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When it comes to culture, Canberra is a great city to be in. It’s both easy and affordable to partake in the arts, with incredible art galleries, museums and shows to choose from. I highly recommend dropping into the National Gallery of Australia, as well as the National Portrait Gallery, which is smaller, more modern and changes exhibitions more often.
Another unmissable icon is the Australian War Memorial. It seems to get better with age and being there for the ANZAC Day Dawn Service is a must at least once in your lifetime,.
On a blue-sky day, there’s nothing quite like a walk or a paddle around Lake Burley Griffin; it’s my favourite way to start the day – that, and picking up artisan bread while looking around the Old Bus Depot Markets. Canberra even has its own beach, at Pine Island Reserve on the Murrumbidgee River.
Other hidden gems are Jamala Wildlife Lodge, Canberra’s zoo and aquarium sleepover experience, and the National Arboretum Canberra, which offers an overview of Canberra’s modern history.
Canberra folk love to eat, so there’s always somewhere new to try. I love the Boston beans at Tilley’s in Lyneham, while Lonsdale Street in Braddon is the newest, hippest street for eating out.
When I took my friends and family to the then new gin bar in town, Tipsy Bull, for a gin degustation, they looked at me as if I had let them in on a huge secret! There are so many great spots like that; White Rabbit is an Alice in Wonderland-themed watering hole with an amazing drinks selection,
Calm, cultured, individual, outdoorsy and plentiful is how I’d describe Canberra. It’s less chaotic than most cities, but it’s definitely not the boring old capital it was once deemed to be.
By Cara Chevers
Travel Expert, Flight Centre Kingston, ACT
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