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Canberra’s hidden (and not so hidden) gems

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Canberra’s hidden (and not so hidden) gems

Sightseeing
Take a picnic and admire the stunning views over the city and beyond. Also has an awesome playground for the little ones
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National Arboretum Canberra
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Take a picnic and admire the stunning views over the city and beyond. Also has an awesome playground for the little ones
Visit one of Australia’s best known festivals, Floriade and see why it attracts record-breaking crowds year after year. Stop and admire the tulips, take in a horticultural workshop and get your photo taken in front of the stunning garden beds. After dark you can explore the illuminated wonderland that is Floriade NightFest, ride the Ferris wheel, see a comedy show and admire the flower beds all lit up.
Act Parks Depot
Visit one of Australia’s best known festivals, Floriade and see why it attracts record-breaking crowds year after year. Stop and admire the tulips, take in a horticultural workshop and get your photo taken in front of the stunning garden beds. After dark you can explore the illuminated wonderland that is Floriade NightFest, ride the Ferris wheel, see a comedy show and admire the flower beds all lit up.
The rose gardens are just beautiful
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Old Parliament House
18 King George Terrace
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The rose gardens are just beautiful
Walk up Mount Ainslie on a warm summer’s evening and watch the sun set in spectacular fashion, then see the city lights slowly come up as you descend.
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Mount Ainslie
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Walk up Mount Ainslie on a warm summer’s evening and watch the sun set in spectacular fashion, then see the city lights slowly come up as you descend.
Do as the locals do and spend an hour walking the ‘bridge to bridge’ path around Lake Burley Griffin, stopping for a coffee and sightseeing along the way.
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Lake Burley Griffin
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Do as the locals do and spend an hour walking the ‘bridge to bridge’ path around Lake Burley Griffin, stopping for a coffee and sightseeing along the way.
A selfie under our flag In the exact centre of the roof of Parliament House flies an Australian flag roughly the size of a double-decker bus. Take the lift to the roof, walk beneath the massive flag mast and pose for uniquely Australian selfies.
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Parliament House
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A selfie under our flag In the exact centre of the roof of Parliament House flies an Australian flag roughly the size of a double-decker bus. Take the lift to the roof, walk beneath the massive flag mast and pose for uniquely Australian selfies.
Each day at 4.55pm AEST, you can absorb the powerful and sombre Last Post Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial. Each ceremony honours one of the 62,000 who gave their lives in service. You are also welcome to lay wreaths and floral tributes beside the Pool of Reflection.
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Australian War Memorial
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Each day at 4.55pm AEST, you can absorb the powerful and sombre Last Post Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial. Each ceremony honours one of the 62,000 who gave their lives in service. You are also welcome to lay wreaths and floral tributes beside the Pool of Reflection.
The essential triangle Make sure you visit all the national institutions that call Canberra home at least once. A rite of passage for all visitors, you can discover the Australian story and your place in it. Add the National Portrait Gallery, the National Library of Australia, Parliament House, the National Gallery of Australia and the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House to your list. Witness the remarkable change in light at dawn or dusk by visiting the National Gallery of Australia’s Within without – a major Skyspace by American artist James Turrell.
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National Gallery of Australia
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The essential triangle Make sure you visit all the national institutions that call Canberra home at least once. A rite of passage for all visitors, you can discover the Australian story and your place in it. Add the National Portrait Gallery, the National Library of Australia, Parliament House, the National Gallery of Australia and the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House to your list. Witness the remarkable change in light at dawn or dusk by visiting the National Gallery of Australia’s Within without – a major Skyspace by American artist James Turrell.
Sports
Mount Stromlo offers more than 40km of mountain-bike trails and a great skill-tester at The Playground.
Mount Stromlo MTB Park
Mount Stromlo offers more than 40km of mountain-bike trails and a great skill-tester at The Playground.
For the kids
One of Canberra’s hidden gems. A wonderful all ages all abilities playground right on the Lake
Boundless Playground
One of Canberra’s hidden gems. A wonderful all ages all abilities playground right on the Lake
Food scene
An eclectic cultural precinct where urban architecture and artisan luxe come out to play. Think Balinese-inspired courtyards surrounded by art deco hotels, wine and cocktail bars, and fair-trade coffee. While exploring NewActon, head to the sophisticated Ovolo Nishi to dine at Australian Hotel Guide's best bar, Monster Kitchen and Bar. Be sure to snap a selfie on the extremely photogenic grand staircase in the Nishi building while you are there.
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NewActon
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An eclectic cultural precinct where urban architecture and artisan luxe come out to play. Think Balinese-inspired courtyards surrounded by art deco hotels, wine and cocktail bars, and fair-trade coffee. While exploring NewActon, head to the sophisticated Ovolo Nishi to dine at Australian Hotel Guide's best bar, Monster Kitchen and Bar. Be sure to snap a selfie on the extremely photogenic grand staircase in the Nishi building while you are there.
The best burgers in Canberra and you walk down and eat them by the Lake!
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Brodburger
11 Wentworth Avenue
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The best burgers in Canberra and you walk down and eat them by the Lake!
Great local takeaway
Little Theos Take Away Food & Pizza Bar
Great local takeaway
Wander through the hip precincts of Braddon and NewActon for an eclectic mix of cafes, bars, pop-up stores, galleries and people watching. You’ll easily get caught up in the sheer urban cool of it all. Enjoy a drop of our very own Canberra brews with names such as the Barley Griffin, Mort’s Gold and Braddon Bitter at BentSpoke Brewing Co. in Braddon, or try Capital Brewing Co.'s uber cool tap house at Dairy Road, Fyshwick. If sweet is your thing, you're also going to want to try the caramel popcorn sundae at eightysix in Braddon. It’s so spectacular that it has graced the cover of Gourmet Traveller magazine. It’s almost too pretty to eat. Resistance is futile.
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Lonsdale Street Cafe
23 Lonsdale St
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Wander through the hip precincts of Braddon and NewActon for an eclectic mix of cafes, bars, pop-up stores, galleries and people watching. You’ll easily get caught up in the sheer urban cool of it all. Enjoy a drop of our very own Canberra brews with names such as the Barley Griffin, Mort’s Gold and Braddon Bitter at BentSpoke Brewing Co. in Braddon, or try Capital Brewing Co.'s uber cool tap house at Dairy Road, Fyshwick. If sweet is your thing, you're also going to want to try the caramel popcorn sundae at eightysix in Braddon. It’s so spectacular that it has graced the cover of Gourmet Traveller magazine. It’s almost too pretty to eat. Resistance is futile.
Visit more than 30 boutique cellar doors in Canberra’s premium wine growing region and be sure to taste a local Shiraz Viognier or Riesling. Only 25 minutes' drive from Canberra’s centre and up a rural road is the popular smokehouse and cafe Poachers Pantry. Enjoy a tasting plate or their signature dish of smoked lamb cutlets, accompanied by their Wily Trout wines.
Poachers Pantry
431 Nanima Rd
Visit more than 30 boutique cellar doors in Canberra’s premium wine growing region and be sure to taste a local Shiraz Viognier or Riesling. Only 25 minutes' drive from Canberra’s centre and up a rural road is the popular smokehouse and cafe Poachers Pantry. Enjoy a tasting plate or their signature dish of smoked lamb cutlets, accompanied by their Wily Trout wines.
It may surprise you to learn that Canberra makes the country’s best coffee. But it’s objectively true. Ona Coffee’s founder, Sasa Sestic, won the World Barista Championship in 2015, and his employee Hugh Kelly has won the Australian Barista Championship two years running. Ona has several cafés around Canberra, including the bright and airy Cupping Room.
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ONA Coffee House Cafe
68 Wollongong St
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It may surprise you to learn that Canberra makes the country’s best coffee. But it’s objectively true. Ona Coffee’s founder, Sasa Sestic, won the World Barista Championship in 2015, and his employee Hugh Kelly has won the Australian Barista Championship two years running. Ona has several cafés around Canberra, including the bright and airy Cupping Room.
And Brodburger Van to boot! Great way just to relax. Kids very welcome with their own play areas.
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Capital Brewing Co
1 Dairy Rd
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And Brodburger Van to boot! Great way just to relax. Kids very welcome with their own play areas.
Gelato Messina Braddon
21 Lonsdale St
Space Kitchen
12 Furzer St
Shopping 🛍
A Sunday tradition in Canberra, visiting the Old Bus Depot Markets is a must. Pick up some fresh produce, a bunch of flowers, some fashion gems and local artwork while you explore the stalls.
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Old Bus Depot Markets
21 Wentworth Ave
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A Sunday tradition in Canberra, visiting the Old Bus Depot Markets is a must. Pick up some fresh produce, a bunch of flowers, some fashion gems and local artwork while you explore the stalls.
Unique handmade local treasures. What’s not to like!
Trove Canberra
25 Dickson Place
Unique handmade local treasures. What’s not to like!
Virtual Market - Handmade Market April 26, 2020
31 Constitution Ave