Here are Annabel and Maggie’s favourite places in Canberra.

Annabel Crabb
Annabel Crabb

Annabel Crabb is the much-loved personality of the Australia political journalism scene, and is a respected commentator and television host. In her role as the ABC’s chief online political writer, she covers the gamut of Australian politics. Her well-publicised penchant for baking coupled with her love for the intricacies of the Australian politics has seen her host ABC television shows Kitchen Cabinet, The House and Back in Time for Dinner.

I can spend hours at... the National Library of Australia.

I loving heading back in time at... the Museum of Australian Democracy – check out the Old Press Gallery.

I learn something each time I go to... the National Archives of Australia.

My favourite way to blow off some steam is... buying way too much cheese at Fyshwick Markets.

When friends visit Canberra, I usually take them to... the basement of Australian Parliament House.

When friends are visiting Canberra for the first time, the first place I take them is... if they've got kids, Questacon.

Which local shops are worth checking out? Bison Homewares at Pialligo or Lonsdale Street in Braddon.

For a last minute gift I go to... the gift shops at the National Gallery of Australia or the National Museum of Australia.

What are some of the highlights of the local calendar? Floriade and Budget season - my two favourites.

If I want a sweet treat, I visit... Silo Bakery, home of incredible tarts.

Maggie Beer, Canberra Writers Festival
Maggie Beer, Canberra Writers Festival

Despite not having any formal training as a chef, Maggie Beer has had success in a career that spans five decades. She has written many books, is the recipient of many book prizes and has been awarded the Senior Australian of the Year and an Order of Australia.

The best fresh produce in Canberra can be found at… still, truffles from Canberra – it’s been a longer season than normal.

I can spend hours at... the National Gallery of Australia, no matter the exhibition, and the National Portrait Gallery, wondering about the lives of the works of art .

I loving heading back in time at... National Archives of Australia, our history amazes me.

I learn something each time I go to... the National Library of Australia.

The most fascinating place is... the walk around Lake Burley Griffin. I love finding people you know, and the stories they have to tell, in the pavement surrounding the Lake.

More Australians should visit the... Australian Parliament House. I believe it’s a building we should be so proud of – just make sure you have identification though!

How would you describe Canberra’s local food scene?   More and more vibrant every year – fabulous farmers markets, great restaurants and bakeries.

The Canberra event I most look forward to attending is... The Canberra Writers Festival.


Check out the program for the Canberra Writers Festival here.