 6295 1515, Brodburger

PIALLIGO/MAJURA Discover a semi-rural idyll that feels a world away or hit the shops. The area around Canberra International Airport continues to grow, with IKEA being the latest addition. At Majura Park Shopping Centre (18–26 Spitfire Ave, Majura Park, (02) 6275 2252, you’ll find Big W, Woolworths and Costco. For rural calm, explore Pialligo along tree-lined Beltana Road and browse nurseries, gift shops and orchards. Visit Bison (6/8 Beltana Rd, Pialligo, (02) 6257 7255, and check out its beautiful lifestyle products. Recharge at Tulips Cafe (8 Beltana Rd, Pialligo, (02) 6249 6118, au) or Rodney’s Garden Café (24 Beltana Rd, Pialligo, (02) 6257 5822, rodneys., which both have kids’ playgrounds. Don’t miss Bliss Garden & Giftware (8 Beltana Rd, Pialligo, (02) 6257 8358, au) for a stylish selection of gardenware, home decor and gifts. Pod Food (12 Beltana Rd, Pialligo, (02) 6257 3388, is a restaurant in a quaint, character-filled 1930s cottage with a daily changing menu. Pialligo Estate is home to Australia’s best artisan bacon and great local wine. Originally the Canberra region’s market garden, it’s a true urban farm, producing peaches, nashi pears, quinces, plums, figs, pomegranates and olives, so you can bet the ingredients are fresh at the estate’s one-hat Farmhouse Restaurant (Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Rd, Pialligo, (02) 6247 6060, Pialligo Estate Farmhouse Restaurant





Canberra’s favourite pub and a must visit while in Canberra.

Looking for the perfect Sunday in Canberra? Then be sure to include a visit to the national award-winning Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston. Set in a fabulous old industrial building, you’ll love the colours, tastes, sounds and atmosphere of ‘Canberra’s Sunday Best’. From quality handcrafted homewares and jewellery, through to gourmet food and fresh produce, it’s simply a must-do in Canberra. Admission is free.

Power Kart Raceway is an exhilarating indoor racing experience, featuring world class electric go-karts on an F1 style circuit.

Open seven days a week until late with free LIVE MUSIC five nights a week. OPEN ADDRESS PHONE WEB

11am – late daily Closed Christmas Day 131 City Walk, Canberra city 02 6257 0111



Our facilities not only host some of Australia’s best karting but also a luxurious corporate room, café and Glow Golf… Canberra’s only indoor black light mini golf. Fun for all ages.

10am–4pm Sundays (10am–4pm Saturdays and Sundays in December before Christmas)



10am–10pm weekdays 9am–10pm Saturday 9am–8pm Sunday 125 Canberra Ave, Kingston 02 6239 5599

21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston 02 6239 5306 or 02 6295 3331

Experience the best of your nation’s capital Discover everything that the Canberra region has to offer at You’ll find all you need at your fingertips. Share your visit with us through social media where you might also find hidden gems and insider tips from Canberra locals. visitcanberra







You can travel from one side of the city to the other in just 40 minutes via public transport, taxi, self-drive, hire car or tour vehicle. Canberra is famous for its network of cycling and walking paths. The terrain is very flat so it’s easy to discover national attractions and highlights by doing a self-guided walking tour, hiring a bike and going for a refreshing ride around the lake or exploring Canberra’s hottest neighbourhoods.

SHOPPING GETTING TO CANBERRA Canberra is very easy to get to, whether you fly, drive, catch a train or take a coach. It has direct rail and coach services from Sydney and is serviced by Canberra Airport, which is just 15 minutes’ drive from the city centre.

FLYING As it’s less than two hours’ flying time from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Canberra is a great destination for short breaks. Daily flights are also available to and from Adelaide and Perth.

DRIVING FROM SYDNEY Canberra is the closest capital to Sydney for a weekend getaway and driving direct on the Hume Highway only takes about 3.5 hours. For those who prefer a more scenic route, follow the coastal Princes Highway to Batemans Bay before turning onto the Kings Highway and heading to Canberra via the picturesque historical towns of Braidwood and Bungendore.

DRIVING FROM MELBOURNE From Melbourne, Canberra is a great choice for a short break or holiday with all the pleasures of country driving and city conveniences. Driving directly on the Hume and Barton Highways takes about eight hours, or you could take a scenic detour through the Snowy Mountains and visit the alpine towns of Thredbo, Jindabyne and Cooma.

IN CANBERRA Discover the ease of travelling around a planned city renowned for its tree-lined streets and easy-to-navigate roads.

The main shopping centres are: * Canberra Centre, Canberra City * Westfield Belconnen * Westfield Woden * Hyperdome Shopping Centre, Tuggeranong * Canberra Outlet Centre, Fyshwick * Majura Park Shopping Centre * IKEA Canberra, Majura * Riverside Plaza, Queanbeyan

MARKETS Check out the local markets: * Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston Every Sunday 10am–4pm plus Saturdays in December * Handmade Market, Mitchell Quarterly * Hustle & Scout and The Forage Quarterly * Hartley Hall Markets, Hall First Sunday of the month (not January)

TRAVEL TO CANBERRA AIRLINES Qantas 13 13 13 Virgin Australia 13 67 89 AIRPORT SHUTTLE The Airport Express bus from Canberra Airport to the city is $12 one way. Call 1300 368 897 or pre-book at RAIL NSW TrainLink 13 22 32, COACH Greyhound Australia 1300 473 946 Murrays Australia 13 22 51 Transborder Express (02) 6299 3722 CAR HIRE Avis 13 63 33 Budget 1300 362 848 East Coast Car Rentals 1-800-EASTCOAST Europcar 1300 131 390 Hertz 13 30 39 Redspot Car Rentals 1300 668 810 Thrifty 1300 367 227

GETTING AROUND CANBERRA TAXIS Cabxpress 1300 222 977 Canberra Elite Taxis 13 22 27, 0417 672 773 Silver Service 13 31 00 Wheelchair accessible 13 92 87 Uber BUSES Go to for timetables and real-time route information for Canberra’s public bus service, ACTION. MyWay cards can be purchased from convenience stores and newsagents. The privately run hop-on, hop-off Explorer Bus takes you around major tourist attractions and does a stop at the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre. For routes see

VISITOR INFORMATION RETAIL HOURS The city’s major shopping centres are generally open from 9am to 5.30pm on weekdays, with late-night shopping at malls on Friday (to 9pm). Saturday trading hours are 9am to 5pm; Sunday 10am to 4pm. FREE WI-FI CBRfree wi-fi is being rolled out across the city to become Australia’s largest free outdoor public wi-fi network. SOCIAL MEDIA Want a local’s recommendation? Ask @VisitCanberra Twitter followers a question using #localscan VISITORS CENTRE Meet friendly locals at the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre, 330 Northbourne Ave, Dickson. Call 1300 554 114 or go to 47

SUMMER Australia Day fireworks

31 DECEMBER 2015 NEW YEAR’S EVE IN THE CITY Canberra City Watch the fireworks over City Hill at 9pm and midnight. Enjoy live, family-friendly entertainment in Civic Square and a dance party in Garema Place. Alcohol-free events.

UNTIL 28 MARCH TOM ROBERTS National Gallery of Australia See works by 19th-century Australian artist Tom Roberts, of the Heidelberg School of impressionist painters, including his famous Shearing the rams and A break away!

UNTIL 28 MARCH ENCOUNTERS National Museum of Australia See rare Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander objects from The British Museum. These date back to the early years of European colonisation and are shown alongside contemporary objects from the Indigenous communities featured.

Celestial Empire: Life in China 1644–1911, National Library of Australia: Map of West Lake (detail) c. 1799; gold, oil paint on goat skin; 256cm x 132cm; West Lake, in the modern city of Hangzhou

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National Library of Australia View the greatest treasures from the National Library of China in a joint exhibition with NLA that explores the richness of Chinese culture and tradition through the prism of two of the world’s great library collections.

Various venues Follow the Poacher’s Way to discover the Canberra region’s hidden secrets during this month-long alfresco food and wine festival with masterclasses, twilight garden concerts and art exhibitions. summerside-festival

7–10 JANUARY SUMMERNATS Exhibition Park in Canberra, Mitchell The ultimate car show is an enthusiasts’ paradise of street machines and traders’ pavilions. Also live bands and Kids Zone.

20 JANUARY AUSTRALIA VS INDIA ODI Manuka Oval India is out to atone for its ICC Cricket World Cup loss against Australia in this One Day International game.

25 JANUARY AUSTRALIA CELEBRATES LIVE Parliament House Be on the lawns of Parliament House for this concert showcasing the hottest names in Australian music and the announcement of the Australian of the Year Awards.

2 FEBRUARY AUSTRALIAN SOUTHERN STARS VS INDIA ODI Manuka Oval On the back of their success at the Ashes, the world-champion Australian women’s cricket team takes on India in this One Day International game.

12–14 FEBRUARY NATIONAL MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL Civic Experience the world’s unique and diverse cultures that are the heart and soul of Canberra during this festival celebrating its 20th anniversary. Over three days Canberra’s multicultural communities showcase their cultures through food and performances. Most events are free.



Commonwealth Park Celebrate what’s great about being Australian with an Aussie breakfast, kids’ entertainment and a fireworks finale.

Exhibition Park in Canberra, Mitchell Be entertained and educated by the hundreds of attractions and activities at this annual agricultural show for the whole family.

MAJOR EVENTS 2016 Canberra Balloon Spectacular


AUTUMN 4–12 MARCH ENLIGHTEN Various venues Canberra’s cultural attractions come alive after dark with late-night openings, architectural light projections and live entertainment. It’s a buzz of activity with live music, stand-up comedy, unexpected happenings and the Night Noodle Markets.

6 MARCH MERCEDES-BENZ CANBERRA BLACK OPAL STAKES AND TAB.COM.AU CANBERRA CUP RACE DAY Thoroughbred Park, Mitchell Enjoy a family day at Canberra’s premier horseracing event. Myer’s Fashions on the Field is always hotly contested.

11 MARCH LIGHTS! CANBERRA! ACTION! Senate Rose Gardens, Old Parliament House Watch the results of this festival that gives budding filmmakers 10 days to produce a short film incorporating 10 specific items.

12–20 MARCH CANBERRA BALLOON SPECTACULAR Old Parliament House lawns See a stunning array of hot air balloons take off at dawn and drift over Canberra. Catch the action on the ground with live music and a hot breakfast.

15–20 MARCH CANBERRA COMEDY FESTIVAL Various venues See more than 50 comedy acts in a program featuring an incredible line-up of local and international artists.

24–28 MARCH NATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL Exhibition Park in Canberra, Mitchell Immerse yourself in this cultural celebration of traditional and contemporary music, dance, poetry and storytelling staged over the Easter break.

29 MARCH – 9 APRIL HOCKEY AUSTRALIA MASTERS WORLD CUP 2016 National Hockey Centre, Lyneham The FIH Masters World Cup brings more than 70 international Masters hockey teams to the capital for this 12-day event.

APRIL (DATES TBC) CANBERRA DISTRICT WINE HARVEST FESTIVAL Various wineries Celebrate the autumn grape harvest with a visit to Canberra District’s many wineries. Meet the winemakers and enjoy winetastings, relaxed lunches and live music at their cellar doors.



Commonwealth Park Celebrate Canberra’s 103rd birthday with family-friendly activities, live entertainment and food in this popular lakeside park.

East Kowen Forest Ride the Kow in Australia’s most popular 24-hour mountain bike race over new and expanded trails in East Kowen.

9–10 APRIL AUSTRALIAN RUNNING FESTIVAL Telopea Park, Manuka This festival caters for runners of all abilities, so get moving and select the 5km or 10km fun run around the Parliamentary Triangle or meet the challenge of the ultra marathon, marathon or half marathon.

25 APRIL ANZAC DAY COMMEMORATION Australian War Memorial Attend the Dawn Service, National Anzac Day Ceremony and Last Post Ceremony commemorating the 101st anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces in the First World War.

29 APRIL – 8 MAY CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL Various venues Listen to brilliant international and Australian classical musicians in unusual venues such as embassies, national buildings, gardens and churches. Lights! Canberra! Action! 49

The Truffle Festival

WINTER 21 JUNE – 16 AUGUST THE TRUFFLE FESTIVAL CANBERRA REGION Various venues Indulge in a taste of midwinter at this festival showcasing local black truffles with truffle hunts, dinners, tastings and cooking demos.

The Truffle Festival

Capital Wines Epicurean Centre, Fireside Festival

National Capital DanceSport Championships

24–26 JUNE NATIONAL CAPITAL DANCESPORT CHAMPIONSHIPS AIS Arena, Bruce Enjoy the glitz and glamour of Australia’s leading professional and amateur dancers competing in Latin American, ballroom and New Vogue dance styles.

AUGUST FIRESIDE FESTIVAL Various venues The Poacher’s Way venues have the fires roaring and invite you to join them for cool-climate wines matched with seasonal, contemporary dishes and live music.

26–29 AUGUST CANBERRA WRITERS FESTIVAL Various venues Power, passion and politics are explored through a lively program of events, including debates, storytelling and conversation. 50 Follow us


Floriade NightFest


17 SEPTEMBER – 16 OCTOBER FLORIADE Commonwealth Park Canberra celebrates spring by transforming Commonwealth Park into a tapestry of colour. More than a million colourful bulbs and annuals bloom on cue, creating a vibrant display unrivalled by any other event of this kind. Enjoy music, cultural celebrations, horticultural workshops, artistic displays, food, entertainment and children’s activities.

28 SEPTEMBER – 2 OCTOBER FLORIADE NIGHTFEST Commonwealth Park Experience Floriade magically come to life at night with spectacular lighting, illuminated flowerbeds, live entertainment such as stand-up comedy, and a food and wine market. See breathtaking views from the giant ferris wheel. Ticketed event.

1–2 OCTOBER TRADIES MURRUMBATEMAN MOVING FEAST Various venues Explore the Murrumbateman wine region and satisfy your tastebuds with exceptional cool-climate wines matched with gourmet delights. On this weekend of indulgence at cafés, wineries and B&Bs, spend your time roving from venue to venue, taking in the picturesque countryside along the way.


22 OCTOBER CANBERRA NARA CANDLE FESTIVAL Canberra Nara Peace Park The spectacular display of candles and lanterns in the landscaped gardens celebrates Canberra’s relationship with sister city Nara, Japan. Enjoy cultural exchanges with Japanese entertainment, activities and food.

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3–13 NOVEMBER CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL National Film and Sound Archive A showcase of Canberra’s filmmakers alongside powerful Indigenous films and works from Asia and the Middle East.

11 NOVEMBER REMEMBRANCE DAY AT THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL Australian War Memorial Participate in a minute’s silence at 11am to remember the sacrifice of those who have died or suffered in wars and conflicts, and those who have served in the past 101 years.

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Further AFIELD… Take off in any direction from Canberra and you’ll discover towns with plenty of history and personality. Chinese Tribute Garden, Young

CAPITAL REGION QUEANBEYAN Just east of the ACT border and 15 minutes’ drive from Canberra, this regional city was an important centre during the 1850s gold rush. If you have a creative streak go to the Queanbeyan Art Society gallery (6 Trinculo Pl, Queanbeyan, (02) 6297 8181,, which is housed in an 1880 brick cottage on the banks of Queanbeyan River. Follow the walking trail along Googong Foreshores to London Bridge, a natural limestone arch over Burra Creek. Googong Dam also has a number of good walking trails and picnic areas. 52 Follow us

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On the first Saturday of the month, drive to Captains Flat Country Markets (Foxlow St, Captains Flat, htm) to riffle through preloved goods and clothes, stock up on homemade jams and pickles and buy fresh fruit and veg.

MURRUMBATEMAN Thirty minutes’ drive north of Canberra, on the way to Yass, the growing rural town of Murrumbateman was once populated by those seeking golden riches. Today it’s surrounded by tranquil landscapes. Join Burnelee Excursions on Horseback (320 Dicks Creek Rd, Murrumbateman, (02) 6227 5850,, whether



or not you’ve been on a horse before, as instructors accompany every group. The town is surrounded by wineries, which host the Tradies Murrumbateman Moving Feast (makersofmurrumbateman. each October. Drive or take a bus tour from venue to venue, sampling tasting plates and wines. Every second and fourth Saturday of the month local craftspeople and makers converge at the Recreation Grounds for the Murrumbateman Village Market ( Handmade pottery and candles, wines from local vineyards and native plants are on offer.

YOUNG Known as the Cherry Capital of Australia, Young is a picturesque town. Situated on the edge of Chinaman’s Dam, the Chinese Tribute Garden (70 Pitstone Rd, Young) is the perfect

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place to relax among bridges, the Pool of Tranquillity and manicured gardens. The garden commemorates the Chinese contribution to the settlement of Young. From mid-November onwards, several farms growing cherries, stone fruit and berries offer a pick-your-own facility in spring and summer. Try Allambie Orchard (3725 Olympic Hwy, Wombat, 0418 462 821, and Wombat Heights (77 Back Wombat Rd, Wombat, (02) 6384 3208) or keep your eyes peeled for signs and roadside stalls while you’re driving. Operating from a former jam factory, Steve Norris makes all manner of spirits, including whisky, bourbon, rum, tequila, vodka and grappa, at Bluestill Distillery (161 Henry Lawson Way, Young, (02) 6382 2200, Enjoy country-style cuisine at the on-site restaurant and check out the art gallery.

GOULBURN It was Australia’s first inland city and there’s lots to discover here. Explore local art galleries such as Gallery on Track, which showcases local artisans’ works, indulge in a spot of fossicking in the many antique shops and stop by Argyle Book Emporium. For an adrenaline rush, go skydiving with Adrenalin Skydive, and then hit the town for an evening meal at one of the many Chinese restaurants or dine at the well-regarded 98 Chairs. Cherries in Young

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YASS AND ALL THAT JAZZ Penny Carlisle and Harvey Walsh own Yazzbar, in Yass, where people congregate for local wines, tapas-style snacks and live jazz. Here’s Penny’s rundown of the town’s highlights. * Thyme to Taste (60 Comur St, Yass, 0403 999 899, is the place to grab a hamper for a picnic by the Yass River. * Shopping in Yass is fabulous. Peonies & Pineapples (93 Comur St, Yass, 0407 202 348, au) and Comur House (116 Comur St, Yass, (02) 6226 1411) are great for gifts, homewares and clothing. Also check out the antique and vintage stores Meri Collectables (128a Comur St, Yass, 0414 946 083) and Ross’s Relics (55 Comur St, Yass, (02) 6226 4900). * Clementine Restaurant (104 Meehan St, Yass, (02) 6226 3456, is relatively new on the scene. It joins Ewe’n Me (Thunderbird Motel, 264 Comur St, Yass, (02) 6226 1158, * Yass Farmers Markets (St Augustine’s Hall and Grounds, Meehan St, Yass, is held on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Look out for The Pastor’s Pleasures pastries and preserves and Idyllic Hills and Dog Trap Vineyard wines. * Yazzfest is an event held by Yazzbar (81 Comur St, Yass, (02) 6226 3138, twice a year, usually in March and November, to showcase local musos. Plus, there’s always plenty of food and wine. 53

BUNGENDORE Proclaimed a town in 1837, Bungendore soon became an important crossroads for those travelling between the coast, Goulburn, Queanbeyan and the Snowy Mountains. Today this historical town in a green valley has a relaxed atmosphere. Book a table at Le Très Bon (40 Malbon St, Bungendore, (02) 6238 0662,, where chef Christophe Gregoire creates traditional


French cuisine from locally sourced produce. Expect dishes such as duck confit, beef bourguignon and cassoulet. There are also regular cooking classes for acquiring extra kitchen skills. Art-lovers will find plenty here, including: Bungendore Art Connection (, which features glasswork and local arts and crafts; Bungendore Fine Art (, where more than 150 paintings are on display; Odana/Bloomfield (odana., which specialises in original works by artists including Norman Lindsay; landscape photography at Paul Kowalski Photography Gallery (; and 54 Follow us

the renowned Bungendore Wood Works Gallery ( Traverse the countryside, over bridges and through tunnels, on a restored vintage train ((02) 6232 6405, that travels between Canberra and Bungendore.

BRAIDWOOD Welcome to the first town to be added to the NSW State Heritage Register in its entirety. Its beautiful setting attracted many artists to Braidwood in the 1970s. Their influence, combined with the farming activities in the area, gives the village its unique atmosphere. Take a leisurely walk around the town and admire the historical buildings lining the streets, including the Braidwood Museum (186 Wallace St, Braidwood, (02) 4842 2310, braidwoodmuseum., which was built from local granite in 1845, St Andrew’s Anglican Church, the Literary Institute and the Old Power Station. Continue delving into the past at the local antique shops. Longbarn (50 Ryrie St, Braidwood, (02) 4842 2784, has a substantial range of architectural, industrial and garden antiques, many from France; the Original Lamp Shop (84a Duncan St, Braidwood, 0408 483 255, kerolamps. com) has plenty of vintage lighting; and there are other, smaller vendors throughout the town. If you’re a film buff, stop by the colonial-style Royal Mail Hotel (145 Wallace St, Braidwood, (02) 4842 2488,, where scenes from Ned Kelly, starring Mick Jagger, were filmed. There’s a beer garden, good old-fashioned pub grub at the Bushranger Brasserie, and regular bands, karaoke and pool nights. Braidwood

SNOWY MOUNTAINS It’s the place to be for winter sports, but when the snow thaws and the spring flowers bloom, it’s also great for hiking, mountain biking, horseriding and fishing.

SNOWFLAKES AND SKI POLES As the June long weekend approaches, snow bunnies around Australia wait with bated breath. It’s the beginning of the ski season and everyone on the mountain hopes for a good dump of the white stuff to kick things off in style. In Kosciuszko National Park, which is home to Australia’s highest peak, the ski resort towns are Perisher, Thredbo, Charlotte Pass and Selwyn Snowfields, where you can stay at on-snow locations. While most visitors in winter come for the skiing or snowboarding, there are plenty of other activities too. Cross-country skiing is always popular, but you can also go snowtubing, tobogganing or snowshoeing. For newcomers who want to hit the slopes, instructors conduct group and individual lessons at all the resorts, whether you have skis or a snowboard strapped to your feet. They’ll have you snowploughing and parallel turning in no time.


their mettle on the chairlift-accessed Cannonball Downhill at Thredbo ( The terrain lends itself to bushwalking and hiking and there are plenty of trails that can be completed in a few hours to a couple of days. The 9km Mount Kosciuszko Summit walk (nationalparks. from Charlotte Pass follows the old summit road, taking you over the Snowy River to Seaman’s Hut, Rawson Pass and the peak of the mountain.

(1 Kosciuszko Rd, Jindabyne, 1800 046 275,, where Chuck Hahn oversees the production of pale ale and limited-release brews. The pub’s Clancy’s Brasserie serves hearty pub grub for lunch and dinner. Schnapps is an après-ski favourite, and at Wildbrumby Schnapps (Cnr Wollondibby Rd and Alpine Way, Jindabyne, (02) 6457 1447, wildbrumby. com) Brad and Monika Spalding make a whole raft of flavours, from pink lady apple

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THE RESORT FOR YOU Thredbo: This is where to go if you have non-skiers in your group. There are long runs and excellent back-country adventures, but also plenty to do in the resort. It also has the best après-ski with more than 20 bars and restaurants. Perisher: The Southern Hemisphere’s biggest alpine resort has more than 3000 acres of skiable terrain and 47 lifts across its four resort areas. Terrain ranges from beginner to advanced and, for snowboarders, it’s home to Australia’s only Superpipe. Charlotte Pass: This is the only snowbound resort in the mountains, which makes it one of the least crowded. Get there on a 45-minute snowcat ride from Perisher and enjoy easy access to off-piste terrain. Selwyn Snowfields: Great for families and those new to the slopes, Selwyn Snowfields has a Snow Sports School, along with Snow World where the kids can have lessons or just hang out.

SUMMERTIME ADVENTURE Alpine lakes and craggy peaks – some of them still topped with a little snow – create a magnificent backdrop for warm-weather adventure. There are hundreds of kilometres of mapped trails for mountain biking, some of them technical and others suitable for beginners. Thrillseekers can test

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It takes six hours one way, so pack food, water, and extra clothing in case the weather changes. Other activities include trekking with Thredbo Valley Horse Riding (1056 Alpine Way, Crackenback, (02) 6456 2142, or fishing for trout in the mountain streams (visit or phone (02) 4424 7499 to obtain a recreational fishing licence). Don’t fancy dangling a line? Do a guided tour of Gaden Trout Hatchery (224 Gaden Rd, Jindabyne, (02) 6451 3400, au/fisheries/info/gaden), one of Australia’s main centres for breeding and rearing Atlantic salmon and three species of trout.

FOOD AND DRINK Mountain brewpub Banjo Paterson Inn is home to Kosciuszko Brewery

to peach nectar. There’s also an excellent café serving brekky and platters of local produce and German favourites for lunch. For waterfront dining, book a table at Cuisine Restaurant (1650 Alpine Way, Crackenback, (02) 6451 3249, at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa. Executive chef Greg Pieper focuses on modern Australian cuisine, offering both degustation and à la carte menus, complemented by Canberra District’s famous Clonakilla wine. Satisfy sweet cravings at Snowy Mountains Cookies bakehouse and factory outlet (7a Lee Ave, Leesville Estate, Jindabyne, (02) 6457 1333, Take a peek into the kitchen where 25,000 cookies are made each day and then buy some to take with you. 55



The NSW South Coast is just three hours’ drive from Canberra. Dotted with towns, this stretch of wild coastline harbours adventure and beauty in equal parts.



Bega: Surrounded by lush pastures grazed by dairy cows, the town of Bega is famous for its cheesemaking. Find the perfect spot by Kisses Lagoon and lay out your picnic for a lazy lunch. Bermagui: This fishing village on a peninsula has a main street that overlooks the harbour. The town’s cafés, shops and day spas will keep you busy. Cobargo: If you’re into local arts and crafts, add this town to your itinerary. In the heritage buildings many artisans produce and sell their pieces, including pottery, leatherwork and woodcraft. Eden: Whales were once hunted here, but today you can watch them swim past on the ‘Humpback Highway’ between September and November. Merimbula: If you’re yearning for long stretches of sand, Merimbula is the place to explore. There’s pumping surf at some beaches, while others are sheltered for gentle paddling or the chance to fish. Tathra: Surrounded by national parks, this is a town closely linked to wildlife. That includes the marine life seen by scuba divers and snorkellers entering the ocean from the wharf. Keep your eyes peeled for fur seals, penguins and dolphins. Jervis Bay: Rightly famous for its white sand and clear water, this gorgeous 102km bay is heaven to explore, from its local towns of Huskisson and St Georges Basin to its pristine, endless beaches. Berry: Tucked in the lush hinterland behind Seven Mile Beach, this charming village has great restaurants, shops and heritage buildings to discover. Stop for a bite at the famous Berry Sourdough Cafe and Bakery for excellent food and coffee. Batemans Bay: Beaches, bush and the famous Mogo Zoo (see the rare snow leopards) are just some of the attractions at this lovely bay at the mouth of the Clyde River. Check out the tiny coastal town of Broulee and popular spot Tuross Heads, sample the local oysters or cast a line.

Enjoy lush forests, red and orange craggy cliffs and turquoise water from another angle. Merimbula Air Services ((02) 6495 1074, offers scenic flights that take in the magical coastline and inland highlights of this pretty region.

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Coastlife Adventures (1300 762 993, runs kayaking tours and surfing and stand-up paddleboard lessons along the coast from Pambula to Tathra. On sea kayaking adventures you can even slip off your kayak and go snorkelling. From September to November, Cat Balou Cruises (Eden, 0427 962 027, catbalou. Bermagui takes wideeyed visitors to spot the humpback, southern right and minke whales (and sometimes blue whales and orcas) that frequent these waters. Outside of whale-watching season, the company’s Coastal Wilderness Cruise offers a chance to see dolphins, seals and various seabirds.

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FOOD AND DRINK The Sun Deck: Sit on the dock and enjoy seafood fresh from the local boats at this spacious, sunny café. It does breakfast, lunch, afternoon cocktails and snacks. The coffee’s good too. Bermagui Fishermen’s Wharf, Bermagui, (02) 6493 3668,

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The Quarterdeck: Inside a charming red boatshed on the water, this familyfriendly café serves great coffee and cakes and has live music in summer. 13 Riverside Dr, Narooma, (02) 4476 2723, narooma-quarterdeck-marina Sprout Eden: This café and produce store serves great coffee, homemade snacks and light lunches. Sit in the courtyard and tuck into the succulent Scotch fillet ciabatta sandwich with house-made wedges. 134 Imlay St, Eden, (02) 6496 1511, Zanzibar Café: Former Tetsuya’s chef Huw Jones’ relaxed fine-diner won two hats in the 2016 Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide. Choose the five-course tasting menu, which includes local calamari with tomato, zucchini and basil. Cnr Market and Main Sts, Merimbula, (02) 6495 3636, Bermagui Oyster Room: Enjoy local Wapengo Rocks oysters (which also grace selected restaurant menus in Sydney and Melbourne) and drinks while overlooking the water. 1/14 Lamont St, Bermagui, (02) 6493 3560,


Rick Stein at Bannisters: The famous chef’s love of seafood brought him to this breathtaking location. Expect superbly fresh dishes with Stein’s signature mix of influences from French and Italian to Turkish cuisine. 191 Mitchell Pde, Mollymook, (02) 4455 3044,

AROUND MILTON On the NSW South Coast the pretty village of Milton is where chef Alex Delly has his one-hat restaurant, St. Isidore. Here he reveals his top four must-dos in the area, which are also a great way for Sydneysiders to break up the trip home. * Woodburn Deli in Mollymook is where we grab some bits and pieces and head to Narrawallee Inlet at low tide. It’s a great place for the kids and you have the choice of picnicking by the inlet, where you can go kayaking and fishing, or by the ocean, where you can surf. Shop 3 Tallwood Ave, Mollymook, (02) 4454 2715, woodburndeli * Mount Bushwalker walking track is a relatively flat three-hour, 7km return hike to a ridge with views over the canyons of Morton National Park and Pigeon House Mountain. The sunsets in late summer are beyond spectacular. * Lucky’s Seafoods in Ulladulla – nothing beats buying a bucket of fresh prawns from here, either cooked or ready for the barbie. 39 Deering St, Ulladulla, (02) 4455 6300 * The Bogey Hole at Mollymook Beach is a very secluded and lovely safe spot where children can paddle in the water and fossick in the rock pool, which I loved to do when I was a kid. 57


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