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Your bumper guide to Summer 2015/16

HerCanberra Team

Welcome to summer 2015.

It’s pretty clear by now that we’re in for a scorcher – perhaps the hottest summer on record – but it may also be the best summer on record to show visiting friends and family around town and enjoy it yourself, with so many activities and exhibitions, new cafes and restaurants at your fingertips.

Here’s all the information you need to make your summer as relaxed, comfortable and enjoyable as possible!

Eating & Drinking

Canberrans are pretty serious about their breakfast and brunch. In fact, we’ve made four lists this year simply to catalogue the best places to go for both! If you’re after a modern take on french toast, a lean and green plate of goodness or the best eggs and mushrooms on toast, you’re in luck!


Read about our favourite breakfasts and brunches here, here and here. And don’t forget our ultimate list of the best egg and bacon rolls in Canberra! Read it here.

Farmer's Daughter

If you’re after a meal that doesn’t contain maple syrup – something that to impress guests to Canberra, take a new special someone on a date or a casual spot for friends, check out our round up of new, great Canberra restaurants and cafes here.

If you’re making the trip to and from Sydney, make sure you check out our list of places to stop and eat along the way that aren’t the golden arches.

Want somewhere to eat over the Christmas and New Year period? You’ll find it here.


If you’re after a refreshment of a cooler variety, look no further. Canberra’s bar scene has exploded over the last 12 months, giving visitors and locals alike a seemingly endless selection of themed, casual and cocktail bars to choose from.

Photo: Ashley St George.

Highball Express. Photo: Ashley St George.

Here’s our latest selection of the newest, including an Alice in Wonderland themed confection and a plane to Cuba. Or check out our older (but no less relevant) list here.

And if you’re in the mood for a beer garden, you’ll need our list of places to eat and drink al fresco.

Mint Garden Bat

Mint Garden Bar


As we mentioned, it’s going to be a hot summer. This means we need water, and we need it now.

Aside from the fun that backyard hose fights can be, we’ve rounded up our favourite Canberra pools in which to escape the heat. Remember to slip, slop, slap!

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Image via

If your swimming style is more attached to nature, you could drive to the beach, or you could just take a trip to one of our favourite spots to swim, fish or paddle around the Canberra region.

Uriarra Crossing

Uriarra Crossing


If you’re finding your motivation lacking during these indulgent festive months, read our fitness writer Ashleigh’s instructions on how to keep your goals alive here or find ways to get active with your friends, family and loved ones here.


If outdoor activity is your calling, check out the CBR100 Challenge here – it might be the perfect challenge to motivate your summer – or check out our list of great walks around Canberra here.

If your looking for a lifestyle change completely and need a place to start, here’s our guide to finding the perfect gym for you.

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If the silly season has weighed you down a little in more ways than one, check yourself against potential silly season habits here, and then browse our selection of healthy summer recipes to get your health back on track.


If your favourite way to catch up with friends is over a meal, make an informed decision and check out our ultimate list of healthy eating places around Canberra.


The Green plate at Local Press

If your snacking at work is getting you down in both mood and scales, here’s some great healthy cracker topping recipes from nutritionist Kate Freeman that will help boost your energy and kill your cravings during that 3pm slump.


If you’re waiting for that stubborn fat to shift with no avail, read our road test of innovative technologies that can help you move past that roadblock, with no surgery or downtime.


You can always check out what’s happening around Canberra with out comprehensive round up – This Week In The Can – published and updated every Monday.

If you have kids, also make sure to check out out round up to great Canberra playgrounds and kid friendly cafes, as well as the best spots to picnic in Canberra.


If you’re itching for an excursion or an air conditioned art gallery, we have a great round up of the summer blockbuster exhibitions happening throughout town.

Tom Roberts at the National Gallery of Australia

Tom Roberts at the National Gallery of Australia

If you have the luxury of time at home these holidays, put it to good use with our summer DIY ideas, or refurnish some old outdoor furniture to make it look like new. You could even plant a backyard veggie patch using our guide to seasonal planting in Canberra or even make the informed choice to adopt some backyard chickens.



If you’re planning on celebrating with an event this summer, make sure to read up on the most ‘Instagram-able’ party suppliers here.

Flowers from Moxom and Whitney

Flowers from Moxom and Whitney

We also partnered with Australian made and owned fashion label Birdsnest to bring you our HerCanberra team’s ultimate summer party wear, giving you the information and confidence to shop online.


Refresh and intrigue your guests with these tasty summer cocktail recipes from little food blog that utilise fresh summer ingredients for zesty and interesting tipples.


Get excited for the Australian of the Year Awards, and if you’re wanting to send off the summer with a bang, head to Westside Park Acton for the coolest way to spend Australia Day at the CBR Hottest 100 Australia Day party. With Westside food and drink vendors open all day, a giant waterslide and a nighttime screening of the beloved Aussie film, The Castle, grab your tickets now and farewell summer in style!

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