Canberra. Things to do in the Capital

Canberra is an exciting and unique city with activities to suit all kinds of people. There is much variety to be found in Walter Burley Griffin’s planned city. Peel away the politics to reveal a vibrant landscape dotted with national parkland, vivacious cafes and laidback people.

A day in Canberra is best spent browsing the multitude of cultural collections available at the many galleries and museums located in Parkes. Begin your day with a hot air balloon ride from the Hyatt Hotel, surveying all that Canberra has to offer. The city is most unique in the fact that there are six major city centres and suburbs are isolated from one another between bursts of bush land.

Head to the National Gallery for a lakeside morning tea. Sit outside for the best views and enjoy a chai latte while watching the egg yolk sun dance across the ripples of the lake.

Families will find many exciting activities suited to all ages in Canberra. Put a trip to Questacon on the cards for an educational experience suited to the entire family. There a monthly changing exhibits with a huge variety of interactive and fun activities. Little ones will also love running the grounds of the National Botanical Gardens in a safe environment.

Head over to the National Gallery for a tasty lunch in their bustling café. The staff are extremely accommodating to any and all dietary requirements and will happily modify a meal to suit your requirements.

Take a stroll down to Kingston after lunch. The suburb has experienced a real transformation over the last ten years with it now becoming the most experience area of Canberra to buy or rent in. It’s not difficult to see why with the hip bustling restaurants that sit against the gorgeous foreshore and the sleek, contemporary units that line the belly of the lake. Browse the glassworks for some insight into Canberra’s unique history or if you’re there on a Sunday, walk down to the esteemed Kingston markets. Come for the creative handicrafts but stay for the exceptional food.

Such a busy day calls for a relaxing afternoon coffee break and relax before dinner. Make yourself cosy at one of the many tranquil cafes that neighbouring suburb Manuka has to offer.

Many of the galleries and museums offer special nighttime events. Try to catch a performance from the Symphonic Orchestra at the National Portrait Gallery before making your way to the city for a late night supper. Choose between the many eclectic venues on Bunda Street, the perfect location to watch the city go by.

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