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NATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE
1 Local Wine Heaven – I really encourage you to indulge in the Canberra wine scene.
Some of my favorites are Nick O’Leary “White Rocks” Riesling, Collector “Rose Red City”
Sangiovese, Mount Majura Vineyard Tempranillo and to top it all off, the well-known
Clonakilla Shiraz/Viognier, to name just a few.
2 Stunning Views – I am fortunate enough to live five minutes’ walk from the base of Red
Hill. Once I’ve finished cursing and swearing my way up the 250 steps and some, I get all
the benefits... the most amazing views across the south of Canberra and total peace! I
recommend this small adventure for a great way to get the heart pumping and for the
3 Voyeurism – The National Portrait Gallery is where you get to stand face to face with
people. Perhaps my past life as a psychologist comes into play here, but my mind runs at
a hundred miles per hour as I analyze the faces, the clothes, the background, the
expression and the feeling portrayed. It never disappoints.
4 A Girl’s Gotta Shop! – You cannot miss out on my all-time-favorite shop in Manuka called
the Department of the Exterior. This small boutique owned by Susan Taylor has been
supporting selective Australian and New Zealand labels for 10 years.
5 Hmm Truffles – June to August is the official truffle season in Canberra. During this period
there are truffle dinners, cooking classes, wine pairings and truffle hunting, Love it!
1 Explore the relatively undiscovered secrets of one of Australia’s best emerging wine
regions. The Canberra wine region is only 35 minutes’ drive from the town centre. Be sure
to include Poacher’s Pantry and their Wily Trout vineyard, Clonakilla and their amazing
Shiraz Viognier, and Gundaroo’s Capital Wines with the award-winning Grazing Restaurant.
2 Award winning Pialligo Estate. They truly deliver a paddock to plate experience in their
fine dining restaurant; with a winery on the estate, as well as an olive grove, orchard and
market garden - it is truly unique.
3 Enjoy what is possibly Australia’s best and smoothest airport experience at the new
award winning Canberra Airport. Book a high value flight with one of the world’s best
airlines Singapore Airlines. Direct flights starting in September from about $650 return from
Canberra to Singapore.
4 Get outdoors and breathe in the fresh air. Cycle, walk or glide on a Segway around
Lake Burley Griffin and take in the national icons - the National Gallery, National Library,
High Court, Portrait Gallery and New and Old Parliament House. Get more adventurous on
a mountain bike and try out the world-class mountain bike facility at Mount Stromlo.
5 Kick back and relax over a glass of wonderful local cool climate wine or a craft beer at
one of the funky new precincts such as Braddon, New Acton or the Kingston Foreshore.
1 Kingston Foreshore – a vibrant new precinct on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin
consisting of elegant restaurants, cafes and funky bars. It is a great place to meet after
work with friends or to entertain clients with lunch. The restaurants come to life at night
with live music, great food and a relaxing, fun atmosphere.
2 National Arboretum – See Canberra from a different perspective with stunning views from
the main building. With unbelievable views of Parliament House, Captain Cook memorial
fountain and the surrounding suburbs, the arboretum is a beautiful place for a welcome
reception on the deck as you watch the sunset over Canberra.
3 Tidbinbilla – a short 30 minute drive from the CBD where you can get up close and
personal with koalas, emus, kangaroos and maybe even a platypus. A perfect place to
bring international guests to see Australia’s unique wildlife in their natural habitat. If time is
of the essence, the award winning National Zoo and aquarium also offers an up close
4 Wineries and restaurants Pialligo – award-winning wineries and restaurants are just five
minutes from Canberra’s airport. Multiple choice of cuisines to choose from to entertain
intimate gatherings to large groups.
5 Parliament House / War Memorial / National Museum/ National Gallery / National
Portrait Gallery – all these tourist attractions are free. Also excellent venues for events. m
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