Home of Australia’s capital city, Canberra, this inland region is surrounded by boutique cool climate wineries, artisan food producers and crafty coffee baristas. Malaysian food blogger Anis Nabilah and Korean journalist Eunsil Chang spent a couple of days exploring this delicious region.
Experience Canberra through the eyes of two foodie influencers as they explore cool climate wines, local producers and artisan coffee.
Before setting off on an incredible culinary adventure throughout the Australian Capital Territory, Eunsil Chang and Anis Nabilah got acquainted with Australia’s wildlife at the National Zoo and Aquarium.
After meeting with emus, kangaroos and wombats, Chang and Nabilah visited Helm’s Wines for an encounter with well-known Canberra Winemaker, Ken Helm. Helm gave the visitors a taste of his award-winning wines, including the Riesling.
Prominent Canberra establishment The Cupping Room was the next stop with Chang and Nabilah judging the coffees of Australia’s best coffee roasters and growers. Canberra is also home to barista Sasa Sestic, a partner of The Cupping Room and founder & director of ONA Coffee. Sasa was named the 2015 World Barista Champion at the 16th Annual World Barista Championship.
Later that day, Chang and Nabilah had a chance to see where some of Australia’s leading restaurants and chefs source their smoked goods. Susan Bruce hosted the visitors in the beautiful gardens of Poacher’s Pantry and served up a range of her smoked meats.
To finish off a fun, food-filled day both were treated to a spectacular sunset view with a hot air balloon flight with Balloon Aloft across the city.
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Explore Canberra for Australian culture and history at superb monuments and galleries in this city surrounded by parklands and native bushland. Visit Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial, National Gallery of Australia and Questacon. Experience the the Balloon Fiesta in autumn, Fireside Festival in winter, and Floriade in spring. Explore the Australian Alps or Tidnbinbilla Nature Reserve and Murrumbidgee River Corridor, just a short drive away.
Take this leisurely drive to some of the 140 vineyards and 33 wineries dotting the countryside just outside Canberra. Team fine wine and food at the cool-climate wineries in Hall and Murrumbateman and buy handmade art, glassware and pottery from galleries in the Yass Valley. Go caving in the Wee Jasper Valley or fish from Lake Burrinjuck or Goodradigbee River. Fine dine in Gunning or the 19th century village of Gundaroo, where villagers still graze cattle on the town common. At the end of the day, rest your head in a boutique bed and breakfast, historic homestead or a luxurious country retreat. Soak up fine food and wine, local art and craft and stunning scenery on this classic country drive from Canberra.
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Not only is Canberra Australia's youngest capital city, it's also the most surprising. The federal capital houses many of the country's cultural institutions but also supports a thriving arts community and a lively food and bar scene. With its diverse mix of man-made and natural attractions, Canberra is a place of discovery, learning and fun.