Australian Capital Territory - Canberra's ultimate food trail

Embark on Canberra’s ultimate foodie trail and sample some of the region’s best cool climate wines matched with superb local produce. Australian Capital Territory - Canberra's ultimate food trail
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CANBERRA’S ULTIMATE FOOD TRAIL

  • Four days
  • Australian Capital Territory

Embark on Canberra’s ultimate foodie trail and sample some of the region’s best cool climate wines matched with superb local produce.


What to expect

  • Meet winemakers and sample cool climate wines.
  • Wander the Canberra Region Farmers Markets and talk to the producers.
  • Visit the Australian War Memorial, one of the world’s great war museums and TripAdvisor’s number one landmark in Australia and the South Pacific.
  • Dates: Before event program 

There’s a long history of winemaking in the Canberra District, where there are 140 vineyards and 33 wineries, most within 30 minutes’ drive of the city. Embark on Canberra’s ultimate foodie trail and sample some of the region’s best cool climate wines matched with superb local produce.

DAY 1: WINE, HIPSTERS AND FINE DINING

A. Baker combines a popular restaurant, bar and bakery in Canberra’s NewActon precinct.

Morning
As you make your way down the Federal Highway from Sydney to Canberra, make time to drop in to Lerida Estate halfway between Goulburn and Canberra.

Not only do Jim Lumbers and Anne Caine produce an amazing selection of elegant wines at Lerida Estate, but the winery was designed by award-winning architect Glenn Murcutt, so wherever you are in the building there’s an immediate connection to the landscape. Make sure you take home a couple of bottles of pinot noir, as the terroir of the Lake George area suits it perfectly.

Afternoon
Check in at Hotel Hotel. It is a hotel like no other in Canberra; a place of collaborative craftsmanship made by designers, artists and artisans. The 68-room hotel is dressed with restored 20th century Australian furniture, original artworks, collected objects and artisan made furnishings. The foyers’ grand staircase is made up of thousands of wood planks and its hotel foyer incorporates cosy lounge seating and an award-winning restaurant, Monster Kitchen and Bar. If you can drag yourself from your hotel room, discover the NewActon precinct – offering an eclectic mix of residential and commercial space blending precious Canberra heritage with cutting edge sustainable design.

Evening
Against the dramatic backdrop of charred walls, courtesy of the fire that ripped through the area in 2011, three distinct spaces define A. Baker, a popular restaurant, bar and bakery in the fashionable NewActon precinct. Choose from a menu divided into breakfast and all-day lists, lunch and dinner specials, a charcuterie menu for light snacks and a bakers menu for daily baked goods.

DAY 2: DINE AROUND THE BUSH CAPITAL

Experience the region’s best on both the menu and wine list at Grazing in Gundaroo.

Morning
Be tempted by breakfast at the hotel’s Monster Kitchen and Bar before leaving the city and heading north to Murrumbateman for a spot of wine tasting. Ken Helm AM and his wife Judith established the Helm Wines vineyard in 1973 and his cellar door is an old school house. Then head to Clonakilla, considered one of the best boutique wineries in the country. Clonakilla produces Shiraz, Riesling and Chardonnay but is probably best known for its outstanding Shiraz Viognier.

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?
Sip on Wily Trout Wines’ Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Shiraz created by winemakers Nick Spencer and Hamish Young from grapes planted in the late 1990s on the Poachers Pantry property.
Then hit the road for Eden Roads winery. This boutique winery, produces Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. 

Evening
Located in the historical Royal Hotel in Gundaroo, the focus at Grazing is on serving the region’s best on both the menu and wine list. With an emphasis on seasonal and organic food, Grazing offers a range of local produce such as yabbies, Bungendore beef or locally farmed silver perch. Wash it down with an extensive wine list of Canberra region labels and Canberra-brewed hand-crafted beers.

DAY 3: FARMERS MARKET, MUSEUMS AND MONSTER

Join Canberra locals and explore the Canberra Region Farmers Market.

Morning
Enjoy an early morning wander around the Capital Region Farmers Markets (Saturday only); an experience which is not complete without awakening your taste buds with a Bombolini doughnut. Bombolini is a local Canberra institution, making fluffy light Bombolini doughnuts that explode with homemade flavoured custards and jams. Then join a guided highlights tour at National Museum of Australia. Australia's stories come alive at the National Museum of Australia, on the shores of Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin. 

Afternoon
Take part in a guided highlights tour at the Australian War Memorial. The Australian War Memorial is a moving and insightful experience for all. Bringing together a world-class museum, a shrine and an extensive archive, discover Australian experiences of war and connect with the stories of people and events that have shaped Australia. Look out for the sound and light shows, including Over the Front: The Great War in the Air, a film by renowned director Sir Peter Jackson.

Evening
Enjoy a ‘backstage pass’ to Monster Kitchen and Bar at the award-winning Hotel Hotel. Let chef Sean McConnell take you behind the scenes of his acclaimed restaurant. See how he and his team of culinary masters craft Monster’s menu based on Canberra’s four distinct seasons, using ingredients from nearby producers, including oysters from Batemans Bay, truffles from Sutton and honey from the hotel's beehives.

DAY 4: AWARD WINNING COFFEE, WINE AND FARMHOUSE RESTAURANT DINING

Mt Majura Vineyards, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.

Morning
Go behind-the-scenes with the current World Barista Champion and Director of Ona CoffeeSasa Sestic, at their coffee roasting house to witness how Ona’s award-winning coffee beans are roasted. Then take a break and stroll down Lonsdale Street, Braddon; once an eclectic mix of retail stores and car yards, this street is now the city’s hippest dining and shopping strip. Here you'll find a mix of hipster coffee shops, casual eateries, bakeries, pubs, restaurants, bars, hair salons and boutique shops.

Afternoon
Drive to Mount Majura Vineyard, a mere 15 minutes from Australia’s Parliament House. Winemaker Frank van de Loo works with all the varieties you’ll find in the region but he also has some Tempranillo and Graciano vines. As well as sampling local wine varieties at Mount Majura Vineyard, you can get down and get dirty by donning a pair of brightly coloured gumboots and following a self-guided trail through the vineyard. 

Evening
Finish off your trip with a delightful dinner at Pialligo Estate Farmhouse Restaurant. Set on 86 acres just minutes from the city centre, Pialligo Estate has also been expanded to incorporate an olive grove, vineyard, orchard, market garden, and the award-winning Pialligo Smokehouse, famous for Australia’s best artisan bacon.