We wanted to spend the day in Canberra not as a tourist but seeing the capital through the eyes of a Holly, a young adult who lives there and who also happens to be family.
Canberra has a vibrant coffee scene
Our daily coffee is a must for us and also for Holly so we headed off to her favourite place for breakfast and coffee. The Cupping Room is situated at 1/1-13 University Avenue. They are really serious about their coffee and the team share’s the owner’s passion. Want to find out more especially if you are in Canberra, check their website out at www.thecuppingroom.com.au. This is definitely a To Travel Too recommendation not only for their coffee but the atmosphere and the buzz of the place. Did I mention how great the food is as well? It does tend to get very busy and sometimes tables are at a premium, but it is worth the wait.
Whilst you are in the area pop into Nishi Gallery, this was our next stop and within walking distance from The Cupping Room. Nishi Galley is a blank space Gallery just waiting for artists and curators to display their art. By day it acts as a performance and exhibition space and at night it can be a private event. Our visit coincided with HUE a group exhibition concentrating on the colour of emotion.
A visit to Canberra would not be the same without visiting the most famous building – Parliament House. Holly and I groaned at the thought but we went along with Duncan’s wishes and headed off to see the Art Collection and the Senate and House of Representatives. It was quiet as Parliament was not sitting and it gave us the opportunity to wander around at our leisure. There are over 4,000 works of Contemporary Art by Australian Artists that hang in the building that was opened by Queen Elizabeth on 9th May, 1988. You can watch Parliament in Action, question time takes place at 2pm in both chambers and you can book tickets by calling 02 6277 4889.
Our next stop on the agenda was the National Gallery of Australia and then across the road to the National Portrait Gallery. Both worth a visit and of course are free to enter. If there is a special exhibition showing tickets would need to be purchased in advance.
Our final stop for the day for a bit of window shopping and lunch we head to Lonsdale Street Traders in the trendy area of Braddon. Quirky designers mingle with exciting food concept stores, it is hard to work out whether we shop first then eat or vice versa. We shopped first and then ate.
Check out the rest of our Sydney Nowra Road Trip:
Day 5: Travelling from Nowra via Braidwood and Bungendore to Canberra
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