April 1, 2019
Let’s be honest, no one wants to look like a tourist. Ditch the tacky Hawaiian shirt and tune in to local legend Megan Sparke’s guide to authentic, Canberra experiences.
Explore the city like a local with this insider’s guide to secret speakeasies, little-known lookouts and hidden treasures.
The very best of nature is quite literally on your door step. Head to Shepherd’s Lookout for unbeatable views of the Murrumbidgee River at sunrise. A short 30 minute drive from the city centre, Megan says she enjoys a leisurely stroll from the car park through Woodstock Nature Reserve up to this Insta-worthy view.FIND OUT MORE
Visitors love walking and riding around the lake, but Megan’s insider secret is to rent a GoBoat. These self-captained electric picnic boats float across the water providing the perfect setting for brekkie with a 360-degree view. Pack your boat with freshly made pastries from Sonoma or grab a gourmet hamper to go from Schmicnics.FIND OUT MORE
Reward yourself for getting up early with a local favourite, Brodburger. Located in the burgeoning district of Fyshwick, this foodie destination has a cult following. Burger buffs will want to wrap their hands around these giant, glorious hamburgers overflowing with local produce. Pair your burger with a craft beer from Capital Brewing Co while you’re there.FIND OUT MORE
Spend the afternoon with Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles, Andy Warhol’s Campbell Soup Cans & Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly series. Megan’s favourite artwork at the National Gallery of Australia is Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Room, featuring an endless world of pumpkins. Home to more than 166,000 works of art, you could easily spend the whole weekend in this gallery.FIND OUT MORE
If a caramel popcorn sundae with peanut brittle, rich popcorn ice cream and a broken waffle cone sounds right up your alley, then you’ll love eightysix – a vibrant, modern restaurant located in the Canberra inner-city suburb of Braddon. Stroll down Lonsdale St and explore the local fashion, homeware and design stores before dinner.FIND OUT MORE
See the forest for the trees at the National Arboretum Canberra, with its 94 forests of rare, endangered and symbolic trees from Australia and around the world. Walk, drive, cycle or even horse-ride through this botanical beauty. Megan can’t decide which she prefers – checking out the astounding bonsai collection or climbing to the top of Dairy Farmers Hill for a sweeping view of the city below.FIND OUT MORE
There’s always room for more when you’re exploring the historic town of Collector. More vintage, more food and more wine are on the agenda when Megan visits. Whether you want a late breakfast at Some Café (the locally sourced bacon and egg roll with homemade tomato sauce is a must) or you want to sample the latest vintage next door at Collector Wines, your inner foodie will be rejoicing.FIND OUT MORE
Road trip around the wineries in Murrumbateman. With 30 wineries within 35 minutes of Canberra, the hardest part of your day will be deciding which cellar doors to visit. Megan recommends kick-starting your tasting at Clonakilla, a family-run producer famed for its handcrafted wines, before dropping by Four Winds Vineyard for some wood-fired pizzas and a glass or two between the vines.FIND OUT MORE
35°16'44.5"S 149°07'42.0"E. This set of coordinates is all you have to find Canberra's underground bar, Molly. A bare light bulb in a city laneway is the only other hint that this low-lit jazz club exists. Once you ascend their stairs, you're launched into illicit opulence that draws from the prohibition era. An impressive array of some 500 whiskies awaits, served on a copper-topped bar lit by oil lanterns.FIND OUT MORE