If you've managed to snag yourself tickets (go you!), we encourage you to treat yourself to a wild weekend of fun and frivolity in the capital with our 48-hour Spilt Milk itinerary.
First things first: check into your accommodation. Whether it’s the conveniently located QT Canberra hotel on the fringe of the NewActon precinct, camping at Exhibition Park in Canberra or glamping in a bell tent at Naked Cubby Co., Mount Majura Vineyard, there’s something to suit your needs and budget.
If you're rethinking your outfit for the big day hit up Kirklandd's favourite store, Lost Vintage in Lonsdale St, for some game day threads.
Head into the city for a bite. Enjoy a bowl of authentic duck – or should that be duk – laksa from Asian Noodle House, bask under the neon at AKIBA while sharing their dumplings and a cocktail, or indulge in a tropical-inspired feast at Kokomo’s.
Debuting at Spilt Milk, Teen Jesus & The Jean Teasers also recommend Grease Monkey for burgery goodness and Detroit-style pizza served out of an old mechanic's garage. Neko Pink knows the best vegan eats in town, with The Fish Shack on her must-eat list.
Slip into one of our hidden bars for a night cap. The acclaimed Bar Rochford might have some hype around it after winning Gourmet Travellers’ 2018 Bar of the Year, but let us tell you, it’s more than lived up to the accolade – think vinyl records being played as you sip on a tasty brew in the historic Melbourne building.
If you’ve paid a visit to Molly in years past, reroute your course and head to their new location off of Northbourne Avenue. Same vibe, new digs – you’ll feel at home the instant you walk in.
What's the perfect way to start a day dedicated to milk? Milkshakes, of course. Morning Glory's menu ranges from the expected (Adzuki Coconut shake with red bean) to the sweet (Tutti Frutti shake with custard apple, mango and banana) to the downright tasty (Vietnamese Iced Coffee with bourbon, creme de cacao, condense milk and espresso). Cheers to that.
Prepare like the champions do with a stellar meal to give you the stamina for a solid day of festivaling ahead. Here are 50 mouth-watering destinations you simply must try.
Gates open from 11am, and you’ll want to get in early. See Commonwealth Park transformed into a weird and wonderful playground of visual delights with installations that will send your senses into overdrive. In between the boogieing, grooving and pitch-perfect singing along you’ll be engaging in, be sure to grab a bite from food trucks like Donugs, Bluebonnet BBQ and Sparrows Philly Cheesesteak.
Look after yourself and your mates, keep your fluids up and make sure you check the weather before you head in – you wouldn’t want to miss your favourite act because you left your cardi at home.
Kick on into Civic for some more music good times. Many of Canberra’s best cocktail bars, clubs and pubs are conveniently located all within a two-kilometre radius of one another, meaning you can find yourself enjoying live music at Sideway, then grabbing a cocktail and dancing to retro hits at 88mph, before dancing to the latest bops at Mr Wolf.
Begin your day with refuelling at one of the Canberra Centre’s eateries before doing a spot of shopping. Green House Coffee Co. will give satisfy your ONA coffee cravings, or for those who need bacon stat, a visit to Dobinson’s Bakery will leave you feeling a bit better. While you’re in the Centre, grab a gift (or treat yourself) at one of their specialty stores, like Mecca Maxima, H&M, Aesop skincare, Gewurzhaus Herb & Spice Merchants and Top3 by Design.
Before heading home, make a pit stop into the very cool Capital Brewing Co. - a favourite of local band and Spilt Milk performers, Sputnik Sweetheart. Famed for their ‘good-natured brews’, you’ll find a drop to match your tastes, be it the fresh and crisp Coast Ale or the full-bodied Evil Eye Red IPA. Take a walk around the brewery and see the magic happen before your eyes. While there, grab a Brodburger from their van, a guaranteed mood-lifter if there ever was one.
For more information about the festival, check out their website.
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