People sometimes perceive Canberra as a city with little to do for those who aren’t interested in politics, but reputations can be deceiving. There are plenty of exciting things to do and see in and just outside of Canberra.
Here are five recommendations from The Poacher’s Way…
Robyn Rowe Chocolates
In the small village of Murrumbateman, only half an hour from Canberra, is Robyn Rowe Chocolates. These award winning chocolates are loved for their smooth, creamy and glossy taste. Chocolates are made on site using traditional European methods. The Canberra region’s fresh produce influences the flavours used in the chocolates, including walnuts, honey and locally-grown Clonakilla muscat.
Old St Lukes Studio
This gallery is located in the historic village of Gundaroo, only a 25-minute drive from Canberra. The historic stone building was constructed in 1848 and it’s now the home for artists Ian Jones and Moraig McKenna to display their wood-fired ceramic masterpieces. The gallery’s nine-metre kiln fires up three times a year, followed by a garden exhibition presenting their new work.
Burnelee Excursions on Horseback
Experience the beautiful countryside and wildlife of Canberra’s outskirts while riding on horseback. Burnelee, about 30 minutes from Canberra, offers horse riding trips through the 3,500 acre property for riders of all skill levels.
Gundaroo Colonial Inn
The Gundaroo Colonial Inn has been operating continuously since it was established during Australia’s gold rush in 1872. It has live entertainment, a restaurant serving delicious country-style food, motel style accommodation and a bar offering local wines, boutique beer and cider. A great family-friendly venue, only 25 minutes from Canberra.
Mount Majuna Vineyard
The ACT’s wineries have a reputation for producing some of Australia’s finest wines, and Mount Majuna Vineyard is no exception. This small vineyard is situated on the eastern slopes of Mount Majura, just 11 kilometres from Canberra’s CBD. The ancient limestone mountain’s red volcanic soils produce unique wines, with the vineyard’s signature wine, Tempranillo, now considered one of Australia’s best.