June 25, 2018
Spilt Milk returns to Commonwealth Park, Canberra this Saturday 17 November 2018, bringing with it a slew of the hottest names in music – Childish Gambino, The Wombats, Peking Duk, Vera Blue, Hayden James, Thundamentals & more.
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. Drop your stuff and get your game face on for Canberra – Spilt Milk style.
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’s 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.
Heading back to QT? Make a pit stop at Black Market for a cocktail made from one of their rare spirits and marvel at their theatrics (we’re talking dry ice level of theatrics).
Prepare like the champions do with a stellar meal to give you the stamina for a solid day of festivaling ahead. And what goes better with a day dedicated to milk? Toast, of course. Toasted’s menu ranges from the expected (Avo Good Day) to the sweet (S’More Than A Feelin’) to the downright tasty (I Wanna Hold Your Ham – two slices of sourdough with mustard, tomato chutney, ham off the bone, Swiss cheese and a fried egg). Cheers to that!
Find them in Braddon on Lonsdale Street.
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 Bao Brothers, Dirty Bird and Chur Burger.
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 King O’Malley’s, then grabbing a cocktail and dancing to early-2000’s hits at Knightsbridge Penthouse, 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. 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 boddied 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.