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By Concrete Playground
August 26, 2019
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By Concrete Playground
August 26, 2019
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Explore the nation's capital with our new trip builder

With its buzzing restaurants and bars, world-class art galleries, cultural happenings and surrounding wine country, our nation’s capital has plenty to be uncovered. Its cultural landmarks, epic art festivals and, of course, stunning hilly surrounds all make Canberra a pretty special place to spend time.

Whether you’re planning an outdoor adventure, a weekend getaway with your partner in crime or the ultimate food and drink trail, there’s always something going on. One weekend you’ll be wandering through magnificent flower displays at Australia’s biggest spring festival. The week after, you’ll be indulging in cutting-edge dining experiences and going to an after-dark party in a park. The next? You’ll be watching colourful hot air balloons rise into the sky, visiting some cellar doors or walking through ancient forests. In Canberra, it’s one good thing after another.

Regional holidays to the ACT are now permitted for some states — check the rules for your own state or territory here. Also, some of the places mentioned below may still be closed or operating differently due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please check websites before making any plans.

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        Choose Your Travel Style
        Outdoor adventures, food and drink trails and gallery hops await.
        Choose Your Moment
        Romantic getaway or riding solo? We've got you covered.
        Discover What's On
        Organise your agenda ahead of time — here's what's happening across the city.
        Where to Eat
        Find a place to refuel before you continue adventuring.
        • XO

          Head here for bold Asian-inspired dishes like udon noodles with XO chicken ragout, squid ink nasi goreng and calamansi soft serve.
        • Kyo Coffee Project

          A relative newcomer, this Braddon cafe has made a splash with great coffee and a Japanese-inspired menu.
        • Two Before Ten

          Enjoy seasonal local produce and house-roasted coffee in the buzzing courtyard garden.
        • Barrio Collective Coffee

          Go for the specialty coffees, stay for the creative combinations of 'stuff' on toast.
        • Intra Specialty Coffee

          Cool coffee joint by day, moody wine bar by night.
        • Highroad

          A slick all-day cafe from the Ona team.
        • Penny University Cafe

          Feel at home at this cosy cafe with comfort food and great coffee.
        • Maple + Clove

          A wholefoods cafe serving nutrient-rich smoothies and hearty (and healthy) meals.
        Where to Get a Drink
        Sample the region's best drops at these spots.
        What to do
        Fill your days with hikes, gallery visits and discovering local curiosities.
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