Outdoors in the Bush Capital, Canberra
Canberra is a beautifully green city with activities to suit all sorts of lifestyles. Explorers, loungers and hipsters alike will find excitement in the diverse backdrop of Canberra. Peel away the legislative layer of the Australian Public Service to reveal a vibrant landscape dotted with national parkland, vivacious cafes and laidback people.
Canberra is such a diverse city with much to offer adventurers. Begin your day with a walk in the hilly Isaacs Ridge. Kangaroos scatter under the trees and the air is fresh and crisp with morning dew. Make your way to the top for panoramic views of Walter Burley Griffin’s 1912 designs of south Canberra. The ridge offers trails that lead onto the Centenary Trail, a must-see for keen explorers.
Follow your walk with a late breakfast and coffee in the trendy lakeside suburb of Yarralumla. Home to one of the cities largest parks, Yarralumla is a lively area that is frequented by families, students and pensioners alike. There is a bit of something for everyone here. Take a window-facing seat at The Farmer’s daughter, a hip and quiet café with excellent coffee and even better food.
A trip to Tidbinbilla will stimulate adults and children alike. Be sure to check into the visitor centre to find out what locations the wildlife are frequenting. Walk the trails scented with eucalyptus and become truly immersed in native life, surrounded by indigenous flora and fauna. If you’re very quiet and very lucky, you may even spot a platypus bathing in one of the water holes.
Drive down to one of the barbeque areas, there are many to choose from so it is very possible to have the area to yourself, and devour a sausage sizzle while kangaroos hop around you on the grass. Season depending, you may spot a handful of joeys too.
Head over to Gleneagles Golf Club for a spot of golf in the afternoon. Take in the scent of freshly cut grass while putting balls on the green. Be sure to watch out for the many native snakes that make their home here. Finish off with a cold beer in the country club.
Finish your Canberra evening with a trip to the Arboretum. Created after the tragic 2003 bushfires, the Arboretum is home to miles of specially crafted forests. While they are still in their infancy now, they will provide a spectacular experience for generations to come. Sit on the top of the hill and take in the almighty sun as it drapes the hills and houses of Canberra.