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!

5 things you must do in Tasmania

Prance around in a field of tulips and sip on some of the best wines in the Southern hemisphere! There’s a ton of stuff to do in Tasmania but we’ve boiled it down to the best! Check out 5 things that you must do when you’re in Tasmania.

Visit the largest tulip fields in the southern hemisphere

Peruse your way through the vibrant tulips in spring at Table Cape! People come in from all corners of the globe to walk amongst the tulips and admire the colourful blooms. Whilst you’re there, make a day of by bringing along a picnic or a bottle of wine to share. If you’re in Tasmania in spring, this is a must for you! Bring along the whole family and snap some pics with the vibrant tulips before they go away!

Visit MONA

This controversial and crazy museum is not one to miss! The Museum of old and new art is situated in Hobart and is abundantly filled with interactive art and enticing activities! Filled with eclectic galleries and confronting works of art, this museum shatters the norm of average art galleries. This gallery is one that doesn’t lack creativity or out of the box thinking!

Relax at Wineglass Bay

Situated in one of the most beautiful areas in Australia, Wineglass Bay offers some of the best waters in the country! Located in Freycinet National Park, the bay offers crystal clear waters and a spectacular view. But there’s a catch! It’s only accessible by kayaking or hiking, so put on your boots and get your gear ready! Although it might be a long journey to get there, it’ll be well worth it!

Run through lavender fields

If you loved the tulip fields, you’ll love this! Surround yourself with French lavender as you stroll through Bridestowe farm. Only a fifty minute ride from Launceston, the estate is the largest lavender estates in the Southern Hemisphere! As well as housing vibrant rows of lavender, they are also stocked with local products, such as lavender oil, lavender honey and lavender jams! If you’ve got the afternoon free, check out the Woodcroft café for a range of lavender inspired delicacies which include light bites and ice cream!

Take a sip in the Tamar Valley Wine Region

Home to one of the top 10 wine routes in the world, this is a must do when in Tasmania. Producing some of the best wines in Australia, this wine region has dozens of vineyards and estates for you to explore. Hop on to the website and plan out your wine route so you can get the most out of your day! Sip some of the best wines in the southern hemisphere and relax as you jump from estate to estate sampling from the best wineries in Tasmania.

Tempted? Of course you are! Head over to Aabode.com to book your luxurious stay at one of our Tasmanian properties!