CANBERRA: WHERE TO EAT, WHERE TO SHOP,
BEST HIDDEN BARS & MOST LUXURIOUS PLACES TO STAY.
Autumn is a particularly beautiful time of year to watch Canberra’s seasonal transition. Its stunning cityscape plunges into hues of red, gold, russet, ochre and crimson as the exotic trees transform. Find polished luxury accommodation within the parliamentary triangle. Hidden speakeasies, award-winning wine bars and fine dining are a short walk across the iconic Lake Burley Griffin. Drop into Canberra’s bespoke suit atelier. Get lost within the James Turrell Skyspace at the NGA and watch the hot air balloon spectacle from the comfort of your own private boat on the lake.
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WHERE TO STAY?
In the heart of the nation’s capital, nes- tled within the parliamentary triangle, lies Canberra’s most luxe hotel precinct. The Park Hyatt Canberra interweaves the hidden mystique of the 1920s with modern Art Deco designs. Experience heritage-in- spired 5-star luxury, lavish interiors and deluxe amenities coupled with exemplary service. Indulge in the famous afternoon tea buffet in the heritage-listed Tea Lounge before your stay is up.
WHAT TO DO?
Start your day at dawn and watch the breathtaking balloon festival over the lake or take a step further and float above the bush capital. Canberra is host to a plethora of museums, galleries and exhibitions – escape the cold and spend your day lost among world-renowned art- works, sculptors and artefacts. Take a drive through 250 ha of forests featuring rare, endangered and symbolic trees from Australia and around the world at the National Arboretum and watch the sun set over the mountains before delving into the city’s vibrant nightlife.
WHERE TO DRINK?
Find the wooden door in Odgers Lane, travel up the grand timber staircase and be transported by the coffered ceilings, crystal chandeliers and big burgundy booths to an era when people partied with style. Molly is Canberra’s speakeasy bar with old-fashioned service in an authentic setting. Have your pick of more than 300 whiskies paired with the smooth sound of live jazz.
WHAT TO WEAR?
Just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre is Braddon, Canberra’s ever- changing shopping and food precinct. You’ll find a bespoke assortment of boutiques, cafes, bakeries, restaurants, bars and a brewery. Wander up Lonsdale St and find a selection of slow-fashion boutiques, including made-to-measure tailors, Morganson’s Finery.
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