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Three fresh micro-adventures to have this week

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With all overseas travel put on hold until…well, let’s just not think about it, it’s time to embrace the adventures around us.

Here are three micro-adventures you can have this week across Canberra and surrounds—no matter how much time you have to spare.

If you have half a day…take a trip out to rustic Gundaroo


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Gundaroo is perfect for a day trip, with rolling green landscapes to soak up on the way, and award-winning food once you reach your destination.

Depending on your mood, you may want to opt for a brew and some pub food at the beloved Gundaroo Pub, or make a booking at the award-winning Grazing restaurant which is housed in the heritage Royal Hotel.

If you’re between meals, the Cork Street Cafe has a lush selection of cakes as well as great coffee.

If you have a whole day…escape into the wilderness

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With the partial re-opening of Namadgi National Park, there’s never been a better time to get out into the beautiful bush so close to Canberra. Check out which areas have been reopened here: environment.act.gov.au/parks-conservation/parks-and-reserves/find-a-park/namadgi-national-park/namadgi-national-park.

The recent rains have brought fresh, green growth to the area, and even a short trip to the well-signposted trails of Tidbinbilla is the perfect weekend escape.

Taking kids (or animal lovers)? Head to Tidbinbilla’s Eucalypt Forest to watch the recently returned family of koalas munch their way through a bushel or two in the Koala Sanctuary, or follow the kid-friendly path to try and spot some in the trees.

Want even more? There are a whole host of campgrounds—and two cottages—where you can stay overnight in the park. Find more information here: environment.act.gov.au/parks-conservation/parks-and-reserves/accommodation.

If you have one night…indulge in a staycation and degustation at Monster’s Restaurant In Room


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What do you do when your restaurant is forced to turn away diners due to COVID-restrictions? You start serving them in their own private hotel rooms, of course.

This is exactly what Monster Restaurant (inside NewActon’s Ovolo Nishi hotel) did earlier this year with their Restaurant In Room—an offering that’s still on the table for foodies, even though their dining rooms have reopened.

Having experienced this myself a couple of weeks ago, I can say that it is without a doubt one of the most special restaurant experiences you can have in Canberra right now. Private, delicious and very, very COVID-safe. And the view from their panoramic apartments as you enjoy your six-course degustation is like nothing else.

Packages start from $499 for a six-course-in-room degustation, including an overnight stay in a Nishi Apartment.

Bookings via direct message at instagram.com/monsterkitchenbar.

Want more ideas for micro-adventures?

Travel writer Tenele has loads here: hercanberra.com.au/life/microadventures-live-adventurously-every-day

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