Hotel Realm's concierge shares his tips on visiting Canberra.
View outside window at the Realm Hotel, a five star property in Canberra

What are your five hidden Canberra gems?

Maple and Clove Wholefoods Cafe – for honest, nourishing and tasty wholesome foods located in the leafy suburb of Barton. They have a Runners Group that meets every Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 6:15 as well as a Cycle Group and Yoga class that happens every weekend run by the award winning EVO Health Club!

Have a relaxing weekend drive to Murrumbateman and visit Capital Wines for cool climate wines Canberra is getting internationally known for! After swilling and spitting, go to their cafe and order the ‘Ploughman’s Platter’ to share with friends.

If kangaroo-spotting is your thing, head over to the historic Yarralumla Nursery in the embassy suburb of Yarralumla where *disclaimer* (depending on the season), you can find several mobs of kangaroos just lounging and hopping about the lawns just outside the nursery. They also have a fantastic cafe and gift shop selling artisan crafts from local Canberra artists.

Head over to the National Gallery of Australia’s Sculpture Garden and discover works by Maillol, Rodin, Lachaise and Calder among native Australian flora. This unique environment creates a great atmosphere that attracts at least 25 species of native birds – perfect for bird watching! Every day after 12:30pm, head over to the pine trees and experience Fujiko Nakaya’s Fog Sculpture! The mist-ifying installation is both alluring and mesmerizing at the same time.

During the month of March, the Canberra hosts the Canberra Balloon Spectacular, listed as the top 4 hot air balloon festivals in the world! For the best views, head over to the 7th floor Rooftop Terrace of Burbury Hotel where you can enjoy breakfast with an unobstructed view of the city. Burbury Terrace also hosts Canberra’s most exclusive High Tea every Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

What’s been the most interesting visitor request at Hotel Realm?

A guest once requested a framed portrait of the famous and controversial English novelist Eric Arthur Blair, also known as George Orwell to be hung in his room. He got what he requested and was quite surprised.

Canberra is...

The Capital of ‘cool’. So much more to offer than just fireworks, roundabouts and pollies.

Where do you take interstate friends visiting Canberra?

Once we’ve done the Parliamentary Triangle (Parliament House, Questacon, National Gallery, National Library etc.) on bike (the best way to see the city), we’ll head over to the Botanic Gardens to unwind with coffee and cake and watch the sun set.

What’s the most interesting thing a guest left behind in the hotel?

A guest had left behind a full-sized mannequin!

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