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The Hot List: Summer 2019/20

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Let the sun shine in and embrace all the city has to offer during the warmer months.

From delicious paddock-to-plate fare to a breathtaking circus, an epic family-friendly activation to a cool new cocktail bar, and everything in between—here’s what we’re excited about this summer.



Pialligo Estate’s newest restaurant Market Grill brings a fresh approach to seasonal dining, the 48-seater celebrating fresh seasonal produce prepared simply and with minimal fanfare.

In a cosy and private section of Pialligo Estate’s newly refreshed pavilion, Market Grill’s menu brings together the best of the region—from the Estate’s market gardens a stone’s throw from the kitchen to Canberra’s nearby coastlines.

But it’s not just seafood and Estate produce on the menu—Pialligo’s famous smoked goods and spectacular on-the-bone rib eyes share prime position, as does a gorgeous choice of vegetarian dishes.

18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo |



The moody basement below NewActon’s Morning Glory has always been loved as a hidden bolthole. But the space’s newest iteration—High Jinks—puts a new twist on this old favourite.

First of all, you can order from not one but three neighbouring venues—pizzas and antipasti from Bicicletta, indulgent tapas and bar snacks from Parlour, and delicious fusion eats from Morning Glory.

This is a delicious convenience for those working their way through a generous and thoughtful list of cocktails and local wines, the candlelit tables beckoning you to stay for just one more drink.

Below Morning Glory, Phillip Law Street, NewActon |



Swimming in Lake Burley Griffin has been taken to the next level with this summer’s Canberra Aqua Park. Slip, slide and bounce your way across this mammoth structure balanced perfectly in Black Mountain Peninsula’s calm (and very clean) waters.

With oodles of slides, ladders and obstacles to navigate, the lake has never been more appealing.

Until March 2020 | Black Mountain Peninsula, off Lady Denman Drive |



‘Remember to breathe’ is perhaps the best advice we can give you before you go and see Canberra Theatre Centre’s summer circus blockbuster Cirque Stratosphere.

Get familiar with the edge of your seat as you watch death-defying acts, mind-bending illusions and jaw-dropping gymnastic feats set in Cirque Stratosphere’s space-age utopia.

We’re talking roller-skates, contortions and something called a ‘Russian Swing-to-Swing’. Intriguing…

10-21 December | Canberra Theatre Centre |



Pablo Picasso. Still life [Nature mort]. 1924 oil on canvas 38.1 x 45.7 cm. Bequest of Saidie A May, Baltimore Museum of Art. Photography by Mitro Hood © Succession Picasso/Copyright Agency.

An artistic tiff for the ages, the rivalry between early twentieth-century icons Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso is one of the most riveting stories in Modern Art.

This summer, see this dynamic duo through the lens of some of their most famous works at the National Gallery of Australia for Matisse & Picasso.

With works from more than 40 international collections, explore the rivalry of these two greats as they tackled the challenges set by those who came before them—and then each other.

13 December–13 April | National Gallery of Australia | 



Credit: Simona Razmoska.

Canberra now has access to some of the world’s most luxe brands thanks to the recent opening of two new shopping precincts.

Canberra Centre’s Ainslie Mall boasts a sleek avenue of international and homegrown designer labels such as Tommy Hilfiger, COS, Calvin Klein, Oroton, Watches of Switzerland and Polo Ralph Lauren.

Looking forward to the Boxing Day sales? You don’t have to wait for bargains, with the opening of Canberra Outlet’s Premium Mall. We’re talking seriously big brands at outlet prices—just in time for summer event season.

This article originally appeared in Magazine: Shine for Summer 2019/20, available for free while stocks last. Find out more about Magazine here.

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