3 Days in the Nation’s Capital
Head to the capital and get to know Oz a little more. Here, you can geek out on history, go to town at the galleries and eat your way through their great food scene.
WHAT TO EXPECT
- Immerse yourself in the arts at renowned galleries and local craft markets
- Take in the sunrise from a hot air balloon
- Feast on great food in Canberra’s buzzing dining precincts
Time: 3 Days
Day 1: Biking and Boating in the Capital
Work on those quads and see the sights on a relaxed four-hour bike tour with Mulga Bicycle Tours’ Capital Highlight Tour. Explore the historical, political and cultural sites of Canberra. Experience one good thing after another with plenty of time to stop for a breather or Insta opportunity.
Once the ride is over, enjoy a well-deserved lunch and beer tasting at Canberra's newest brewery, Capital Brewing Co. Capital Brewing Co is 100% independently employee owned, formed by a close group of mates who love delicious brews, surfing waves and good vibes.
After lunch, chillax by Lake Burley Griffin. If the weather is nice, take a stand-up paddle board or kayak out on the lake; or try on a one hour guided Segway tour if you feel your motor skills are up to it.
At the end of the day, don’t miss out the Last Post Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial. The ceremony begins with the singing of the National Anthem. At each ceremony, the story behind one of these names listed on the Roll of Honour is told.
Dine at the award-winning Akiba. Think East Asia’s great food halls, but in Canberra. Don’t skimp on the cocktail menu.
Still thirsty? Head to Kokomos for some creative cocktails in the heart of the city.
Day 2: Get High and Hit the Shops
Who doesn’t want to get high when seeing a new town? There’s no better way to fully appreciate the capital’s charm than from a hot air balloon as the early morning sun fills the valley and lakes with soft morning light. Balloon Aloft Canberra will have you drifting peacefully over the city and is the stuff Insta Stories are made of.
To end the day, get the best burger in town into you at Brodburger. You’ll find it inside the Glassworks building and once upon a time, this joint was an old red gypsy caravan pumping out flame grilled burgers to locals.
The original red van used by Brodburger has been repurposed and was turned into Broddogs in 2014. Find it at The Hamlet in Braddon - an area on Lonsdale Street, with other food trucks, pop-up shops and markets. Dee-lish.
Day 3: National Museum of Australia
To get your caffeine fix, start your morning at The Cupping Room where the crew – including world champion barista Sasa Sestic – know a thing or two about creating a splendid brew.
After breakfast, join a free tour at the National Museum of Australia to learn about Australia’s history. Quote it later verbatim to impress your pals / prove to your folks you’re actually learning something and should be rewarded with some cash money for future education.
In the afternoon, hike the trail from the base of the mountain behind the Australian War Memorial up to the top of and back. Mount Ainslie is the perfect bird’s eye view of the city, taking in Lake Burley Griffin and a bunch of Canberra's national attractions, framed by pretty mountain ranges. Perfect place to get your pash on, FYI.
Before the day is done, head to Braddon for last minute shopping. Hit up Lonsdale Street - once an eclectic mix of retail stores and car yards, this street is now the city’s hippest dining and shopping strip. If you’re hungry, The Hamlet is all your dreams come true: a collection of permanent food trucks selling everything from drinks from a mobile bar to Peruvian street food, pizza and hot dogs.
At the back of The Hamlet, you’ll find a barber shop, as well as pop-up stores selling local art and wares. What’s the best way to end the day? With a souvenir and perhaps a sly second dinner.