Australian Capital Territory - 72 hours in Canberra

Let Canberra delight your taste buds with 72 hours of food and wine experiences that have been recognised within their class for being a cut above the rest. Australian Capital Territory - 72 hours in Canberra
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72 Hours in Canberra

  • Three days
  • Australian Capital Territory

Let Canberra delight your taste buds with 72 hours of food and wine experiences that have been recognised within their class for being a cut above the rest.


What to Expect

  • Sip coffee created by Australia’s Barista Champion.
  • Take a cellar door tour of the famed Clonakilla winery, a leading light of the Canberra cool climate wine district.
  • Explore Australia’s largest indigenous art collection at the National Gallery of Australia.
  • Dates: Before event program

With Canberra’s food scene growing exponentially, so too is the quantity of award-winning produce that is being grown, harvested and cultivated in the region.  Let us delight your taste buds with 72 hours of food and wine experiences that are a cut above the rest. 

DAY 1: COFFEE, CARAMEL AND ASIAN BARBECUE

The Cupping Room, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Morning
Wake up with a hit of the best caffeine around at highly-acclaimed specialty coffee roaster Ona Coffee’s newest cafe The Cupping Room, located in Canberra’s CBD. The Cupping Room was designed by Ona’s team to share passion and knowledge about coffee with its customers. After breakfast, take an exclusive cupping session with Sasa Sestic, the 2015 World Barista Champion and Ona Coffee’s director and Hugh Kelly, the current Australian Barista Champion. 

Then head over to the Acton Peninsula for a guided highlights tour at National Museum of Australia on the shores of Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin. The Museum's stunning architecture provides an extraordinary place to explore the rich and diverse stories of Australia and its people. 

Afternoon
Experience lunch at AKIBA, winner of Australian Financial Review Top Restaurant’s 2016 People’s Choice Award. Take in AKIBA’s informal, buzzing atmosphere, which draws inspiration from East-Asia’s great food halls and dining rooms. After devouring the many styles of Asian barbecue, raw bar and modern day Dim Sum, you will quickly see why AKIBA was voted Australia’s most popular restaurant.

Enjoy a spot of wine tasting and a Gumboot Tour at Mount Majura Vineyard. After lunch you can enjoy wine tasting close by at Mount Majura Vineyard, located 15 minutes from the city centre. As well as sampling local wine varieties at Mount Majura Vineyard, you can don a pair of gumboots and join the team on a guided walk through the vineyard.

Evening
After a delicious meal at this buzzing Braddon restaurant, take a trip down memory lane with eightysix’s salted caramel popcorn sundae, a modern take on the good ol’ fashioned childhood favourite. The sundae, which has featured on the cover of Australian Gourmet Traveller, has become a Canberra institution. 

DAY 2: STUNNING VIEWS IN THE WORLD’S CLEANEST AIR

Aubergine restaurant, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Morning
Enjoy a relaxed breakfast at Urban Pantry  within the leafy suburb of Manuka. This cute café masters the art of elegant dishes made with seasonal produce.

Then hit the road for Murrumbateman, just outside of Canberra, to try some handcrafted chocolates. Robyn Rowe Chocolates has received numerous accolades including Gold and Champion in the Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Show. Join Robyn and hear all about the traditional European methods she employs, while drawing inspiration from the fresh produce abundant in the Canberra region including walnuts (from their own tree) and locally-grown and bottled Clonakilla Muscat.


Afternoon
Take a seat in the farmhouse that’s now the Poachers Pantry Smokehouse Café, where products from the farm make up the menu. How does a farmhouse charcuterie board, Sicilian smoked chicken breast with parmesan gnocchi and sun-dried tomatoes or smoked kangaroo carpaccio sound?

Close by, visit Clonakilla, one of the best wineries in the country and enjoy an once-in-a-lifetime wine tasting with Tim Kirk, who was crowned Winemaker of the Year in 2013 by Gourmet Traveller Wine. Producing Shiraz, Riesling and Chardonnay, Clonakilla is best known for its outstanding Shiraz Viognier.


Evening
Dine at Canberra’s two-hat restaurant Aubergine. Sourcing produce from local farmers, savour the four-course menu at the hands of chef Ben Willis. Anticipate a selection of refined dishes such as roast quail with baby cabbage, vanilla, horseradish and mustard leaves, and venison loin with Jerusalem artichokes, cipollini onions and truffle sauce.

DAY 3: ART, PASTRIES AND SMOKED GOODNESS

The Aboriginal Memorial (1987-88), National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Morning
Treat yourself to some tarts from Silo Bakery. Featuring amazing cakes and breads, the chocolate tart is a must try. After over-indulging, take a walk down to the Kingston Foreshore, a growing and vibrant destination lined with a plethora of eating and drinking options.

Afternoon
Visit the home of Australia’s National Art Collection, the National Gallery of Australia, which has more than 165,000 works and includes Australia’s largest collection of Indigenous Australian artwork. A great selection of the collection is on display, including famous artworks like Monet’s Nympheas (Waterlillies), John Olsen’s Sydney sun and Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly series. Head next door to the National Portrait Gallery and come face to face with the famous, the infamous and the sometimes forgotten icons of Australian history.

Evening
Since opening in 2013, the Pialligo Estate Smokehouse has won more than 52 national awards including Australian Pork’s Best Bacon of the Year and championship Atlantic smoked salmon. Tour this prestige smokehouse and see the smoking professionals in action, followed by a paddock-to-plate style dinner in the picturesque Farmhouse Restaurant located within a vineyard, olive grove, orchards and market garden 10 minutes drive from the CBD.