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.
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.
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.