Have you heard? Canberra is the place that everyone wants to visit these days. Combine your trip to the Handmade Market with other attractions around this beautiful city. Try the coffee or go on a drive to the wineries of the region. Share a plate of innovative food and then walk it off at the lake or the Arboretum, capturing the views of Canberra. And then rest your head at one of the nation’s capital’s great hotels.
The list of eateries in Canberra is growing every week, with new gorgeous cafés and restaurants popping up all over our fair city. The main eating areas are Braddon, Kingston, Manuka, Barton and New Acton, but if you venture further afield, there are superb eateries nestled in suburban centres. Pulp Kitchen in Ainslie, Two Before Ten in Aranda, Little Oink in Cook and Young & Frisky in Gungahlin are worth a trip, but do some research and the hidden gems will reveal themselves.
Canberra’s cool climate is the talk of wine experts, with top class wines now coming from the Canberra region. There are over 130 vineyards in the area, many of which have cellar doors that offer good food, great views and of course, something nice to drink! Again, there are too many to mention, but check out Eden Road and Four Winds in Murrumbateman, Lerida Estate by Lake George or Surveyors Hill in Hall. And three wonderful wineries will be present at the Handmade Market this weekend – Quarry Hill, Twisted River and Long Rail Gully will be sharing their blends and knowledge at EPIC on Saturday and Sunday.
From family rooms (Abode Hotels) to top class boutiques (Hotel Hotel, Burbury) and places in between (Aria, QT, Mantra), there is a wealth of accommodation here in Canberra, much of it within a stone’s throw of EPIC, for easy access to the Handmade Market.
Spring is springing at the moment, and the blossom is coming out in force. With perfect temperatures of around 16 degrees forecast for this weekend, head down to Lake Burley Griffin and walk the 5km bridge to bridge circuit, taking in all of Canberra’s beautiful architecture in one walk. Or head to the Arboretum for truly spectacular views.
For the kids, there’s no beating Questacon for its interactive displays and amazing learning experiences. Floriade is fast approaching if you want to stick around for a few days (opens 17th September), but if you’re only here for the weekend of the market, what about the Canberra Moon Festival in Yarralumla?
And I hear a rumour that there’s an excellent market happening this weekend! 10am until 4pm on Saturday and Sunday at EPIC. 220 stalls, including a gourmet food hall, great atmosphere and all your Handmade shopping needs met under one roof…
To plan your trip, visit one of these websites for details of Canberra’s accommodation, dining and attractions: