Canberra Long Weekend Itinerary: Exploring Australia's Capital
With so much to see and do in Canberra, creating an itinerary for your stay - especially if it’s only for a few days - can feel overwhelming. Luckily, we’ve done all the planning for you!
We’ve compiled a list of our must-do activities to experience Canberra to the fullest throughout your time here, whilst still giving you the time to feel recharged from your trip!
Noon: Lunch at Brodburger
After arriving in Canberra, it’s time to rest and refuel after your travels. Start your trip strong right from touchdown with lunch at Brodburger, the famous and highly popular local burger chain known for its loaded gourmet burgers. Arriving before lunch? Tuck into a mouth-watering brekkie burger! Plus, head to the Kingston restaurant for a short stroll to Lake Burley Griffin after your meal.
Address: Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Ave, Kingston ACT 2604
Afternoon: Visit the Australian War Memorial
After settling into your hotel, why not dive right into the sites of Canberra? The Australian War Memorial is central to the cultural experience of the city, and a must-visit for all ages. Take a fascinating tour through our nation’s military history and learn about the experiences faced by Australian soldiers.
Keep in mind, this is a popular stop for tourists, so book your free ticket in advance to secure your slot.
Address: Treloar Cres, Campbell ACT 2612
Image sourced via The Australian War Memorial
Evening: Dine at Marble & Grain
A day involving travel is always draining, so keep it convenient for your first night and head to the European steakhouse located right in Avenue Hotel’s lobby: Marble & Grain. Indulge in phenomenal steaks, succulent cuts of lamb and pork, and craft beers on tap to top it off. Have the kids with you? We’ve got a mini menu of all-time favourites for them too.
Address: 25 Mort St, Canberra ACT 2612
Morning: National Gallery of Australia
After breakfast, explore some of Australia’s artistic treasures at the National Gallery of Australia. Admire the inspiring display of over 155,000 pieces of Australian art and modern art worldwide, including from Europe, America, Asia and the Pacific.
Address: Parkes Place, Parkes, Kamberri/Canberra ACT 2600, Australia.
Afternoon: National Zoo and Aquarium
If you have the kids with you, the National Zoo and Aquarium is an excursion they’ll love. But even if not, there’s something fun for all ages! Get up close and personal with some of the dangerous, intriguing, adorable and charismatic animals and aquatic life at this 2-in-1 attraction. For even more excitement, embark on a Wild Night Zooventure for a private evening tour of the animals in your selected vehicle, and enjoy a gourmet picnic dinner with drinks included.
Address: 999 Lady Denman Dr, Yarralumla ACT 2611
Evening: Dinner at The Dock
When night falls, head back over to Kingston Foreshore and drop in to The Dock for a family-friendly feed of classics like burgers, pizzas and seafood. The relaxed outdoor seating area also offers unbeatable views of the lake for you to enjoy while you dine.
Address: 7/81 Giles St, Kingston ACT 2604
Image sourced via @thedockcbr
Morning: Haig Village Markets
Held every Sunday from 8:30 am until 2:00 pm, venture to the Haig Village Markets to explore the stalls of fresh flowers, local produce, artisan handmade products, delicious food and live music from local talent. Pick up fresh pastry and enjoy the buzz of the Sunday morning market rush.
Address: Haig Park, Braddon ACT 2612
Afternoon: National Arboretum
In the afternoon, take a short drive to the National Arboretum, home to thousands of trees and beautiful gardens, offering spectacular views and lookouts. Not only can you marvel at the stunning natural surroundings, but the National Arboretum is also a hub of art, shopping and food.
Address: Forest Drive, off Tuggeranong Parkway, Molonglo Valley ACT 2611
Image sourced via @nationalarboretumcanberra
Evening: Dinner at Restaurant Two14
If Italian food is what you’re craving, Restaurant Two14 in Braddon is bound to hit the spot. Indulge in the menu crafted around seasonal produce by renowned Head Chef Federico Pitasi. Perfect for an intimate date night or a relaxed family-friendly dinner in Canberra.
Address: 7 Lonsdale St, Braddon ACT 2612
Morning: Stroll around Lake Burley Griffin
If you have some time before heading back home, we recommend taking a leisurely walk around Lake Burley Griffin to truly admire its beauty and the stunning scenery that surrounds it.
Overall: A Memorable Weekend
Although we’ve merely scraped the tip of the iceberg when it comes to attractions and sites to see in Canberra, we can guarantee that adding any one of these activities to your itinerary will make your visit one to remember. And to stay in the heart of all the action, our doors are always open at Avenue Hotel!