From sunrise to sunset in Canberra

From sunrise to sunset in Canberra

The national capital is the ideal destination to listen, watch and learn.

Embrace the city’s contemporary and historic art and cultural pieces – both at the national attractions as well as local galleries.

The best news? Everything is close together, so you don’t need to spend too much time in the car. It is simple to navigate around Canberra and fill up your day with inspirational experiences in both the indoors and outdoors.

In between uncovering hidden gems, enjoy Canberra’s superb foody scene and stunning views.

Day 1: Canberra bucket list

Image: Kyo Coffee Project, Braddon, Australian Capital Territory

For those who take their coffee particularly seriously, begin your day in Braddon and drop into the Kyo Coffee Project. Here you’ll find seasonal blends of intense roasted flavours - also serving tasty tarts and cakes. A visit to Braddon is not complete without checking out the rainbow roundabout, the creative street art within alleyways, or just sitting back at a café for some people watching.   

Now that you’ve had your coffee fix, explore what it means to be Australian at the National Gallery of Australia – home to the largest collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in the world. Take extra time to walk amongst the stunning Fern Garden and James Turrell’s Skyspace. 

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

For something a bit different, hop back in the car and head to the Gallery of Small Things, tucked away on Wade Street in Watson. Special exhibitions profile local artists across all forms and mediums. Purchase precious items from the shop.

Now, for a paddock-to-plate long lunch to remember, book a table at Pialligo Estate’s Pavilion. The stunning estate is located out towards Canberra’s airport at Pialligo, with beautiful views of the vineyards and Canberra’s skyline.

Pialligo Estate, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Pialligo Estate, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

After lunch, drive to the Kingston Foreshore and jump on board a GoBoat for a unique view of the national attractions from Lake Burley Griffin. You can be your own captain with no need for a boat licence!

Finish the afternoon with an introspective moment at the Australian War Memorial. Wander through the gallery spaces then head to the Pool of Reflection where at 4.55pm each afternoon, you can listen to a moving Last Post Ceremony, sharing the story of an Australian from the Roll of Honour.

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Too tired to drive home? An overnight sojourn at Ovolo Nishi will have you wondering if you’re actually staying within an art gallery. Artworks are on display and the innovative architecture tells its own eye-catching story. Enjoy a meal at award-winning Monster Kitchen and Bar, located in the hotel. 

Book lunch at Pialligo Estate