Canberra: Not just for pollies
Canberra is the one city that most Australians (let alone, tourists) forget about. Our capital city is nestled somewhat halfway between its cooler sisters Sydney and Melbourne, and has therefore traditionally been seen as the stomping ground of everyone’s least favourite people: federal politicians and public school children on the excursion pilgrimage.
But in between the many public service department buildings and the meticulously urban planned transit system (which seriously looks like something out of Cities in Motion: Skyline when you’re looking down upon Canberra from the vantage point of Mount Ainslie lookout) the capital actually has some surprisingly awesome little pockets of great food and culture to unearth. Who’da thunk Canberra could actually be, dare I say it… cool? (And yeah, it was freezing.)
Questacon – National Science and Technology Centre
We’re the first to admit it: we’re big giant kids at heart here at Plate+Plane. The idea of being able to do the absolutely terrifying 6m Free Fall and play with science experiments all under one roof made our inner science geeks super happy. If you’re scientifically-inclined – or love playing – definitely swing by Questacon and explore the all exhibits it has to offer. Because who said learning can’t be fun?
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Nestled in the heart of the NewActon precinct, this gorgeously industrial restaurant opens up to a gloriously sunny courtyard. Open for intimate breakfasts with freshly baked artisan breads prepared onsite, as well as lunch and dinner, A. Baker’s open kitchen lets you feel even closer to your food. Everything on the menu is sourced locally from the Canberra district, with dishes changing seasonally.
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BentSpoke Brewing Co.
Craft beer fans, never fear – because Canberra finally has you catered for. BentSpoke Brewing Co. is an award-winning microbrewery and taphouse located in Braddon, just outside of the CBD. There’s 18 different beers and ciders you can try, all brewed on premises and with amazing names such as ‘Fugg ‘N’ Chino’ and ‘Big Nut’. They may change with the season though, so get a tasting paddle, grab some grub and get tasting!
We also suggest you check out the BentSpoke Traveller for size: a refillable two-litre, insulated and pressurised container for your own portable brewery-fresh tap beer, wherever you go. Just don’t forget to drink responsibly!
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Sometimes, you’ve got to stop and appreciate the little things in life. Sometimes, those little things are miniature English country-style buildings, meticulously built over thousands of hours and set within beautifully landscaped gardens, with little easter eggs like this guy who’s fallen of his horse and is stuck in the tree…
It’s tradition. You have to go to Cockington Greens. No arguments.Where else can you race little steam trains around miniature versions of international landmarks or make little windmills spin? Choo choo!
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Autumn is upon us. Feel like something warm and hearty for lunch? We have a solution for you: $18 Market Set Lunch is coming to Lanterne Rooms next Tuesday 19/4! Stay tuned! #lanternerooms #canberrafoodie #canberrafood #canberrarestaurants #thiscanberranlife #igerscanberra #sofranksocial #visitcanberra #cbr #eatcanberra #canberralunch
Located in Campbell, this intimate restaurant was awarded one hat in the 2013 Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide – and it deserves it. Darkly wooden partitions and gauzy curtains make for little alcoves for private dining sessions; perfect for a romantic dinner for two, or a quiet catch up with friends. On the night we attended, it happened to be a special 9-course degustation menu in celebration of the head chef’s final days. With M’s lactose-intolerance, set menus are usually a little difficult to navigate, but the fantastic waitstaff at Lanterne Rooms managed it with flying colours, offering splendid alternatives and making sure all items were lactose-free.
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Mount Stromlo Observatory
For a romantic spot for a picnic, try the Mount Stromlo Observatory, just 18km southwest of the city centre. Established in 1924, the area was one of the earliest developments in the ACT – and there’s a short walk you can take which gives you plenty of details on this. Unfortunately, the historic research telescopes and many original buildings were destroyed in the 2003 Canberra bushfires.
Make sure you grab a blanket and some food so you can the sun set over the valley – it’s quite a pretty spot to watch the dusk.
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