Youth experiences - Australian Capital Territory
Experience one good thing after another when visiting Canberra, Australia’s national capital.
Whether it’s unearthing iconic national treasures, going on breathtaking adventures in pristine wilderness, or refuelling at Canberra’s hottest new foodie precincts, everything is just moments away. Canberra’s jam-packed calendar of events also offers an eclectic mix of activities year round.
With the majority of attractions offering free entry, Canberra is a fantastic value for money destination that won’t break the budget. Canberra is also the perfect base to explore the beautiful South Coast and Snowy Mountains regions, home to the whitest sand beach in the world, and the tallest mountain in Australia respectively.
Best known for its world class museums and galleries, Canberra’s many attractions offer an insight into the Australian way of life, history and culture.
Adjoining the national attractions lie the centrepiece of Canberra, Lake Burley Griffin, an ideal destination for a range of active pursuits to get the heart racing including stand-up paddle boarding, segway rides, cycling and kayaking.
At over 100,000 hectares, 46 per cent of the Australian Capital Territory lies within Namadgi National Park making Canberra the closest major city to alpine wilderness in Australia. Recreation in Namadgi includes walking and hiking, mountain biking and horse riding.
Re-energise after an active day at one of Canberra’s hottest new precincts, Braddon, NewActon and Kingston Foreshore featuring a plethora of funky pubs and cafes.
Canberra offers a great range of accommodation options, from caravan sites, cabins and camping grounds, to motels and backpacker hostels, to suit all budgets and needs.
With a wide variety properties all located within close proximity to the city, exploring Australia’s capital is a breeze.
Live like a local. Here are just a few insider secrets and the best places to find them.
Stay perky at one of these excellent coffee spots: The Cupping Room, whose owner was awarded World’s Best Barrister recently; Londsdale Street Roasters, who source and roast their own beans; or Mocan and Green Grout, a retro style café serving fair trade coffee.
Wineries and Beer trails
Canberra has a number of craft breweries including Bentspoke Brewing Co., Capital Brewing Co., and Zierholz Premium Brewery, as well as the Canberra District Wine Region just a short 35-minute drive from the city centre.
Canberra boasts a range of weekend markets including the largest regional markets in the Southern Highlands, the Canberra and Region Farmers markets. Don’t miss the multi-award winning Old Bus Depot Markets for fresh local produce and hand crafted souvenirs.
Get a bird’s eye view of the city from each of these locations: Mt Ainslie, National Arboretum of Canberra and Red Hill.
Discover the local hot spots. Hippo Co serves more than 220 types of whiskies; Honkytonks is serious about tequila; Playground Bar does an excellent martini, and just around the corner is King O’Malley’s for beer lovers. For well-crafted cocktails, head to the Melbourne building on West Row, Canberra City, which is home to two of the capital’s newest bars – The Highball Express and Bar Rochford and the 1920s-style Muddle Bar. Feel like dancing to DJ music? Try Tongue & Groove, Treehouse Dolce Lounge & Bar or Mr Wolf. For music with a Latin American twist, MonkeyBAR is the place to be.