Our very own capital, Canberra may be small in size but this action-packed city boasts much more than first meets the eye. In addition to the famous museums and war memorials, Canberra is bursting with trendy restaurants, world class attractions and ample outdoor activities for all ages. Maintaining a tight-knit community, you will feel right at home exploring the history-steeped streets. Here are 10 cool things to do in Canberra.
Join a segway tour
Get acquainted with this modern city by taking a segway tour. Give your legs a rest and cruise effortlessly around the beautiful Lake Burley Griffin and areas of the parliamentary zone. This relaxed tour will take you to explore Canberra’s famous landmarks and iconic buildings, all while enjoying the great outdoors. Full training is provided so you’ll become a master of this unique contraption in no time.
Indulge in a Brodburger
After working up an appetite, head over to Brodburger for lunch. Offering one of the best burgers in town, the restaurant serves up flame grilled burgers and chips around the clock. Those feeling particularly ravenous can opt for the Broddeluxe burger featuring two ½ pound beef patties, two eggs and loads of crispy bacon. On the lighter side of things, there’s a fresh salmon fillet burger or even a flame grilled vege burger that can even be made vegan friendly.
Bounce off the walls at the trampoline park
Burn off those extra calories at Sky Zone Trampoline Park. Australia’s biggest indoor trampoline park, you can climb aboard a collection of trampolines that all combine to form one huge jumping playground. Surprisingly, bouncing around is not only entertaining but highly beneficial from a fitness point of view. Many who visit expect to go once but end up returning again and again for their adrenaline fix.
Take a winery tour
Did you know there are more than 30 boutique wine cellars in Canberra’s premium wine growing region? Just 35 minutes out of the city, you can take the time to explore the surrounding wineries or embark on a wine tour. The Four Winds Vineyard Cellar Door offers award-winning wine and rustic wood-fired pizzas for guests, while Helm Wines is known for its highly touted Rieslings and Cabernet Sauvignons.
Hire a paddle boat on Lake Burley Griffin
Lake Burley Griffin is situated in the centre of Canberra and is used for many recreational activities. Join the locals and go bike riding or jogging around the lake or head to the shores to enjoy canoeing, windsurfing or even paddle boarding. Choose to hire a paddle boat or a kayak for an hour and set sail along the peaceful shores. Just be careful not to get too close to the famous Captain Cook Memorial Jet that spurts water sky high in the afternoons, otherwise you will get wet!
Eat a sweet treat from Ricardo’s Bakery
Constantly rated as one of the top bakeries in the city, Ricardo’s Bakery is a local haunt for cake lovers. Originally just a small start up but now well known across the country, Ricardo’s serves up a colourful array of macarons, gold-dusted mousse cakes, injectable doughnuts and kitschy cakes – most of which are gluten free. Owner and chef Ricardo De Marco uses iconic Australian eats and childhood memories as inspiration for unique creations like his famous golden gaytime cake.
Stroll the Capital Region Farmers Markets
Every Saturday morning at the Exhibition Park, you can find the Capital Region Farmer’s Markets. Over 100 stalls gather to offer the region’s best local produce. Much more than just fruits and vegetables, you will find a wide range of baked goods, gourmet preserves, fresh meat and seafood, and even eggs, milk and honey straight from the farm. If you’re feeling a little peckish, there’s also plenty of ready-made meals, from sumptuous Thai curries to hot bratwurst sausages.
Visit the Mount Ainslie Lookout
For picture perfect views of the city and beyond, walk or drive to the peak of Mount Ainslie. At dusk, you can watch in awe as the sun sets over the nation’s capital. Explore the mountain’s native bushland by taking a hike along the Mount Ainslie Walking Trail and the Remembrance Nature Trail. Keep an eye out for the local wildlife that lives in the rugged surrounds such as kangaroos, rabbits and many bird species.
Hunt for truffles
You’ve seen Jamie Oliver do it, now you too can embark on your own truffle hunt at the French Black Truffles of Canberra. The city’s very own trufferie, you can follow a team of trained dogs and hunt for rare black Perigold truffles. Once you have found your prize, you will watch a chef prepare decadent dishes using the truffles as the main ingredient. Sample sumptuous dishes along with local wines and see why these truffles are used in top restaurants around the country.
Get your caffeine fix
For seriously good coffee, visit the team from Ona Coffee. Director and Bean Hunter, Sasa Sestic recently won the World Barista Championship and describes the Ona team as a bunch of people in love with coffee. For those truly keen to get a glimpse into the world of coffee, visit the Cupping Room. Here the team will gladly share their expert knowledge as you sip freshly brewed coffees and develop your coffee tastebuds.