Take advantage of the capital’s fabulous spring weather by hiring a bike or segway and riding around Lake Burley Griffin or enjoy a bushwalk through Tidbinbilla spotting platypus, possums, wombats, echidnas, emus and many other birds and reptiles.
For a great view across the city, venture up to the National Arboretum Canberra where you can take a guided walk, admire the bonsai pavilion, let the kids explore the pod playground and grab a bite to eat inside the Village Centre. Set alongside Lake Burley Griffin, the Arboretum features 94 forests and gardens of rare, endangered and symbolic trees from around Australia and the world.
Explore the stories of the nation inside Canberra’s national attractions. Come face to face with the famous, the infamous and the sometimes forgotten icons of Australian history at the National Portrait Gallery. See Australia’s national art collection at the National Gallery of Australia and celebrate the spirit of democracy at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.
There’s plenty for families to see and do this spring. Enjoy hands on science fun at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, take a tour of the Australian Institute of Sport with an elite athlete and meet the animals at the National Zoo & Aquarium. The very popular KSpace family space at the National Museum of Australia has undergone a transformation and children can build a robot of the future using touch screens and then journey back in time to learn about that era in Australia’s history.
See glass artists in action at the Canberra Glassworks in Kingston and try your hand at making your own glass product. On Sundays, head next door to the Old Bus Depot Markets where you’ll find stallholders selling food, art and craft, clothing, furniture, toys and more.
For an urban foodie fix, venture over to City West to explore some of the best of Canberra’s food and wine scene experiences. You will be spoilt for choice with places like The Cupping Room, Temporada, Loading Zone, Soju Girl, Mezzalira and the little hole-in-the wall that is Da Rosario tempting your tastebuds.
The Canberra district also has 140 vineyards with more than 30 cellar doors within 35 minutes of the city centre to explore. You can also sample the best Rieslings from the Canberra district and across the world at the Canberra International Riesling Challenge Public Tasting Day on 17 October at the Albert Hall.