June 4, 2020
Wondering what you can do on a visit to Canberra this weekend? We’ve put together five suggestions to inspire your weekend.
While social distancing and limitations on dine-in patrons apply, there are a number of cafes in Braddon ready to welcome you. It’s worth checking if they take bookings to ensure you won’t be disappointed.
Local hotspot Assembly, is open for walk ins only (bookings can be made for dinner) and is guaranteed to satisfy your long over-due brunch craving. At Barrio Collective Coffee you’ll find incredible coffee with a menu paired to match. Even the fussiest guests will find something to eat at Elemental Café, which serves traditional and modern brunch items. Make sure you book ahead for your brunch at Rye Café. With a relaxing atmosphere, it’s the perfect morning coffee spot with a fresh, simple and delicious menu. Vegan? Sweet Bones is the vegan heart of Canberra. This bakery and café will be big hit with first time diners and boasts a loyal local following. If you’ve perhaps spent isolation indulging a little too much, Bitten Goodfoods has just the wholefood dish to help you on your way. Find plenty more dining ideas at the CBR is still open website, on outincanberra or hercanberra.
It’s the destination the locals are talking about. Just opened, the long-awaited Dirty Jane’s Canberra is a haven for all things vintage. Located in a large warehouse in Fyshwick, tucked behind Domayne, you’ll be greeted by friendly welcoming staff, live blacksmithing and a café.
Bowral shop regulars will know Dirty Jane’s is compiled of 90 boutique stalls selling anything and everything you can imagine that’s vintage, retro, classic, hand crafted and antique. Among the wares include furniture, art, clothing, designer jewellery, pottery, homewares and flowers. Most importantly, you’ll find items you didn’t realise you so desperately needed! Best of all, this gem is open daily from 10am to 5pm.
No bike? No problem. Hire a Brompton bike from the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre at Regatta Point ($25 two hours, $45 full day) and take off around Lake Burley Griffin’s wide bike paths. There are three lake loops to choose from and your hire includes a map, helmet, lock and bag.
On your ride expect to see parks and playgrounds, sculptures, national attractions and wildlife. There are spots to refuel with a coffee or bite to eat along the way. Afterwards browse the Centre’s shop and take home some local goods. You can also get expert advice from Canberrans about what to see and do in the Canberra region.
If you have been missing your gallery and museum visits, the news is good. Canberra’s attractions have begun a phased approach to reopen. This weekend you can see a number of exhibitions, on the proviso you book a timed visit. Start your day with a visit to the National Museum of Australia to see Endeavour Voyage: The Untold Stories of Cook and the First Australians (bookings essential). Make your way around the lake to the National Gallery of Australia where you can wander the International Art Gallery space along with two exhibitions, Belonging: Stories of Australian Art and XU ZHEN®: ETERNITY VS EVOLUTION. Finish off your cultural activities at the National Portrait Gallery where you can see the National Photographic Portrait Prize, the inaugural Darling Portrait Prize and Shirley Purdie’s Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe (From my women).
Explore the National Arboretum Canberra and wonder at the design, layout and vision of the 94 forests of rare, endangered and symbolic trees from Australia and around the world.
The Arboretum is a haven for walkers, joggers, cyclists, photographers and those seeking breathtaking views across Canberra. You can check out the National Bonsai Collection, wander the Curatoreum gift shop and grab a takeaway coffee and snack while the kids play on Pod Playground. The Ginger at the Arboretum café in the Village Centre has limited indoor and outdoor seating to comply with the current public health emergency restrictions.