Next time you find yourself lamenting the 30 minute drive from Bondi Beach to the Sydney Opera House or St Kilda to Lygon Street, it might be time to consider Canberra as your next weekend getaway. It’s more compact, less congested and a 10 minute drive is all you need to get you between the city’s top picks. Don’t believe us? Pack your bags along with this 10 minute itinerary and see for yourself.
Canberra Airport to the City Centre
The first thing you’ll need to do when you arrive (unless you’re staying near the airport, in which case we thoroughly recommend the award winning Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport) is make your way into the city centre. As a welcome change for travelers used to the average capital city, it’s a very easy 10 minute drive between the two. Once you arrive, make the most of the excellent cafes and restaurants on offer. Enjoy a perfect coffee at The Cupping Room, a drink and plate of tapas by the fire at Bar Rochford or a new take on an old favourite when you order the yabby jaffle at Monster Kitchen and Bar.
City Centre to Lake Burley Griffin
Just five minutes from the city centre, Lake Burley Griffin is half the distance but twice the fun, offering Canberra’s most iconic landscapes, best walking and running tracks and an almost constant stream of exhibitions and events, such as the city’s famous flower festival, Floriade.
Lake Burley Griffin to Parliament House
A visit to Canberra wouldn’t be complete without popping your head in to the meeting place of Australia’s political leaders. You can discover historical treasures and fine art, sit in on question time or join a behind the scenes tour.
Parliament House to Parkes
Another short five minute drive will have you in the heart of Canberra’s museum and gallery precinct. You can spend hours here, admiring Aboriginal Art at the National Gallery of Australia, portraits and photography at the National Portrait Gallery or learning about the world around you at Questacon. If you’re on an adults only weekend, it’s well worth seeing whether your visit coincides with one of the over 18 SciNights or events, like the upcoming Whisky Business.
Parkes to Hotel Kurrajong
Just a three minute drive will have you in the beautifully restored foyer of Hotel Kurrajong where you can take a tour of the historic hotel and enjoy a traditional high tea, glass of bubbles included.
Hotel Kurrajong to Bentspoke Brewing Co.
If the glass of bubbles has whet your appetite for another beverage, make your way 10 minutes north to this local favourite. There are 18 beers and ciders on tap at any one time (including gluten free ginger beer for friends with dietary requirements), a great selection of pub grub and a wonderful energy about the place. If you feel like something a little different food wise, there are plenty of great options all within a one block radius. Try eightsix for modern Australian fare, Grease Monkey for some of Canberra’s best burgers or Sweet Bones if you’re craving a healthy but delicious baked goods fix. Once you’re done with dinner and drinks, tuck in for the night at Medina Serviced Apartments James Court, handily located just one block south.
Medina James Court to the Australian War Memorial
After breakfast at the hotel, hit the road for an easy six minute drive to the Australian War Memorial where you can pay your respects at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and sharpen your history at one of the many rotating exhibitions.
Australian War Memorial to The Truffle Farm
The Truffle Farm is a must visit, particularly if you’re in town during Canberra’s winter truffle festival, when you can join a truffle hunt, take part in a cooking class or simply enjoy a decadent degustation. While you’re there, pop next door to Mt Majura Vineyard, where you can sample some truly excellent wines and take yourself on a nature trail through the vineyard to get a closer look at the vines.
The Truffle Farm to Canberra Airport
With your weekend getaway complete it’s time to make your way back home. How handy that this too is just a 10 minute drive.