Canberra Winter Bucket List: 90 Things To Do

Canberra is fast becoming a culture capital, with cool bars and cafes, incredible historic treasures, action, adventure and natural wonders all within minutes of the city.

Here's 90 things to do in Canberra this Winter!

      1. Reach for the stars at Mt Stromlo Observatory
      2. Have a high class high tea at Hotel Kurrajong
      3. Lay eyes on Australia’s first ever Oscar statue at the National Film & Sound Archive
      4. Ride a toboggan over Garema park as part of The Winter Festival
      5. See Sidney Nolan’s iconic Ned Kelly series at the National Gallery
      6. Pack a picnic and enjoy overlooking the city at the National Arboretum
      7. Sleep just a window away from a lion at Jamala LodgeJamala Wildlife Lodge at the National Zoo & Aquarium
      8. Enjoy adults-only time at Questacon with SciNight events
      9. Visit the National Museum of Australia and make your way around the varied exhibitions
      10. Walk up Red Hill for the best view of the city
      11. Take a day trip and trek Namadgi National park
      12. Sample local Microbrews at Bentspoke Brewery
      13. Play 20 questions with Robo Q at Questacon
      14. Sample from the 400+ wine varieties at Benchmark Wine Bar
      15. Paddleboat along Lake Burley Griffin Cycle around Lake Burley Griffin
      16. Have breakfast in a bookshop at Muse Canberra
      17. Sunset at Mount Ainslie lookout
      18. Hop on and off the Canberra City Explorer bus
      19. Walk the bridge to bridge with the locals
      20. Enjoy a drink at White Rabbit
      21. Check out works from some of Australia’s most highly regarded artists’ at Beaver GalleriesBeaver Galleries
      22. Line up for fresh bread early each morning at Silo Bakery
      23. Play outdoor games at Hopscotch
      24. Play in giant acorn cubby houses and banksia-shaped pods at The National Arboretum
      25. Go on a gumboot tour of Mount Majura Winery
      26. Hire bikes and ride around Lake Burley Griffin
      27. Find local delights at the Old Bus Depot markets
      28. Take a Zooventure and meet a cheetah at the National Zoo
      29. Tour the ‘hotshop’ at Canberra Glassworks and blow your own tumbler to take home
      30. Treat yourself during the Canberra Truffle Festival Hunt for truffles from June-August with The Truffle Farm
      31. Try the Sunday degustation at Pialligo Estate
      32. Stay close to the city and the sky at Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport
      33. Get wet at Big Splash Waterpark
      34. See arthouse and independent films at Palace Electric Cinema
      35. Feel like a giant among all things miniature at Cockington Green
      36. Try a self-drive tour of the Yarralumla diplomatic zone
      37. Go fishing at Lake Ginninderra
      38. Spend the night in ex-Prime Minister Ben Chifley’s room at Hotel Kurrajong
      39. Go on a Truffle foraging tour
      40. Check out the only copy of the Magna Carta in the Southern Hemisphere at Parliament House
      41. Take a hot air balloon ride at sunrise with champagne breakfast to follow See the city from above in a hotel air balloon
      42. Watch the Canberra Raiders at Canberra Stadium
      43. Learn about Australia’s Indigenous peoples at the National Capital Exhibition
      44. See a local band play at Phoenix
      45. Wander along the haven of hip known as the Kingston Foreshore
      46. Fly a plane at Jet Flight Simulator in Fyshwick
      47. See snakes and lizards and all types of creatures at the Australian Reptile Centre
      48. Re-live iconic film The Castle at the High Court
      49. Grab your clubs and get on the (superb) green at The Royal Canberra Golf Club
      50. Sample all the whiskeys at Chifley’s Bar & GrillSample Whiskeys at Chifley's Bar & Grill
      51. Get a 360 view of the city at Dairy Farmers lookout
      52. Tour the Botanic Gardens on the Flora the Explorer electric bus
      53. Visit the 1850s Lanyon Homestead
      54. Bag a bargain at Canberra Outlet Centre
      55. Get inspired at the Canberra Writers’ Festival
      56. See Howard Arkley’s portrait of Nick Cave at The National Portrait Gallery
      57. Support the locals at an AFL match at Manuka Oval
      58. Watch new release blockbuster films at Dendy Cinema
      59. Visit the Old Bus Depot Markets at Kingston Foreshore
      60. Play among the flowers during Floriade
      61. See local up and coming art at the ANU School of Art
      62. Walk around the viewing platform at Telstra Tower
      63. Try the ‘best bao in Canberra’ at AKIBA
      64. Find your relatives on the Honour Roll at the Australian War Memorial The Australian War Memorial
      65. Stop over at Vibe Canberra Airport on your way to the Snow
      66. Explore Floriade after dark at NightFest with spectacular lighting displays & performers
      67. Learn all about coffee from the baristas at the Cupping Room
      68. Meet a superstar athlete at the Institute of Sport
      69. Wine & dine before you fly at Helix Bar & Dining
      70. Learn about Australia’s most innovative discoveries at the CSIRO Discovery Centre
      71. Try one of everything at The Hamlet Food Trucks
      72. See where money is made at the Royal Mint
      73. Sample the best burgers in Canberra at Brodburger
      74. Tackle a Freakshake at Cafe Patissez Try the original 'freakshake' at Cafe Patissez
      75. Warm your insides with a trip to the World Curry Festival
      76. Stand mong the life size replicas in the Dinosaur Garden at the National Dinosaur Museum
      77. Sit in on question time at Parliament House
      78. Helicopter across Lake Burley Griffin and Parliament House
      79. Be there on the 1st or 3rd Wednesday of each month when the Last Post Ceremony includes the presence of Australia's Federation Guard at the War Memorial
      80. Try the 6 course degustation with incredible views at the Boat House by the Lake
      81. Indulge in cheese and wine at Mount Majura
      82. Find the best local produce at the Capital Region Farmers Markets
      83. Play detective and try to escape from Riddle Room
      84. Dance the night away at Trinity Bar
      85. Sit in the lobby and take in incredible architecture at Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport The lobby at Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport
      86. Look over Captain Cook’s Endeavour Journal at the National Library
      87. Relax with afternoon drinks in the Garden Bar at Chifleys Bar & Grill
      88. Wake up for an early run around the lake
      89. Watch the sunset from The Aviary Shipping containers
      90. Walk among emus and see kangaroos at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve



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