Maximise your time in Canberra with these itinerary ideas, inspired by Austravel, the Australasia holiday experts.
Canberra is packed with great things to do, so spend your first day exploring the cool capital. Hop on the Capital Highlights Tour: a laid-back guided tour through the heart of the city, including the Old Parliament House, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and plenty more of the capital’s hidden gems. Meander the streets on foot with your camera at the ready, stopping to taste some fresh coffee along the way (Canberra prides itself on its coffee scene). Alternatively, hire a bike and let the breeze flow through your hair as you ride through the city, ticking off the best bits along the way.
Eat & Drink
As one of the tastiest capitals on the planet, you are spoilt for dining options – it’s almost too hard to choose (almost). Check out Mocan and Green Grout (the name sounds odd, but trust us on this one); it’s a stylish little place that rustles up mouthwateringly fresh dishes in an open kitchen. Well worth a visit.
Where else in the world where you can enjoy a hot-air balloon ride over Parliament House? Float above Canberra’s most iconic buildings and scenes with a Balloon Aloft tour. You will be blown away (literally) by the bird’s-eye views of the capital; whatever you do, don’t forget your camera. Take a stroll around the Botanical Gardens in the afternoon, where you can take part in various creative workshops or simply enjoy the breathtaking grounds.
Eat & Drink
Whether it’s for brunch, lunch or a simple coffee and munch, you need to stop by The Cupping Room. It offers the most amazing blends of coffee along with a delicious menu (featuring plenty of vegetarian and vegan choices), housed in a lovely location.
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Walk, cycle or drive up to Mount Ainslie for picturesque views of the city. It’s especially rewarding at dawn and dusk, when the sun casts a red-pink glow over the city and the Brindabella mountains in the distance.
Alternatively, you could spend half the day visiting the inspiring National Arboretum, Parliament House and the Australian War Memorial on a whistlestop Blue Skies Adventure Tour.
Eat & Drink
When in Canberra, you can’t miss the city’s infamous FreakShakes, served up by Patissez, the little café that specialises in big, bonkers drinks. These calorific creations consist of a mason jar stuffed with over-the-top ingredients: ice-cream, milk, cookies, nutella, towers of marshmallows, chocolate, sprinkles, toffee to name a few. Diets don’t exist on holidays anyway…
Where To Stay
There’s plenty of options when it comes to a good night’s sleep in Canberra. Here a few top picks from Austravel…
It’s as luxurious as the name makes it sound. If you’re yearning for a classy, designer interior mixed with top-tier service (and without breaking the bank), then QT Canberra is the perfect place to bed down in the capital.
Aria Hotel offers the perfect mix of a great location and a comfortable place to rest your head. And it certainly doesn’t compromise on luxury; the rooms are so spacious that you will feel like you are bedding down in a palace.
If you enjoy waking up to stunning views over the city, then you should consider staying at Crowne Plaza Canberra. It’s one of the biggest hotels in the city and is just a stone’s throw away from Parliament House.
Novotel offers great value without compromising on comfort and location. It’s positioned just 0.2km away from the city centre and has a newly renovated swimming pool to keep you entertained.
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