Teeny Tiny Weekend Guide to Canberra
Almost unheard of outside of Australia, our fair capital city Canberra (yep it's not Sydney or Melbourne) has never had the reputation of being a must see city. But with the opening of Hotel Hotel and current awe inspiring James Turrell exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia, a weekend in Canberra was exactly what I wanted for my recent birthday. Here's a quick guide of our weekend in Canberra.
GO SEE The National Gallery of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery.
If you're visiting anytime before June 8th 2015, be sure to book tickets ahead online for the James Turrell exhibition. Turrell uses light, colour and space as his medium through which he manipulates the viewer’s perception. It's the best way I can explain Turrell's artwork but really it's best to experience it yourself. It was awesome in the true sense of the word.
Sadly no photography was allowed in the James Turrell exhibitions so photo have been borrowed from NGA
If you still have time to kill after you've visited both galleries, The National Arboretum might take your fancy. For a tree museum it unfortunately doesn't have many tree because of devastating bush fires that destroyed the old arboretum but the lack of trees does give you a lovely clear view of Canberra city. The bonsai collection is pretty cute as well.
Breakfast, lunch or dinner at Močan & Green Grout
there might be a wait on weekends at this popular eatery.
Breakfast or lunch at this lovely little vegan cafe, Sweet Bones
Grab a quick snack at Hero Sushi
's super long sushi train! Sweet yumminess at Frugii Dessert Laboratory
For dinner make sure to make a booking at Eightysix
. No booking required if you are happy with the bar menu at Monster's bar.
Wildwood Studio. Housed in a converted warehouse named "The Hamlet", it was love at first sight when I laid my eye's on Sara Wurcker's Wildwood studio. This clever designer uses her space as both a retail outlet and working studio for her beautiful clothing label Hunter. We are so over the moon to call Wildwood Studio as one of our stockists. 16 Lonsdale Street, Braddon
While you're in Braddon, check out the new ORI Building housing fashion (iskip itrip is worth seeking out) and design shops as well as the aforementioned ice creamery Frugii. 30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon
STAY AT Hotel Hotel
For all you design buffs, treat yourself a night at Hotel Hotel. Inspired by the "romance of travel" and Australiana, each room has been decked out with objects, artworks and amenities by Australian makers and artists. With the exception of the bed linen, there's not a single white item or wall in sight. Clay rendered walls give the room warmth and texture, recycled oak beds, overhead rain showers and in our case, a window that opens out to a secluded fern garden. Plus they offer free bikes for guests to get around town.
If a night at Hotel Hotel is out of your price range, be sure to book yourself lunch / dinner at Monster or one of their events such as weekly yoga where you'll have ample opportunity to explore the library, the bar / dining area, the grand staircase (recycled basketball court!!) and art installations.
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