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Now one of the most exciting precincts in Canberra, Dairy Road Precinct started its life as a series of warehouses at the end of one of Fyshwick’s quietest streets.
Fast forward and Dairy Road Precinct is now home to one of Canberra’s most successful breweries, Capital Brewing Co., a pioneering bouldering gym, an exciting new gallery and a growing collection of some of Canberra’s most innovative makers and boutiques, including chocolate makers Jasper & Myrtle, gin distillery Big River Distilling and Canberra’s only indoor ski slope.
While it’s still polishing its industrial edges; Dairy Road is not to be missed.
As Nature Intended
The wholesome haven you didn’t know you needed, As Nature Intended is your one-stop-shop for the eco-conscious, with a diverse range of environmentally friendly beauty products and homewares alongside their organic mini-supermarket.
Their café also serves up seriously decadent cakes and slices as well as hearty breakfast and lunch options and truly excellent coffee.
Big River Distillery
Slightly less wholesome but no less delicious, Big River Distillery is one of Canberra’s many excellent micro-distilleries.
Offering a curated selection, including the tempting Cinn Gin (cinnamon), 3 Grains Pepper Leaf Vodka and Fig Gin Liquor, head to their ‘distillery door’ at Dairy Road for a tasting. Make sure to check their website for opening times.
Canberra’s original bouldering gym, Blochaus offers an exciting new experience for lovers of the outdoors—indoors.
Climb, scramble and navigate over their unique climbing walls that are short enough to not need ropes or partners, giving greater freedom of movement.
BlocHaus is suitable for anyone over 12 years old and for younger climbers there’s even a separate ‘FamilyHaus’.
Capital Brewing Co.
Capital Brewing Co’s locally-owned brewery is a weekend delight, with expansive outdoor and indoor seating—including a dedicated family courtyard—a taproom, Brodburger van serving delicious eats and even brewery tours.
With a motto of ‘good natured brews’, Capital Brewing Co is the ultimate destination for a Sunday session.
Flow Yoga Canberra
Flow Yoga’s brand-new studio is a calming Scandinavian-inspired retreat of blonde wood and neutral tones.
Owner Odona Farska fell in love with yoga in 2000 and never looked back, having taught and practiced all around the world, from the Czech Republic to the Maldives. Now her practice calls Dairy Road home. Why not drop by for a class?
Tucked into a corner of Dairy Road you’ll find Canberra’s newest gallery.
A purpose-built space that displays both owner Kacy Grainger’s work and a revolving calendar of artists from across Australia and internationally, Grainger Gallery has become a must-do for art lovers when visiting the capital.
“Around two years ago, Molonglo Group showed us the empty warehouse at Dairy Road, not long after Capital Brewing had opened,” says Kacy. “I saw the site and knew immediately that was where we were going to have our gallery.”
Having opened in November 2020, Kacy’s vision is a vibrant and diverse space that puts the interests of creatives first and foremost. As she puts it, “We are nothing without our artists.
Jasper & Myrtle
Jasper & Myrtle’s chocolate has to be tasted to be believed and at their Dairy Road factory workshop you can even sneak a peek at the team behind these cacao creations.
It’ll give you something to do as you make the difficult decision between their Black & White Sesame Milk Chocolate and Brandy & Orange Dark Chocolate.
The ultimate wet weather (or we-need-to-burn-off-some-excess-energy) destination for young families, KIDZplore features a multi-levelled rainbow playground of epic proportions, complete with ballpit, swings, Zorb balls, slides and low-key areas for smaller kids.
If the weather is good, head out front to play on the grass and splash in the very shallow kid-friendly stream that winds through the precinct.
Nourish & Breathe
A naturopathy clinic and apothecary with its own ‘canteen’, Nourish & Breathe offers wholesome, delicious fare on weekdays and Saturdays from 10 am – 2 pm.
Owner Renae Scott cares deeply about empowering her clients with knowledge around health and wellbeing and this shines through in Nourish & Breathe’s menu. Don’t miss the brewed chai—some say it’s one of the best in Canberra.
The Modern Object
Curated for discerning lovers of mid-century design, The Modern Object’s range encompasses a colourful array of furniture, glassware, objects d’art, tableware, sculpture and more.
While the store itself is small, don’t be deceived—it contains multitudes. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for opening times and special finds.
Vertikal Indoor Snow Sports
No snow? No worries! Sharpen your downhill technique or find your feet as a beginner at Canberra’s premier indoor ski slope.
Their wide slopes are made from soft nylon fibres that operate like a treadmill, meaning you can adjust the speed and pitch of your slope.
Après ski, grab a drink or wood-fired pizza from Vertikal’s alpine-themed bar.
Feature image: Tim Bean Photography