The spring weather is very much upon us and there is lots to do in Canberra while the sun shines. The big draw card for September and October is of course Floriade, and we have a few other ideas for good measure.

Smell the Roses

Floriade starts 14th September

This year’s Floriade theme is World in Bloom and by all reports its going to be a great show. Additionally, the organisers have put together a great choice of food, wine and activities.

Our daily shuttle picks you up from your front door in the morning and returns in the evening. All in all, there is plenty of time for a full day out.

Book the Floriade Shuttle

Go for a Walk, a Run or a Ride

As ‘Visit Canberra’ put it: “The masterful centrepiece of Canberra, the large and lovely Lake Burley Griffin is an ideal water playground”. There is 40km of shoreline with bike/walking paths all the way around. If you fancy getting your toes wet, there is rowing, sailing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding or fishing. If you have more of a relaxed mood, there are cruises, ferries or even just a place to site down for picnic.

For the bike riders out there, you can hire a bike there or we can even transport your bike over with you.

A day around the lake can be matched up with a day trip to Floriade or the gallery. There is plenty of time to fit it all in in.

$10 says you can do a lap faster than this guy.

Be a Critic

Opening 7th September is the Lichtenstein to Warhol: The Kenneth Tyler Collection.

This FREE show will display exceptional works from the collection by major artists active in America in the post-war period in styles from Abstraction to Pop, from Minimalism to Maximalism. Artists include Josef and Anni Albers, Helen Frankenthaler, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Donald Sultan, Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Claes Oldenburg, Nancy Graves and David Hockney.

More info: https://nga.gov.au/lichtensteinwarhol/

Our daily shuttle can get you to the gallery a little after 10am with a pick-up around 4pm. That’s plenty of time to have you saying things like: “Nice use of colour”, “No, I hate it” or “Barry, my grandson, could have painted that”.

Get On Up There

If you prefer a top down view over Canberra, why not try a balloon ride? Experience the peace and tranquillity of lighter than air flight over one of the world’s most beautiful cities. There are several balloon ride providers in Canberra and they tend to have an early start, so it would involve an overnight trip from the coast. One provider is Dawn Drifters.

Grab a Bite and a Drink

This month’s picks are:

  • Coffee nuts: Močan & Green Grout, New Acton. They do a good breakfast too.
  • Good value lunch: Snapper – On the Lake, Southern Cross Yacht Club, Yarralumla. Great fish and chips, with a view.
  • A bit fancy: Momoda – modern Chinese, Melbourne Building on Northbourne.
  • Drinky time: Parlour, also in New Acton. Spanish bites and good wine.
Lunch at Momoda

Getting there:

Rixons run a daily shuttle from the coast in the morning, arriving in Canberra mid-morning. The return trip departs later in the afternoon, arriving in Batemans around 7pm. Remember this is a door to door service from Milton to Narooma and anywhere in ACT/Queanbeyan.

Please note, we have no affiliations with any venue, business or event mentioned here. These are just friendly mentions. We don’t get paid for any inclusions, nor want to. We just like Canberra. It’s almost as nice as the coast.