More than just the epicentre of Australian politics, our nation’s capital has something for all walks of life. From visiting top galleries and museums, to relaxing in wide- open spaces, this multifaceted city has something memorable at every turn. Perfect for a weekend escape with the girls or a family vacation, Canberra has truly come of age—making it one of Australia's hottest cities.
AT ONE WITH NATURE
If getting outdoors is your thing, relax in one of Canberra’s many parks and outdoor spaces. Do the bridge to bridge walk along the Lake Burly Griffin foreshore or walk among a collection of over 44,000 trees at the National Arboretum—it’s simply breathtaking! For those hard-nosed foodies, time your visit for winter where you can join in on the annual Canberra Region Truffle Festival. In it’s 10th year you can join a truffle hunt or take part in a cooking class.
SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND
Cartier: The Exhibition is currently showing at the National Gallery of Australia. Featuring over 300 pieces, the collection took three years to curate and features iconic pieces such as the Queen’s Halo tiara, worn by the Duchess of Cambridge on her wedding day, as well as Elizabeth Taylor’s famous ruby and diamond necklace. Actress Naomi Watts was on hand to celebrate the launch of the exhibition in March saying, “It’s a beautiful show full of history and style.” The dazzling exhibition runs until July 22, 2018.
WINE AND DINE
It’s well known Canberrans love food and wine, so it’s no surprise you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to meal time. Start your day with breakfast at Highroad. Owned by Ona Coffee, Canberra’s largest specialty coffee company, the espressos and lattes are top notch and the smashed avocado with Vegemite ricotta is amazing. Stop in at Bookplate, a quaint cafe in the National Library where you’ll find wonderful cakes. After you’ve refuelled, the gift shop is a great place to purchase unique gifts and incredible books. With its flashy neon lights Akiba in the heart of the city boasts an East Asian-inspired menu. The extensive cocktail list is complimented by tasty dim sum and Asian barbecue, and you can dance the night away to in-house DJs
SHOP TILL YOU DROP
If you’re visiting on a Saturday, head to the Capital Region Farmers Market for coffee and a sweet treat. For an eclectic shopping experience try Lonsdale Street in Braddon. You’ll find a mix of cafes, art and homewares stores, as well as fashionable boutiques. For beauty addicts, take a trip to the beauty precinct at the Canberra Centre and stop in at Seoul Flower where you’ll find a range of premium Korean skincare and make-up.
Ovolo Nishi is one of Canberra’s most talked about hotels. With a distinct artistic luxury, the 68-room hotel is located in New Acton in the innovative pineapple-shaped Nishi building. Featuring restored twentieth century furniture, the hard wooden and concrete surfaces are juxtaposed with soft textured furnishings and original artworks. For something closer to the city the Avenue Hotel offers modern luxury apartments in the heart of Canberra. Each room is equipped with a small kitchenette, which is perfect for families looking for a luxe getaway.