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CBR Trails: A Cheap and Chic Weekend

HerCanberra Team

Sometimes you just want to celebrate a day with your significant other or bestie…and it doesn’t need to cost a fortune.

As this itinerary shows, you don’t have to splash the cash around to have a good time.

2pm GET YOUR CULTURE ON AT THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

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The National Portrait Gallery is a fabulous way to spend a couple of hours. You’ll find more than 450 portraits that tell extraordinary stories of encounter, exploration, independence, individuality and achievement in Australia. Most weekends, you can also enjoy film screenings, live music or talks— and it’s all completely free!

National Portrait Gallery | King Edward Terrace, Parkes Free entry | 
02 6102 7000 | portrait.gov.au

4pm RIDE AROUND LAKE BURLEY GRIFFIN

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Yes, it’s a ‘touristy’ thing to do but haven’t you always wanted to hire a bike with the sole purpose of seeing the entire edge of the lake? You can pop to the Spinaway Canberra station at Little National Hotel to hire a bike for a few hours while you complete the rest of the trail.

Spinaway Bike Station | Little National Hotel and a variety of  other locations | $22 for four hours 
02 6257 1188 | spinwaycanberra.com.au

5pm LIMEY’S GELATO

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Image via facebook.com/Limeys-Gelato

Cool down with a scoop or two from the very ‘cool’ Limey’s Gelato – you’ll find this little gem in a modified shipping container at Westside Acton Park. Flavours like choc mint, salted caramel, mango and bubblegum should do the trick!

Limey’s Gelato | Westside Acton Park, Barrine Drive, Acton
 | $5 per cone | 
0401 745 466

6pm PICNIC AT REGATTA POINT

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On balmy summer evenings, a picnic near the water is a must-do. Grab your picnic blanket, a bottle of wine and a hamper full of food and you’re set! Curate the selection yourself by picking up a baguette and selection of cheeses from Silo Bakery, some Poachers Pantry smoked meats and a bottle of low-alcohol Zenzi from Lerida Estate (you’ll find both at stockists around town).

Silo Bakery | 36 Giles Street, Kingston
 | 02 6260 6060 | silobakery.com.au, poacherspantry.com.au, leridaestate.com.au, ginghamandgreen.com.au

8pm SUNSET AT ‘WITHIN WITHOUT’ AT NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA

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If you’ve never experienced sunrise or sunset at Within Without, the NGA’s Skyspace by American artist James Turrell, you’re missing out on something rather incredible.

Light is Turrell’s medium, and his Skyspace is a viewing chamber that affects the way we perceive the sky. Simply sit back, be still and watch as the sky seems to transform into beautiful, impossible and intense shades. And it doesn’t cost a cent.

Within without National Gallery of Australia 
(in the Australian Garden on the south side of the Gallery) | 
Parkes Place, Parkes | 
02 6240 6411 | nga.gov.au

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