Book your summer in Canberra with us today and receive:
- Complimentary bottled water
- A bottle of sunscreen
- Free cancellation
- Free parking
While it’s a city that’s equally beautiful in all seasons, there’s something really special about summer in Canberra. The sky is clear, greenery comes to life, florals are in full bloom and you can truly understand why Canberra is so unique.
There’s so much to do and see in Canberra that we’ve taken the guess work out for you by planning a suggested full day’s itinerary so you can experience the delights of the city in its warmest months.
7.30am: Sleep in – you deserve the rest and don’t want to be tired for the busy day ahead.
8.30am: Kick off the day with the ‘Fresh Start’ breakfast dish at No. 10 Restaurant + Bar at Abode Woden; a plate full of goodness with tomatoes, sliced avocado, smoked salmon, lemon ricotta and crusty rye bread. Maple & Clove are renowned for using fresh, local and seasonal wholefood ingredients.
10.00am: Walk off the big breakfast feast with a stroll around Lake Burley Griffin and make the most of the sunshine.
11.00am: Wander through the beautiful trees and native plants at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. As well as being a tourist destination, the Gardens are used for research into plant classification and biology while also cultivating threatened species to help assist with reintroduction to their natural habitat.
12.30pm: Lunch is served at Casey Jones gastropub in Gungahlin where you’ll be in for a colourful feast (see more page 4). Owner Josh Leemhuis wanted to bring fine dining to Casey, launching a unique venue with great food, boutique beer and creative cocktails. The menu is described as ‘Southern American Spanish Fusion’ where smokey flavours, citrus fruits and artisan cheeses are a staple of each dish. Try the crispy soft shell crab with charcoaled brioche bun, sriracha aioli, pickled sesame slaw, coriander and hand cut potatoes. Wash it down with a delicious espresso martini (unless you’re the driver) or one of the mixologist’s other masterpieces.
2.00pm: Fancy something sweet? Try Stripey Sundae in Gold Creek, an ice-creamery that uses local produce to make their own ice cream and sorbet. There’s an ever-changing menu of flavours, like turkish delight or salted butter caramel. It’s the perfect treat to cool off with.
3.00pm: Check out some of the incredible artworks on display at the National Portrait Gallery. The Gallery collection includes over 450 portraits of Australian people – from politicians to entertainers – accompanied with stories about their history and contribution to Australian culture. Explore the diverse collection of oil paintings that were crafted back in the 19th Century and have stood the test of time to digital photographs and incredibly realistic paintings that could easily pass as photos themselves. There’s a lot to see and you’ll no doubt be amazed at the incredible talent of the artists.
4.00pm: Hike up to Mount Ainslie lookout to watch the sunset and enjoy the panoramic views of Canberra. Whether you want a bit of exercise or want to take in the scenery, a trip to Canberra isn’t complete without experiencing Mount Ainslie.
6.00pm: Try out some of Canberra’s best bars for a few before-dinner drinks, like Hippo Co – a Canberra institution fitted out with a ski-lodge inspired interior and boasting an impressive collection of whisky available for tasting. If you’re travelling in a group you can also book in for a cocktail masterclass where you will have the opportunity to learn how to craft your own concoctions. There’s also a balcony where you can enjoy views over Garema Place in Civic and live music throughout the week.
Terms and conditions: Sale dates from 3/11/16 – 31/01/17, travel dates from 1/12/17 to 31/01/17, bookable direct only, due to availability. Offer only available during promotional period. *Free parking not available at Abode Woden Mon-Fri.