Canberra is well-known for being the government hub of Australia but it is so much more than a parliamentarian’s paradise. It’s everyone’s paradise. Canberra’s landscape changes with the seasons but keeps its beauty year round. It presents a bustling food and wine scene and town centres with unique stores, fitness areas, and a range of services for the everyday needs. Spring, in particular, is a special time for a adventure in Canberra as we see life return and people stepping back outside.
Begin your day with a relaxing stroll around one of Canberra’s beautiful lakesides; Lake Ginninderra, Burley Griffin or Lake Tuggeranong. Surrounded by Canberra’s familiar Eucalypt and pine trees, the lakes provide an extraordinary background to your fitness efforts.
Head in to the city for some seriously good coffee at Lonsdale Street Roasters in Braddon. The commotion you will find here is well deserved. Expertly sourced, ground and produced coffee is paired with a delectable breakfast menu and an outdoor area for you to take in the sunshine and watch passers-by. Afterwards, make a quick stop at Sweet Bones Bakery at the top of Lonsdale Street for a vegan-friendly sweet treat for the road.
Take a turn slightly to the south arriving at Canberra’s museum and gallery precinct. Beginning at the National Museum of Australia (NMA) sitting at the edge of what appears to be its own island, you will find an eclectic mix of galleries for kids and adults alike. After NMA, make your way to King Edward Terrace and explore Questacon, the National Gallery or the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, discovering art and science excellence in many forms.
After absorbing the best of Canberra’s artistic culture, take a break at Me and Mrs Jones in Kingston for lunch. The Kingston area is well-known for its quirk, its community and its great food and Me and Mrs Jones is no exception. Named after the famous song and retaining the building’s original structure from the late 1920’s, the café’s design includes white picket fences, exposed brickwork and signage reminiscent of the time period. You can expect mainstream and gourmet food and drinks that will fully satisfy your tastebuds and stretch your stomach size as you ask for the dessert menu.
In spring, it would be crazy not to make the most of the great outdoors. Why not add some delicious wine to the mix while you enjoy the fresh air and a view? Take a drive through the Southern Tablelands, arriving at Hall and Murrumbateman. Here you will find a group of vineyards and wineries owned and operated by friendly winemakers promising an experience that will hold its own against the likes of the Barossa and Hunter Valleys.
Once you’ve had your wine tasting fun, there’s still time to stop at the shopping centres for some souvenirs or a fantastic outfit to wear to dinner and drinks tonight. Canberra has major shopping centres, Westfield in Belconnen and Woden, The Hyperdome in Tuggeranong and Canberra Centre in the heart of the city.
On your way back to the hotel to prepare for dinner, take a drive up to the top of Mt. Ainslie in the suburb of Majura and witness Canberra’s beauty from a great height. You will quickly and clearly understand the precision and meticulous planning involved in its design.
It’s in to the city for dinner at Temporada, one of Canberra’s newest restaurants. Not even a year old, this exquisite dining option is already collecting awards and impressive reviews across the country as it keeps a strong focus on boutique artisanal wines to pair with its eclectic mix of perfected foods.
The best way to end a busy day of sightseeing is with the perfect cocktail, craft beer or vintage scotch at the ideal location. That place is Knightsbridge Penthouse. A short walk back in Braddon, Knightsbridge has the ability to provide an atmosphere appreciated by the party people, the beer garden people and those searching for a calming nightcap at the end of a long day. Self-proclaimed ‘purveyors of good times’, you won’t be disappointed stepping foot into this shabby chic establishment and savouring their delicious drinks.
Enjoy your spring day.