If you’re like most people not from Canberra, it’s likely that the most time you’ve ever spent there was your obligatory year six trip to Questacon and Parliament House. But suddenly, as if while no one was looking, Canberra got cool. The city is now home to Australia’s best coffee maker, plus a thriving art scene and solid live music venues like Transit Bar and The Phoenix drawing top line shows and large crowds.
Here’s our top five highlights, hidden gems, local secrets and bucket-list sights for you to check out during or after Junket.
Where: Commonwealth Ave, Parkes
When: Floriade: September 17th – October 16th/ Nightfest: September 28th – October 2nd
Australia’s biggest celebration of spring is back in the capital this year, boasting over one million (yes, you heard right) no-filter-necessary flower bulbs in just one park. Floriade – Canberra’s annual spring festival crosses over with Junket this year, and lucky for you, so does Floriade Nightfest. This after-dark extravaganza blooms to life with dazzling light designs, roving performers, bustling night markets and a killer line-up of entertainment. Be sure to book your NightFest tickets early to avoid missing out, tickets on sale here.
A must-do for any trip to the nation’s capital is to go get-your-nerd-on at one of the many big-name attractions scattered across the city. These renowned buildings pay homage to the Australian story – you will struggle to choose from the National Museum of Australia, the National Gallery of Australia, the Australian War Memorial, or the National Portrait Gallery.
From Pâtissez, the small cafe putting Canberra on the map as a world-wide dessert mecca with their too-good-to-be-true “freakshakes”, to the village of food trucks termed the “The Hamlet” in Braddon – all of a sudden people (and their instagram accounts) are coming from all over to eat in the nation’s capital. Go on, treat yo’self (and your followers).
Our tiniest, mightiest capital city, Canberra is redefining itself with a whole slew of legit adventure sports. You ready for this? Delta force paint ball, vertical rock climbing, Australia’s biggest alpine slide, world-class mountain biking, hang gliding, white-water rafting, skiing, snowboarding, paragliding and sky diving just to kick off! Or if being an adrenaline junkie isn’t your style, stay at Jamala Wildlife Lodge where you can feed a giraffe from your bungalow balcony, or have a bath next to a real-life bear.
Want to see what all the fuss is about? Take your trip to another level (literally) and see the sweeping views of Canberra from above – in a hot air balloon. You won’t want to miss this – Australia’s capital is the only place in the world that you can fly in a balloon over parliament, don’t miss this opporunity to give yourself a whole new perspective on parliament!
VisitCanberra is proud to partner with Junket 2016 to bring some of the best and brightest young influencers to our national capital. Canberra is full of lots of things; award-winning restaurants, iconic national treasures, breathtaking natural beauty and a jam-packed calendar of festivals and events. When it comes to Australia’s capital, it’s just once good thing after another.
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