Canberra is very cool! In way more ways than one. This is why it’s important to have an exciting itinerary to keep you busy in the cooler months, which leaves you with no time to think about how cold your toes are. A good Canberra itinerary for the winter involves the usual suspects: food, drinks and visiting iconic buildings, but also a mountain hike or two to keep your blood flowing and your cheeks rosy. We’ve put together a few essentials for your Canberra winter getaway.
The Hamlet – As they put it “The hamlet is a group of makers, foodies and local creatives that offer a space for markets and shopping and sampling local street food.” And it has been very welcomed to Braddon’s Lonsdale Street. It features an array of cheap and cheerful eats, with a favourite being the Spit Shack and the donuts at Chasing Mr Morris.
Frugii – Frugii is a desert laboratory, and a must if you’re an ice cream or desert connoisseur. With a menu that is frequently changing, it’s worth a few visits when you’re in Canberra.
Italian and Sons - If you love good Italian food in a warm and cosy environment, then you're in for a treat! Italian and Sons is perfect for a warming winter meal, with a broad menu full of pastas, pizzas, antipasti along with delicious daily specials, and a very long wine list. Be sure to book ahead, as this little restaurant books out on most nights.
War memorial - The Australian War Memorial is rated as the number one thing to do in Canberra, and with good reason. The War Memorial aims to bring the war days to life in order to help people remember and understand the Australian experience of war. They have free 30, 60 and 90 minute daily tours, highlighting different aspects of the galleries. A must-do for anyone visiting Canberra.
Mount Majura - Canberra has a lot of good walking tracks and mountains. Mount Ainslie is a very common choice for visitors to Canberra, however, if you're looking for something different then Mount Majura is for you! There is a great range of wildlife, and a lovely rural bush feel. Enter the carpark from the Watson side of Antill Street, then walk up the track from there.
BentSpoke brewery – BentSpoke is a microbrewery and taphouse, with 18 different varieties of beers and ciders, all brewed on premises by one of Australia’s most awarded brewers. If you’re into beer or cider, and a good pub feed then it’s worth a visit. Located on Mort Street in Braddon, it’s the perfect spot for a pre or post-dinner drink.
Westside Acton Park - Westside Acton Park is a market square on the Acton side of Lake Burley made primarily of shipping containers. The area boasts a variety of food stalls, Canberra’s first rooftop bar, and Canberra’s first drive thru coffee venue. There is also a Gold’s gym overlooking the lake if you’re feeling sporty.