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Did you know Avenue Hotel Canberra is only 2.5 hours from the snow!? With snow already on the ground and the season off to a great start, start planning that epic road trip to the snow with a stopover in Canberra - ranked #3 Best City in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018!  Here at Avenue Hotel, we have rounded up the 10 best places to stop in Canberra on your way to the snow.


1. Cartier: The Exhibition Now until 22 July

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It’s only the exhibition of the year! Described by a visitor as 'An immersive, dazzling, intoxicating display of the artistry of Cartier, which mesmerises those fortunate enough to experience this world-class exhibition.”

Let's break it down for you. 7716 diamonds, 1246 emeralds, 301 sapphires and 249 precious stones. Total combined carat weight? 3500. Did we have you at diamonds?

A breathtaking display of over 300 design masterpieces and glittering pieces of Cartier jewellery, charting the rise of the prestigious jewellery house throughout the 20th century, and exclusive to the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.  Which means if you don’t see it here, you probably won’t ever see it!

Naomi Watts, Ambassador for Cartier: The Exhibition said:

“This particular collection of pieces is quite astounding. You see not only these fantastic pieces but the story behind who wore them and what was happening at that time. It really makes it such a powerful experience.”

Clearly, an absolute must on the epic road trip calendar.  PLUS you can book your accommodation AND tickets with us...just saying.  


2. Corin Forest

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Haven’t had enough of the snow? Visit Corin Forest for the ride of your life on the Alpine Slide. A 1.2km descent through the majestic Mountain Ash forest. Or for a more relaxed experience ride a toboggan, build a snowman and hit your bestie with a snowball in their purpose built snowplay area.

If you want to get in a little practice before you hit the big league, Corin Forest has a custom designed ski slope perfect for those wanting to master the basics, and it’s all in under an hour away!

3. Canberra Truffle Festival Now until 31 August

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One of our favourite times of year has arrived. Whether you want to purchase, hunt, eat or cook these ‘black diamonds’ of the culinary world, you can do just that, in Canberra and the surrounds. Visit the Truffle Festival for a complete list of truffle events and experiences, truffle tips, recipes and more.

Our tip - book a truffle hunt, and then you get to meet the region’s truffle dogs and see them in all their tail-wagging glory! Plus, they don’t eat the precious haul, like the pigs in other parts of the world, so that means more for you!


4. Handmade Markets 28-29 July

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Looking for that perfect gift? That something special? Head to Canberra’s award winning Handmade Markets which brings together talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and producers from all over Australia under one roof.  Not to mention you can shop without having to brave the cold!


5. Wintervention Now until 22 July

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If you want to continue on your thrill seeking snow getaway, head to the Skating Festival for an exciting adventure on the ice...because you didn’t get enough on your snow getaway!  Centred around a world class ice skating rink, the festival includes food, drinks and entertainment right in the heart of Canberra. Ice skating not your thing, grab a snow tube and ride the ice, or catch some amazing acrobatics and other entertainment at Le Petit Grand, there will even be a giant Cloud Castle ready for bouncing!

It will be the coolest place to be this winter...pun intended!


6. World Curry Festival 13 - 15 July

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Are you a chilli fanatic? Are you brave enough to enter the hot chilli eating competition that had one punter hospitalised for a last year? Well you can do just that at Canberra’s World Curry Festival, now in its fourth year.

Take your taste buds on a world tour of India, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Philippines and more and celebrate all things curry.  Spicy, sweet, fiery, traditional to modern fusion, warm yourself up this winter!

Spice is the variety of life... right?


7. Gamma Con 4 - 5 August

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For the dedicated fans of TV, anime, movies, books, comics, gaming, technology and collectables, get yourself to the largest pop culture event of this kind in the region!

Over two days Gamma.Con will host tournaments, role playing games, stage events, Indie games, videogames, Cosplay, PLUS there will be Comicbook guests, spectacular performances and a closing ceremony that will surely be on par with the last Commonwealth Games.  

And if you have been eyeing off an item all weekend, the Auction is your last chance to make a grab for it...or end up in a bidding war for the ultimate collector’s item! You’ll be the envy of all!


8. Canberra Writers Festival 24 - 26 August

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“There is no friend as loyal as book

For the book lovers out there the Canberra Writers Festival is for you! With a theme this year of Power, Passion, Politics, reflecting the city’s love affair with learning, knowledge and leadership, it is the perfect time to hit the Capital and hear the great stories of our time.  Some of our iconic venues are taking part including: The National Library of Australia, Museum of Modern Democracy, the National Museum of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery, National Press Club and the number number university in Australia, the Australian National University.

Book lovers unite!


9. American Masters, National Gallery of Australia, 24 August - 11 November

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There is something for everyone in the National Gallery of Australia’s winter exhibition. From Abstract Expressionism, Colour Field, Pop, Neo-Dada and Photo-Realism, to Conceptual, Land and Performance Art, the NGA brings us American Masters.  An exhibition that celebrates American artists from the 1940s to the 1980s, telling the story of the formation of the NGA’s incredible American collection.

For us, we can’t wait to see Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles again, the most expensive American painting ever sold when the NGA purchased it in 1973.  And of course anything Andy Warhol!

Other artists on display include Claes Oldenburg, Chuck Close, Donald Judd, Eva Hesse and Louise Bourgeois.


10. Astral Float Studio

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Need to recharge and heal after a big session at the snowl? Hit up Astral Float Studio and press ‘mute’ on life for an hour.   

Haven’t heard about floating? Where have you been? Floating is the ultimate escape and involves floating in a pitch black tank filled with salty water which allows you to float effortlessly atop the water. One hour floating equals FOUR HOURS OF SLEEP! WHAT! And has endless health benefits, including reducing muscle tension and speeding up muscle healing and recovery.  

Perfect for that after snow wind down! 


There's Snow Place Like Home!

Only two hours from the snow, make Avenue Hotel Canberra your home away from home this snow season!  Perfectly positioned along Northbourne Avenue and on the doorstep of Braddon - dining & shopping precinct.

Book your snow stopover with us and save 15% off our best available rate with promo code 'SNOW'...of course!