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Three mini-road trips for a rainy weekend

Emily Simpson

Feeling disappointed about the miserable weather forecast?

If your plans of exploring the outdoors have been dashed, then worry not because there are plenty of ways you can utilise the weekend – and it doesn’t mean you have to ditch your sense of adventure, either!

A mini road trip to the towns surrounding Canberra may be the perfect solution to beating the weather woes. There are heaps of towns to choose from, but if you want a packed experience, consider Braidwood, Collector and Gundaroo. Between them, there’s a range of cafes, pubs and restaurants that will keep you occupied and well fed!

Some Café at Collector

Photography: Tim Bean

Photography: Tim Bean

Contrary to what its name suggests, this place is not just some café. It’s quite the opposite, if all of the gushing reviews on the internet are anything to go by.

Some Café is a new addition to the small community of Collector, which is located just north of Lake George and is around a half hour drive from Canberra. Established by partners Oliver and Lucy in 2015, the café follows a paddock-to-plate philosophy. There are chickens out the back to provide the eggs used at the café, and a kitchen garden is used as much as possible.

‘We’re keeping the menu simple, trying to use the local produce as it changes with the seasons.’

Some Café is one of the exciting places that has cropped up in the Collector community, with ‘a lot of people doing different things like ceramics, meat, fruit and honey’ says Oliver. The town has struggled to stay viable ever since it was bypassed in 1988 under a development of the Federal Highway. New cafes like Some Café, where you can buy and eat locally made produce, will hopefully direct people back to the quaint town.

Don’t wait until next year’s Collector pumpkin festival, an inaugural event that draws both local and interstate (mainly Canberra) crowds, to accidentally stumble across this café – it’s not just any café!

Some Café | 5/7 Murray St, Collector, NSW | Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday between 9am and 4pm | www.facebook.com/somecafecollector

Albion Cafe at Braidwood

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Famous for its bakery that services most of the populace travelling from Canberra to the South Coast, Braidwood has so much to offer – not only as a stop-off but as a destination! You might not travel to Braidwood just for its bakery (although its cheese and bacon rolls are pretty good), but the Albion Pub and the Provisions Deli and Grocery might be worth an extended visit and the hour long trip from Canberra.

The Albion Café is located in the revamped Albion Pub in the heart of Braidwood. The Albion Café offers an ‘uncomplicated, unfussy menu’ striving to use locally sourced produce, and bringing a taste of Braidwood to the plates of the café’s visitors.

‘We enjoy our afternoons slow cooking with a glass of wine, we take delight in picking and preparing our home-grown vegetable and fruit’.

‘We want to share it with our visitors, and each other’.

If you’re missing Canberra already, the Albion offers Lonsdale St Roasters Coffee to make you feel more at home!

The Albion | 119 Wallace Street Braidwood | Open from 7.30am – 2.00pm, seven days a week | contact@thealbionbraidwood.com.au | 
02 4842 1422

While you’re in Braidwood, make sure to give the Provisions Deli and Grocery a visit. It sells a range of quality health foods! It is located at 56 Wallace Street, Braidwood.

Grazing at Gundaroo

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If you’re looking to make the weekend an elegant one, then a trip to the rustic restaurant Grazing should be put on the agenda. Around a half hour drive from Canberra, Grazing offers modern Australian cuisine at an award winning standard.

‘Our philosophy with food is simple: we aim to serve good size portions of great food, made with the freshest possible ingredients. We don’t serve anything too fussy, just combinations of flavours and textures that appeal to the senses.’

‘Underlying Grazing’s culinary and wine delights is the ambience and charm of Gundaroo, The Royal Hotel’.

If innovative dishes using fresh local farm produce and an ambient setting inside the historic Royal Hotel don’t already have you sold, then the big log fire certainly will!

Grazing | Cork Street, Gundaroo | Open for lunch Fri – Sun and most Public Holidays. Open for dinner Thu – Sat. | 02 6236 8777 | info@grazing.com.au

While you’re in Gundaroo, make sure to pay the historic Colonial Inn a quick visit. Its laid back charm will be sure to please!

Feature image: Tim Bean Photography

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Emily Simpson

Emily is a fourth year Arts/Laws student at the Australian National University. When she’s not studying, which is most of the time, she’s hanging out with friends, drinking coffee, frequenting bakeries in the search for finger buns and vegemite scrolls, or playing sports. Gradually getting closer to the end of her five-year degree, Emily is still trying to figure out exactly what she wants to do ‘when she grows up’, with potential career paths in either law or something related to writing. For now, though, she’s enjoying soaking up the Canberra lifestyle! Emily also writes at www.food-fitness-fashion.com. More about the Author

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