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Contents 02 Introduction Visit Canberra, it’s

20 Local Secrets Experience our local secrets:

36 Region

05 Welcome Things have changed —

26 Nightlife Come party in Canberra

38 Wine Visit a vineyard

28 Festivals & Events Canberra festivals & events

40 Transport Getting to your capital

a truly gay friendly city

Canberra’s out and proud Tourism Minister Andrew Barr MLA welcomes you to our Nation’s Capital

art, theatre, food and wine

See yourself exploring the region

06 National Treasures Essence of Australia

13 100 Canberra Share your story

30 Event Calender An eventful capital

42 Map

14 Outdoors Enjoy the Canberra fresh air

34 Shopping Let’s go shopping

44 Contacts

Romance is in the air Lookouts Get Active

Canberra Pride SpringOut Fairday Bentfest Bushdance

41 Accommodation A friendly place to sleep

Central business district

Canberra flies many flags, one of them embraces the colours of gay pride.

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Forget jokes about roundabouts, fireworks, porn and politicians! Canberra is a fantastic place to visit, whether you’re flying solo, on a romantic weekend, or enjoying a group getaway. With so much to satisfy the most discerning gay and lesbian traveller, this thriving and friendly city has many exciting things to experience. Like most major world capitals, Canberra boasts not only the most frequented, but also the most fabulous art galleries and museums in the country. The National Gallery of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery are both world-class spaces that house amazing and renowned permanent collections, while Questacon — The National Science & Technology Centre, will amaze you with interactive exhibits and a strict hands on policy. The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House looks at our political history, both the serious and the scandalous, and the National Museum of Australia with its Indigenous focus is a fascinating, spiritual place, as is the Australian War Memorial, which explores our long and arduous history with war the world over. But it’s not all about reliving your high school excursions! There’s a bustling cafe culture in Civic (which is what Canberrans call their CBD) that caters for everything from a latte to a la carte. Shopping precincts like Manuka offer a variety of boutique stores, as well as nearby Kingston, well known for its popular Old Bus Depot Markets on Sunday. Canberra, of course, boasts some of the most exciting and exquisite dining experiences Australia has to offer — remember, we feed the politicians! Whatever cuisine you’re craving, whether it be cheap and cheerful, or first-rate fine dining, this city’s restaurants will leave you well and truly satisfied — and we all like that. It has been said that winemaking is the most sensual way to understand a piece of land. Canberra District wines deliver unique qualities derived from an environment like no other in Australia. The tranquil rural countryside around the ACT is home to more than just sheep. Venture beyond the city limits to find 140 vineyards with more than 33 wineries within half an hour’s drive of the CBD. The wineries are boutique and intimate — proving that size doesn’t always matter. 2

What you will find is quality wine in variety and style found nowhere else. Wine that is Liquid Geography. There are several local gay hangouts: Cube, Canberra’s gay nightclub in Civic, with its pumped and pretty weekend crowd; The Phoenix, a chilled out friendly pub where everyone is welcome to drop by for a beer or some drag bingo; Bar32, which attracts the alternative uni crowd; and of course Tilley’s Devine Cafe in Lyneham, a more chilled out affair which has been a long standing haunt for the queer community — it’s a must if you’re visiting Canberra. You’ll quickly see that Canberra is packed full of amazing things to do while on your visit. Float above the cityscape with a hot air balloon ride. You can watch the capital wake up with a dawn departure, and then finish off the morning with an all-inclusive champagne brekkie. Who ever thought getting high in Canberra could be such a thrill? The National Zoo & Aquarium at Scrivener Dam is a wonderful sanctuary to meet-a-cheetah. Splash your way out to the Captain Cook Memorial Jet fountain in a paddleboat or kayak, available for daily hire from the West Basin of Lake Burley Griffin. Check out the talent at the Australian Institute of Sport, where tours are lead daily by our very own AIS athletes. Just a few examples of some of the fantastic experiences Canberra has to offer. Canberra holds a diverse calendar of festivals and events. The autumn ‘ENLIGHTEN: See Canberra in a whole new light’ festival links iconic attractions through late night openings with surprising experiences plus spectacular architectural projections and a buzzing Entertainment Precinct. The capital’s annual celebration of winter, the Fireside Festival, runs during the month of August. Sip on exquisite cool climate wines, taste the delicacies from the region, enjoy a relaxing hot rock treatment or just warm yourself in front of an open fire in the company of someone special.

The burst of spring each year brings with it Floriade, Australia’s premier spring festival. Stimulate your senses and be tempted by the tastes, sights, aromas and sounds of Floriade featuring live entertainment, showcase gardens, horticultural displays and demonstrations, food and shopping. After dark, Floriade NightFest kicks off with cocktails, shopping, comedy, acrobatics and music under the stars. November is Canberra SpringOUT — a fabulous month-long festival celebrating the diversity of Canberra’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities. The festival includes the famous Canberra Bushdance — Canberra’s largest queer event which attracts more than 700 people from all over the ACT, as well as Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. So whether you’re looking for a glamorous indulgent escape, a quiet cultured retreat, or a playful fun getaway, the nation’s capital has exactly what you need. Nowhere else in Australia is there a city that possesses the peaceful charm of a relaxing respite and yet still has all the benefits of an ever-growing metropolis. Canberra’s got it all, come on, see for yourself! The Deck at Regatta Point

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Canberra’s premier gay venue, with ARIA accredited resident DJs, provides a mix of music beyond the charts. Dancing poles on the centre stage, mirror balls, mirror posts and mirror men. Your cocktails shaken not stirred. Above all Cube boasts a zero violence policy within the club ensuring the safest clubbing experience possible. Learn to party the gay way, Cube style for a night. Paint the town rainbow from Thursday to Sunday. 33 Petrie Plaza Canberra Civic See our website for Cube’s amazing theme parties.

Things have changed Forget everything you thought you knew about Canberra... Things have changed. Over the past decade Canberra has grown into a vibrant, cosmopolitan metropolis with many new pubs, stylish cocktail lounges, pumping clubs and bars offering live music, beer gardens and live sport appearing in the city and surrounding inner suburbs. The city enjoys four distinct seasons. Warm summers, crisp winters and spectacular autumn and spring seasons nurture excellent food and wine that you can enjoy year round in our abundant and stylish restaurants, cafes, bars and shops. Canberra has more restaurants per capita than any other Australian city and the district wine region is home to 140 vineyards. Winemaking started 160 years ago in the region. Today these wineries boast many awards and accolades for wine quality and winemaker’s talents. Learn about wine from those who make it with passion and creativity. Visit cellar doors that provide a quality interpretation with individual character. Wine with diversity in variety and style found nowhere else. Wine that is Liquid Geography.

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For lovers of the great outdoors, an extensive network of parks and reserves with walking trails and cycle ways offer wonderful recreation, exploration and rejuvenation opportunities. The city has plenty going on for the gay traveler who knows where to look. With a bustling calendar of events, festivals, exhibitions and tours, Canberra is full of unexpected delights awaiting you. Our scene is friendly and relaxed, ramping up annually in November for the SpringOUT pride festival. Canberra’s gay and lesbian venues host regular drag shows, guest DJs and event nights. Check out this guide and FUSE Magazine,, our local GLBTI publication for more information, events, venues and news. Before you visit, explore Canberra and the region on and book accommodation and tours securely online. Join us on Facebook and Twitter for updates. Once you arrive, make your first stop the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre where the staff will point you in the right direction with maps and information as well as make bookings. See yourself in Canberra...there’s never been a better time to visit! Andrew Barr MLA ACT Deputy Chief Minister

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National Treasures

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Australia Come take a sneak peak at some of Australia’s most coveted national treasures: artworks, antiquities, buildings and events that you won’t find anywhere else but in the nation’s capital. Sometimes, the finest jewels are found in the most unexpected places.

National Gallery of Australia

National Gallery of Australia

Parkes Place, Parkes

Visit the home of Australia’s national collection of art. Having recently undergone the biggest transformation since opening in 1982, you can now walk through the striking entrance and be greeted by 11 specially designed Indigenous art galleries that showcase the world’s largest collection of Australian Indigenous art. Explore the diversity, richness and complexity of art through rare 19th century objects and early bark paintings. See Albert Namatjira’s delicate watercolours, early Papunya dot paintings from the 1970s, bold ochred paintings from the Kimberley and contemporary politically charged works by urban artists in the twenty-first century. Step outside to see the Australian Garden with American artist James Turrell’s monumental Skyspace sculpture as its centrepiece, and browse the new shop for your own piece of exquisite art. The gallery hosts permanent and international exhibitions, as well as various public programs and events. Free general admission Open: 10.00am — 5.00pm daily For more information go to

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Geo face distributor, 2009. James Angus, National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery King Edward Terrace, Parkes

With a collection of more than 400 works, in a vast variety of artistic forms and styles, the NPG is all about telling stories through the images of people who helped shape Australia’s historical and cultural heritage. Whether it’s portraits of the famous, the infamous, or the unknown, there is something to connect with for everyone, from the most discerning art critic to the casual observer. There are free introductory tours of some of the Gallery’s permanent pieces available daily from 11.30am until 2.30pm. If you time it right you might see one of the fantastic touring exhibitions that feature throughout the year or perhaps a guest lecture by one of the various artists or curators whose work is currently showing. The NPG moved into its current home in 2008, a brand new purpose-built building by Lake Burley Griffin’s foreshores, sandwiched neatly between the National Gallery of Australia and the High Court of Australia. Free general admission and parking Open: 10.00am — 5.00pm daily For more information go to

High Court of Australia Parkes Place, Parkes

Located only a stone’s throw from both the National Gallery of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery, the High Court of Australia boasts the most incredible and unique structural design. As you enter the Great Hall you will be amazed by the 24-metre high ceiling, flanked from top to bottom by an astonishing wall of glass that offers on one side a vista of the Parliamentary Triangle, including both Old and New Parliament Houses and on the other a panoramic view of Lake Burley Griffin and the famous Captain Cook Memorial Jet. Enjoy a fine wine at the fully licensed cafe, or observe the court in session from the Public Gallery. Whether it’s architecture that impresses you, or powerful men in robes and wigs, the High Court is well worth a look in. Free general admission Open: 9.45am — 4.30pm weekdays 12.00 — 4.00pm Sunday For more information go to


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Discover Anzac Parade on foot — with its red gravel symbolising the bloodied sands of Gallipoli, and planting extending up to the Australian War Memorial, the walk takes in 11 memorials dedicated to battles in which Australians fought. View your family’s immigration records at the National Archives of Australia. Trace the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, their spirituality, diversity, identity and survival at the Gallery of First Australians at the National Museum of Australia.

National Treasures

Archive National Film and Sound

National Film and Sound Archive McCoy Circuit, Acton

Home to Australia’s audiovisual artefacts, the National Film and Sound Archive is both fascinating and fabulous. This outstanding 1930s art deco structure houses over a century of our radio, film and television history, and with so much to see, hear and experience, any pop culture fanatic would be mad to miss it. The items there will make your head spin! Educational films from the 1960s, radio broadcasts from the 1930s, TV soaps from the 1980s, the NFSA has it all, and more. Over summer the NFSA features outdoor cinema in their stunning art deco courtyard, and also onsite is the 250-seat Arc Cinema, regularly screening an impressive program of art films. If you are in Canberra on a weekend and looking for a fun pre or post dinner activity, look no further than some of the golden oldies and camp classics on offer here every weekend. Their eclectic selection will surprise you. Free general admission Open: 9.00am-5.00pm weekdays 10.00am-5.00pm weekends and public holidays For more information got to

Questacon — The National Science and Technology Centre

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King Edward Terrace, Parkes

No matter what age you are, or what you are into, there is really only one thing you need to know about the National Science and Technology Centre: it is awesome! There is so much on offer to educate and entertain, with truly remarkable and ever-changing exhibitions. You have to go see for yourself! Freefall six metres down a vertical slide or be shaken by an earthquake. Uncover the mysteries of science in eight themed galleries including Q Lab. H2O — Soak up the Science will let you make water twist like a snake, spin it so it travels backwards or try to pump it to the Questacon roof. Adults, kids, teens and tweens will be astounded at how learning can be such hands on fun. Even the harshest cynics can’t help having a ball. Admission charge Open: 9.00am — 5.00pm daily For more information go to Ph » 1300 554 114


Hot air ballooning over the National Museum of Australia

National Museum of Australia

Parliament House

Visiting the National Museum of Australia is one of the most unforgettable experiences that Canberra has to offer. Located on the Acton Peninsula in the middle of Lake Burley Griffin’s West Basin, this inimitable complex is just as captivating on the inside as it is on the outside. Weaving together modern Australia with its colonial roots and an incomparable array of Indigenous culture, the Museum boasts the beautiful, the historical, the camp and the bizarre. Everything from the Wiggles’ coloured skivvies to Phar Lap’s heart, from Captain Cook’s navigational equipment to a painted emu egg depicting Burke and Wills’ fatal journey. You will be intrigued by memorable stories of the ordinary and the extraordinary. Throughout the year the Museum hosts a number of engaging exhibitions. With such a comprehensive collection of artefacts and information you could easily spend an entire day whiling away the hours at the National Museum of Australia.

Ever wondered just what our politicians do exactly? Well wonder no more. Parliament House, Australia’s home of government has the answer to this and any other questions you might have regarding the working day of our nation’s leaders. Taking up all of Capital Hill, this architectural icon actually lies two thirds underground, where all the legislative action takes place away from the prying public. But don’t worry—they’ve saved the best third for the people, with a gathering of incredible artwork and design in among the imposing slabs of marble pillars and flooring. The rooftop lawns make for a perfect vantage point from which to get your happy snaps and panoramic views of our capital city. The rose gardens are a wonderful place to just wander and enjoy. If it’s size you’re looking for, the country’s biggest flag sits smack bang in the middle, flying proud at just over 80 metres high. And if you’re lucky enough (and clever enough to make a booking) you just might get to see our politicians try to allay and avoid all the pertinent issues during Question Time from 2.00pm on sitting days (Booking required).

Acton Peninsula, Acton

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Royal Australian Mint Denison Street, Deakin

Money makes the world go round and right here is where you get a glimpse of how our money is actually made, at the Royal Australian Mint. Cash connoisseurs can’t miss this opportunity to see the creation of our currency first hand, as well as the historic National Coin Collection, part of the Mint’s permanent display. You can catch the featurette which chronicles the manufacturing history of Australian coins, or look on from the first-floor balcony as the toughest, technologically-advanced robots move our money from the production line to our purses. Free general admission and parking Open: 9.00am-4.00pm weekdays 10am-4.00pm weekends and public holidays For more information go to


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National Library of Australia Parkes Place, Acton

Sitting on the edge of the Parliamentary Triangle is the National Library of Australia, a prominent, tree-lined, marble building that holds more than just dusty old books and the Dewey Decimal system. Numerous exhibits are showcased throughout the year, as well as the limitless anthology of literature, images and cartography that’s shaped our society and recorded our history. View beautiful, rare and unexpected gems from the Library’s collection of ten million items at the regularly changing Treasures Gallery. See James Cook’s Endeavour journal, the papers of Edward Koiki Mabo and Tim Winton’s handwritten Cloudstreet manuscript. Look up the headline on the day you were born with the extensive Newspaper Database, or simply just enjoy a sunny stroll through the Library’s beautifully maintained gardens. Every book ever published in Australia can be found under the one roof, so don’t forget your reading glasses. There’s even historic documents from former Prime Ministers. The National Library is a veritable well of discoveries. And in among all this you will also find one of Canberra’s best kept secrets; the Bookplate Cafe and Ex Libris are fantastic eateries with the most glorious views. Free general admission 9.00am — 5.00pm daily (Reading rooms extended hours vary) For more information go to

National Zoo & Aquarium Acton Peninsula, Acton

In the heart of Canberra’s parkland, not too far from the town centre, lies one of Canberra’s greatest treasures, the National Zoo & Aquarium. Here you can hand feed the lions or meet-a-cheetah, plus find some of the most amazing native and exotic animals. It also houses Australia’s biggest inland saltwater tank and an awesome array of watery wonders. You can take photos, or even feed some of the wildlife, with a variety of tours and activities designed to get you up close and personal with the animal of your choice. Check out the website as bookings are essential for interactive tours. Lions and tigers and bears… Oh my! You’ll find them all and more! Admission charge Open: 10.00am — 5.00pm daily For more information

Australian National Botanic Gardens Clunies Ross Street, Acton

Whether it’s a walk through the mystical rainforests, or a picnic on the immaculately kept grounds, the Australian National Botanic Gardens is an oasis of flora and fauna only minutes away from the city centre. Nestled at the foot of Canberra’s famous Black Mountain, its 40 hectares boasts what is easily one of the largest living collections of plant life in Australia. The Botanic Gardens also plays host to a number of regular outdoor events, including live concerts and film screenings. Where better to enjoy them than in the surroundings of this idyllic native flower cornucopia? Free general admission Open: 8.30am — 5.00pm daily, closed Christmas Day For more information go to

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Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House King George Terrace, Parkes

Be inspired by the amazing real life stories of ordinary people who have actively fought to shape the society we live in today. Discover where Australia has come from and get involved in where the country is heading. Hear intriguing stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things — like Catherine Helen Spence, who fought for women’s suffrage, and Eddie Mabo, who won legal recognition of his people’s land rights against enormous odds. This is the first and only museum dedicated to telling the story of Australian democracy, and everything you have come to love about Old Parliament House’s history and heritage remains. Admission charge Open: 9.00am — 5.00pm daily For more information go to

National Archives of Australia Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes

Whose history is more intriguing than your own? Access documents relating to your family history, or perhaps research some of the infomation required to create your own family tree. You might discover a criminal in your midst, or make the surprising realisation that your grandma was born out of wedlock. You just never know what you’ll find at the Archive, which is housed within the gorgeous, heritage-listed East Block building, built in 1927 and originally Canberra’s General Post Office. The Archives also feature both regular items and visiting exhibitions that document our country’s political and social history. You can even see an original draft of our Constitution that includes Edmund Barton’s rewrites and red pen corrections. Free general admission Open: 9.00am — 5.00pm daily For more information go to


Australian Institute of Sport

Australian Institute of Sport Leverrier Crescent, Bruce

It takes a special something to produce a world-class athlete, something the Australian Institute of Sport knows all too well. If Australia is a nation of sporting gods, right here is where we all come to worship. But don’t be concerned if you’re not into football, or if you were always picked last in team sports, the AIS is still a great place to visit. Test your own skills in AFL, cricket, rowing, skiing and more in the fun interactive Sportex exhibition. Ninety minute guided tours are run by attending athletes, offering a special insight into Australia’s most revered sports people and the facilities that helped make them great. Come and see firsthand where the likes of Matthew Mitcham and Lauren Jackson lived and trained on their way to becoming world champions. Use the Olympic level aquatic centre and state of art gym facilities — you might even spot the next big thing in Australian sport on the treadmill next to you. Whether you just want a closer look, or get a real feel for the place itself, the AIS is something you won’t forget. Admission charge Open: Athlete-guided tours depart daily at: 10.00am, 11.30am, 1.00pm and 2.30pm For more information go to

Australian War Memorial Treloar Crescent, Campbell

Great detail and meticulous care is what makes the Australian War Memorial so special, and one of Canberra’s most popular attractions. Here you will find an extensive museum and archive, as well as a spectacular shrine paying homage to the lives lost throughout the many conflicts that Australia has participated in. Our country has been a part of every major war in modern day history, so many Australians have ancestral links to these battles. The Roll Of Honour allows you to look up your own descendants who fought the world over, dying for Queen (and King) and country. While you will delve into some of our history’s sadder stories, don’t assume the Memorial is all doom and gloom. Some really unique and engaging art exhibitions come through, reflecting a variety of perspectives on the people and events of the time. The collections of memorabilia reveal an assortment of war relics, some disturbing and some delightful and a must for any history buff. Free general admission Open: 9.00am — 5.00pm daily For more information go to

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re tor y Shau yo r s You’re invited to share your story of Canberra and play a part in the 2013 Centenary of Canberra — a year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of the naming of Australia’s capital. The Canberra Diaspora is a collection of video clips of people who have passed through, worked in or studied in Canberra. Perhaps you have a great story about parents or grandparents who made a significant contribution to the making and growing of the nation’s capital. To get involved, record your story on camera and upload it to Here you can view other stories of Canberra and contribute to a new composite picture of the city the nation built. Keep up-to-date on the 2013 Centenary of Canberra activities and start planning your return visit at You’ll never look at your capital in the same way again.

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a r r e b n a C fresh air Floriade, Commonwealth Park

Outdoors Head out into the fresh air and explore the great outdoors. Canberra is often referred to as a city in a park — a landscaped capital, designed to transform with the four distinct seasons. Canberra is a vibrant, gay friendly city spread among gardens and wide, clean stretches of green open space that are perfect for relaxing and getting back to nature.

Commonwealth Park Parkes Way, City

Take a walk or have a picnic on the lawns in this beautifully landscaped park in the city centre where you’ll find interesting sculptures, hidden walks and tranquil ponds. In spring, Commonwealth Park comes alive with Floriade, Australia’s largest spring festival. The park also hosts many colourful outdoor concerts and events throughout the year. Visit the National Capital Exhibition at Regatta Point to learn the history of the nation’s capital and grab a bite to eat at the Deck Cafe overlooking the lake.


Lake Burley Griffin The central basin of picturesque Lake Burley Griffin is a hub of activity, especially in the warmer months. Get active with rowing, sailing, kayaking, cycling, segwaying, canoeing and paddleboating. You can hire sailing boats from the Canberra Yacht Club or paddleboats, kayaks, surf skis and canoes from Lake Burley Griffin Boat Hire or Real Fun. Explore Canberra’s major landmarks from on the water and cool off with the spray from the Captain Cook Memorial Jet which shoots water up to 140 metres in the air. The MV Southern Cross tour boat cruises past most major sites, beautiful parks and foreshore areas, and offers a one hour sightseeing cruise departing daily at 3.00pm from the Canberra Southern Cross Yacht Club in Yarralumla. There’s also a special Government House Gardens Tour, departing 10.00am Thursdays (not available in January or May–August). For something more intimate, book a cruise with Lake Burley Griffin Cruises — learn about the lake and the history of the area as you relax on the EL Cygnet.


National Gallery of Australia Sculpture Garden

Parkes Place, Parkes

The Sculpture Garden lies between the Gallery and the lake shore and displays 26 remarkable modern sculptures by international and Australian artists set among native landscaping representing the seasons. Watch the Fog Sculpture drift across the pond while you enjoy the elegant sounds of the National Carillon bell tower, located on Aspen Island, across the lake. Call 1300 554 114 for Carillon recital times.

Commonwealth Place Giant waves of grass between the High Court of Australia and National Library of Australia shelter the modern Waters Edge Restaurant as well as a contemporary exhibition space, the Gallery of Australian Design (open Wednesday to Saturday). Enjoy a coffee or ice cream at the casual lakeside Biscotti Cafe. Nearby, Reconciliation Place has several sculptures including Judy Watson’s Fire and water. It’s a great spot for walking, rollerblading, or cycling.

RG Menzies Walk Regatta Point

Take in some of Canberra’s most scenic attractions on the popular RG Menzies Walk. Named after Australia’s longestserving prime minister, the pedestrian walkway runs along the tranquil shores of Lake Burley Griffin, which Menzies instigated in the 1960s. Take a break and learn about the history of Australian citizenship at Citizenship Place, a tribute to the 60th anniversary located at the lake’s northern foreshore.

Lennox Gardens

Flynn Drive, Yarralumla On the shores of Lake Burley Griffin behind the Hyatt Hotel Canberra, Lennox Gardens is a beautiful place to ride a bike, cook up a barbecue, wander through the peaceful Japanese garden, watch the boats or admire the view of the National Museum of Australia across the water.

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Paddys River Road, Tidbinbilla Forty-five minutes drive from the city, Tidbinbilla offers outstanding wildlife and natural experiences set within a beautiful valley framed by rocky-topped mountains. The 14 diverse habitats are protected and include wetlands, grasslands, wet and dry forests and woodlands. The Sanctuary at Tidbinbilla offers fabulous naturebased experiences such as searching for platypus, observing bird life and getting up close to reptiles. Along the Birrigai Time Trail at Tidbinbilla, traces of the previous inhabitants can be seen in boulder shelters, camps and tool making sites. Admission Charge.

Namadgi National Park Naas Road, Tharwa

The Yankee Hat Walking Track in Namadgi National Park takes you to an Aboriginal rock art site, while at Mount Namadgi there are arrangements of stones believed to be part of the ceremonial life of the local Aboriginal people. Free general admission.

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Hot air ballooning Seeing the nation’s capital by hot air balloon is an experience you’ll never forget — it’s pure magic. Rise early, rug up and take off in a hot air balloon. Drift peacefully over Canberra’s picturesque centrepiece, Lake Burley Griffin and get a unique view of Canberra’s major attractions. You’ll appreciate all of Canberra’s natural charms as the early morning sun fills the valleys and lakes with soft morning light. Canberra is also one of the only places in the world where you can get the chance to fly directly over a Parliament House. Catch the Canberra Balloon Spectacular in March, when giant novelty shaped balloons take off from the lawns in front of Old Parliament House.



Black Mountain Tower Black Mountain Drive, Acton

See spectacular 360 degree views of Canberra and the region at the 195 metre Black Mountain Tower. Browse the souvenir shop, cafe and experience fine dining at the revolving restaurant, Alto. Follow one of the walking tracks on Black Mountain for picture perfect views over Canberra, and see habitats for many native plants and animals including the ringtail possum. Admission charge to tower, free parking.

Red Hill

Red Hill Drive, Red Hill Look out over many of our national icons at Red Hill, south of the city centre. In autumn, the brilliant reds and oranges of the deciduous trees in the suburbs below are stunning. Relax in the kiosk or enjoy scrumptious food at Onred, the fine dining restaurant perched 175 metres above the city. You might also like to do some bird watching — the eucalypt hollows are the favourite nesting places of white-throated treecreepers and southern boobooks.

Tidbinbilla Gibraltar Peak,

Canberra’s fabulous views We all love a good view and Canberra certainly has no shortage when it comes to scenery fabulousness — it will take your breath away. From these dizzy heights you’ll never know what you might spot.

Mount Ainslie

Mount Ainslie Drive, Ainslie Drive, cycle, walk or even run up Mount Ainslie to get a magnificent perspective of how architect Walter Burley Griffin’s plan for Canberra has come to life through the buildings and monuments. Small native flowers such as bluebells and everlasting daisies add beautiful colour to the bushland in spring and early summer. Many small mammals such as sugar gliders and ring-tail possums find shelter in the hollows of the old scribbly gums on Mount Ainslie, and reptiles are abundant with shingleback lizards and dragons often making an appearance.

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Mount Pleasant

Morshead Drive, Duntroon Visit the grave of General Bridges, Australia’s highest ranking soldier in World War I, who is the only Australian soldier killed at Gallipoli to be buried in Australia. Not far from Mount Ainslie, Mount Pleasant offers beautiful views over Lake Burley Griffin, the Duntroon Royal Military College and Jerrabomberra Wetlands. Ph » 1300 554 114


Gaecttive Capital Bicycle Hire, Stromlo

Like to ride? Renowned for its network of awesome cycle paths and mountain bike tracks, Canberra is fast becoming known as the cycling capital of Australia — popular with recreational and professional cyclists alike.

Forest Park

Cruising Canberra Canberra is a great place to cruise around on wheels. Bring your own bike or hire one — cycling is a fantastic way to see the nation’s attractions. Hire a tandem bike and ride around beautiful Lake Burley Griffin, or mountain bike through the forests and nature reserves. If you’re not sure where to go there are companies like Capital Bicycle Hire who will take you on a guided mountain bike ride and supply all equipment. Row ‘n’ Ride Bike Hire can deliver a range of bikes to your hotel (including the new Trikke scooters) or you can hire standard, tandem and family bikes from Mr Spokes Bike Hire at Acton along the lake foreshore.

Ride Canberra! Australia’s mountain bike capital Stromlo Forest Park Uriarra Rd, Stromlo

You can ride the tracks that defined the 2009 World Mountain Bike Championships or take a leisurely ride around the criterium circuit at Stromlo Forest Park.

Check out It’s a one-stop-shop for mountain bikers visiting Canberra. The website includes information on ride-friendly accommodation and booking facilities, trail information, directions, trail reviews and maps, restaurants and bars, bike gear and tours.

This world-class multi-use sporting facility is available to both recreational and professional users and boasts a purposebuilt pavilion, criterium cycling circuit, grass cross country running track and mountain bike tracks. Stromlo Forest Park is also the home of the Australian 24 Hour Mountain Bike Championships.


Urban Polaris

Queer tennis


The Canberra Gay and Lesbian Tennis Club meet on Monday evenings from 6.00pm at Turner Tennis Courts, at the corner of McCaughey and Condamine Streets, Turner. Everyone’s welcome, so if you’re visiting Canberra drop by for a game and meet the locals. The focus of these evenings are social and players of all standards are welcome. Most weeks players go for a social dinner afterwards.

GLBTI running & walking club Canberra Front Runners is part of the Australian National Front Runners club. If you would like to join in on the fun, they meet 9.00am every Saturday at different locations around Canberra for running, cycling and walking followed by breakfast. Everyone is welcome. See ‘what’s on’ at for details.

Gay squash Canberra has a popular Gay Squash group that meet every Wednesday evening at the National Sports Club, Mouat St, Lyneham from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. After the games the group usually go out for a meal and a few drinks in nearby Dickson.

Golf Canberra offers first-class golf courses, driving ranges and pitch and putt, with beautiful views of the surrounding bushland, challenging play and competitive rates. Whether you’re a single figure handicapper or a social player, there are many fantastic golf courses where you can enjoy a game.

Adventure sports Canberra offers plenty of adventure sport to get your adrenaline pumping. Ask the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre staff for information on paragliding, sky diving, abseiling, caving, canyoning, mountain biking and go-karting.

Horse riding Canberra offers 22 kilometres of equestrian trails winding through the surrounding bushland. Riding instruction and trail rides are available just ten minutes drive from the city centre. Take a trail ride that ambles through bushland and across a breathtaking grazing property and experience the thrill of a sheep muster with Burnelee Excursions on Horseback, part of the Poacher’s Way.

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Float your boat! Hire a paddleboat or family bike to really enjoy Lake Burley Griffin. Hydro bikes, tandems, canoes, kayaks and surf skis are also available for hire. You’ll find them at Acton Ferry Terminal, Barrine Drive.

Swimming Cool off in one of the many natural swimming holes such as Pine Island, Point Hut Crossing and Kambah Pool. Kambah Pool is a popular naturalists and gay swimming spot. The lower part of Kambah Pool is a legal clothes optional beach and is situated south west of Canberra on the beautiful Murrumbidgee River. Walk downstream for about 200 metres from the main swimming hole to the clothes optional area. Barbecues and toilets facilities are provided. If you prefer a pool, take a dip at the Civic Pool in the city, the Canberra International Sports and Aquatic Centre or Big Splash Waterpark, both in Belconnen, or at the Dickson Aquatic Centre. Step back in time at the 1920s Manuka Swimming Pool, or do laps where Australia’s swim champions train at the Australian Institute of Sport in Bruce. Ph » 1300 554 114


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secrets It’s the hidden nooks and crannies that make any city special, and these distinctive places and events will help make your Canberra experience unforgettable. Delve into some of the hidden treasures that visitors might otherwise miss, but which are legendary to the locals.



Canberra Glassworks

11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston At the old Powerhouse building, in the fashionable lakeshore suburb of Kingston, is the Canberra Glassworks. A captivating place to visit, the Glassworks is committed to the creation of contemporary glass art. Here you can browse the galleries, or perhaps buy handmade pieces, ranging from jewellery, books, and all sorts of mementos. You can even create your own glasswork. All it takes is 20 minutes and you’ll have your own gorgeous objet d’art to take home with you. Bookings are essential. Open: 10.00am — 4.00pm Wednesday to Sunday For more information go to Canberra Glassworks

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Old Bus Depot Markets 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston

Right next door to the Canberra Glassworks is one of Canberra’s most celebrated weekend destinations: the Old Bus Depot Markets. If it’s arts and crafts you’re after, they have an incredible range of bits and pieces on offer, like toys, artwork, furniture, jewellery and clothing. New and used, you will be intrigued by what you come across at the Old Bus Depot Markets. An entire section is set up for foodies, and no matter what cuisine you’re after you’ll find something delicious. Open: 10.00am — 4.00pm Sunday For more information go to

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Must do... Shop for fresh produce, local cheeses, wines, herbs, condiments, smoked goods and freshly baked bread at the Kitchen Cabinet. It is located in the front of Old Parliament House and open daily. Follow the Poacher’s Way. Try homemade gourmet smokehouse goods matched with local wine at a tasting at Poachers Pantry near Hall, then splurge in the shop afterwards.

North Building, 180 London Circuit, Civic Square For the craft lovers out there, Craft ACT is a local organisation dedicated to nurturing craft design and production in Canberra. The gallery is located in the centre of the city, upstairs in the North Building of Civic Square, and showcases some incredible work in sculpture, ceramics, metal, and other specialities. Their retail shop is the ideal place to purchase unique one-off collectibles, either as a gift or just to spoil yourself.

Head out to the Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, part of the Poacher’s Way, for Australian wood art, sculpture, craft and furniture. ot Markets Fab food at The Old Bus Dep

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Bungendore Wood Works Gallery

Gallery of Australian Design 44 Parkes Place, Parkes

In its prime location only metres away from Lake Burley Griffin’s Central Basin, the Gallery of Australian Design plays host to local and international design exhibitions throughout the year. Demonstrating the vastness and diversity of the discipline, this stunning gallery gives a captivating peak at creativity. Open: 10.00am — 4.00pm Wednesday to Saturday and public holidays, For more information go to

Hall Markets

Hall Showground, off Victoria Street The Hall Markets has become one of the largest and well regarded of its kind. People travel from far and wide to soak up the atmosphere of more than 500 stalls, featuring homemade crafts and homegrown produce of the highest quality. A delightful outing, the Hall Markets are held out at Hall Showgrounds on the first Sunday of each month.

Cockington Green Gardens

Gold Creek Road, at Gold Creek Village Off the Barton Highway Nicholls North of the city and just 15 minutes out of town is one of Canberra’s most special surprises. Cockington Green Gardens is a long-standing favourite among locals and tourists, renowned for its miniature replicas of quaint village sites from the UK. There are miniature castles, miniature pubs, even miniature cricket matches with miniature players and miniature streakers. There are also amenities of the full-sized variety, with the exquisite Rose Gardens and the beloved Parson’s Nose Cafe for a quick bite to eat. Cockington Green Gardens — where size doesn’t matter. Admission charge Open: 9.30am — 4.15pm 7 daily Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day For more information go to

Bungendore Wood Works Gallery Kings Highway Bungendore Village

A quick drive east of Canberra you will find the Bungendore Wood Works Gallery. If you’re looking for wood, this charming building houses the most outstanding timber artworks and furnishings you are likely to find. A must see for any perspective furniture or homeware shoppers wanting that exquisite custom-made piece, come see what’s on offer at the Bungendore Wood Works Gallery. Open: 10.00am — 4.00pm 9am to 5pm daily except Christmas Day More information see lage Gold Creek Vil een Gardens at Cockington Gr


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Local Secrets

The Street Theatre

Cnr Childers St & University Ave, Canberra city

Located on the edge of the ANU campus, the Street Theatre is one of the city’s most successful smaller-sized arts complexes. With two theatres and a thriving local scene, this venue has become the place to go for unforgettable fringe theatre.

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Canberra Theatre Centre

Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra city The legendary Canberra Theatre Centre is the leading performing arts venue in the ACT. Its three theatres range in size and atmosphere, offering very different experiences in each space. Attracting big international names as well as local productions, this Canberra icon can be found right in the city centre in Civic Square. More information at:

The Street Theatre

Canberra School of Music William Herbert Place, Acton

If classical is more your thing, the Canberra School of Music’s Llewellyn Hall is easily the most eminent performance venue in the nation’s capital. Having played host to the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, among others, this newly renovated concert hall ranks among the best in the world. More information at:

Gorman House Arts Centre

Ainslie Arts Centre, Elouera Street, Braddon Canberra is generally a newer, modern city, but it’s not without its history. Gorman House Arts Centre is a beautiful heritage-listed 1920s Hostel that has been transformed into one of the city’s premiere theatre and arts spaces. It is the primary location for the Canberra Contemporary Art Space organisation that features a program of discussions, exhibitions, and performances on local and global art. Also, every Saturday morning it turns into one of Canberra’s favourite arts and crafts markets, only minutes from the city. More information at:

The Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre 253 Crawford Street Queanbeyan

Located just outside Canberra in the historic town of Queanbeyan, The Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre is a hub of entertainment and theatre. Attracting a wide variety of both national and local talent, it has something for everyone. Catch a show at The Q and have a night to remember!

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Tempt your taste buds One of Canberra’s best kept secrets is it’s thriving cafe and restaurant scene. Relax in a stylish cafe, dine with a view, or taste award-winning wines and fresh produce at a vineyard cafe or restaurant. With stacks of restaurants, cafes and pubs to choose from, the dining scene just gets better and better. Don’t forget to check out Milk & Honey in the city, Tilley’s in Lyneham and Joey’s Kitchen in Watson, all popular meeting places for gays and lesbians.

Joey’s Kitchen, Watson

City centre Canberra Centre’s North Quarter dishes up some hot city eats — try Milk & Honey, Cream, Kingsleys Steak, Crabhouse or Sammy’s Kitchen. On Bunda Street try Tongue & Groove, which has an emphasis on meals to share, or Dieci E Mezzo a celebrated Italian restaurant. Some of Canberra’s best restaurants line West Row in the Melbourne Building, where you can find Mezzalira, Thirst Wine Bar and Eatery and Sabayon. Many other great restaurants are located in Garema Place and along City Walk and Bunda Street. At the upper end of the market, try east meets west at the Chairman and Yip or watch the city go by while you dine on modern Indian cuisine at Blu Ginger. Head over to Courgette or the Benchmark Wine Bar for fine modern Australian cuisine with a French influence. Other great restarants to keep your eye out for are Italian and Sons for wood fired pizza in Braddon, Bicicletta nestled in the New Acton precinct or The Ginger Room at Old Parliament House.

The inner south Close to the city centre, the Kingston and Manuka shopping centres have many fantastic cafes and restaurants, gourmet food stores and bakeries. Find modern Australian, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Turkish, Spanish, Malaysian, French, Thai, Chinese and Italian cuisine. In Manuka, don’t miss a tasty meal at the Mecca Bah, the amazing Urban Pantry or The Public Bar and Dining Room. In Kingston, try the award-winning Art espresso, Kingston Grind, the Silo Bakery or pop over the road for Brodburger Flame Grilled Burgers at the Canberra Glassworks, you won’t be disapointed. For fine dining visit Aubergine and Rubicon, all at Griffith Shops. At nearby Narrabundah, enjoy traditional and modern Italian fare in a Roman bricked cellar style setting at La Cantina. Indulge in the freshest seafood at Cape Cod in Deakin.

The inner north Dickson offers a small flourishing Chinatown and much more. Try the banquet at Fekerte’s Ethiopian Cuisine and eat great value Asian food at the Dickson Asian Noodle House, the Scholar, Ruby Chinese and Jimmy’s Place. You’ll also find Korean, Malaysian, Turkish, Italian, Indian and Thai food all within a short walk. Also at Watson shops you’ll find Joey’s Kitchen which is popular with gays and lesbians and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 24

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Tilley’s Devine Cafe

Tilley’s Devine Cafe

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Nestled in tree lined Lyneham, Tilley’s has been a gathering place for the lesbian and gay community for over 26 years. Tilley’s is class. And it has become nothing less than an icon here in the national capital. This much-loved venue is located amidst the tree-lined trendiness of Lyneham, five minutes drive from the city. With its timber and brass décor and plush red velvet interior, Tilley’s has long been a favourite with the Canberra girls and boys, offering up tasty meals, an impeccable and extensive wine list, and the best coffee in town. It is also renowned as one of the premiere live venues in Australia and, with an up-close and intimate vibe, has played host to local and international artists of the highest calibre. Jazz, cabaret, or just acoustic, there’s a special quality to a night of entertainment at Tilley’s that makes it a one of a kind. Brunch, lunch, or dinner, the food there is delicious. And when the weather’s warm there is outdoor seating where you can enjoy the sunshine, a morning paper and Tilley’s famous breakfast, while you compare hangovers from the previous night’s adventures. Reservations are welcome, except on evenings when a live performance is happening, so be sure to check out their website to help plan your night. Tilley’s is located at: Corner of Wattle & Brigalow Streets, Lyneham Open: Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days 9am — 10pm Monday to Saturday 9am — 6pm Sundays

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Out & About

Cube Nightclub

Down an ale at a traditional Irish pub or sip a cosmo at a stylish cocktail bar. Cheer on your favourite team in a sports bar or dance ‘til your feet hurt at Cube, Canberra’s gay & lesbian night club. For a quieter night out catch a film or see live performing arts. City and Braddon Many of Canberra’s best cocktail bars, clubs and pubs can be found around Garema Place and nearby City Walk. Tongue & Groove on Bunda Street buzzes with laid back tunes seven days a week, plus wines, local and imported beers and edgy cocktails. Nearby, check out spectacular Academy with its glamorous cocktail lounge and big screen light shows, the ever cool Hippo Lounge Bar upstairs in Garema Place, Transit Bar underneath Canberra City YHA on Akuna Street and gay club Cube, off City Walk. If a pub is more your style head to The Phoenix, which a chilled out queer friendly pub or for more of a mainstream feel head to King O’Malley’s for live music, top food and local entertainment. Around the corner in Garema Place is Honkeytonks with its distinct Melbourne vibe. Not far away, try an award-winning brew from the Wig & Pen Tavern and Brewery or an ale at PJ O’Reillys. Make your way along Northbourne Avenue to Bar 32 and Kremlin Bar with its extensive vodka menu or head to Northbar and ICBM/Meche. Canberra’s biggest pub, the Uni Pub, is a short walk away and features DJs, live music and sporting coverage. 26

Kingston and Manuka These established inner south precincts are known for their diverse night scene, from upmarket and sophisticated to understated and relaxed. In Green Square in Kingston try the Durham for a friendly pub experience. Just across the street you’ll find fine beers at the Belgian Beer Cafe. On Kennedy Street, B Bar boasts great cocktails and DJs or check out the up tempo lounge bar at the Kennedy Room. In Franklin Street, Manuka, enjoy a cocktail at the stylish Vinyl Room or sip boutique beer at Public Bar & Dining. At Manuka Terrace on Flinders Way, Turkish and Moroccan-inspired cocktails await at the Bah.

Dickson, Lyneham and O’Connor In a large art deco inspired corner building, Sub-Urban fashionably dominates the inner north suburb of Dickson. It encompasses an Aussie Pub, classy wine bar and iconic Italian restaurant, offering great live music and a sunny beer garden. Nearby, Trinity has a seemingly endless cocktail menu, and O’Neil’s Irish pub makes an inviting drink stop. Just a suburb away in Lyneham is Tilley’s Devine Cafe and Gallery, while the Duxton is at O’Connor shops. For more details on hip and happening night spots go to or


Cube Nightclub

Cube Nightclub Cube is Canberra’s iconic gay nightclub. If you’re looking for a fabulous atmosphere and positive attitude (not to mention the finest beats and DJs in town) there’s no better place to head for than Cube nightclub in Canberra’s city centre.

Cube is Canberra’s premiere gay nightspot and somewhat of an institution on par with all of its interstate counterparts. With an events calendar that has something new most weekends, Cube plays host to amazing theme parties like Homo High and the White Party. And, maintaining a strict Zero Violence Policy inside the club, the staff know how to keep the punters happy. With crazy décor and a fantastic interior, this nightclub is unlike any other, with beds, cages, dancing poles and a sunken dance floor that makes checking out the crowd and meeting new people that much easier. With its ‘anything goes’ attitude and a certain open-mindedness that hits you as soon as you walk through the door, a night at Cube is sure to be a real eye-opener and one you won’t forget in a hurry. Like the famous Canberra carousel located out front — right in the heart of the city — come on in and enjoy the ride.

Whether you’re gay, lesbian, bi, trans* or queer, if you’re looking for a night out on the town while visitng Canberra, it’s this simple: you have to go to Cube. It’s where you’ll find all the friendly locals on the dance floor. Cube is located at: Bailey’s Corner Arcade 33 Petrie Plaza, Canberra City Open: Thursday 9pm — 5am Friday 9pm — 5.30am Saturday 10pm — 5.30am Sunday 10pm — late

Phoenix Pub At first glance The Phoenix looks pretty straight but underneath all that butchness there is a queer heart. It’s a chilled out place and very gay and lesbian friendly. The guys at the The Phoenix emphasise that everyone is welcome. So why not drop by for a beer, some Drag Bingo or trivia. Open: Noon-1am Monday to Wednesday Noon-3am Thursday to Saturday 1pm-11pm Sunday East Row, Canberra City

Bar 32 Bar 32 is gay friendly bar and nightclub with a mixed younger uni crowd. Bar 32 plays indie and alternative dance music and has regular live bands. Open: Thursday, Friday and Saturday 32 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra City Ph » 1300 554 114


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Glitzy entertainment at Canberra Bushdance

Canberra’s GLBTI community blooms When we think of gay pride festivals in Australia, we are instantly transported to the glitz and glamour of Mardi Gras in Sydney, Midsumma in Melbourne, Brisbane Pride, Feast Festival in Adelaide and even Perth’s Pride WA. But where’s Canberra in this list? Indeed, under the icy cold exterior of the Public Service beats a thriving, throbbing rainbow heart that demands to be let out at least once a year! SpringOUT is Canberra’s annual pride and queer cultural festival held at the end of spring in November, and is a celebration of the diversity of the local gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities. SpringOUT has much of the pride fare that those in larger cities would be familiar with. Fairday (historically hosted and supported by the AIDS Action Council of the ACT), has dance parties, drag kings and queens, youth and family friendly events, as well as a whole range of cultural, artistic and political events showcasing the best that Canberra’s queer community has to offer. Thanks largely to the generosity of Canberra’s fabulous volunteers and community groups, highlights of the last couple of years have included Bentfest, the film festival run by BentLenses, the ACT queer film society; the women’s only Purple Party; Canberra Pride Awards; workshops for gay men; Transgender Day of Remembrance; and no SpringOUT would be the same without Canberra’s famous Bushdance, hosted by Pink Tennis, and the 700+ queers from near and far coming to this diamond in the SpringOUT crown! Every year SpringOUT grows larger and more fabulous, and we are always happy to see all our friends from across Australia (and further abroad) coming to celebrate and see that underneath all that red tape Canberra is so well known for, there are plenty of sparkle sequins as well! For more information visit



SpringOUT Fairday

Westlund House, Gordon Street, Acton 3 November Set in the leafy and shaded grounds of Westlund House, colourful stalls, musicians, artists and fabulous food stands are spread around the green lawns of this hub for Canberra’s queer community. Fairday is a chance to have a picnic, meet with the locals, connect with the community and learn more about the large range of queer activities available in Canberra. It’s also a great time to grab a few things to start ticking off your Christmas shopping list. There is much that is ‘boutique’ about Canberra and the way we do things. However, a Pride Festival is a must for all capital cities whatever their size and it’s no more than perfectly fitting that Canberra has developed its own events in its own way that celebrates the rich diversity of all our people. Fairday is itself a continuing statement of our own sense of belonging without being shackled by arbitrary definitions of gender or sexuality. Every year there is more entertainment, including live bands, a Canberra Gay and Lesbian Qwire performance, drag kings and queens, food and drink… And the popular pet parade and plenty of exciting stage shows and entertainment. Naturally, this is a family friendly event and there are loads of special activities for the whole family, including the kids.

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Screenings at the CSIRO Discovery Centre Clunies Ross Street, Acton 10-11 November each year Bent Lenses was founded in 1999 to bring queer cinema and film-centric community events to Australia’s capital. As part of the SpringOUT festival, Bent Lenses presents Bentfest to celebrate and promote Australian and international independent GLBTI film in all its diversity and richness. The festival creates an environment for the community to see films that don’t often receive a mainstream theatrical or television release. Bentfest is definitely a highlight of the SpringOUT cultural program. For more information visit

Come along to Canberra SpringOUT Fairday, it’s a fabulous day in the sun. For more information visit, and


SpringOUT Fa irday

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Yarralumla Woolshed, Cotter Road 17 November Bushdance, traditionally held at the Yarralumla Woolshed, is a fun night of dancing with people of all flavours. It’s been Canberra’s largest and most popular GLBTI event for over 30 years, with people coming from all over the country to join in the fun. There is a fantastic bar, outdoor BBQ and a live band to lead you through those time tested barn dances like, Strip the Willow, the Waves of Bondi, crazy polkas and some more genteel promenades. By the end of the night you’ll have danced with everyone, caught up with old friends and made some new ones. A truly Aussie night of queer fun, that’s extremely social and friendly.

Canberra Bushdance

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An eventful capital Our massive roundabouts will spin you off to many fantastic events, concerts and festivals. Many of Australia’s national festivals take place in Canberra. From gay pride to folk music and spring flowers, you’ll find a diverse calendar of events with something for everyone.

ENLIGHTEN, Museu m of Australian Dem ocracy

SpringOUT Fairday

3 November Westlund House, Acton Enjoy a fabulous day in the sun and discover Canberra’s vibrant GLBTI community. A day full of fabulously queer entertainment, drag, music, great food, market stalls and more. Find out more at


10-11 November CSIRO Discovery Centre, Acton


BentFest is Canberra’s very own celebration of queer film culture. See the full line up of films and documentaries at



Floriade, Australia’s celebration of spring, transforms Canberra’s Commonwealth Park into a tapestry of colour every year. Over a million colourful bulbs and annuals bloom on cue, creating a vibrant display unrivalled by any other event of its kind. Enjoy lively entertainment, food, craft and much more.

Dust of your hat and polish your boots, it’s Canberra Bushdance — event infomation can be found on

Floriade NightFest

Watch a fantastic line-up of Australian and International talent. Foreshore is a highly anticipated youth music event and its venue, surrounded by iconic national landmarks, sets it apart from all others.

15 September to 14 October Commonwealth Park

26-30 September Commonwealth Park Experience live entertainment, bustling night markets and spectacularly lit garden beds and lanterns. Ride the giant ferris wheel, enjoy a cocktail, listen to music and eat great food.

Canberra Nara Candle Festival 27 October Canberra Nara Peace Park

See a spectacular display of candles and lanterns in the beautifully landscaped gardens at sunset, and enjoy a mix of Japanese and Australian food, entertainment and activities.

Canberra SpringOUT

17 November Yarralumla Woolshed

Foreshore Summer Music Festival 24 November Parliamentary Triangle, Parkes

Corinbank Festival

30 November Corin Forest Mountain Resort Drop into this music and arts festival featuring roots, reggae, ska, rock, electronica, hip hop, folk, bluegrass and late night funk.

Summer Toulouse-Lautrec Exhibition

3-18 November Various venues

14 December 2012 - 2 April 2013 National Gallery of Australia

Canberra’s annual pride festival. A month long celebration of shining queer diversity. Event details at

The French artist Toulouse-Lautrec who spurned high society in favour of brothels, barflies and dancing girls will be celebrated in paintings, drawings, posters and print.



SpringOUT Fairday at Westlund House

Australia Celebrates Live


The lawns of Parliament House are the place to be as Australia celebrates, with a major concert boasting some of the hottest names in Australian music and the announcement of the Australian of the Year awards.

Black Opal Stakes Day

25 January Federation Mall, Parliament House

Australia Day Celebrations Commonwealth Park

Come and celebrate what’s great about being an Aussie in the nation’s capital with an Aussie breakfast at Rond Terrace. Don’t miss the fireworks finale on Lake Burley Griffin.

National Multicultural Festival

February Canberra city centre and various venues Canberra’s premier cultural event, actively involves community groups, local and national arts groups diplomatic missions, businesses and over 200,000 people who attend over 150 activities and events including, arts and music, dancing, laughing and eating together. See

10 March Thoroughbred Park

Enjoy a family day of fun, excitement and colour at the horse races. Myer Fashions on the Field will be hotly contested.

ENLIGHTEN See Canberra in a whole new light Dates TBA March Various venues

Be entertained by late night openings at world-class attractions and spectacular architectural projections. See blockbuster exhibitions combined with live music, outdoor bars and an eclectic array of special performances in buzzing new entertainment precincts with gourmet food and wine. For more details see

Canberra Balloon Spectacular

Summerside Festival

March each year at Old Parliament House lawns, Parkes

Follow the Poacher’s Way and discover hidden secrets during this month long regional alfresco food and wine festival with master classes, twilight garden concerts and art exhibitions.

See Canberra from the sky or just hang out on the lawns of Old Parliament House and experience hot air, hot entertainment and a hot brekkie.

February Various venues

National Arboretum Canberra 2 February Tuggeranong Parkway

Featuring different types of threatened and symbolic trees from around Australia and the world and a sensational mosaic of permanent gardens the National Arboretum will officially open on 1 Febuary 2013.

Movie Extra Tropfest

19 February Stage 88, Commonwealth Park Grab a picnic rug and watch live via satellite the finalist films in this annual short film festival.

ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show 24-26 February Exhibition Park, Mitchell

Canberra Centenary

March 2013 — Various venues Celebrating the symbolism of Australia’s national capital and its qualities as a leading 21st century city. For more details see

FM 104.7 Skyfire

7 March Commonwealth Park, Parkes Canberra lights up for FM 104.7 Skyfire on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, with a magnificent display of fireworks set to a soundtrack broadcast on FM104.7.

Come along and be entertained, excited and educated by the hundreds of attractions at the Royal Canberra Show. More information at Ph » 1300 554 114


ular Canberra Balloon Spectac

Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival

Groovin’ the Moo

Celebrate autumn in the vineyards, a beautiful time of year, when grapes are harvested and turned into wine. Visit the vineyards at their best, meet the winemaker and enjoy special activities.

Featuring touring national and international acts from all genres, this single day music event has emerged as a highly popular fixture on the Australian festival circuit.

April each year in various venues

National Folk Festival

Easter at Exhibition Park in Canberra, Mitchell A cultural celebration of traditional and contemporary music, dance and storytelling staged across the Easter break.

Australian Running Festival

7 April Event hub, Telopea Park, Manuka Get moving and select the 5km or 10km fun run around the iconic Parliamentary Triangle or met the challenge of the ultra marathon, marathon or half marathon.

Anzac Day

25 April Australian War Memorial Take part in the national Anzac Day ceremony, commemorating the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

Canberra International Music Festival May Various venues

Come to Canberra in our glorious autumn to share the experience of compelling music making. Listen to brilliant international and Australian artists in venues such as embassies, national attractions and churches.


May The Meadows, University of Canberra

Winter Canberra and Capital Country Truffle Festival

Late June to early August Various venues Indulge in a ‘taste of mid-winter magic’ at this festival showcasing the black truffles harvested in the Capital Region. Take part in truffle dinners, tastings, cooking demonstrations, truffle hunts and more.

Gay & Lesbian Frosty Fruits Ski Week August Mt Hotham

A week of queer cheer for skiers, boarders, snow bunnies, non-skiers, gorgeous gays, luscious lesbians and keen bi-sexuals!

Fireside Festival

Weekends in August Various venues Firesides, flavours and friends mean plenty of fireside activities. Distinctive venues will create a warming and memorable experience offering authentic cool climate wines matched with gourmet, seasonally inspired contemporary food, music and entertainment.


Devine Café Gallery

TILLEY’S IS NESTLED IN TREE LINED LYNEHAM For over 26 years Tilley’s has been a gathering place for the gay and lesbian community. It’s famous for its breakfasts, lunches, dinners and its fabulous coffees. Tilley’s attracts not only ‘regulars’ but visitors from overseas and interstate who enjoy the all-day menu specials, and oh such lovely cake! Internationally renowned for legendary blues, jazz and classical concerts, Tilley’s continues to attract artists of international calibre who prefer the intimacy of a warm theatre atmosphere clad in red velvet, brass and dark timber booths. With a fully licensed bar, one can enjoy champagne with breakfast, or in the evening savour our broad range of wines, spirits or boutique beers on tap.

THE CALL IS YOURS! TILLEY’S CAN DO IT FOR YOU! CORNER OF WATTLE & BRIGALOW STREETS, LYNEHAM Serving you breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days • Monday to Saturday: 9am – 10pm Sundays: 9am – 6pm • To reserve your favourite table or booth phone us on 6247 7753

Let’s go

g n i p p sho Most of us love to shop and Canberra offers everything from luxury boutiques, world class shopping centres and department stores to bargain homewares, street markets, local designers and so much more!

Contrary to popular belief Canberra is actually very easy to get around, which means exploring Canberra’s fantastic shopping areas is a breeze. Here is a quick list so you know where to go!

Canberra Centre Bunda Street, Civic

If you’re a size queen you’ll just love the Canberra Centre — it’s huge! You’ll find the most contemporary and innovative retail and leisure experience at Canberra’s city shopping hub. Discover hundreds of interesting retail outlets, plus cinemas and an alfresco, streetscape dining and cafe precinct. There are department and speciality stores and popular fashion labels like Hugo Boss, MARCS, SABA, Veronika Maine and Trenery and more.

Other shopping centres • Westfield Shoppingtown, Belconnen • Westfield Woden, Phillip • Tuggeranong Hyperdome, Tuggeranong • Riverside Plaza, Queanbeyan


Manuka is the perfect place for boutique sh opping

Canberra Avenue and Newcastle Street, Fyshwick You know it, it’s where all the bargains are and Canberra DFO is no expeption. Discover big brands and bargains up to 70 per cent off! There are over 100 leading brands for fashion, footwear, luggage and homewares. DFO also features the Homemaker Hub with bedding, furniture, lighting and electrical goods and when you get hungry they have that covered too.

Majura Park Canberra Airport

At Canberra’s newest shopping destination, wholesale shopping giant, Costco, awaits with one of the largest and most exclusive product ranges available under a single roof. Other big name stores include SUPRÉ, Big W, Toys“R”Us and Masters.


Find interesting boutiques, street fashion, alternative music stores, designer shoes and antique books hidden away in the arcades in City Walk and Garema Place and in the Canberra Centre.

Lonsdale Street, Braddon

Centre North Quarter, Canberra


Discover original designers, stylish Australian fashions and unusual handcrafted gifts and homewares among an eclectic mix of outdoor retailers, restaurants, car yards, and hairdressing salons. Lonsdale Street is just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre and you’ll find the itrip iskip, Pink Ink, Unit Concepts and The Hive.


Manuka and Kingston The small 1920s shopping centres of Manuka and Kingston are just a 10-minute walk from each other. Splurge on Australian and international designer labels, beautiful antiques, gourmet food, high quality homewares and exquisite jewellery among the cafe-lined streets.

Pialligo Leafy Pialligo, near the airport, offers nurseries, orchards, cafes, gift stores and Canberra’s famous Bison Homewares, which produces internationally renowned stoneware.

Hang out at the markets

Old Bus Depot Markets Wentworth Avenue, Kingston

The multi award-winning Old Bus Depot Markets are legendary in Canberra. They are held every Sunday inside the old bus depot and are renowned for a mix of handcrafted jewellery, art, clothing, furniture, toys as well as regional food and wine.

Gorman House Markets Ainslie Avenue, Braddon

Every Saturday at the iconic Gorman House Markets, you’ll find vintage treasures, second-hand books, hand-made jewellery, local arts and crafts, international foods, live music and much more.

Handmade Market

National Convention Centre Visit Canberra’s quarterly Handmade Market which brings together talented artists, designers, stylists, crafts people and gourmets under the one roof. Check out for dates.

Fresh produce markets Be tantalised by the array of fruit, vegetables, plants, flowers, seafood, cakes, meats, cheese and more at Canberra’s fresh produce markets. See the region’s diversity reflected in the fresh seasonal produce at the Capital Region Farmers Market at EPIC in Mitchell or visit Canberra’s more established Belconnen Fresh Food Markets and Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets.

Capital Region Farmers Market Exhibition Park in Canberra

Be tantalised by the array of fruit, vegetables, plants, flowers, seafood, cakes, condiments, meats, cheese and more. Visit the largest regional market in the Southern Tablelands where the fresh seasonal produce reflects the regional diversity. Saturday morning, 8.00–11.00am.

Further afield

Gold Creek Village

Gold Creek Road, Nicholls, off the Barton Highway Wander through art galleries, gift shops and specialty stores in this heritage village a short drive from the city centre.

Benedict House

39 Isabella Street, Queanbeyan Built in Victorian times, indulge in high tea in the Refectory and browse the fresh produce market, designer jewellery and handcrafted beads from around the world.

Hall Markets

Hall Showground, Hall Craftspeople and farmers from all over the region converge on the first Sunday of every month (except January), offering everything from furniture and clothing to pottery, toys and fresh produce.

Bungendore Village

Kings Highway, Bungendore The thriving village of Bungendore, a pleasant 40-minute drive from Canberra city, offers a surprising mix of delights, including the awardwinning Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, bookstores, cafes, a leatherworks and gift shops.

Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets Dalby Street, Fyshwickn

Canberra’s two fresh food markets offer delicious delicatessen condiments, fresh fruit and vegetables, seafood, Asian grocers and specialty stores selling everything from crocodile and goat meat to fresh pasta. Belconnen: Wednesday to Sunday. Fyshwick: Thursday to Sunday.

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Explore from the mountains to the seaside Canberra is a fantastic base from which to explore the many treasures of the surrounding region including historic townships, natural wonders, beautiful coastlines, beaches and the famous Snowy Mountains.

Snowy Mountains Canberra is on the doorstep on the beautiful Snowy Mountains. Discover top ski resorts, wild brumbies, glacial lakes, fishing, mountain bike riding, trekking, horseriding and much more, including Australia’s highest point, Mount Kosciuszko.

Kosciuszko National Park One of the world’s great national parks, Kosciuszko boasts alpine and sub-alpine plant species, historic huts, bushwalks, glacial lakes, and it is the largest National Park in NSW. Travel to the top of Mount Kosciuszko for spectacular views or trek the main range. At 2228 metres, it is the highest mountain on mainland Australia and one of the world’s famous ‘seven summits’. 36

Kosciuszko Alpine Guided Walks Experience the beauty, wilds and solitude of the Kosciuszko National Park with one and two day interpretive guided treks featuring fully catered, in-field, star-covered, overnight campsites. Join the Multi Peaks Glacial Lakes or the Blue Lake and Mt Kosciuszko Peak walks.

Yarrangobilly Caves View stunning frozen waterfalls, columns and underground pools, the Glory Arch entrance to the limestone caves and the nearby thermal pool. Experience the comfortable isolation of the Yarrangobilly Valley in your own carefully restored self-contained accommodation at Caves House.


Australia’s top ski resorts During winter Perisher, Thredbo, Charlotte Pass and Selwyn come alive with skiing and snowboarding, snow shoeing, tubing and of course a pumping night life. In summer, Thredbo offers chairlift rides, buse walking, mountain biking, bobsled and many summer events. Head out on a summer trek from Guthega or Charlotte Pass.

South Coast Unwind on unspoiled beaches and experience wildlife, fishing, water sports and fresh seafood on the unspoilt South Coast. Below are just a few activities you can enjoy. Visit and find out all that the beautiful South Coast has to offer the gay and lesbian traveller.

Dolphin explorer cruises and dolphin watch cruises Go dolphin and whale watching and see the pristine natural beauty of Jervis Bay, where about 60 bottlenose dolphins spend much of their time. The boats have video monitors and a hydrophone to listen to dolphins and whales as they communicate with each other. Visit

Mogo Village & Zoo

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Gay & Lesbian Frosty Fruits Ski Week The Annual Gay & Lesbian Frosty Fruits Ski Week is run in August every year. Hosted at Hotham, the highest Alpine Village in Australia with its own airport, this is the ultimate in gay and lesbian fly-in, skiout alpine experience. It’s five fabulous days and four fun filled nights in the snow! A week of queer cheer for skiers, boarders, snow bunnies, non-skiers, gorgeous gays, luscious lesbians and keen bi-sexuals! Enquiries call Sydney+612 8011 3298 or Melbourne +613 9016 9445 or visit

Tumut, Batlow, Adelong and Talbingo Tumut is the perfect base to explore the northern end of Kosciuszko National Park or bird watch over the wetlands. Discover the many scenic drives and visit the Snowy Mountains trout farm at Blowering Dam, take in the scenery at Talbingo and Adelong, with the famous Adelong Falls and rich gold-mining past.

For more informationins on the Snowy Mounta visit contact 1800 636 525

Mogo is located just ten minutes from Batemans Bay and under two hours drive from Canberra. This historic village is full of galleries and speciality shops brimming with traditional and modern art, exotic and unusual artefacts, elegant jewellery and home décor, ceramics, collectables, antiques and cafes. Visit Mogo Zoo is home to Australia’s largest pride of white lions. See everything from a Bengal tiger to giraffes, chimpanzees, meerkats and pythons. Facilities include barbecue and picnic areas, gift shop and cafe. Feeding times from 10.30am and 1.30pm. Visit

Capital Country The Capital Country region surrounding the ACT offers world-class arts and crafts, historic towns and villages, spectacular manicured gardens, stunning nature, gourmet delights and three wine regions no more than an hour and a half’s drive from Canberra.

The Poacher’s Way — live life well The Poacher’s Way was developed by a group of people from Canberra and the region, drawn together by a common inspiration derived from their land and lifestyle. Meet the locals and enjoy their diverse range of experiences including dining, cool climate wines, arts, crafts, bed and breakfasts, day spas and much more. Visit

Bungendore & Braidwood Bungendore is a friendly, historic village a short drive from Canberra, like Braidwood it’s full of galleries, craft and antique stores in sensitively restored old buildings. Visit

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Wine What would a holiday be without a few wines and some great food! To get a real feel for the Canberra region, you must taste the good stuff, straight from the vines. It’s the emergence of a diverse range of premium cool climate wine varieties and intimate cellar door experiences that make the Canberra District wineries distinctive.

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Regional wine and food Take an adventure through some of the more unexpected surprises Canberra and the region has to offer, and drive around the Poacher’s Way. Travelling through rural areas like Yass, Hall, Murrumbateman and Bungendore you will find food, wine, art and activities to tantalise your tastebuds and satisfy your soul. A multitude of locally owned businesses, all dedicated to the richest encounters and the finest quality, await you. During August they embrace winter with the Fireside Festival, featuring events and experiences to help take your mind off the cold. Take some friends, or that special someone, and experience the rustic rarities of the Poacher’s Way. Fancy a tasty Pinot Noir? Or maybe a cheeky Shiraz? With some of the most enjoyable cool climate Aussie wines currently being made, Canberra vineyards are a great way to spend a day. With more than thirty cellar doors on offer, and some incredible first-class eateries, you can pick and choose where you want to go and, most importantly, what you want to taste. Pick a designated driver and take the car, or leave the driving to someone else and organise a private tour through the Canberra Wines website at The range in temperature, vineyard elevations, soil types and the careful influence of the winemaker’s skill and individual character help to shape the refined, unique qualities of the final product. Wine with diversity in variety and style found nowhere else. Wine that is Liquid Geography.

Clonakilla winemaker Tim Kirk, from Clonakilla Winery, par t of Poacher’s Way


Most wineries are within 30 minutes drive from the city, making visiting easy. Many are surprised to find several boutique wineries on the city’s fringes. The tranquil rural countryside around the ACT is home to 140 vineyards and more than 30 boutique cellar doors. They are small and intimate, providing an original interactive visitor experience. Visitors are often served by the winemaker, with an opportunity to learn first hand the passion and expertise required to create authentic, hand crafted cool climate wines.

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The Canberra District is renowned for producing outstanding examples of Viognier, Shiraz and Riesling. The area’s climate and conditions combine to bring out distinctive, unique characteristics in these varieties. Viognier is well suited to blending with other varieties to create styles such as Shiraz Viognier. The famous Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier is a true icon of the District, receiving countless rave reviews across a series of flawless vintages. Clonakilla’s 2008 Shiraz Viognier is one of only 15 wines in Australia to get 97 points in James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion.

Murrumbateman A pleasant 40 minute drive along the Barton Highway brings you to the picturesque Murrumbateman area, where you can visit more than 10 wineries, admire historic buildings, and try delicious gourmet pizzas at Shaw Vineyard Estate and regional food at delicious cafes and restaurants.

Hall and the ACT Just 15 minutes’ drive from Canberra’s city centre are several cellar doors offering high quality wines and great views of Canberra. The wineries in the rolling hills of Hall provide magnificent vistas of the Brindabella Ranges… the perfect place to relax with a glass of wine and take in the surrounds.

Bungendore, Wamboin and Lake George Along the Federal Highway to the north of the city, the Lake George vignerons produce fabulous wines, and there are several awardwinning restaurants and great wine bars in and around the historic villages of Gundaroo and Collector, where you can relax and meet the locals. The high altitude wineries around the historic town of Bungendore and the Wamboin region offer beautiful scenic outlooks, as well as outstanding wines and good restaurants.

Top gongs Australia’s most respected and widely read wine critic, James Halliday, named 13 Canberra District wines among his Top 100 NSW wines for 2011. Seven of these were rated outstanding (94 points and above). These were: 2010 2011 2011 2010 2011 2010 2010

Helm Premium Canberra District Riesling Clonakilla Canberra District Riesling Brindabella Hills Canberra District Riesling Helm Classic Dry Canberra District Riesling Lark Hill Canberra District Riesling Mount Majura Vineyard Canberra District Chardonnay Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier

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Get stomping at Shaw Estate. Ideally situated 30kms north of Canberra, Shaw Estate offers you a relaxing escape among the vines. Visit one of Murrumbateman’s award-winning wineries and sample from the premium wines, while browsing exquisite hand-made and hand painted ceramics, exclusively sourced from Italy. Visit the cellar doors of two regional icons at Murrumbateman. Taste award-wining Rieslings from Helm Wines set in the old Toual School House built on the property in 1888. And if you’re lucky you may be able to try the famous Shiraz Viognier at nearby Clonakilla. Put on some boots for a ‘Gumboot Tour’ at Mount Majura Vineyard. Stroll through the vines for an up close and personal experience with the blessed grape.

The Good Wine Guide 2012 featured 17 Canberra District Wines, including Mount Majura Tempranillo 2010 as best emerging red and Lark Hill Biodynamic Grüner Veltliner 2011 as best emerging white.

Follow the self drive touring route, the Poacher’s Way, to experience some of the leading cellar doors around the region including Jeir Creek Wines, and Lambert Vineyards.

The 2011 Citibank NSW Wine Awards named five Canberra District wines in the NSW Top 40 wines category. They were Capital Wines for the 2011 The Whip Riesling, Eden Road for the 2010 Gundagai Shiraz, Mount Majura Vineyard for the 2010 Tempranillo, Nick O’Leary for the 2010 Shiraz, and Ravensworth for the 2009 Shiraz Viognier.

Enjoy a long lazy lunch at one of the award-winning restaurants in and around the wineries. Many feature delicious, fresh, regional produce. Ph » 1300 554 114


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Transport Getting to the nation’s capital is easy, you can fly, drive, take a bus or even catch a train. But we suggest the best way is to click your ruby slippers three times and repeat... ‘There’s no place like Canberra’.

Direct driving route: 3.5 hours Leave via the M5 tollway, connecting to Hume Highway 31. Take the exit after Goulburn on to the Federal Highway. Scenic drive routes Follow the coast road to Batemans Bay — stop to check out the local talent — then turn onto the Kings Highway and head to Canberra via the historic towns of Braidwood and Bungendore. and Take the Mittagong exit from the Hume Highway 31 and follow the Old Hume Highway through picturesque Mittagong, Bowral, Moss Vale and Sutton Forest, and rejoin the Hume Highway 31 to Goulburn and Canberra.

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Fly into Canberra’s new and very glamorous International Airport with Qantas, Virgin Blue, or Brindabella Airlines. The city centre (we call it Civic) is a 10 minute drive from the airport by taxi, hire car or shuttle bus. Brindabella Airlines QANTAS Virgin Blue


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With a good highway system linking Canberra to surrounding New South Wales, driving to Canberra is like most things — fast and easy. Stop at the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre, at 330 Northbourne Avenue Dickson, for helpful information on your way into town.


Direct driving route: 8 hours Follow the City Link tollway to the Western Ring Road, connecting to the Hume Highway. Near Yass, take the Barton Highway turn off to Canberra. Scenic drive routes Follow the coast road through Genoa, Bairnsdale and Eden to Batemans Bay — stop to grab some rays — then turn onto the Kings Highway and head to Canberra via the historic towns of Braidwood and Bungendore. and Take an inland drive through Bendigo, Echuca and Albury– Wodonga ( and either travel direct to Canberra or take a scenic detour through the Snowy Mountains and visit Khancoban, Tumut, Jindabyne, Thredbo and Cooma.

Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Darwin and Hobart Direct flights are available.


Fprlaiceesntdo ly sleep The Canberra region warmly welcomes you all year with accommodation fit for both Kings and Queens. Choose from five star, boutique or heritage listed hotels and motels, serviced apartments, bed and breakfasts, backpackers and camping with great deals. The Canberra region also offers a number of tempting packages and great deals for short breaks and families available throughout the year. Discover a great package deal, book conveniently and pay securely online. We advise you book ahead. This will secure accommodation of your choice during peak periods. For assistance with choosing and booking your accommodation, call the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre on 1300 554 114 or book online at

Styles of accommodation Hotels and motels Come to rest in Canberra. Choose from five star art deco to boutique hotels and budget motels. Self-contained apartments Relax in a range of self-contained or serviced apartments offering the amenities of home. Bed and breakfasts Discover the homely experience that makes bed and breakfast accommodation so popular in the Canberra region. Budget For budget travellers Canberra offers a range of well-located backpacker accommodation and hostel options. Caravan and camping Happy campers. Canberra’s forests and national parks provide a great outdoor environment so close to a city. Resorts Rest awhile in a resort on the outskirts of Canberra or a regional ski or country resort.

Gay & lesbian accommodation links

Gay and Lesbian Tourism Australia: ACT GLBTI accommodation information: Gay and lesbian friendly guesthouse: Gay friendly accommodation: Gay and lesbian bed and breakfast: YHA Canberra:

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Contacts Canberra flies many flags, one of them embraces the colours of gay pride. Canberra is a truly welcoming city. Make sure you allow plenty of time to linger longer and enjoy all the nation’s capital has to offer. Tour the surrounding region’s wineries, historic townships, beautiful coastlines and the famous Snowy Mountains. See yourself in the nation’s capital — there’s never been a better time to visit.

© Australian Capital Tourism The Capital Region Gay & Lesbian Visitor Guide is produced by FUSE Magazine on behalf of the ACT Government. See Australian Capital Tourism Locked Bag 2001, Civic Square ACT 2608 Telephone: Facsimile: Email: Website: Tourist information:

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Canberra and Region Visitors Centre 330 Northbourne Avenue, Dickson ACT 2602


Every effort has been made to ensure that information is current and correct at time of printing. The information is provided on the basis that neither Australian Capital Tourism nor the ACT Government will be liable for any loss, damage or injury arising from any incorrect or inaccurate information. Design by Lithium Innovation Pty Ltd — Photos by Keith’s Fauxtografix Photography and Studio —, Daniel Liebeck, Doug Robinson, Australian Capital Tourism’s Online Image Library, Shutterstock, iStockphoto and Digital Vision/Getty Images. Maps and photographs — The appearance, mention or likeness of any person or organisation in editorial or advertising in no way suggests sexual or political orientation. Maps are for general information and don’t necessarily reflect actual routes, locations or services provided. Hotel room and other photographs shown in this brochure may not be specific to the actual room occupied or tour taken. International telephone information — Canberra’s area code is 02. If dialling from outside Australia, delete the 02 and add 612 before the phone number. 1800 or 1300 numbers cannot be called internationally.

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Here you’ll find all there is to know about the attractions, events, exhibitions, tours, food, wine and entertainment in Canberra and the region. You can even book your attraction tickets online. You can also visit the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre open daily on Northbourne Avenue, Dickson, or call 1300 554 114 for more information.

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