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A getaway to Canberra, Travel News & Top Stories

A metropolis brimming with unforgettable recollections is ready so that you can uncover in Australia’s capital, Canberra.

The deliberate metropolis sits other than different main cities within the world, the place superb experiences abound inside shut proximity, whether or not you’re a foodie, nature-lover, or get pleasure from a highway journey.  

In reality, Lonely Planet’s authors ranked Canberra the third greatest metropolis to travel to in 2018. This fuss-free pattern three-day itinerary strings collectively the essential landmarks and locations to see. 

Unforgettable experiences 

Canberra has a mess of distinctive experiences that you simply received’t discover anyplace else. 

Canberra is without doubt one of the few locations within the world the place you’ll be able to fly a scorching air balloon over the town. PHOTO: VISITCANBERRA

The nationwide capital is without doubt one of the few locations within the world the place you’ll be able to fly a scorching air balloon over the town, and if the winds are beneficial, even over Australian Parliament House. Daily rides performed by Balloon Aloft will have you begin your journey on the Hyatt Hotel Canberra in Yarralumla, earlier than ending the flight with a comfy champagne celebration again on the Hotel. 

Canberra is conveniently situated inside hours of distinctive capital, nation and coastal experiences. After experiencing the world-class nationwide sights on provide in Canberra, drive by way of historic townships as you make your strategy to the southern shoreline and nationwide parks. The Capital Coast and Country touring routes will acquaint you with the area very quickly in any respect.  On the identical highway journey, take a slight detour to go crusing at Jervis Bay (three hours from the town by automotive) on an unique yacht constitution. 

Entering into the Marine Preserve and Booderee National Park, the seashores are crammed with effective white sand and the waters are crystal clear, surrounded by tall cliffs. Hire a crusing constitution with knowledgeable skipper and catering, then sit again and chill out within the peaceable breeze – hold your eyes peeled to identify dolphins and different marine wildlife!

Jervis Bay
Sail on pristine waters at Jervis Bay. PHOTO: VISITCANBERRA 

For a winter expertise you received’t overlook, be taught to ski or snowboard at Corin Forest Recreation Park within the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve – Canberra’s snow playground only a 45-minute drive from the town. 

For the foodies

When on holiday, there’s nothing extra enjoyable than to sleep in collectively, roll away from bed and head to brunch.

In the flourishing cafe scene of Canberra, there isn’t any lack of choices. Go for a vegan fruit and nut waffle paired with some espresso at Local Press Cafe or head to Coffee Lab within the centre of Canberra. The latter is a completely instagrammable cafe the place you’ll be able to take photographs posing in entrance of gorgeous hanging gardens suspended from wood crates above. 

True espresso connoisseurs ought to positively take a look at the bespoke espresso blends at The Cupping Room as effectively. 

At evening, head out for dinner at Rubicon, a highly-acclaimed fine-dining restaurant with an alfresco setting, full with fairy lights. Delicious important programs from the restaurant embrace herb gnocchi and chermoula grilled lamb. 

Restaurants and cafes

Soak in nature vibes

In love with nature? Canberra lives as much as its fame because the bush capital, the place nature reserves are in abundance, providing guests an opportunity to stand up shut with wildlife. 

Go on nature walks on the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve within the Namadgi National Park, solely a 45-minute drive away. You can see native animals of their pure habitats, from grazing kangaroos, an assortment of birds, brush tailed rock wallabies and platypus swimming within the ponds to koalas clinging lazily to the bushes on the Eucalypt Forest.  

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is barely a 45-minute drive away from the town centre. PHOTO: VISITCANBERRA

For nice views over the town, drive 20 minutes down south to Red Hill Nature Reserve. The place is nice for trekking, bird-watching and recognizing wildlife. If you’ll be able to’t get sufficient of the view, ebook a dinner at fine-dining restaurant Onred for the evening or have some espresso on the informal eatery Little Brother while you’re there. 

Without venturing far, there are many issues to do in Canberra’s metropolis centre too. Go buying at Lonsdale Street in Braddon — the hipster space in Canberra. Simply stroll alongside its streets lined with pop-up outlets, trendy cafes, eating places and trendy barber outlets. You can store way of life items and attire at boutiques akin to Ori Building Treasure Trove, Assemblage Project, Rebel Muse and AGENCY. 

Hopscotch in Braddon
Hopscotch bar and grill is situated on the favored Lonsdale Street eating strip in Braddon. PHOTO: JEZ-RODRIGUEZ FOR VISITCANBERRA

There are additionally loads of issues to do close to the beautiful Lake Burley Griffin within the coronary heart of Canberra. You can do water actions akin to crusing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding or fishing. Enjoy a soothing picnic within the parks close by or head to a lakeside café for espresso. 

Paddling in Lake Burley Griffin
Paddling in Lake Burley Griffin. PHOTO: VISITCANBERRA 

And in case you’re visiting in spring, don’t miss the annual flower pageant at Commonwealth Park, Floriade. Happening from Sept 15 to Oct 14 this yr, it can characteristic an intensive show of blooms with sculptures and creative installations, a spectacular sight to behold. See the backyard beds remodeled into an illuminated wonderland as Floriade Nightfest occurs from Sept 26 to 30. It’s the proper date location and exercise the place each of you’ll be able to overlook the world as you stroll by way of the rows of blooms in a magical environment crammed with glowing lights and sounds. 

Floriade showcases an intensive show of blooms with sculptures and different creative installations. PHOTO: VISITCANBERRA 

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