Canberra is a very beautiful city with so many interesting attractions that will make you fall in love with it even more. There will be no boring moment when you visit this capital of Australia. It may be one of the youngest cities in Australia but it is also one of the most surprising ones. The combination of natural and man-made attractions will amaze you. We list down some of the fun activities that you can do if you visit Canberra.
So now, here are the activities to try when visiting the city.
- Wine and more wine
If you’re a wine enthusiast then Canberra is one haven for you! The Canberra District Wine Region with 33 wineries and just a 35-minute drive from the city is the place to go to! It is the home of classic cool-climate wines. Visit Four Winds Vineyard that also offers good food. You can also try to visit Poachers Pantry that will welcome you with sample cool climate wines at their cellar door. Another winery worth checking out is Lerida Estate, with overlooking view of Lake George.
- Visit the Old Parliament House
Do not let the word “old” fool you. This Old Parliament House that used to be the home of Australian politicians is now home to the dynamic Museum of Australian Democracy. It offers different attractions to celebrate different festivities in the city. It is perfect for the entire family from small children to teens to mommies and daddies. They will surely enjoy activities in-store for various events.
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- Devour some chocolates
Chocolate lovers are in for some delicious treats when visiting Robyn Rowe Chocolates, located in a small village of Murrumbateman, a half-hour drive from the city. The place is very popular for its smooth, creamy, and delicious chocolates, which are made on-site using some traditional European methods. You will also taste some of the region’s best products like honey, walnuts, and the local’s pride homegrown Clonakilla muscat.
- Tour the National Gallery of Australia
Do you enjoy visiting art galleries? Canberra offers you a glimpse of the rich culture and artistic side of Australia through various exhibitions and galleries featuring national artists and up-and-coming artists. You can check out in advance the schedules of exhibitions so you have an idea of what to expect and the time or day of your visit.
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Ride around a man-made lake
Lake Burley Griffin is one of Canberra’s most prominent and popular landmarks. You may try some water activities like kayaking, windsurfing, or yachting. But the best way to experience this wonderful view is by cycling around the 35-kilometer perimeter. You will appreciate more the man-made lake; the beautiful scenery and it will give you a relaxing feeling.
6. Enjoy The Snow At Corin Forest Recreation Park
While most parts of Australia don’t get a hint of snow, Canberra allows for an unforgettable winter experience! Ski the slopes, build a snowman, or ride a toboggan in a purpose-built snow area at Corin Forest Recreation Park. The place provides snow cover throughout the whole winter and it’ll only take you about 45 minutes drive to get there (if your starting point is the city). It’s fantastic!
7. Get Your Cultural And Architectural Fix
If you happen to visit Canberra sometime between July 12 and July 30, please make a stop at The Meeting Place – this is a cultural gathering with artists communicating their spiritual ideas through various mediums like photography, painting, and glass installation. Also, I warmly recommend you go and see Namatjira: Painting Country – an exhibition of watercolor paintings by Albert Namatjira. The exhibition opens on July 15. Oh and, don’t let me forget the Truffle Festival (just one of our favorite fests here) which is the ultimate foodie Australian festival. Additionally, this fest is a magnificent celebration of winter in the Canberra region so I kind of have a feeling you’ll love every moment here.
As for the architecture, you should know that Canberra is (almost) nothing like any other part of Australia; it features broad boulevards, expansive open spaces, aesthetics influenced by the 19th-century Arts and Crafts Movement, and a flawless alignment of natural and man-made elements. You’ll love it!
8. Explore The Market
One of the best ways to spend your Sunday in Canberra is to go to the famous Old Bus Depot Markets with delicious treats, barista-made coffee, and some hot mulled wine to warm your insides. Exploring the area, you’ll be thrown by the colorful stalls, beautiful clothing, handcrafted homewares, and stunning jewelry — all seated in a magnificent old industrial building. We visit this Market each time we go there.
9. Reunite With Nature
Take a walk around the unbelievable National Arboretum Canberra and get immersed in its 94 forests from around the world. There is a National Bonsai and Penjing Collection, Pod Playground, Sprout Cafe, the Curatoreum gift shop, spectacular lookouts, and outdoor sculptures. July is when Warm Trees – the largest knitted community artwork in the world – is being showcased, so make sure you don’t miss it!
Enjoy Canberra by trying out the activities mentioned in this post. Make every moment special by spending it with your loved ones. And remember pictures immortalize your vacation, so take as many photos as you can.