Where to go and what to do to have fun in the sun in Canberra this summer
BEST BEER GARDENS
Pavilion on Northbourne
Great for: Wet weather. The vast hotel atrium is an indoor garden perfect for rainy days.
Details: 242 Northbourne Ave. (02) 62476888; pavilioncanberra.com
Old Canberra Inn
Great for: Rustic charm. Built in 1857, this Natural Trust building has three beer gardens on site.
Details: 195 Mouat St, Lyneham. (02) 6257 6380; www.oldcanberrainn.com.au
BEST ROOFTOP BARS
Great for: Fresh air. Escape to this night club’s rooftop terrace area.
Details: 50 Northbourne Ave. meche.com.au
BEST AL FRESCO DINING
Great for: Vegetarian and vegans will love this cheap and seriously cheerful café run by students of famous meditation teacher Sri Chinmoy.
Details: Shop G1b Dickson Chambers, Dickson. (02) 6247 8591; myrainbowdreams.com.au
Water’s Edge Restaurant
Great for: Watching people run, walk and cycle around Lake Burley Griffin while you sit back and enjoy a degustation menu. If you go à la carte, the scallops are superb (ie scallop ceviche, fennel and squid salad with anise dressing).
Details: Commonwealth Place, 40 Parkes Place, Parkes. (02) 6273 5066; watersedgecanberra.com.au
BEST PICNIC SPOTS
Black Mountain Peninsula
Great for: Family-friendly weekend BBQs on the edge of Black Mountain Reserve. There’s a playground, bike tracks and swimming spots.
Details: Garry Owen Drive off Lady Denman Drive, Acton. visitcanberra.com.au
Remembrance Nature Park
Great for: Soaking up sunshine after a visit to the sobering Australian War Memorial.
Details: Slopes Of Mount Ainslie, Ainslie. (02) 6207 2113; visitcanberra.com.au
Great for: Riverside playgrounds. Kids will love the tree houses, maze and miniature railway.
Details: Weston Park Rd, Yarralumla. 13 2281; visitcanberra.com.au
Canberra Southside Market
Great for: Inner health. A market dedicated to community wellbeing.
Details: Monthly, on Sat. Macarthur Scout Hall, 54 Coyne St, Macarthur.
Southside Farmer’s Market
Great for: The weekly groceries.
Details: 8am – 11:30am Sundays, Southern Cross Woden Basketball Stadium, Woden.
Pinnacle Nature Trail
Great for: Exploring the outer edges of Canberra in this 2.6km easy loop through gum forests.
Details: In Canberra Nature Park south of Hawker and Weetangera. www.tams.act.gov.au
Australians of the Year Walk
Great for: Informative exercise. Read the plaques dedicated to Australians of the Year along the Lake Burley Griffin foreshore.
Details: Lake Burley Griffin. nationalcapital.gov.au