24 Hours in Canberra

Whether it’s your first time in Canberra or your first time since your year 5 excursion, we’ve got a jam packed 24 hour itinerary for you! Forget about Parliament House, Cockington Green and Questacon, because we’ve got a day of luxury and relaxation planned. Scroll down and check it out!

7am – The cupping room

Start your day off with a hearty start and a quality cup of Joe! There’s no better place to satisfy your needs than at The Cupping Room. Having one of the best baristas in the world manning the machines, you’ll be well looked after. With the menus continually changing with the seasons, there will always be a good variety of fresh bites to choose from. If you’re stomachs grumbling for a feed grab their grilled fish with koji and leek cream of their beetroot cured salmon with a kataifi egg! Whatever you get, you sure won’t be disappointed!

10am -Unwind at the Botanical Gardens

Begin your morning relaxing and strolling through the serene landscapes of the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Boasting a wide variety of native plants, walking paths and lush greenery, it’s a great place to have a stroll or read a book. Want to take relaxing to the next level? Within the botanical gardens lies Jindii Eco Spa, a relaxing oasis for you to get a massage or a simple soak. Whether you want to bathe in minerals and detox or get a hot stone massage, there will be something for you!

1pm Visit the Canberra truffle festival

If you’re visiting Canberra in the winter months, you must head to the Canberra Truffle festival! Celebrating one of the most decadent foods in the world, this festival elevates the luxurious truffle by integrating it into many dishes and products. You’ll find products here such as truffle crème brulee, truffle pizza and even truffle beer! Expand your taste buds and sample some of the best truffle you’ve ever had presented by Canberra’s top bars, cafes, restaurant and wineries! If you head there around lunch time, they might even be conducting some truffle hunts so get in there quick!

3pm – Have an afternoon nibble or sip at Pialligo Estate

Located on the banks of the Molonglo River, Pialligo Estate is the perfect place to watch the sunset, enjoy good company and have a sip! Their vineyard produces some of the best wine in the area and is highly recommended by locals. They also have an olive grove, fruit orchard and market garden in case you wanted to try any of the local nibbles! Don’t worry, if you don’t have any room for their local preserves or oils, you can purchase a small sample to bring home!

7pm – Grab dinner on Lonsdale Street

After a day of relaxing, it’s time to dine like kings! If you head over to Lonsdale Street, you’ll be spoilt for choices as it is a notorious hub for activity and good bites. Wherever you go, you won’t be disappointed, however, we definitely recommend Lazy Su. It is a Japanese, Korean and American fusion eating house which packs a punch! The food is loud and will definitely tantalize your taste buds! Dishes include tea smoked duck breast, buttermilk fried chicken ramen and wagyu cheese steak spring rolls.

9pm – Wind down for drinks at The Highball Express

End your night at the hip and Cuban late night joint, The Highball Express! Thing Cuban themed tropical styled bar is famous for their cocktails in highball glasses and it is the perfect way to settle down for the night. Enter through the custom built spiral staircase and take you last sips for the night! With over 500 varieties of rum and some spectacular cocktails, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Whether you spend a day or a week in Canberra, there’s always something to do! But don’t worry, we’ve sorted out where you can stat at Aabode.com!

Slow travel: Explore Australia’s east coast by train

You might have heard of Eurail but have you heard of the Discovery Pass? The discovery pass allows you UNLIMITED travel between 365 destinations across New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Canberra by train and coach! Starting from $232, you could get unlimited travel for fourteen days, a month, three months or six months.

All you have to do is simply buy your discovery pass and book all of your trips! If you’re not already sold, here are 5 reasons why you should travel the Australian east coast by train:

1.The scenery is amazing
Whether you’re zooming past the red land of the outback or cruising along the white coastlines, you’re bound to encounter some beautiful sights! Instead of experiencing turbulence and cloudy skies, why not experience a feast for your eyes?

2. It saves you money because the fares are fixed.
When you purchase the discovery pass, you don’t have to purchase anything else! Just grab your bags and go. There’s no need to worry about fluctuating flight prices or extremely expensive petrol prices because you’ve already paid for it! If you even want to save some more dollars, you can catch an overnight train as well!

3.It’s extremely flexible
The discovery pass is valid for unlimited travel, so you don’t have to plan everything in advance! If there’s a time and a place to be spontaneous, its now! Whether you want to book a train one week or one hour in advance, its possible with the discovery pass.

4. It’s convenient
The last thing you want to be doing when you arrive at a beautiful destination is to worry about how to get to the city center. But not to worry, most train stations and coach stops are already in the middle of the city center! With drop off stations being so close, your accommodation should only be a step away.

5. It’s helping the environment!
Trains are more energy efficient per passenger than planes or cars, which means its one of the most environmentally friendly modes of transport! Did you know train emissions are not directly released into the upper atmosphere? Who knew you could travel and save the planet at the same time!?

What are you waiting for? Get your discovery pass now! Whether you’re travelling to Byron Bay or Melbourne by train, we’ve got properties for you at Aabode.com!

$10 weekender: See Canberra on a budget!

Take a road trip down to the nation’s capital, an exceptionally pristine and beautiful city packed with limitless amounts of cultural treasures, sights to see and places to walk and cycle!

Why not make a weekend of it?

James Turrell’s Within Without at the National Gallery of Australia


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Head to the National Gallery of Australia and immerse yourself in James Turrell’s major skyspace, ‘Within Without’.  This lighting installation has been built within the ground of the National Gallery in Canberra and encourages its visitors to take notice of the many elements that the earth has to offer. From a grassy mound on the outside to smooth turquoise water and a rocky mound within, this exhibit will be sure to make you say ‘Wow!’.

Cycle around Lake Burley Griffin


Cost: $12/hr

Some would say Canberra is the ideal stomping (technically riding) ground for those who love to bike ride. The city is build on limestone plains…meaning it’s flat! Surrounded by bike paths is Canberra’s crown jewel, Lake Burley Griffin. Rent a bike from one of the many bike stations around the city, and enjoy a leisurely bike ride around the sparkling lake, and stop for a snack at the little cafe on the water!

We know this is $10 weekenders…but what’s $2 more! Bike rentals start from $12/hour, or if you’re renting for four hours the cost is just $6/hr!

National Botanic Gardens


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Immerse yourself in the relaxation that is the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Inform and inspire yourself with the Australian flora within the garden. Not only does the Garden display stunning native plants, the Gardens also cultivate plants threatened in the wild.

Mount Ainslie Lookout


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Throw on your hiking boots and head up the Mount Ainslie Lookout! Or if you’re feeling more on the lazy side, drive up! We can guarantee you’ll be in awe of the picture perfect views that Canberra has to offer, from views of Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra’s national attractions, all framed by picturesque mountain ranges! This is one you won’t want to miss.

Australian War Memorial

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Take a step back in time and learn about Australia’s history at the Australian War Memorial. The memorial stands as a stunning Byzantine-style monument, where you can find a museum, archives, art gallery, and library. Each different gallery within the memorial will take you through different stories of Australia’s conflicts all the way from current day to colonial times. Be sure to set aside several hours for this one, there’s a lot to learn and a lot to take in!

Why not make a weekend of it all, and be sure to book your accommodation through Aabode.com! We recommend the stunning ‘Manhattan Apartment’!