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30 ways to spend January

Amanda Whitley

“THERE’S NOTHING TO DO IN CANBERRA OVER SUMMER”

That’s where you’re wrong. Here are 30 ways to spend January, with 30 more to come in February.

Want more? Read our December instalment here, which includes heaps of year-round options.

1

See the world in miniature at Cockington Green Gardens.

cockingtongreen.com.au

2

Nishi Gallery

Get cultural at one of the small galleries around town.

hercanberra.com.au/art-trail

3

Immerse yourself in Canberra’s most decadent day spa – HALE.

halehealth.com.au 

4

Image by Rebecca Doyle Photography.

Have the best (and perhaps the most wacky) ice cream you’ve ever licked at Frugii Dessert Laboratory.

frugii.com 

5

Cool down on a hot summer’s day at Big Splash Waterpark.

bigsplashwaterpark.com.au

6

Miss 11 feeding the giraffes at Mogo Zoo.

Get up close and personal with some of the world’s most amazing creatures at the National Zoo & Aquarium.

nationalzoo.com.au

 7

Photo: Corinna and Dylan.

Enjoy fresh fish and chips on the lake’s edge while listening to live music on the weekend at Snapper on The Lake.

cscc.com.au/snapper

8

Image: facebook.com/pg/capitalbrewing.

Check out Canberra’s newest precinct at Dairy Road in Fyshwick. Taste Capital Brewing’s taphouse and beer garden, while enjoying mouth-watering burgers and hot dogs from Canberra’s famed Brodburger. Fur babies and kids are all welcome with a specially made (non-alcoholic) beer for pets with paws and a cubby house and outdoor games for the kids.

capitalbrewing.co

 9

Image via VisitCanberra

Seek respite from the heat in the Australian National Botanic Gardens’ Rainforest Gully.

anbg.gov.au

 10

 

Take the family mountain biking at Stromlo Forest Park.

stromloforestpark.com.au

11

Sam Jinks , Woman and child 2010 (detail)
silicone, pigment, resin, silk, human hair. Collection of the artist. Image courtesy of the NGA.

Marvel at the National Gallery of Australia’s Hyper Real, exploring the works of masters of hyperrealism. Until 18 February.

nga.gov.au/hyperreal

12

Take the lift to the top of Telstra Tower for 360° views of Canberra.

telstratower.com.au

13

Image: Tim Bean Photography.

Spend a day browsing the beautiful independent boutiques of Lonsdale Street in Braddon.

hercanberra.com.au/cpstyle/best-canberra-boutiques

14

Catch a show at Canberra Theatre Centre—summer brings everyone from David Sedaris to the 78 Storey Treehouse team to town.

canberratheatrecentre.com.au 

15

Look beyond Canberra’s 104 years as an established city with Dharwara Indigenous Tours.

thunderstone.net.au 

16

Celebrate Australia Day your way: from live entertainment and celebrations in Commonwealth Park to fireworks on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin and a picnic at Lanyon Homestead. Happening 26 January.

events.act.gov.au/australia-day 

17

Image: Martin Ollman

Stroll along the Kingston Foreshore, catching drinks at The Dock or dinner at Molto Italian.

suburbanland.act.gov.au/Kingston 

18

Marvel at the muscle cars at Summernats. Happening 4 to 7 January.

summernats.com.au 

19

Chill out at Vertikal Indoor Snow at the funky new Dairy Flat Fyshwick precinct, where you can train for skiing and boarding and get snow fit in a simulated snow terrain (minus the snow!).

vertikalsnowsports.com

20

Take a ride on the magical carousel in Petrie Plaza—most of the horses and elephants have names; even Phar Lap has his place on the platform.

21

Image: Martin Ollman

Walk the shores of Lake Burley Griffin in the cool of the morning or evening.

22

Shop big brands on a budget at Canberra Outlet Centre.

canberraoutletcentre.com.au

23

Embrace your inner hoon at Power Kart Raceway.

powerkarts.com.au

24

Enjoy Chinese High Tea at Casino Canberra.

casinocanberra.com.au

25

On your bike! Mulga Bicycle Tours lets you explore the city’s historical, political and cultural sites as well as longer tours into the Canberra region.

mulgabicycletours.com.au

26

Image: VisitCanberra

Feed a koala or potoroo at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

tidbinbilla.act.gov.au

27

Give croquet a whirl.

canberracroquet.org.au

28

Taste the dessert that went viral—Pâtissez’s Freak Shake.

patissez.com.au

29

Credit: The Dressmaker – Hugo Weaving as Horatio Farrat by Ben King.

See beloved Australian actors and iconic from 100 years of Australian movies in the new star-studded exhibition, Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits. Until 4 March.

starstruck.gov.au 

30

Escape to the country without leaving town at Pialligo Estate—take a masterclass or enjoy a relaxed lunch in one of the pavilions.

thepialligoestate.com.au

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Amanda Whitley

Amanda Whitley is the founder and director of HerCanberra. In her 'spare time', she instructs zumba, loves to cook (and eat), and wrangles two gorgeous little girls. She's done everything from present the tv news to operate a stop and go sign and is passionate about connecting Canberra women. More about the Author

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