Canberra serves up the goods for travellers looking to escape for the weekend and try something new.
First up, head to Stromlo Forest Park for a world-class adrenalin hit. The numerous bike trails are designed for a variety of skill levels and will satisfy even the most seasoned cycling enthusiast. For serious mountain biking thrills, take on the double black diamond Blood Rock and Cardiac Arrest trails.
Download a map online before you head out, and take your own equipment – including bike, helmet and other protective wear.
Time to check out Canberra’s craft beers and whiskeys with a Local Spirit guided tour. Curated to show you some of the region’s award-winning brews, the Beer and Whiskey Boilermaker Tour will transport you first to BentSpoke Brewing Co. in Braddon where you’ll get to taste four ales. Then onto Baldwin Distilling Company for a look at their fermentation process and a drop of whiskey or moonshine.
Next, your crew will visit the impressive Capital Brewing Co. for the grand tour and a flavoursome BrodBurger from the red caravan. You’ll be dropped back to the city about 6pm.
Lazy-Su in Braddon is packed with flavours and attitude, so get amongst it. Order a banquet to taste a fusion of Asian eats – inspired by Asian eating houses and hawker vendors. If you need a recharge, order Su’s special espresso martini, Express Yo_Self.
Two doors up, grab a stool at Hopscotch for some night-time tunes, an extensive beverage list, and a regular crowd of locals.
Debacle is a long-term Lonsdale Street fixture, serving up ales, wine and pizza with a great relaxed vibe, while Knightsbridge Penthouse is a great place for music and martinis in the heart of Braddon.
Head to Hale + Mary in Kingston for a casual sports bar experience with hearty food and an impressive drinks menu.
If you have any energy left, be sure to try BlocHaus Bouldering with its 600 square metres of colourful climbing surface challenging you to climb without ropes or harnesses. Different routes are set for all levels of fitness and there’s padding below in case you lose your grip.
Accommodation options in the city, Braddon and Kingston will suit this itinerary, such as Novotel Canberra, Mercure Canberra, East Hotel + Apartments or Avenue Hotel Canberra. Browse the extensive range and book through our website.
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