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Travel (to the other side of Lake Burley Griffin)

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Every Canberran knows our city is split into two camps: Northside and Southside, with Lake Burley Griffin in between.

Once you’ve picked your side, you’re fiercely loyal to it. But with interstate travel becoming increasingly difficult amid COVID-19 restrictions, there’s never been a better time to explore the other side of the lake.

That’s why we’ve put together this handy trail: if you’re a northsider, pick the southside trail and vice versa.

Go on, cross that bridge and discover all those local businesses you’ve heard so much about. You may just convert to the other side…


9 am

Breakfast at Common Grounds, Gowrie

Crossed the bridge in one piece? Welcome to the other side! Fuel up with breakfast and coffee at bustling southside staple Common Grounds in Gowrie.

10.30 am

Retail therapy at Manuka/Fyshwick

The southsider’s answer to Braddon has to be a toss-up between Manuka or Fyshwick.

With its cobblestoned laneways and boutique stores, Manuka is a little more posh while Fyshwick (about a five-minute drive from Manuka) has the “industrial/cool” vibe down pat.

Designer Op Shop Emporium.

If you’re heading to Manuka, some of the stores worth a browse include Things of Desire, Escala, Lusso and Memento Dezigns. If Fyshwick’s more your vibe, don’t miss Designer Op Shop Emporium or Niche Markets.

11.30 am

Walk around Kingston Foreshore/Barton

If it’s a pearler of a day, you can’t beat a walk along the lake starting at Kingston Foreshore.

The walking path will take you all the way past tourist destinations such as National Gallery of Australia, National Portrait Gallery and Old Parliament House. If you’re feeling energetic, continue all the way up to the leafy streets of Barton and stop for a coffee at wholefoods eatery Maple + Clove.

1 pm

Lunch at Woden’s new dining strip 

Take a little detour and visit Woden’s brand-new dining strip for a bite to eat, with plenty of tantalising options including The Bavarian and Fenway Public House. (There’s also new Grease Monkey pop-up The Pit across the road in Phillip).

Fenway Public House: Tim Bean Photography.

3 pm

Burn off energy at Yarralumla

If you’ve got little ones in tow, it’s definitely worth visiting the Yarralumla Play Station with its miniature train, mini-golf course and animal farm.

If you’re sans kids, grab some friends and head across the road for an afternoon picnic by the lake at Weston Park (BYO wine.)

4.30 pm

Watch the sunset by the lake

Watch the sunset with a side of fish and chips at casual outdoor eatery Snapper, many a southsider’s favourite place to dine by the lake.

If the weather’s too chilly, head upstairs for a coffee at the Canberra Southern Cross Club and watch the boats go by on their heated deck.

7 pm

Dinner at XO, Narrabundah

Southside’s answer to Akiba, this bold restaurant serves up modern pan-Asian dishes complete with a cocktail bar, 80s playlist and infectiously playful vibe.


Make sure you try the Asian Bolognese or sexy squid, and thank us later.

Cheers to the southside!


9 am

Breakfast at Teddy Picker’s, Campbell

Okay southsiders, we’ve got a lot to cover so let’s start the day right at Teddy Picker’s (pictured at top).

Our pick? Their smashed avocado on toast with hummus, labneh and crispy chickpeas.

10 am

Climb Mt Ainslie

Take in the incredible views of Canberra at one of the northside’s most popular uphill walks. The walk can take anywhere from 90 minutes to two hours depending on how you’re feeling, but it’s well worth the trek once you make it to the top.

12 pm

Lunch at Edgar’s Inn

Reward yourself after the hike with lunch at Edgar’s Inn, at the eclectic Ainslie Shops.

Edgar’s. Photo: Oh Boi Creative.

Make sure you check out the famous cheese section at the IGA next door on the way out (it’s our Associate Editor Emma’s favourite place to be on a weekend).

1.30 pm

Retail therapy, Braddon

Okay, so Lonsdale Street isn’t really a northsider’s secret anymore but if you’re up this side of the lake you really can’t go past it, can you?

Derek Kollective. Photo: Rohan Thomson.

We recommend Hive or Derek Kollective followed by ice cream at Frugii.

3.30 pm

Run wild/unwind in Nicholls

With handcrafted miniature buildings from around the world, miniature steam train and playground, kids will love exploring the Cockington Green Gardens in Nicholls.

If all things scaley are more up their alley, try the nearby Canberra Reptile Zoo. If it’s an adult-only trip, unwind at the suburb’s local pub, The George Harcourt Inn, and soak up its old-world vibe and live music on weekends.

5.30 pm

Pre-dinner drinks by the lake in Belconnen

Take in water views with a pre-dinner drink at The Boardwalk Bar, Belconnen.

The venue prides itself on excellent cocktails, a neighbourhood vibe and picturesque views of Lake Ginninderra.

7 pm

Dinner at Olive, Hawker

Finish your northside tour with a hearty dinner at Greek restaurant Olive in Hawker. Trust us, you won’t walk out hungry for your journey back to the southside!

Choose local to support our locals.

Share your journey on social media with #CBRtogether.


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