As Canberra awakens from a chilly winter, the city comes alive with colour. Boasting warm weather, stunning blue skies and clean, fresh air, summer is an ideal season to explore the outdoors and enjoy the abundance of parks, lakes and reserves. They don’t call us the garden city for nothing!
With so many national attractions and hidden gems on offer in the capital, it’s often hard to know where to begin. That’s why we’ve put together a full day’s itinerary so you can taste and experience the best of this exquisite city in the warmer months.
The place to be seen for breakfast in the capital is The Cupping Room, in the heart of the city. This trendy concept café is a hit with coffee addicts, foodies, bloggers and everything in between. The Cupping Room elevates the quintessential smashed avo breakkie to new heights, serving it with poached eggs, smoked goats cheese, pomegranate, Shichimi and sourdough. Add a coffee or two, made by the World Barista Champion himself, and you’ve got a great start to the day.
There’s no better way to enjoy Lake Burley Griffin and the sites of the Parliamentary Zone than on a segway. Head down to Seg Glide Ride on the water’s edge to hire one of these self-balancing personal transportation machines. No experience is required and safety training is provided by the friendly staff so all you need to worry about is having fun!
There’s no building more iconic in Canberra than Australia’s Parliament House. Opened in 1988, this impressive landmark is one of the world’s largest stainless-steel structures, topped with a 12.8 metre flagpole. The form and detailing of the building and its landscape are truly something to behold. Enter through the mosaic forecourt and make your way to the marble and timber Main Foyer and Great Hall. Take a free guided tour to learn about the rooms from which the country is governed and you can even watch a debate unfold in one of the public galleries. Be sure to take a stroll up the grassy slopes to get one of the most breathtaking views of the city.
After you’ve worked up an appetite, make your way to Pialligo Estate for a paddock-to-plate style lunch. Located just a few minutes’ drive out of the city, this Estate consists of award- winning market and herb gardens, a vineyard, olive groves and a boutique smokehouse. The irresistible menu of smoked meats and seafood celebrates the best seasonal produce (and wine) the region has to offer.
Now over to the Canberra Glassworks on the Kingston Foreshore to look at the skilled glass artists at work. Housed in the Kingston Powerhouse, Canberra’s oldest public building, the Canberra Glassworks is Australia’s only cultural centre wholly dedicated to contemporary glass art. Here, you can take a glass-blowing class, meet local artists, take a guided tour, browse the latest exhibitions and gift shop. Classes require bookings in advance.
There’s no nicer way to cool down on a hot summer’s day than a dip at the Historic Manuka Pool. This art-deco style architectural beauty was opened in 1930 and has remained a popular social spot ever since. For the little ones, there’s “SS Red Duck” pirate ship playground and a toddlers’ pool.
It’s Beer O’Clock! Head to BentSpoke Brewing Co. in Braddon for an afternoon brew in the sun. These local legends brew over 18 varieties of award-winning craft beer and cider on the premises, including a hand-crushed apple cider and gluten-friendly ginger beer. Bentspoke’s secret to achieving exceptional quality brews? Canberra’s pristine water supply. Watch the team work while you sample the selection and enjoy a few share dishes from their modern pub style menu.
Take a short walk into the city centre to take on a challenge of a mental kind in one of the newest attractions to hit Canberra… Expedition Escape Rooms. Originating in Japan, this concept engages participants in the ultimate physical adventure game. You’ll find yourself locked inside a themed room for 60 minutes and will have to use the clues on hand (and plenty of team work) to solve a series of puzzles to escape. Leave no one behind!
It’s over to Temporada for a laid-back dinner. Temporada, meaning ‘the season’ in Spanish, is the second venue in Canberra, from acclaimed Chef and restauranteur Ben Willis and ex-Sous Chef Chris Darragh. This casual eatery has a fresh and seasonal menu of punchy share plates with distinct European, Middle Eastern and Asian influences, paired with a stellar wine list of local and international origin. It’s not hard to see why this spot snapped up a Hat in the 2017 SMH Good Food Guide.
Book your summer in Canberra with us today and receive:
- Discounted room rate
- An Abode water bottle
- SPF30+ travel sunscreen
- $10 voucher for Abode Pantry
- Free unlimited WiFi
- Free parking (All properties, except Abode Woden)
- Free cancellation*
Don’t delay – this summer special will not last long due to limited availability over December and January.
Book your Summer Package with Abode Hotels today by calling 1300 1 ABODE (22633) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org