Long stereotyped as a slow, beige kind of town, it’s increasingly more accurate to say that Canberra is alive and buzzing with culture. Yes, it's time to get to know the nation’s capital.
Where in Canberra can you witness Machiavellian mischief, battles over turf, a lot of roaring and unexpected alliances? Jamala Wildlife Lodge, of course. (Where were you thinking?)
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Go to market in the nation’s capital.
Whether you’re celebrating or simply treating yourself, these restaurants have a sense of occasion.
It’s the most important meal of the day so make it count!
Save room for these sweet treats.
Need a spa break? Want to spend more time on a massage table than on the road? Check into one of these hotels and chill out in the CBD.
Ellyse Perry spills the beans on her favourite Canberra coffee shops.
There are flashier hotels in Canberra — and definitely hipper ones — but few can match the low-key Hyatt for glamour.
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Italian heritage and cuisine are celebrated at Joe’s Bar
Formerly the rather stuffy Rydges Lakeside, this property received a new lease on life when acquired by the QT Hotel and Resorts group, not to mention a $6 million makeover.
The National Portrait Gallery is packed with impressively varied artworks depicting the famous – and not-quite-famous – faces of Australia.
Since its opening in 2013, Hotel Hotel has become the standard bearer for boutique hotel experiences in Canberra (and undeniably beyond).
In the aftermath of the 2001 and 2003 bushfires, which devastated multitudinous pine plantations, Canberra’s National Arboretum was established as a means of conserving and protecting different tree species within more than 100 newly planted forests.
For thirty years now, Questacon’s formation of bulbous white cubes on the edge of Lake Burley Griffin has been the home of countless inspirational introductions to science of all varieties.
For more than 20 years locals have spent Sunday mornings roaming these stalls.
Kingston's East Hotel has cultivated a neat culture of inclusiveness at its establishment since opening in 2012, becoming the go-to spot in Canberra for visitors wanting family-friendly accommodation without skimping on the unique, upscale feel of a designer hotel.
The hallowed grounds of Canberra's Park Hyatt have likely borne witness to more deals than a TV game show.
The experience invites intimacy with sharing encouraged between diners.
Both The Realm and its sister hotel Burbury have made their marks on Barton with boast-worthy-dining and cool, clean styling.
Though it looks upon the Northbourne Avenue main drag and its frequent river of red brake lights, you wouldn’t know it once inside the newly developed The Avenue.
The National Zoo and Aquarium is exactly as billed; it houses outdoor animal sanctuaries for big cats, giraffes, bears and primates among others as well as an aquarium inside with sharks and colourful Great Barrier Reef dwellers.
At a time when the consumption of film is at its most mobile, this cinema is really refreshing
Bearing the name of Walter Burley Griffin, the American architect and stickler for symmetry whose 1912 landscape designs for a fledgling national capital remain as the blueprint for Canberra, Lake Burley Griffin stretches from the recently minted Kingston Foreshore all the way out west towards the National Zoo & Aquarium.
You know you’re in Canberra when even the spa packages are named after past Australian Prime Ministers.
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