How to spend a day in Canberra
If you're looking to get out of Newcastle for the day, and are busting to get on a plane, why not take a flight out of Williamtown Airport and head to Canberra with Link Airways.
In just one hour, you can be in the nation’s capital.
What to do in Canberra you ask? Here’s our guide for a day out in the ACT.
8.00 AM - We depart Newcastle Airport on the short one hour flight to Canberra with Link Airways. With a glass of bubbles in hand and a few pics to celebrate the inaugural flight to Canberra our day is off to a flying start, cheers!
9.00 AM - Arrive in Canberra, pick up a hire car and navigate those endless roundabouts Canberra is famous for.
10.00 AM - First stop, Silo Bakery & Cafe in Kingston. This renowned bakery is one of Canberra’s finest brunch spots, with delicious French style breads and pastries, along with a full sit down breakfast and lunch menu which is heavily influenced by their European heritage.
We treated ourselves to a coffee and their signature French toast with raspberry poached lychee, and house-made ice-cream. It was so indulgent, and deliciously satisfying.
I couldn’t resist getting some pastries to snack on later in the day, so with an orange and pistachio snail and a pain au chocolat we hit the road.
11.00 AM Next stop, the National Gallery of Australia to see Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now, the largest most comprehensive exhibition of art by women in Australia’s history.
With over 170 women artists, and 350 artworks this colossal exhibition challenges stereotypes; highlights the stories of women and celebrates the achievements of all women artists. From the first room of the exhibition, I was blown away by the showcase of works of women by women.
Don’t miss the other exhibitions at the gallery too.
And if you’ve got time, I recommend visiting the National Portrait Gallery (just across the road) which houses a collection of famous faces that have influenced and shaped our nation. You’ll recognise entertainers, athletes, politicians, scientists, entrepreneurs and Archibald winners.
1.00 PM Time for lunch! RAKU Japanese Dining in the city is a super popular daytime venue for Canberrans and I can see why. We opted for the Express Lunch Set Menu for two, with a couple of seats at the bar we were treated to a show from the sushi masters slicing and dicing sashimi with the finest precision.
First course was sashimi and maki sushi roll; followed by vegetable tempura with dashi broth and miso soup. For mains we shared the snapper with orange ponzu, onion, grilled tomato, yuzu kohso dressing.
The food was so fresh and tasty, it was simply divine. The atmosphere was electric, the restaurant was heaving with workers enjoying delicious Japanese cuisine. The atmosphere and food was impeccable.
2.30 PM - Enroute back to the airport we had some time to kill so we squeezed in a little bit of shopping at Lost Vintage and Adytum on Lonsdale Street, Braddon and managed to come away with a few sneaky purchases.
4.00 PM - We take off bang on time and fly home to Newcastle for a 5.00 pm arrival into Williamtown Airport.
What a huge day and one we can highly recommend! Thanks for an awesome day out Canberra.
HUNTERhunter travelled to Canberra courtesy of Link Airways and Newcastle Airport.