Canberra’s changing seasons are one of the things that makes it so special. When the nights draw in and the mornings shine bright but cold, we love to complain, but Canberra always looks its best when the trees are turning red, orange, yellow and purple.
And March is a vibrant time for events in Canberra. When you are planning your trip to the nation’s capital to visit Handmade, there are so many other things to see and do that you are spoiled for choice. To help you, here’s a rundown of our current top three destinations in each of our categories.
WHAT TO DO
- Handmade Canberra opens its doors at EPIC on 12th & 13th March, 10am – 4pm. With free parking and free entry, there are 220 stalls with Australian made homewares, fashion, gifts and gourmet products.
- Get up early and see Canberra’s majestic balloons take off from the lawns of Old Parliament House. Balloons inflate from 6am, launch from 6.30am until 7am and there’s breakfast until 10.00am.
- Finishing on Saturday 12th March, Enlighten comes alive as the sun goes down, with many of Canberra’s iconic buildings lit up in a spectacular way. With a full programme of events and a night noodle market, there’s something for everyone.
WHERE TO STAY
- With individually styled rooms, all housed in the spectacular Nishi Building, Hotel Hotel will delight those wanting a weekend break in unique style.
- For understated luxury, The Burbury and its sister, Hotel Realm are centrally located and luxurious.
- For family-friendly accommodation, try One of a Kind Apartments in Dickson, very close to EPIC. Each apartment is styled to a theme and offers privacy in a secluded but convenient setting.
WHERE TO EAT
- Head to The Hamlet on Lonsdale Street for fresh and tasty street food, then pop in to Frugii for the smoothest ice cream in Canberra.
- Take the scenic route and pick one of the Canberra region’s many beautiful vineyards for a bit of lunch. Don’t forget to stop for the latest vintage on your way out.
- Try the Wedgwood Tea Rooms at the National Gallery for a white tablecloth afternoon tea with a beautiful view.
- When the Autumn leaves start to turn, the best view of the city can be found at the top of Mount Ainslie. Starting behind the War Memorial, the trek to the top is tricky but not impossible and the reward is worth the effort.
- Take the kids to the Pod Park at the National Arboretum. With yet another spectacular view of the lake and the city, you can sip a barista coffee while the small ones work off their energy.
- At ground level, the paths around Lake Burley Griffin are perfect for working off that breakfast. Try the 5km bridge to bridge circuit, or tackle the more ambitious full circuit of around 16km.
WHAT TO SEE
- View the Tom Roberts Exhibition at The National Gallery. (And while you’re at it, enjoy the gallery’s beautiful architecture.)
- Check out the Spiders exhibition at Questacon. Not for arachnophobes.
- Head to the GIO Stadium to see the Brumbies or Raiders.
So, plan your weekend carefully as there is a wealth of things to do at this time of year in this beautiful capital city of ours. But make sure you have enough time to spend at the Handmade Market. We’ll see you there!