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The Top 10 Things To Do In Canberra


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Beyond its status as the home of the Australian government within the state of New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, commonly known as 'ACT', has loads of fun things to do and natural wonders to see since it lies between picturesque lakes and the peaks of Mount Ainslie, Black Mountain, Red Hill and Bimberi Peak. Plus, Canberra is only a two-hour drive from the epic beaches near Bateman's Bay. Here are 10 of the best attractions that won't break your budget or disappoint you on your next Canberra road trip!



1. Stroll through the Gorman House Markets on any Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gorman House Arts Centre on Ainslie Avenue to discover a surprisingly eclectic array of vintage clothing, collectibles and antiques, handicrafts made by locals, rare books and an extensive selection of food stalls with coffee courts and some of the most interesting people you'll meet in Canberra.

Canberra Markets

2. A hotspot to see around September and October, the Floriade festival is a free, jaw-dropping display of millions of tulips planted in such a way to create huge designs in the Commonwealth Gardens. This photographer's paradise also has amusement-park rides, food stalls and often live entertainment at night as well.

3. Stretch your legs in Namadgi National Park to find native wildlife out in the bush on the lovely wilderness trails, where you can camp for the night too. You can also push yourself to the limits by rock climbing at the cliffs of Booroomba Rocks just off of Honeysuckle Road; if you need to rent equipment, visit the Paddy Pallin camping store on Lonsdale Street in nearby Braddon.

Rock Climbing

4. Next to the Lennox Gardens, you'll find bike rentals at Mr. Spokes to help you fully enjoy the scenic circuit around Lake Burley Griffin. Canberra's most notable downtown attractions are also nearby here, including the National Library, the Canberra Art Gallery, the Questacon Science Museum, the federal court and street cafes worth dropping into.

Bike Rentals

5. Catch an incredible sunrise or sunset view from Mount Ainslie Lookout by starting out on the hiking trail behind Canberra's famous War Memorial that leads right to the top. Less than three kilometers long, the path is great for training for a cross-country run, and you can get to the peak within an hour.

6. Get the freestyle Segway ride of your life by renting from Seg Glide Ride by the West Kiosk of Parkes Place on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. complete with a brief tutorial for those who've never sped around upright on two wheels before.

7. For those who want to take mountain biking to the next level, Stromlo Forest Park off of Uriarra Road has a large network of serious cross-country biking trails complete with dirt jumps and full of adventure. You can even catch one of the many mountain-biking championship events held here throughout the year.

Mountain Bike Hiking View

8. When it's time to chill out in the evening, head over to Polit Bar on Franklin Street anytime after 4 p.m. for excellent offerings like martinis, 'health' shots, whisky and burgers served in a 1920s style club with live jazz, karaoke, 'Tranny Trivia' shows, cabaret performances and even tarot-card readings depending on which night you drop by.

9. Delight your tastebuds at Koko Black Cafe in the Canberra Centre complex anywhere from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. with great desserts like a Madagascan chocolate tart to go with exceptional drinks like deluxe cappuccinos, "salted caramel delices," iced-chocolate mochas, Belgian hot chocolates and more.

10. For a truly new dining experience, check out the Rocksalt restaurant on Hawker Place to savor many inventive dishes such as ricotta hotcakes, chicken chimichangas, pork burgers, zucchini and corn fritters, whipped goat cheese, grilled portobello mushrooms, beef cheeks, lamb shanks and homemade hummus to name a few.

Want more information on Canberra? Visit Canberra is a fantastic website where you can find information on where to eat & drink, where to stay, what's on, plus much more!