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Canberra is a starting point for short trips to the Snowy Mountains, the New South Wales South Coast and a cluster of historic villages well versed in food and wine.

By Jennifer Pinkerton

Among the reasons  Canberra  locals love their city is the fact that, nearby, there are numerous locations from which to craft a day trip. A three-hour stint on the road will land you either at the beach or the snow. Closer to home, charming small villages and towns such as Gundaroo, Bungendore and Braidwood offer a calm contrast to the hip inner city streets of the nation's capital. In a nutshell: Canberra's surrounds are all about natural beauty, character-laden stone buildings and air so clean you'll want it bottled. 

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Poachers Pantry, Canberra District Wine Region, Australian Capital Territory © VisitCanberra

Where : a 30-minute drive north of Canberra

Gundaroo  is a pint-sized village that boasts a Gold Rush-era pub and country-style restaurant with cuisine to swoon over. Stop in for a tipple at the 144-year-old  Gundaroo Colonial Inn  before making a beeline for lunch at  Grazing , housed in a restored, red-roofed former pub. Indulge in the ash-dusted kangaroo fillet, cassoulet beans and garden beets. Veer west and return along Murrumbateman Road, making pit stops at local wineries  Eden Road Wines  and  Four Winds Vineyard  before pulling up a chair in the pretty gardens at  Poachers Pantry  for a cheese platter.

Lark Hill Winery, Bungendore, Canberra district, NSW © Visit Canberra

Lark Hill Winery, Bungendore, Canberra district, New South Wales © Visit Canberra

Where : a one-hour drive east of Canberra

You'll want to spend the entire day in Braidwood, a mecca for antique and retro-collectable stores such as  Bernardoff  and the  Stur Gallery . Make your first stop the tucked away DOJO Bread  for a loaf of artisan sourdough or a gourmet, handmade pie. Next, enjoy brunch and a coffee at the artfully styled  Albion Café . Drive back towards Canberra before dropping in at biodynamic vineyard  Lark Hill Winery  for lunch and a taste of Canberra's cool-climate wine. On your way home via Macs Reef Road, join a truffle hunt – in which dogs locate truffles underground – at  Blue Frog Truffle Farm . Hunts take place over eight weeks in winter and are held on Wednesdays and Sundays. 

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Perisher Blue Ski Resort, Snowy Mountains, New South Wales © Perisher Blue

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There's still plenty to do in the Snowies when winter is over. Summer brings the opportunity to hike, fish, kayak, camp and rock climb.

Where : about 2.5 hours south of Canberra

Fuel up with scrumptious coffee and pastries at  Silo Bakery  in Kingston before hiring ski gear at  Straight Line Ski and Scuba  in the nearby precinct of Fyshwick. You'll pass by the townships of Bredbo and Cooma en route to the Snowy Mountains. After arcing past the serene vista of Lake Jindabyne, weave a path to  Thredbo  or  Perisher Blue Ski Resort  and ski the day away, taking in the sight of snow weighing down the branches of Australian gum trees. Leave time for an après-ski aperitif of sour apple or Williams pear schnapps at the  Wild Brumby Distillery , just outside Jindabyne, on your journey back along the Monaro Highway.

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Murrays Beach, Jervis Bay, New South Wales © Hutchings Camps Pty Ltd

Where : about 2.5 hours east of Canberra

For a summer-style day trip, venture out of Canberra to the blissful beachside town of Huskisson. Make your first port of call the cheerful  Loaded Dog Tarago Hotel  for a pub lunch, before continuing along the bushy, scenic drive though Nerriga to Huskisson. Take in the vintage shops, as well as the great cafés here, such as  5 Little Pigs  and  Hyams Beach Store and Café  before sinking your toes into the white sand and sparkling waters of Jervis Bay . Return to Canberra via  Booderee National Park  and stroll along the pure white Murrays Beach.

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Koala, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Australian Capital Territory © VisitCanberra

Where : about an hour south-west of Canberra

Within the epic nature near Canberra lies the rugged Namadgi National Park . One of the highlights of this park is the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve , an expanse of protected bushland. Spot kangaroos, koalas, cockatoos and emus at The Sanctuary before following the well-signposted Birrigai Time Trail from the Visitor Centre to the Birrigai Rock Shelter, which the Ngunawal Aboriginal people occupied during the last ice age more than 20,000 years ago. Alternatively, take the challenging eight-kilometre (five-mile) hike to Gibraltar Peak . The panoramic view from the top is well worth the effort.

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10 Day Trips From Canberra That You Will Enjoy

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Canberra is an exciting city with incredible sights and attractions and a thriving dining and café scene. While there is plenty to do in the city, it is also worthwhile getting out of the city for the day to explore the scenic countryside.

Canberra is lucky to be surrounded by an abundance of exciting destinations, all within an easy drive from the city, so you can still stay in the Canberra city centre and venture out there. If you haven’t booked your hotel yet, here is what we recommend:

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Day Trips from Canberra.

Here are some nice day trips from Canberra that you will enjoy.

Visit the historic village of Gundaroo.

Located across the border in New South Wales but just a 35-minute drive north of Canberra, Gundaroo is a cute little historic village dating back to the gold rush days in the 1800s. Visit the Gundaroo Colonial Inn for a beer or a pub lunch while enjoying the atmosphere of this charming 1872 pub. Down the road, Grazing Restaurant, located in the 1865 Royal Hotel building, gets rave reviews for its fantastic food. There are also several cellar doors in town where you can taste wines from the local region.

A day trip to the wine region of Murrambateman

The wine region of Murrambateman is the east of Gundaroo. If you’re a wine lover, a day trip to this excellent wine region is a must. Cool climate wines do well here, such as Riesling and Pinot Noir, and some of the best vineyards near Canberra are located here, including Eden Roads Wines, Four Winds Vineyard and Shaw Vineyard Estate.

The weekend is the best time to go as more cellar doors are open, and you can make a day of it. Enjoy a day of wine tasting and indulge in a lovely lunch at one of the vineyards.

A day of skiing at the Snowy Mountains

Canberra is located in Australia’s high country, and it is close enough to New South Wales ski resorts that you can hit the snow for the day in the winter.

Head off early, and in two and a half hours, you can reach Perisher or Thredbo for a day of skiing and play in the snow. The Snowy Mountains are well worth visiting at any time of the year, though, and Kosciusko National Park is a great spot to do some hiking or mountain biking. At the same time, the towns of Jindabyne and Cooma are beautiful places near Canberra to stop in and explore.

Visit the heritage-listed Braidwood.

You can reach Braidwood in just over an hour’s drive east of Canberra. This charming heritage-listed town is full of history. Walk the streets lined with old historic buildings and visit the Braidwood Museum . There are some excellent cafes and places to eat, such as TorPeas or The Albion, along with boutique shops and antique stores to explore. Don’t miss the superb bakery, Dojo Bread. Admire the old theatre across the street and enjoy one of their fantastic pies.

Drive to the Lanyon Homestead

To get a taste of farm life in the 1800s, visit Lanyon Homestead , half an hour’s drive south of Canberra. This historic homestead is full of history, dating back to 1835.

The stunning main home of the property was built in 1859, and you can enjoy a tour of the house to learn about its history and admire its charming old-world features. Enjoy tea and scones at the café, sitting inside the historic building or at one of the outside tables on the lawn.

Take a dip at the Cotter Reserve.

The Murrumbidgee River is where Canberrans go on the weekend to swim and escape the city during summer. There are several right spots to take a dip, but Cotter Reserve is one of the most popular, located on the tributary, the Cotter River.

This scenic spot is just half an hour’s drive west of Canberra, but you will feel a world away from the city. Enjoy a picnic on the river with forest and tranquillity all around. Take a refreshing dip at one of the swimming holes on the river, visit Cotter Dam or take the kids to the fun-filled playground at Cotter Avenue.

Drive to the ocean and visit Batemans Bay

Canberra might be an inland city, but it is actually not that far from the east coast , so you can still enjoy a beach day trip from the city. Batemans Bay is the top spot that Canberrans go to when they want to visit the ocean, located just a two-hour drive down Kings Highway.

This charming seaside town has plenty to offer, with some excellent cafes for lunch, Crumb and Espresso Yourself. When you’ve recharged with some great food, there are a ton of water activities to enjoy. For many, it is best to spend the day on one of the fantastic beaches located just outside of town.

Visit the historic town of Bungendore.

If you’re heading to Batemans Bay, or want to enjoy a day trip within a short drive of the city, stop in at the historic town of Bungendore. This little town is just a half hour’s drive east of Canberra and is full of little gems that will draw you in.

Visit the historic Bungendore Royal Hotel for a beer or eat at one of the charming small cafes. The Bungendore Wood Works Gallery is well worth checking out for its excellent local handmade wooden art pieces, furniture and other household items.

Go to the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex

To the west of Canberra is a NASA funded series of substantial deep space satellite dishes used to examine space, right here in Australia’s capital. The complex is impressive to view, and the attached visitor centre makes visiting the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex a good day trip from the city.

Stop at the Gibraltar Falls

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve i s an excellent spot to head to for the day to escape the city and get back to nature. The highlight is a visit to the scenic Gibraltar Falls , which tumbles 50 metres down into Gibraltar Creek. This lovely spot is located just west of the Canberra Deep Space Communications Centre, so you could even combine the two into one big day trip.

There are so many beautiful places to visit around Canberra that you could never get bored. Whether you want to get back to nature for the day, visit a country town or even go to the beach, all of this is possible as a day trip from Canberra.

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Jun 11, 2019 | Coastal Escapes , Country Getaways , Food & Drink , Lifestyle , Travel

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Country Escape

Escape to the country Australian style, just under two hours from the CBD lives picturesque town Bowral . Located in the Southern Highlands in NSW discover its restaurants, wineries and beautifully lush greenery. It’s never too early for a vino. Start your day visiting the cellar doors of the Centennial Vineyard and taste their range of award-winning wines while taking in their breathtaking views. For the real gourmet experience, later try highly acclaimed Biota Dining. the restaurant takes ‘locally sourced’ to the next level with all fresh and seasonal dishes. They also offer a unique adventure with the chefs, where you gather and cook ingredients from local surrounds and learn where and how they are grown.

View this post on Instagram Octopus from bass straight A post shared by DINING •ACCOMMODATION• BOWRAL (@biotadining) on Mar 1, 2019 at 2:07am PST
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Alpine Escape

You might want to get a good night’s sleep before this one. Although the journey to the Snowy Mountains is around a three hour drive, it is well worth it. Skiers and snowboarders would already know this journey well, but if your new to the snow scene you will want to get up early to make as much use of the day as possible. There are slopes for all levels at Thredbo Alpine Resort , so if you haven’t already this is a great time to learn to ski or snowboard. But if not, still enjoy what the cold weather brings and make a snowman or take a guided mountain tour. For lunch try Thredbo’s iconic on-slope restaurant Kareela Hutte and enjoy their European influenced cuisine and views of the mountain valley.

View this post on Instagram Dreamy mornings #thredbo #kareelahutte #sunrise #ski #snow A post shared by Kareela Hutte (@kareelahutte) on Nov 22, 2017 at 3:22pm PST
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Coastal Escape

The weather at the coast can be perfect all year round and sometimes there is nothing better than sitting on the beach on a sunny day. Us Canberrans are so lucky that in under three hours we can travel to some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia. The Sapphire Coast in NSW is the perfect destination for a coastal getaway. What we love most about Bermagui on the Sapphire Coast is its pristine waters, rated sixth out of eight of the best ocean rock pool in the world is the Blue Pool . Not only is it a great swimming and snorkelling spot, it is also a perfect spot for shore-based whale watching. For the ultimate relaxation trip enjoy a leisurely lunch at Palm Bar in the Bermagui Beach Hotel and make the most of the location by indulging in some fresh local seafood and stunning views.

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Nature Escape 

Explore Australia’s one of a kind nature and wildlife 45 minutes away from Canberra at Namadgi National Park . Put on your runners and comfy clothes because this day trip requires some walking. Jump away from your worries in the Gibraltar Falls creek. The area is a popular destination in the park for Canberrans. From the Woods Reserve car park take a 20 minute walk to the falls and cool off in the creek and look out to views of the waterfall. A sausage sizzle would make the perfect day with a BBQ and picnic tables at the car park. If you’re not interested in staying long at the falls just continue on the Wood Reserve trail.

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The 5 best day trips from Canberra

Relax, unwind and head out of the city with these sweet day-trip spots that are temptingly close from Canberra’s CBD

Canberra ’s location in the middle of Victoria and New South Wales means it's ripe for excellent day trips that show off the very best of this corner of Australia. So if you’re looking to escape the city for a couple of hours, here are five dazzling day trips from Canberra to take, featuring bucolic wineries, seaside towns and adventures in the great Australian countryside.

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Day trips from Canberra

A nature lover’s day out

A nature lover’s day out

Have you ever encountered a wild emu? If the answer’s no, your state of deprivation can be quickly rectified with a visit to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve , an expansive, protected area on the fringe of the Namadgi National Park , at the northern end of the Australian Alps. Around 40 minutes drive southwest of Canberra, Tidbinbilla is home to a huge variety of birdlife, as well as kangaroos, wallabies, platypi and some very accessible koalas. There are 21 trails to walk throughout the park, including an Aboriginal Heritage Walk. These range in difficulty from very easy – the wheelchair accessible Koala Path – to long and challenging uphill hikes, including one that leads to the rocky outcrop of Gibraltar Peak, which, when you make it to the top, has remarkable views out across the valley below. Venture further into Namadgi National Park to learn more about the local Ngunnawal people, who have lived on this land for at least 21,000 years. Popular walks for day visitors include hikes up to the granite boulders at Square Rock, the Yankee Hat rock art site in Gudgenby Valley and Mount Franklin (yes, of bottled water fame).

Canberra’s wine region

Canberra’s wine region

Not only is Canberra home to some top-notch bars but they also grow and ferment the good stuff right here in the region. There are over 30 wineries within 35 minutes’ drive of the city centre, with the region primarily focussing on grape varietals like riesling, chardonnay, pinot noir, sangiovese, merlot, shiraz and tempranillo. Lerida Estate ( 87 The Vineyards Rd, Collector 2581 ) should be at the top of the list for any wine tour. Get your hands on a bottle of their pinot noir rosé that has sweet wild strawberries on the nose and moreish savoury finish. Red drinkers will find their spiritual home at Clonakilla Vineyard ( 3 Crisps Ln, Murrumbateman 2582 ), while the bucolic Pialligo Estate ( 1/18 Kallaroo Rd, Pialligo 2609 ) has fruit orchards to explore and smoked meats to try at their picturesque cellar door. Then there’s the compact Mount Majura Vineyard ( 88 Lime Kiln Rd, Majura 2609 ). Get here in the early afternoon when the sun streams into the glass-fronted tasting room that looks out onto the vines, order a cheese plate, then get stuck into a tasting, which kicks off with their dry Siluria sparkling that’ll cleanse the palate with hints of crunchy apple and lime zest.

Explore the Tablelands

Explore the Tablelands

The inland areas on the outskirts of the ACT are known as the Tablelands. It’s here that you’ll find charming country towns (all with excellent country bakeries) that make you long to become a treechanger, ditching the big smoke for fresh, farm-to-table produce, award-winning wineries and enough unique outdoor experiences to make you say “Blue Mountains, who?” Head west to discover the Yass Valley, which is rich in cultural heritage, colonial-style buildings and colourful annual festivals. If you fancy driving through wine country, head east through Queanbeyan to visit the historic towns of Braidwood and Bungendore to find antique stores, galleries and classic old-school pubs. Head north and you’ll find the Upper Lachlan region known for the remarkable Wombeyan Caves, which are estimated to be between 400 and 430 million years old. Just west of there you’ll find the Hilltops region, which is known for its wine and its local produce (think pick-your-own experiences and farm gate exploring) as well as events such as the National Cherry Festival.

Head out on an alpine adventure

Head out on an alpine adventure

Ready for some outdoor fun? Canberra is perfectly placed beside a number of Australian ski resorts including the Snowy Mountains and its plethora of alpine wilderness, rivers and glacial lakes. Here you’ll be able to find wildflowers and go on horse riding treks in the summer, while winter brings with it great skiing facilities. Popular ski resorts like nearby Thredbo , Perisher , the more family-friendly Mount Selwyn and Australia’s highest ski resort, Charlotte Pass , are often packed with budding snowboarders, skiers and tobogganers during the ski season, but it’s true when they say these alpine resorts have natural charms all year round. If you’re looking to do some bushwalking in the warmer months, Mount Kosciuszko is a wonder to explore. The 22km Main Range Track is the best way to experience it, beginning and ending at Charlotte Pass and taking you across the Snowy River towards the summit of Kosciuszko itself. You’ll travel above the tree-line and greet glorious nature and plenty of wildflowers along the way.

Seek out sapphire seas on the South Coast

Seek out sapphire seas on the South Coast

Canberrans have easy access to the wonders of New South Wales’ South Coast, which boast emerald hills, sapphire seas, uncrowded beach coves, epic national parks and several little seaside towns. To get there, get in your car, head east along the Princes Highway from Queanbeyan and don’t stop driving until you reach Batemans Bay . Head further south to find the unspoilt charms of the Sapphire Coast . That name isn’t just for show, either. Explore the beachside by foot before taking in the forests and mountains that frame the coastline. If you’re keen on turning this into a long weekend you can try glamping at Tanja Lagoon Camp ( 142 Haighs Rd, Tanja 2550 ). Next, head towards the Shoalhaven coast. Here you can try your hand at surfing in Mollymook , fill up your belly in the laidback, hillside St Isidore restaurant ( 89 Croobyar Rd, Milton 2538 ) or pretend to be Lara Croft by climbing, swinging and jumping through the jungle at Trees Adventure in Nowra Park ( 23 Rock Hill Rd, North Nowra 2541 ).

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Lerida Estate, one of the most recommended day trip destinations from Canberra. Photo: Dani Hardgrave.

There’s nothing better than a road trip and we’re pretty lucky in Canberra to have so many great places close enough to visit relatively easily in a day.

From the beaches of Batemans Bay , to the heritage of Braidwood , the canola fields of the Riverina, the Big Merino at Goulburn and the charms of Cooma , there’s plenty to see and do around the Capital region as well as in Canberra itself.

This list of the best day trips from Canberra has been compiled based on the suggestions from the previous post, along with comments from other similar posts.

Whether you’ve just moved to Canberra or you’ve lived here your whole life, there are sure to be a few destinations you’ve never been to, so why not add them to your must-visit list. Please also feel free to let us know if you have any other recommendations and we will incorporate them into any future updates.

Or if you’re after something specifically tailored to wineries , our article on the best wine tours in Canberra may be of interest to you.

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Take a trip to one of the region’s vineyards and enjoy cheese, accompaniments and wine. Image: Supplied.

Less than one hour’s drive

  • Hall (Approx 15 kms/20 mins): While it’s technically still within the ACT border and barely qualifies for day trip status, the monthly Hartley Hall markets are a treat. Worth a visit for its historical buildings, you can explore Hall with the National Trust’s self-guided heritage walk which takes about 90 minutes, and then refuel at the centrally located 1882 Bar & Grill for lunch.

1882 bar and grill

Enjoy a delicious meal from 1882 Bar & Grill. Photo: Michelle Taylor.

  • Gundaroo (Approx 40 kms/35 mins): A small and cute place, Gundaroo is within easy reach for lunch with a visit to the Cork Street Café recommended. Grazings Restaurant is also considered ‘top notch’. Gundaroo is a relatively young wine region but that hasn’t stopped some fabulous cellar doors from springing up. Gundog Estate ’s cellar door is in the old stables behind the Royal Hotel and Grazing.
  • Bungendore (Approx 40 kms/40 mins): A beautiful little town within easy reach. Visit the village antiques store, the wood works gallery, the Paul Kowalski photography gallery or take some time out relaxing at Lake George. There are plenty of ways to while away some time in Bungendore , from exploring the beautifully preserved colonial buildings made of stone, timber and brick, enticing galleries and quirky shops to visiting the traditional country markets or nearby wineries .

day trips from canberra

  • Murrumbateman (Approx 40 kms/40 mins): This is one for the wine-lovers, with so many Murrumbateman wineries to choose from. Recommendations include the Four Winds Vineyard for its wood-fired pizzas, the Shaw Vineyard Estate for its lovely setting, Eden Roads Wines for its knowledgeable staff, Gallagher Wines for its friendly staff and Flint in the Vines for a long leisurely lunch. The local pub also received a mention, as did the Murrumbateman Field Days.

day trips from canberra

Lerida Estate, one of Canberra’s most recommended wineries. Photo: Lerida Estate.

  • Collector (Approx 60 kms/45 mins): Collector’s main claim to fame is its colourful history, with The Bushranger Hotel in the main street the site where a member of bushranger Ben Hall’s gang shot the local police constable after holding up the publican back in 1865. The Bushranger Hotel is a great pub with an excellent café/bistro, and Some Café is popular spot with the locals. There are also some nice wineries nearby, including the town’s own, Collector Wines . And, be sure to check out one of the region’s most acclaimed wine makers, Lerida Estate . As a day trip destination, Lerida Estate’s glorious vineyards offer more than simply breathtaking views. Perfectly poised amongst the vines is their winery, a Glenn Murcutt designed architectural masterpiece. The winery’s Café Lerida boasts modern Australian fare, and some wonderful accompaniments to their wines.

1-2 hour drive

day trips from canberra

  • Yass (Approx 60 kms/1 hr) : An old town rich with history , which was (and may still be) home to some ‘big money’ families with farms in the area. Cooma Cottage is a great example of architectural evolution and there are a lot of sites of great significance to the various Aboriginal peoples who have called the region home. The Peter Crisp Galleries are well worth a visit with amazing glasswares and beautiful gardens. And you can’t go past the Valley’s wonderful wine region .
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  • Captains Flat (Approx 60 kms/1 hr): A quirky old mining town with an old pub that boasts about previously having the longest running bar in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Gunning (Approx 70 kms/1 hr): Pay a visit to the local pub the Telegraph Hotel or enjoy the monthly Gunning Market.
  • Braidwood (Approx 85 kms/Just over 1 hr): This heritage listed town is one of the few left in Australia to retain its original Georgian town plan. Make sure you visit the old-fashioned lolly shop and the Dojo bakery with bread to die for!

day trips from canberra

  • Goulburn (Approx 90 kms/Just over 1 hr): This relatively large regional city has a charm about it and you can tell that historically there was plenty of wool money there evidenced by some nice architecture. If you haven’t already met the Big Merino it’s almost a rite of passage for every visitor to Goulburn.

day trips from canberra

  • Wee Jasper (Approx 90 kms/1.5 hrs): While Wee Jasper received some mixed reviews because there isn’t a town centre as such, you may find it an interesting place with some good camping/picnic/bushwalking spots beside the river.
  • Crookwell (Approx 115 kms/1.5 hrs): Crookwell is an experience with rolling green hills and some really nice B&Bs and self-contained accommodation. It’s also well worth driving on a little further to the Pub of The Mill in Laggan.
  • Cooma (Approx 115 kms/1.5 hrs): There’s plenty to choose from in Cooma in its location enroute to the snowfields. The Lott was recommended for a great feed.
  • Jugiong (Approx 120 kms/1.5 hrs): This tiny village delivers more than you expect. There’s The Quirky Crow with its lovely pottery and gallery, the Sir George pub , an historic stone cottage , and a monument to Richie Benaud, as well as a fabulous café serving homemade organic jams and sauces for sale and a great fruit and veg store.

day trips from canberra

  • Taralga (Approx 135 kms/just over 1.5 hrs): A gorgeous place an the Taralga Hotel is definitely worth a visit.

day trips from canberra

  • Southern Highlands (Approx 160 kms/Just under 2 hrs): So many great towns to visit in the district including Bowral, Mittagong, Moss Vale, Berrima and Bundanoon among other smaller towns. A must-do trip for those who have never been.

day trips from canberra

  • Gundagai (Approx 160 kms/Just under 2 hrs): Gundagai is small but cute. There is a café with wooden booths that has gone unchanged since the 50s and a big park with an old wooden bridge.
  • Batemans Bay (Approx 150 kms/2 hrs): Batemans Bay is a charming seaside town with plenty to do. It is also well worth driving on a little further to Mogo where there are some great crafty shops, bike trails and a world-class wildlife park . Only downside is that traffic can tend to build when it’s time to head home. Maybe you should stay the night! Corrigans Cove Resort is the perfect place to settle in.

Corrigans Cove Resort

Corrigans Cove Resort, Batemans Bay. Photo: Corrigans Cove Resort.

  • Young (Approx 160kms/2 hrs): Boasts some great eateries and apparently, the car museum in Binalong is worth a stop on the way back. Visit the Hilltops region in cherry season and enjoy all things cherry !

More than a 2 hour drive

  • Moruya (Approx 175 kms/Just over 2 hrs): The best of country life near the beach. Enjoy lunch at The River Restaurant, browse the quirky shops or kick back on the riverbank.
  • Cowra (Approx 190kms/Just over 2 hrs): Cowra isn’t too far away and the Japanese Gardens are worth a look. Don’t miss the diorama at the Cowra Visitor Information Centre.
  • Kangaroo Valley (Approx 200 kms/2.5 hrs): Definitely worth a visit if you’re looking for a touch of nature, with Fitzroy Falls, Carrington Falls and Belmore Falls all noted as highlights.
  • Yarrangobilly caves (Approx 170 kms/2.5 hrs)

day trips from canberra

Yarrangobilly thermal pool near Talbingo. Photo: Visit NSW.

  • Wombeyan caves (Approx 170 kms/Just over 2 hrs)
  • Nowra (Approx 190 kms/2.5 hrs): Beautiful beaches and, if you have time, drive another 40 minutes to Jervis Bay and its spectacular beaches.
  • Kosciuszko National Park (Approx 200 kms/2.5 hrs): A beautiful natural environment, home to the Thredbo Ski Resort and the towns of Crackenback and Jindabyne.
  • Bundawang National Park (Approx 200 kms/2.5 hours): Offers spectacular day hikes.
  • Temora (Approx 200 kms/2.5 hours): The Aviation Museum received a few mentions.
  • Tumut (Approx 200 kms/2.5 hrs): A typical but great country town.
  • Picton (Approx 215 kms/2.5 hrs)
  • Ulladulla (Approx 200 kms/Just over 2.5 hrs): Not only is Ulladulla’s coastline stunning, so is the countryside. Be sure to visit to Cupitt’s Winery and enjoy a delicious lunch with a breathtaking view.

Cupitt's Winery

Cupitt’s Winery in Ulladulla has stunning views. Photo: File.

  • Canowindra (Approx 220 kms/Just over 2.5 hrs): Great for foodies, with the Spanokopita from a place called The Shed receiving an honourable mention.
  • Narooma (Approx 220 kms/3 hrs)

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Beautiful mountain walks in the Snowy Mountain. Photo: Supplied.

If you’re looking for more information on travelling around Canberra and its regions, check out our articles on the best beaches near Canberra , best hotels and resorts on the South Coast , best restaurants and bars on the South Coast and 10 things to do on the South Coast . Or if you’re interested in places to visit whilst you’re in Canberra, check out our list of the top 10 Canberra places to take visiting family and friends , the best wine tours and the best tours in Canberra .

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perfect get away on a weekend . Beautiful spot

When you visit Fitzroy and/or Carrington Falls, Belmore Falls are also in the same area, near Robertson, and well worth a look.

There is a lot around; Yarrangobilly caves or maybe Wombeyan if you got up early and got back late. Temora is fun when the planes are flying. If you like your motor racing, Wakefield Park is only an hour away just out of Goulburn. Old Berrima is nice too. There may be some gold still in the ground at places like at Araluen or Majors Creek.

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You could wander over to Temora. Its not to far away. Just slip out of Yass, go a little way along the Hume, then throw a righty onto a reasonable country highway. Temora has a exceptional aviation museum , and a rural museum that is very good. You could then wander back through Cootamundra where Sir Donald Bradman was born , and have a squiz at his home.

If you are going to Temora, the Barmedman Mineral Pool is not far away. http://www.big4.com.au/caravan-parks/nsw/riverina/deniliquin-holiday-park/see-and-do/barmedman-mineral-pool-9115850 I used to be taken there as a child. In those days the pool bottom was dirt. It was free. Don’t know if it is now.

You could wander over to Temora. Its not to far away. Just slip out of Yass, go a little way along the Hume, then throw a righty onto a reasonable country highway.

Temora has a exceptional aviation museum , and a rural museum that is very good.

You could then wander back through Cootamundra where Sir Donald Bradman was born , and have a squiz at his home.

I didn’t know about Carrington Falls but it looks amazing. Might have to make the day trip on the weekend! I’ve heard that there are some pretty spectacular day hikes in the Budawangs on the way to the south coast too, which I’d like to try too.

Flint in the Vines in Murrumbateman is my pick for a long leisurely lunch just outside of Canberra. A really lovely spot with great food.

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From lunches at vineyards to mini-beach vacations – leave the house this weekend for an adventure-filled daytrip to one these sweet destinations not too far from Canberra’s CBD.

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<h2>Best day trips from Canberra for snow</h2><p>Ready for some wintry outdoor fun? Canberra is ideally located near a plethora of ski resorts including the <a href="http://snowymountains.com.au/">Snowy Mountains</a>, <a href="https://www.thredbo.com.au/">Thredbo</a>, <a href="https://www.perisher.com.au/">Perisher</a>, <a href="https://charlottepass.com.au/">Charlotte Pass</a> and <a href="https://www.visitnsw.com/destinations/snowy-mountains/kosciuszko-national-park/mount-selwyn">Mount Selwyn</a> – the closest ski resort to Canberra’s city centre. During the cooler months, each of these ski resorts transforms into a winter wonderland and offers all kinds of activities including downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and lessons for beginners.  </p>

Best day trips from Canberra for snow

Ready for some wintry outdoor fun? Canberra is ideally located near a plethora of ski resorts including the Snowy Mountains , Thredbo , Perisher , Charlotte Pass and Mount Selwyn – the closest ski resort to Canberra’s city centre. During the cooler months, each of these ski resorts transforms into a winter wonderland and offers all kinds of activities including downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and lessons for beginners.

<h2>Best foodie day trips from Canberra</h2><p>Hungry? The inland areas on the outskirts of the ACT, known as <a href="https://canberraregiontablelands.com.au/destinations/hilltops-region/">Tablelands</a> are home to charming country towns, an eclectic heritage, a buzzing art scene and more importantly; incredible food and wine. Spend the day hopping between farm to table produce restaurants, award-winning wineries and old-school pubs and you can taste everything the Tablelands have to offer. For one of the best vanilla slices in town, head to the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/BakeryatMarulan/">Bakery at Marulan</a>. If you’re travelling with kids, be sure to stop by <a href="https://www.visithilltopsregion.com.au/orchards-pick-your-own/">Young for some berry-picking.</a></p>

Best foodie day trips from Canberra

Hungry? The inland areas on the outskirts of the ACT, known as Tablelands are home to charming country towns, an eclectic heritage, a buzzing art scene and more importantly; incredible food and wine. Spend the day hopping between farm to table produce restaurants, award-winning wineries and old-school pubs and you can taste everything the Tablelands have to offer. For one of the best vanilla slices in town, head to the Bakery at Marulan . If you’re travelling with kids, be sure to stop by Young for some berry-picking.

<h2>Best beach day trips from Canberra</h2><p>You don’t have to go far to find the ocean. For a beachy day trip, venture out of Canberra to the laid-back coastal town of Huskisson. Along the bushy, scenic drive, be sure to stop by the Loaded Dog Tarago Hotel for a delish pub lunch. Once you’ve reached town, check out the vintage stores, great cafes or head straight for the white sand and sparkling waters of Jervis Bay. If Canberrans head east along the Princes Highway, they’ll have access to the wonders of New South Wales’ brilliant South Coast. Just over two hours from Canberra is Batemans Bay, the Sapphire Coast and Shoalhaven Coast (pictured here is the ocean pool at Bermagui). While you’re there, try your hand at surfing, explore the beachside by foot, and enjoy the charm of the quaint country towns.</p>

Best beach day trips from Canberra

You don’t have to go far to find the ocean. For a beachy day trip, venture out of Canberra to the laid-back coastal town of Huskisson. Along the bushy, scenic drive, be sure to stop by the Loaded Dog Tarago Hotel for a delish pub lunch. Once you’ve reached town, check out the vintage stores, great cafes or head straight for the white sand and sparkling waters of Jervis Bay. If Canberrans head east along the Princes Highway, they’ll have access to the wonders of New South Wales’ brilliant South Coast. Just over two hours from Canberra is Batemans Bay, the Sapphire Coast and Shoalhaven Coast (pictured here is the ocean pool at Bermagui). While you’re there, try your hand at surfing, explore the beachside by foot, and enjoy the charm of the quaint country towns.

<h2>Best day trips from Canberra for families</h2><p>Get the kids out of the house and off their devices for a few hours with a visit to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. This expansive, protected area on the fringe of the Namadgi National Park has a huge variety of birdlife, as well as kangaroos, wallabies, wild emu, platypuses and koalas. Take on one of the 21 walking trails through the park – including the wheelchair accessible Koala path – and make your way to the remarkable views out across the Gibraltar Peak. For more, venture further into Namadgi National Park and learn about the local Ngunnawal people who have lived on the land for at least 21,000 years. Check out the day hikes up to the granite boulders at Square Rock, and the popular Mount Franklin (yes, of the bottled water fame).</p>

Best day trips from Canberra for families

Get the kids out of the house and off their devices for a few hours with a visit to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. This expansive, protected area on the fringe of the Namadgi National Park has a huge variety of birdlife, as well as kangaroos, wallabies, wild emu, platypuses and koalas. Take on one of the 21 walking trails through the park – including the wheelchair accessible Koala path – and make your way to the remarkable views out across the Gibraltar Peak. For more, venture further into Namadgi National Park and learn about the local Ngunnawal people who have lived on the land for at least 21,000 years. Check out the day hikes up to the granite boulders at Square Rock, and the popular Mount Franklin (yes, of the bottled water fame).

<h2>Best day trips from Canberra for wine lovers</h2><p> Drive 35 minutes from Canberra’s CBD and you’ll be in Murrumbateman, Canberra’s wine region. The cooler climate means grape varietals like riesling, pinot noir, chardonnay, merlot and shiraz thrive. Book a wine tour at one of the vineyards likeLerida Estate, and a lunch at Four Winds Vineyard and indulge your tastebuds for the day. On the other side of town is Gundaroo, a beautifully preserved colonial village and also home to delectable food and wine experiences. Book a lunch a Grazing, a leading Yass Valley restaurant set inside a lovingly restored former hotel built in 1865. The award-winning restaurant serves fresh seasonal produce, all grown in the chef’s garden. The family-owned Tallagandra Hill Winery should also be added to your list. Every weekend, the husband and wife team open their cellar door for a  lunch paired with their exceptional wines and cheese.</p>

Best day trips from Canberra for wine lovers

Drive 35 minutes from Canberra’s CBD and you’ll be in Murrumbateman, Canberra’s wine region. The cooler climate means grape varietals like riesling, pinot noir, chardonnay, merlot and shiraz thrive. Book a wine tour at one of the vineyards likeLerida Estate, and a lunch at Four Winds Vineyard and indulge your tastebuds for the day. On the other side of town is Gundaroo, a beautifully preserved colonial village and also home to delectable food and wine experiences. Book a lunch a Grazing, a leading Yass Valley restaurant set inside a lovingly restored former hotel built in 1865. The award-winning restaurant serves fresh seasonal produce, all grown in the chef’s garden. The family-owned Tallagandra Hill Winery should also be added to your list. Every weekend, the husband and wife team open their cellar door for a lunch paired with their exceptional wines and cheese.

<h2>Best 4WD day trips near Canberra for wine lovers</h2><p>For those who enjoy the journey more than the destination, Canberra has plenty of off-road adventures and 4WD tracks to explore. Brindabella National Park (just over an hour from the city) has some thrilling driving tracks, complete with zigzagging descents and climbs. While Deua National Park (two hours’ drive from town) offers more tricky river crossings, steep ascents and best of all, gorgeous views of the river valley.</p>

Best 4WD day trips near Canberra for wine lovers

For those who enjoy the journey more than the destination, Canberra has plenty of off-road adventures and 4WD tracks to explore. Brindabella National Park (just over an hour from the city) has some thrilling driving tracks, complete with zigzagging descents and climbs. While Deua National Park (two hours’ drive from town) offers more tricky river crossings, steep ascents and best of all, gorgeous views of the river valley.

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The Best Day Trips from Canberra

The city of Canberra is an exciting mix of cultural and natural delights. The city center is home to many prized artworks, Parliament, and various markets and festivals. The surrounding country offers pristine nature and world-class institutions. Whether you want to explore natural landscapes, wine regions, or historic sites, these are not far from the capital city.

Canberra is rich in nature, history, and culture. There is so much to see and do within a short drive of Canberra that you could easily spend weeks travelling around the region.

So here are some of our favourite day trips from Canberra:

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Lanyon Homestead

Gibraltar falls, yass valley, captain flat, yarrangobilly thermal pools.

  • 7. Namadgi National Park

Lake Burley Griffin

Canberra’s national zoo and aquarium, batemans bay, tidbinbilla nature reserve, boorowa – farming village, murrumbateman, cotter reserve, cockington green gardens, eurobodalla national park, tuross head, binalong bay, mount stromlo observatory, canberra deep space communications complex, kosciuszko national park.

For a day trip from the city, visit the historic homestead of the Brindabella Ranges. The homestead is the centerpiece of this landmark property, set in stunning gardens.

Visitors can experience life as it was during colonial times, as well as marvel at the magnificent gardens. The grounds are also a great place to enjoy a picnic and take in the sights. There are even special events held here from time to time.

The city is bursting with contrasts. The city center is home to Australia’s Parliament, prized artworks, and various markets and festivals. Yet, it is only a short drive to stunning natural beauty and national historic sites.

Day trips from Canberra to Lanyon homestead are sure to be a highlight of your visit to Australia’s capital city. There are several things to do in the region, including visiting the Lanyon homestead and other nearby attractions.

Another great day trip from Canberra to Lanyon Homestead is a visit to the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. This parkland is located about 40 kilometers south of the city. It has plenty of scenic trails and wildlife, including platypus. Visiting the parkland here is an excellent way to unwind after a long day in the city. Once you’re done exploring this park, you can even stop for high tea at the five-star Hyatt Hotel Canberra.

If you’re in the mood for an outdoor adventure, you can’t go past the gushing Gibraltar Falls.

Located in the heart of Canberra’s natural landscape, this waterfall has long been a secret spot. Just 15 minutes walk from the nearest car park, you’ll find yourself in a natural wonderland. The waterfall itself is so impressive that you’ll most likely find yourself alone in the beauty.

The waterfall is not only spectacular – it’s free! You can take your time at Gibraltar Falls, and you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view. This is a perfect spot for a picnic and doesn’t cost a cent. To make it even better, you’ll be able to spend more time here than you’d think. Visiting Gibraltar Falls is one of the best day trips from Canberra – and it’s definitely worth the trip!

The falls are located in Namadgi National Park, which covers 262,166.5 acres and 106,095 hectares. From the car park, you can walk along the gravel track to the waterfall. Depending on the season, the area might be a little muddy. However, it’s worth noting that this natural attraction is managed by local Aboriginal people. This waterfall is also accessible by car, and it’s free to drive and park.

If you’re looking for something different to do on your Gibraltar Falls day trip from Canberra, check out nearby Namadgi National Park and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Both places are well worth a visit, and the nature reserve is an excellent escape from the bustling city. The Gibraltar Falls are also nearby and have an excellent viewing platform and picnic shelter. Afterward, you can bushwalk around the area to take in the magnificent views.

A day trip from Canberra to the Yass Valley is a great way to enjoy the beautiful countryside while visiting the nation’s capital. The Yass Valley is about an hour and a half drive from Canberra, and it’s a charming country town, home to some of Australia’s most celebrated wineries.

In town, you can visit the four Winds Vineyard or visit the charming village of Murrumbateman to sample the wines and sample some delicious food. You can also enjoy wine pairings at a family-owned 33-acre vineyard, Sekoranja Winery.

If you’re planning to visit the area, make sure to take the Federal Highway, Barton Highway, or Hume Hwy. These highways link the city of Canberra to Melbourne, and both of these highways travel through the Yass Valley. Once you’re in the valley, head east towards Gundaroo and stop in at the historic Clementine Bakery. The bakers there specialize in six types of sourdough bread, croissants, and Danish pastries. They use local and seasonal ingredients whenever possible.

If you’re interested in hiking or mountain biking in the Yass Valley, there are several trails and roads to consider. One of the best trails is the Wee Jasper Road, which connects to Long Rail Gully Road. The Wee Jasper Road is a 5% grade, and it’s a scenic drive. This road is not recommended for wet or muddy conditions. From the village of Murrumbateman, you’ll eventually reach the pristine waters of the Yass River.

Day trips from Canberra to Yass valley are a great way to experience the beautiful countryside that surrounds the city. You can enjoy beautiful beach towns nearby, as well as the rich history of the city. You can also spend the day shopping in Huskisson, a charming beach town.

There are also some great cafes and vintage stores, so you’ll have no trouble finding a place to have lunch.

A Captains Flat day trip from Canberra will allow you to experience the quaint, old mining town. This ride begins in the morning and ends at the quaint town of Captains Flat. You can ride the full loop or extend your trip to more than 200 km on dirt roads.

Begin at Lanyon Shopping Centre, then continue through Angles Crossing and Captains Flat. Be sure to plan and book a room before you go. The Captain’s Flat Hotel is only open three days a week.

To start your trip, pick up a Captain’s Flat Tourist Information Sheet. This guide provides a map of the town and detailed descriptions of its attractions. The map also provides helpful information about where to buy wine. After you arrive at Captains Flat, you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the area. While you’re there, don’t forget to take photos!

If you’re planning a day trip from the capital, consider heading out to Captains Flat. The town is located just over an hour’s drive from Canberra. You’ll find several interesting historic buildings in this charming town. It was once populated by the ngarigo aborigines and developed into a bustling mining community during the late 1800s. The local football field and historic buildings are well worth exploring.

A Captains Flat day trip from Canberra includes the renowned Tallaganda National Park.

During your trip, don’t skip your daily exercise routine. Try to find hotels with gyms and fitness centers. Working out reduces stress, promotes deeper sleep, and is good for your overall health. You’ll feel lighter and less stressed after a trip to this picturesque town. You’ll also find plenty of art, antique stores, and cafes to enjoy along the way.

Day trips from Canberra to the Tablelands can be done for cultural, recreational, and family reasons. This inland area contains many charming country towns, as well as cultural heritage and buzzing art scenes.

Visitors can also enjoy award-winning wineries and old-school pubs.

Day trips to the Tablelands can include stops at the Bakery at Marulan, where you can get the best vanilla slice in the city, or the Young Berry Farm, where you can take the kids berry-picking.

You can explore the surrounding regions of Australia through day trips from Canberra. There are several natural wonders to discover. The beautiful sweeping plains of Victoria, the Big Merino on the Goulburn River, and the charming hamlets of Cooma are only a few examples of places you can visit from Canberra. You’ll find plenty to do and see in the area, and there’s even an art festival that is held here every year.

In the surrounding region, you can go wine tasting. The Canberra region boasts over 30 wineries within 35 minutes of the city center. While many producers focus on pinot noir and chardonnay, you can also try riesling, merlot, and Sangiovese. You can also try a delicious pinot noir rose at Lerida Estate. The winery’s renowned chef is credited for the creation of this delicious, refreshing, and fragrant wine.

If you’re looking for a day trip from Canberra, you can easily reach Yarrangobilly Thermal Pools from the Capital Region.

A short seven-hour drive from the city will get you there, and the drive will be breathtaking. The thermal pool sits in the beautiful Rules Creek Valley, surrounded by eucalyptus trees. The walk itself is fairly easy and there are picnic tables and wheelie bins.

From the city, you can take a day trip to the Yarrangobilly Caves and Thermal Pools. The caves are 440 million years old and are home to stunning karst systems of stalagmites and stalactites. There are scenic walking trails around the Yarrangobilly River that take you through the beautiful scenery. And once you’re finished exploring the caves, you can relax in the thermal pool and enjoy a picnic along the river.

The Yarrangobilly caves thermal pool is a local sensation. Set amid lush greenery, the thermal pools are surrounded by aquamarine waters. This natural hot spring is a short drive from Canberra and is part of the Kosciuszko National Park. It contains two pools, the larger one that’s heated year-round, and a smaller one for children, which spills into the larger one.

Namadgi National Park – burnt during 2020 Orroral Valley bushfire

If you love the beauty of the Australian Alps and don’t want to leave the city, consider taking a day trip to Namadgi National Park.

Located about 45 minutes north of the capital, this park offers stunning views of the surrounding bushland and mountains. It also has an interesting history – the area was once home to the Yerrabi Tracks and pastoralists. Today, the park is a great place for hiking, horse riding, and mountain biking.

Near the national park, visit Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, a vast expanse of protected bushland. Home to a variety of birdlife, wallabies, kangaroos, and koalas, Tidbinbilla offers 21 walking trails and is wheelchair accessible. While you’re at the park, be sure to visit the Ngunnawal tribe, which has lived in this area for over 21,000 years.

Namadgi National Park is home to the tallest mountain in Australia, Mount Lofty. Visitors to this park will be rewarded with breathtaking views, historical huts, rock formations, and wildflowers. Alternatively, you can hike to the summit and see the region’s snow-covered peaks. It is best to start your trip in June or July for stunning views of the surrounding natural beauty.

When you visit Namadgi National Park, it’s important to note the park’s strict rules regarding dog-friendly activities. Dogs are not permitted in the park itself, but they’re allowed in the rest of the national park. You can camp at Namadgi or enjoy a picnic along the roadside.

If you plan to visit Namadgi National Park on a day trip from Canberra, be sure to purchase a map and guide at the park’s Visitor Centre. You’ll need to have a copy of the park’s rules and regulations for bushwalking.

Visiting Canberra on a day trip is a great way to experience the capital city’s most beautiful lake. It offers wonderful cycling and walking trails that make the lake a great place to take your family.

If you are travelling to Canberra by bus, the nearest stop is Lennox crossing. From here, you can head to Lake Burley Griffin. Visiting this lake during autumn is especially beautiful. You should make sure you allocate a couple of hours to explore this stunning lake.

Canberra is also a popular destination for water sports, and lake burley griffin is no exception. This man-made lake covers 664 hectares in the heart of the city. You can take a swim or go stand-up paddleboarding, and you can even take up sup yoga on the lake.

Those with little experience can join a SUP board lesson by SupCbr. If you’re more confident, you can rent a board and take it for a ride. Joga Yoga has also started offering SUP yoga classes at Lake Burley Griffin, which is a great way to enjoy the lake.

If you have the time, you can also stop at the National Carillon, which was given to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the capital. The National Carillon plays at noon on Wednesdays and Sundays. After that, you can explore the area’s memorials. Each memorial has a unique story to tell, and you will certainly learn a lot during your day out on the lake. There are also many other places of interest on Lake Burley Griffin.

The National Aquarium is Australia’s only inland saltwater aquarium, while the National Zoo is a combination zoo and aquarium. Spread out over 47 acres, the National Zoo & Aquarium features native and exotic animals from around the world.

It also contains the largest inland saltwater tank in the country. No other place in Australia offers such an experience. You can experience unique animal encounters in the Giraffe Treehouse and Ushaka Lodge, where you can feed and hold animals.

The National Zoo and Aquarium is privately owned by businessman Richard Tindale and is primarily a family-run enterprise. They receive no government support and rely on public admission fees and a large number of volunteer recruits.

Visitors can enjoy the largest collection of big cats in Australia and can learn about the animal breeding programs that are underway. In addition, it has an impressive array of other species to view. Getting a close-up view of the lions, tigers, sun bears, and other animals in the zoo will be an unforgettable experience.

You may be wondering what to do on day trips from Canberra to Batemans Bay. You may want to see the untouched coastal landscape, or you might want to visit a wildlife sanctuary. No matter your preferences, many activities are available on day trips from Canberra to Batemans Bay.

The town of Batemans Bay is about 150km from the capital and is a perfect destination for long weekends.

There are many activities and attractions to enjoy in this coastal city, including the Kings Highway, the Batemans Bay cycleway, Timbertops Horse Riding, and the historic Old Mogo Town.

You can also enjoy the beautiful beaches and spend the day at a nearby beach. Alternatively, you can take a scenic cruise on the MV Merinda, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding region.

Day trips from Canberra to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve can be a great way to experience nature in its full glory. There is even a wildlife hospital on site for emergencies.

There are 22 hiking paths in the park, and you can also look for platypus, wallabies, and birds. You can also enjoy a picnic and barbecue at the picnic areas, or sign up for guided tours.

In summer, you can visit Mount Lofty Mountain, Australia’s highest peak, and hike through the surrounding bush to enjoy the breathtaking view. Other activities include tobogganing and building snowmen. You can also go sledding, and try the Alpine Slide, which plunges 1.2km through the Mountain Ash forest. The resort has boutique accommodations, and even rejuvenating spa packages. To complete your day trip, you can visit the mountain’s nearby Corin Forest.

While you’re in Tidbinbilla, consider bushwalking.

In addition to the sand dunes and waterfalls, you can also take part in the park’s many activities. If you’re looking for a more adventurous adventure, try a bungee jump or an equestrian ride. The park is located about 40km from the city, so a day trip is worth considering.

Heading east from Canberra, the Kings Highway leads you to the heritage-listed town of Braidwood. This town is full of old churches, galleries, craft shops, and antique stores. There are also several heritage buildings, restaurants, and cafes, as well as some fantastic sweet treats.

A day trip from Canberra to Braidwood is a great way to see both enchanting locations. Here, you can learn more about the gold rush history of the town, as well as enjoy its local produce.

From Canberra, take the line 3 bus to the Canberra airport. You can also walk from the airport to Braidwood. The airport is an hour away and has regular shuttle services. If you prefer flying, you can go to Chicago O’Hare and take a shuttle to Braidwood. You can also drive to Huskisson and Tidbinbilla. Then, take a taxi or rent a car.

If you’re planning a day trip from Canberra, you should consider a stop at the bountiful Farming Village of Boorowa. The town is only a short drive from Canberra, around 90 minutes away. Accommodation options range from riverside camping and caravanning to farm stays and country pubs.

Boorowa is an Australian farming town with a population of 1,211. It’s located in a valley about two-and-a-half hours from the capital. It sits in the Ngunnawal Country and is brimming with antique shops and local berry jams and scones. Boorowa has a long history of settlement, extending back to the mid-1800s Gold Rush.

A visit to Boorowa will allow you to see the town’s famous platypuses. You may also be interested in the Bradman Museum, a cricket museum. There’s also an Irish history trail to complete your day trip to Boorowa. But if you have more time, you might want to explore Boorowa’s other attractions, such as the Shamrock Heritage Trail.

If you’re looking for a fun day trip from the city, consider heading to Murrumbateman, a village in the Yass Valley, a region that’s famous for its cool climate boutique wineries. A great way to spend a day in the country is to visit one of the many cellar doors located in this village or take a drive down the Barton Highway.

If you’re travelling by bus, you’ll need to purchase a bus ticket. Transborder Express operates buses from Murrumbateman, NSW, to Canberra, ACT. The ride should take about forty minutes. If you’re staying in a hotel, you can take a break by the solar-heated swimming pool and take a dip in the nearby RSL club.

Another option is to visit a local vineyard, such as Careys Cave, which has limestone formations that are 400 million years old.

A pint-sized town, Gundaroo is situated 35 minutes north of the city and is home to a historic pub and a country-style restaurant. The Colonial Inn, a restored 1830s pub, is located in Gundaroo. While dining, you should try the ash-dusted kangaroo fillet served with cassoulet beans and garden beets at the Grazing Restaurant.

If you’re visiting Murrumbateman, you’ll find several wineries along Gundaroo Road, including Eden Road Wines, Four Winds Vineyard, and Poachers Pantry.

If you have never been to Cotter Reserve before, you’re in for a treat. Just 25 minutes south of the CBD, this area is home to a series of reserves along the Murrumbidgee River. There are picnic areas, playgrounds, and free BBQs, which are popular among Canberra locals. The location also has little to no phone reception, so you might want to plan your trip accordingly.

There are numerous attractions in the area, including the Cotter Dam Discovery Trail and modern adventure playland. The campground features barbecues, toilets, and ample parking.

During the summer, you can also visit the nearby Tharwa Village and Cotter Dam. During your stay, you can visit the Micalong Creek Reserve, which features overhanging willow trees and bubbling creeks.

You can also spend the day at the Lanyon Homestead, which is located around 30 minutes south of the city. The early settlers built the homestead using convict labour, and it was later purchased by the Cunningham family, who remodeled it and turned it into a stately home.

You can also tour convict-built storage buildings, and eat delicious food at the Eating House or Barracks Espresso Bar.

If you are looking for a fun day trip from the capital, consider heading to Cockington Green Gardens, a 15-minute drive from the city. The miniaturized buildings and people are a tribute to everything English. You can also take a ride on the miniature train and explore the miniature Stonehedge. T

his place is great for families and is easily accessible from the city center. It is open every day except December 25 and 26, although there are occasions when the gardens are closed due to poor weather conditions.

To get a taste of the country’s lifestyle, you may want to head to the countryside. The countryside is lined with old limestone caves and national parks. You can also visit Careys Cave, which has 400 million-year-old limestone formations.

Afterwards, stop for lunch at the Loaded Dog Tarago Hotel and sample some great local cuisine. In the evening, you might want to head to the Blue Frog Truffle Farm for an eight-week truffle hunt.

There are many reasons why you should take day trips from Canberra to Bungendore, from its picturesque country setting to its proximity to the national capital.

Whether you want to spend time on the Stockman steam train, explore a vineyard, or explore a historical inn, Bungendore is a wonderful place to visit. Day trips from Canberra to Bungendore are popular, and there is a great range of activities available for the whole family.

If you love history, you may want to explore the heritage-listed town of Braidwood. It features numerous historic buildings, antique shops, boutiques, and cafes. Don’t miss the Dojo Bread bakery, which is a delight for the senses. And if you love wine, be sure to visit the Lanyon Homestead. Its ambiance will inspire your senses and make you want to return.

The town is home to the Binalong Canola fields, which create vibrant yellow patches during the spring. This area is less than two hours drive from Canberra. You can easily explore the region on your own and find lodging at several local properties.

Also, on Saturday mornings, you may peruse the wares at the farmer’s market, where you can find all manner of fresh food and gourmet delicacies grew right in the area. Local cheeses, bread, and other goodies can be sampled at the Bungendore Farmers Market every Saturday morning.

Bungendore, a historic town in southwest New South Wales, is a gorgeous rural hideaway. This district in Canberra is famed for its farmer’s markets, cool-climate wineries, colonial architecture, and art.

If you’re looking for a day trip that’s close enough to Canberra, you might consider exploring the coastal town of Batemans Bay. This town sits on the Clyde River and is surrounded by quiet hiking trails and wildlife. Nearby Eurobodalla National Park, which features over 100 species of native birds, is also worth a visit. Getting to Narooma from Canberra is easy, too.

For a breathtaking view of the coastline, visit the Bar Rock Lookout. This small lookout is reached via a short, but steep, staircase, and offers a panoramic view of the Eurobodalla Coast and Wagonga Inlet. Although the early morning sun may produce a glare, you can also check out the symmetrical rock wall formations in the Wagonga Inlet.

If you want to explore the surrounding area on your own, you can also visit Namadgi National Park, which features protected bushland. You can also walk through Birrigai Time Trail, which includes a visit to Birrigai Rock Shelter, where Ngunawal Aboriginal people lived during the last ice age.

Lastly, if you’re looking for a more challenging hike, head up to Gibraltar Peak. This eight-kilometre hike gives you amazing panoramic views.

If you are looking for a day trip from the capital city, try taking a tour from Kianga. Kianga is located on the South Coast of New South Wales, north of Narooma. The population of Kianga is approximately 738 people, according to the 2011 census.

This small town relies on the surrounding towns for its facilities. Day trips from Canberra to Kianga will allow you to see the town’s many sights and attractions. Day trips from Canberra to Kianga are usually one to two days in duration.

If you are interested in seeing more of the ACT, try taking a trip up the Telstra Tower. For $7.50, this observation deck offers panoramic views of Canberra. You can also enjoy lunch at the nearby Loaded Dog Tarago Hotel.

You can also visit the Telstra Heritage Exhibition, which follows the history of Australian telecommunication. There is also a theater that shows videos about the tower construction.

A Day trip from Canberra to Tuross Head can give you the best of both worlds. The coastal town is known for its gorgeous views, long beaches, and leisurely atmosphere.

It’s also known for its fine food and great wine.

Mount Lofty Mountain, Australia’s tallest peak, is a popular day trip for those who enjoy hiking. You can hike the trail to get spectacular views, weathered snow gums, and rock formations, or simply sit on the rocks and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area. If you’d rather hike in winter, there’s a snowy option, but the walk is not marked by snow poles.

If you’re planning a day trip from Canberra to Moruya, you’ll have plenty of reasons to choose this route.

For one, it’s only 119 miles away! The bus service to Moruya departs from Jolimont Centre, and you can catch a return trip for around $30. While you’ll spend about three hours in the air, you won’t be subjected to traffic or the heat. If you have a group of people to travel with, you’ll want to find a cheap bus to take you there.

If you’re looking for an adventure, try whale watching or surfing at Moruya Heads, which are both located a short distance away. There are also some amazing surf beaches and lookouts for fantastic views of the coastline.

In summer, the surf beach is patrolled by lifeguards.

In winter, you can spend some quality time on the nearby beaches, which are largely unspoiled by tourists.

There is a wide variety of things to do in Moruya. Visit the Moruya Heads lookout to see the Moruya River’s mouth and, if you’re lucky, a migrating whale. Among the many beautiful beaches in the area is Shelly Beach.

If you’re looking for a day trip from the capital, consider heading to Nelligen, a charming town located about 285 km south of Sydney. This small town is 9 km upriver from Batemans Bay and sits on the edge of the Kings Highway between the capital and the coast. Although there’s no definitive answer as to how to pronounce the town’s name, locals are fond of telling their stories about how it began as a small fishing village.

It’s not that hard to imagine a tribal community living here before the first European settlers arrived. Captain Cook drew a map of the region in 1770 and noted that the town was a port and a haven for fishermen.

While most of the town’s history dates back to the 1850s, Nelligen’s first brick building was the Commercial Hotel. In 1861, the town was also home to an alluvial gold discovery.

The town’s first national school was opened in 1865, and it later had a church. The town’s first electric telegraph station was built in 1878. In 1934, the town’s population numbered only 353 residents.

One of the best ways to spend your day in the region is to take a trip to Binalong Bay. The pristine coastline of this coastal town is ideal for relaxing walks on its white sand beaches.

You can even spot whales and dolphins swimming near the shore. There are also many local birds to observe. If you’d prefer to stay indoors, you can also opt for glamping accommodations.

Day trips from Canberra to Binalong Bay include a trip to Yarrangobilly Caves, about three hours’ drive away. You can also check out Wee Jasper Reserve, a nearby cave with abseiling opportunities and limestone natural features. Gibraltar Falls, 45 minutes drive from the city, is another great destination for hiking and viewing the falls. There is also a picnic shelter and a viewing platform in the area.

The Bay of Fires is a natural paradise with pristine white sand and crystal-clear water. The orange lichen covering granite boulders in the bay makes it unique and beautiful. Locals and visitors love the bay, which also offers secluded coves and a diverse range of marine life. The Bay of Fires is also home to the national park’s Mount William National Park.

Binalong Bay, a beachfront community with friendly residents, is a great base for exploring the Bay of Fires. This area is known for its clear azure sea, white sand beaches, and orange lichen-covered granite boulders.

It’s possible to plan a weekend gate trip from Canberra to Jervis Bay, Australia, from Sydney.

In October, whales are in season in Jervis Bay, which is 3.5 hours from Sydney. Driving from Canberra to Sydney’s CBD can be an experience, especially if you don’t know how to drive in Australia. You can take the Grand Pacific drive to get to Jervis Bay, where you can relax in a cafe while watching dolphins and whales play in the water.

If you’re looking for something a little more active, the Blue Mountains are the perfect destination for a day trip to Jervis Bay. Just 3.5 hours away from Sydney, this stunning region offers endless outdoor adventure, from hiking and bushwalking to shopping and sightseeing. There’s no shortage of scenic views, and you can even spot the famous Three Sisters pillars. The view from the summit is worth the trip alone!

The world’s whitest sand beach may be found in Jervis Bay, which is only a three-hour drive from Sydney. There is a fantastic walk along the beachfront that the whole family will love; you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the Maldives.

A visit to Mount Stromlo is a must for all stargazers. It’s just 21 minutes from Canberra and home to Australia’s largest optical telescope, which is used by scientists seeking planets around other stars.

It’s also a great place for stargazing on your own, with free entry and tours available seven days a week (you’ll need to book in advance). Its popularity with tourists means that you might have to queue for the best views—but this is worth it!

If you’re travelling with kids, don’t miss the chance to learn about how telescopes work through hands-on learning at their interactive Discovery Centre or grab some lunch at their cafe (they do great pizza!).

You may take in the breathtaking scenery of Mount Stromlo and the city of Canberra while learning about the area’s fascinating past and present. Walking the entire trail will take you about 30 minutes.

The city of Canberra, which serves as the capital of Australia, is home to a collection of strong deep space satellite dishes that are supported by NASA and utilized for astronomical research.

Because of its spectacular design and the nearby tourist center, the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex is well worth the time it takes to take a day trip there from the city.

Your time at the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex may be between one and two hours. The museum may be modest, but it offers a wide selection of films and yes the entry is free.

Reaching the top of the world’s highest peaks seems to awaken the explorer in all of us. Explorers and mountaineers have been enamored with the prospect of conquering Everest, Mont Blanc, and Aconcagua for decades. However, it is not quite as brave when it comes to ascending Mount Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest peak at an altitude of 2228 meters. Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try!

Following an unplanned two-month return to travel in Australia, we felt the itch to once again explore our home nation. Since we spend so much time abroad, we never really got the chance to do this on the East Coast. We decided to take a road trip throughout New South Wales, so we rented a car with Economy Bookings and set out.

Our first stop would be the southernmost national park in Australia, Kosciuszko. On day two of our trip, we arrived at the alpine resort town of Jindabyne after a spectacular drive down the coast and a fantastic night camping in a small hamlet named Gundaroo outside Canberra.

The Kosciuszko Express Chairlift in Thredbo is a picturesque way to get to the beginning of the 13-kilometer return Kosciuszko Walk, which may be done in four to five hours. The trail loops over Australia’s tallest lake, Lake Cootapatamba, and is a popular destination for day hikers.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of day trips from Canberra. If you’re looking for an adventure to have some fun in the sun, check out these great options!

The best thing about these day trips is that they’re all within easy reach of Canberra. You won’t have to travel far or spend much time getting there, and you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy yourself once you arrive!

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Whether you’re a bushwalker, nature lover, wine sipper or would-be surfer, day trips are an awesome way to take a break from the daily grind and discover new places, people and experiences. From the wintery grandeur of the Snowy Mountains to the sparkling waters of Batemans Bay, an exciting weekend adventure is literally a few hours away from the Canberra. So what are you waiting for? Here are some of the best places to visit near Canberra and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

  • Close by are beautiful nature reserves and a stunning wine region.
  • Batemans Bay, a favourite destination of Canberrans, offers beautiful coastal views.
  • If you love skiing and snowboarding, plenty of Snowy Mountains resorts are nearby.

1. Capital wine region

Drive time from ANU: Under an hour

If you love a splash of vino and are keen to taste some local wine varieties then … cheers! The first vines in Canberra’s wine region were planted in the 1840s. Today the region is home to over 140 wineries and 30 cellar doors. Plus, the distinct variations in altitude, temperature and soil types of the area mean there are many different palette pleasers, from riesling and chardonnay to pinot noir, merlot, shiraz and tempranillo.

Here you can visit cellar doors, meet the winemakers and reward your designated driver with a bottle to enjoy when you’re all safely home. Aside from savouring lovely liquids, you can also chow down on mouth-watering lunch options designed to pair perfectly with your chosen wine drop.

Road trip reward: Splash out and book a wine-tasting tour to learn about a wine’s body, length and tannins. It’s a superimpressive skill to have for your next date night!

Grab a pizza at Four Winds Vineyard and enjoy the sun and views amongst the vines.

Grab a pizza at Four Winds Vineyard and enjoy the sun and views amongst the vines.

2. Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Drive time from ANU: 45 minutes

In terms of places to visit near Canberra, the rugged Namadgi National Park is an ancient and diverse landscape managed by the Ngunnawal people for tens of thousands of years. Within it, you’ll find an expanse of natural bushland, the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve .

With over 20 bushwalking trails to explore, from short walks to longer hikes, there are lots of opportunities to spot some native wildlife, including koalas, cockatoos, emus and possibly the Southern Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby. (This is the only place in the ACT where it’s found, so it comes with bragging rights).

Then, check out The Sanctuary , a large wetlands ecosystem. Keep your eyes open here for a notoriously shy platypus or head to the Birrigai Time Trail. This winds through the valley before making its way up to the Birrigai Rock Shelter, the oldest rock shelter in the ACT. And its history is pretty impressive. The Ngunnawal people used this shelter over 16,000 years ago; yes, that was during the last Ice Age!

Road trip reward: Treat yourself to a ranger-guided tour to get the lowdown on fascinating facts, including about Australian animals, fire ecology and Aboriginal culture and heritage.

A tree-lined road in the Southern Highlands.

A tree-lined road in the Southern Highlands.

3. Southern Highlands

Drive time from ANU: 2 hours

There is soooo much to explore and experience in the Southern Highlands , we can’t possibly cover it all here. From Moss Vale to Mittagong and Burrawang to Bundanoon (how cute are those names?), the region is packed with heritage towns sprinkled amid stunning natural scenery, quaint antique shops and cafes, and wildlife peeking through every one of its pockets.

Surrounded by national parks – from the rainforest to the eucalypt variety – there are many amazing hikes here. Add a waterfall and a scenic lookout or two, and you’ll definitely put “adventure” into your weekend. One of our favourites is Carrington Falls. It’s a bit of a drive (two and a half hours), but the waterfall views are oh-so-worth-it.

Always wanted to fly? At Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures , you can add a bit of airborne authenticity by doing it among the treetops. The unique zip line and a 1.5-kilometre treetop walk through the stunning Illawarra Rainforest end in a spiral tower that rises to a breathtaking 45 metres above the forest floor.

And if you love cricket (or at least its most famous Australian legend), don’t miss the Bradman Museum. Nicknamed “The Don” and knighted in 1949 (and from then on called “Sir”), Don Bradman is renowned as the greatest batsman of all time. He was born in Bowral and the museum houses a collection of items that explore his achievements and some of the game’s history. Legend alert!

Road trip reward: If you visit in September, don’t miss the Tulip Time Festival, where over 100,000 tulips share their colourful characters with everyone. Bloomin’ beautiful.

 If you’re keen to get out and about and into the thick of nature, Batemans Bay has so much to offer.

If you’re keen to get out and about and into the thick of nature, Batemans Bay has so much to offer.

4. Batemans Bay

With its chilled coastal atmosphere, Batemans Bay at the base of Clyde Mountain is the northern gateway to the Eurobodalla Shire and a fantastic place to start exploring the surrounding forests, villages, beaches, national parks and waterways. Fishing, diving, snorkelling, swimming, jet skiing, kayaking, surfing and sailing… if you love all these things, this will be your local marine paradise.

Love all creatures, great and small? The Mogo Wildlife Park (a 15-minute drive from Batemans Bay) has over 250 animals, including rhinos, gorillas, zebras, giraffes, squirrel monkeys, snow leopards, meerkats, red pandas, Sumatran tigers, otters, white lions, ring-tailed lemurs; yes, beasts galore!

Continuing with the animal theme, fancy a snorkel with a seal? The pristine waters of Batemans Bay Marine Park are home to these as well as dolphins, sharks, stingrays and an abundance of super-cool underwater plant life in all the colours of the rainbow. Sign up with a registered tour operator, and they’ll give you an unforgettable tour of sites such as The Maze, The Tunnel and The Chimney.

If all of the above sounds a little too energetic, you can always take a cruise down the Clyde River to Nelligen with a brown bag of salty fish and chips or check out local produce, vintage clothing and bric-a-brac at the Batemans Bay Sunday Market.

With so much to do, Batemans Bay is one of the best places to visit near Canberra. (And if you study medicine at ANU, you might end up on a rural placement there .)

Road trip reward: Oysters. They’re not to everyone’s taste but if you relish these moreish molluscs, head to the Oyster Shed on Wray Street. They’re as fresh as the day's catch.

Couple watching the sun set at the summit of Mount Kosciuszko in Kosciuszko National Park.

Couple watching the sun set at the summit of Mount Kosciuszko in Kosciuszko National Park.

5. The Snowy Mountains

Drive time from ANU: Under 3 hours

If you’re a bonafide snow bunny, hop along to the high country’s two biggest ski resorts, Perisher and Thredbo , in Kosciusko National Park. Whether you’re a seasoned powder chaser or content to meander down the beginner slopes, you’ll find lots of white stuff at both resorts generally from June to late September.

From skiing and snowboarding to tobogganing and snowshoe exploration, both locations offer exhilarating alpine experiences with unforgettable scenic splendour. They also have all the complementary cold weather taste-pleasing bonuses from hearty lunches to steaming coffee (or cheeky schnapps) that you can enjoy in front of a blazing fire.

Road trip reward: Ditch the car and book a same-day bus service for a quick, stress-free day trip. They’ll negotiate the traffic delays, cost of petrol and timing logistics for you and deliver you outside the Skitube train!

6. Jervis Bay

Drive time from ANU: 3 hours

Okay, so this is a bit of a drive. But the reward when you get to the Shoalhaven region will cancel any crankiness sustained from an early morning weekend wake-up. Think astonishing marine life, sparkling aquamarine waters and sand the colour of snow (and according to Guinness World Records, Hyams Beach has the whitest sand in the world!).

Uncovering this coastal paradise can be done in a variety of adventurous ways. You can try fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving, sailing, kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding, or take a cruise to spot a frolicking dolphin or breaching humpback whale. There are also over 30 beaches to explore in the Shoalhaven if you prefer a relaxing paddle.

For a little national park action, check out Booderee National Park (with its kangaroos and birdlife), Jervis Bay National Park (birdlife, dolphins and whales) and Jervis Bay Marine Park (with its fur seals, penguins, sea dragons and bottlenose dolphins). You can also snap some Insta-worthy pics at Cape St George Lighthouse , Point Perpendicular Lighthouse or on the 2.5-kilometre White Sands Walk.

Road trip reward: Also known as the Devil’s Elbow (with a name like that, we like it already), the Ocean Cave Lookout features huge caves at the bottom of cliffs that tower over 60 metres above the ocean. Time for a selfie!

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The lighthouse area at Point Perpendicular.

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15 Canberra day trips to escape the city

From the Snowy Mountains to the stunning NSW South Coast, Canberra is situated in one of the best locations for a fun day trip. Here are 15 trips to take for when you feel like escaping the capital city, whatever the season.

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Spring/Summer

Life’s a beach.

The beach is never far away for Canberrans wishing to visit the NSW South Coast. Drive to Batemans Bay to enjoy the picturesque beachside town or visit the popular Sapphire Coast. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous and have some time up your sleeve, Mollymook might be calling your name, or with its white sand beaches and bushwalking trails, Jervis Bay is always worth the visit.

Go wine tasting

Canberra is surrounded by wine regions with 140 vineyards located within around 30 minutes’ drive from the city. Just moments from Canberra Airport, still in the ACT, you’ll find Mount Majura Vineyards and Pialligo Estate Vineyard . Right on the ACT-NSW border at Hall, you’ll find Capital Wines right in the village, or turn off the Barton Highway onto Wallaroo Road to explore Brindabella Hills Winery, Surveyors Hill Vineyards, Wallaroo Wines or Pankhurst Wines. Or turn north off the highway onto Nanima Road to visit Wily Trout Vineyard and Poachers Pantry .

Murrumbateman has several wineries to choose from. Visit Four Winds Vineyard cellar door for delicious wine and food with an Instagram-worthy backdrop or call into Eden Roads Wines to see the organically managed vineyards. Lake George Winery has award winning wines while Gundog Estate Cork Street Cellar Door offers a tasting experience like no other.  Tallagandra Hill , between Murrumbateman and Gundaroo, is another popular choice featuring friendly hosts, great wine and cottage accommodation beside the vineyards.

Explore the Tulip Top Gardens

Something to remember for spring days, Tulip Top Gardens is located 20 minutes away north of Canberra at Sutton NSW. The Gardens are only open during spring but it’s worth the wait to see the colourful displays. Because of COVID restrictions in 2020 and 2021 and for those who weren’t able to leave the house, they offered a Digital Season Pass to tour the gardens from the comfort of your own home.

Follow the trail at the canola fields

In the springtime, the Binalong Canola fields create glorious patchworks of brilliant yellow, making it a beautiful spot to stop and explore the Canola Trail. Two hours away from Canberra, the whole trail can be toured in a day but it also has a variety of accommodation options as you explore the shires of Coolamon, Junee and Temora.

Mountain bike or walk alpine trails

Thredbo is not only beautiful in the winter. Thredbo Mountain Bike Park is Australia’s premier biking destination with the only summer-long chairlift-accessed gravity trails in the country. If bikes aren’t your style, grab some hiking boots and experience the natural beauty of Australia’s highest mountains in summer as you walk the alpine trails. With glacial lakes, unique flora and fauna, and mountains as far as the eye can see, it’s a must do.

Autumn/Winter

Hunt for truffles.

On the edge of Canberra you’ll find the Truffle Farm . Open from late May through to early September each year, the homestead farm comes alive with an onsite restaurant whose chef has graced the kitchen of several Michelin-star restaurants worldwide. Join a hunt and follow the truffle hunting dog as it searches for truffles and learn how the prized fungi are prepared for market. Take the opportunity to try one and buy some products from the farm.

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Visit Corin Forest

Located 45 minutes away in the Tidbinbilla Mountain Range, Corin Forest is Canberra’s local winter snow recreation area. For those who don’t have much experience in snow, Corin Forest is perfect for learning how to ski or throw a snowball. Snowplay offers snowman building, tobogganing and snowball fights while the Alpine Slide descends 1.2km through the majestic Mountain Ash forest.

Relax at Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa

Surround yourself with the Snowy Mountains and curl up next to the fire at Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa. The resort offers a range of boutique accommodation, guest activities at no extra cost, unique on and off resort experiences, as well as deep tissue massages, rejuvenating facials and indulgent spa packages.

Ski at Perisher, Thredbo or Charlotte Pass

Perfect for a weekend away, Canberra is a short drive away from several beautiful ski resorts. Perisher is located within the Kosciuszko National Park and can be reached by car or ski tube. There are areas to suit all abilities, a range of on-snow accommodation and numerous pubs, restaurants and cafes.

Situated in the heart of the Snowy Mountains and only 10 minutes away from Perisher, Charlotte Pass is Australia’s highest resort at 1765 metres. Open for skiing and snowboarding in winter and hiking in summer, Charlotte Pass receives some of the most consistent snowfalls, offering a unique snow experience.

Along with skiing and snowboarding for all ages, Thredbo offers boutique shops, cafes and restaurants, an indoor swimming centre and even a sled track. For a treat, visit Eagle’s Nest , the highest restaurant in Australia. At 1,937 metres, you can find it perched at the top of the Kosciuszko Express chairlift, offering 270-degree views of the area.

All Year Round

Swim in the yarrangobilly thermal pools.

Three hours away from Canberra in the NSW Snowy Mountains, the spring-fed Yarrangobilly Thermal Pools are mildly mineralised swimming pools that stay a consistent 27 degrees all year. Visit after spending the day skiing at Thredbo or bushwalking in the mountains, pack a picnic to spend a therapeutic afternoon relaxing.

Explore the underground

Within a three hours’ drive from Canberra, an abundance of caves are waiting to be explored . Visit the Yarrangobilly Caves for the day or take a caving tour in some limestone caves at the Wee Jasper Reserve less than an hour away. This area has fantastic exploratory caves, abseiling caves and a show cave with great limestone natural features.

Visit Gibraltar Falls and hike Booroomba Rocks

Drive 45 minutes south of Canberra to visit Gibraltar Falls. Watch the water from the viewing platform, use the picnic shelter and barbecue near the car park, or bushwalk around the area to enjoy the native wildlife and unspoilt environment.

Further down from the waterfall is a popular bushwalking spot at Booroomba Rocks, located at Namadgi National Park. The walk offers stunning views of Canberra and across the Brindabella Ranges, with the shortest walk just 2.5km return.

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Visit Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Namadgi National Park

Forty minutes away from Canberra, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is home to a variety of wildlife including birds, kangaroos, wallabies, platypus and koalas. With 21 trails to explore, there’s something for everyone including guided activities, educational activities about Ngunnawal culture and heritage, and exhibitions about rural life in the Tidbinbilla Valley.

Venture further into Namadgi National Park to learn more about the Ngunnawal people and explore the walking trails. While 80 per cent of Namadgi National Park was burnt during the 2020 Orroral Valley bushfire, there are some areas the public can access, just make sure to check before you leave for the day.

Climb Mount Kosciuszko

Set aside a couple of hours and pack some snacks to conquer Australia’s highest mountain. Popular in summer, the mountain offers amazing views of historic huts, weathered snow gums, rock formations and wildflowers. For those who don’t mind the cold, the mountain can be hiked in winter for snowy views. The walk is snowbound between June and October but you can cross-country ski or snowshoe; just be aware no snow poles mark the route. For more information, visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Country escape

Visit some of Canberra’s neighbouring towns in regional NSW for a change of scenery and some fresh country air.

The Yass Valley hosts an array of festivals and workshops year-round while the Upper Lachlan region has the remarkable Wombeyan Caves , which are estimated to be between 400 and 430 million years old.

The Hilltops area has one of the most exciting wine regions, taking in the towns of Boorowa, Harden and Young.

Take a short trip to historic Queanbeyan, visit the charming village of Bungendore or duck into Braidwood to support local speciality shops.

For something special, join the Pie Trail in the Southern Highlands in June and enjoy one or more of the locally made pies from 30 pie outlets around the region. Be sure to check COVID-19 restrictions before visiting.

What are your favourite day trip locations? Tell us in the comments below.

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With the Snowy Mountains and the beautiful Southern Highlands, Canberra is one of the best places to visit for a day trip

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The Snowy Mountains are a year-round paradise for enjoying the outdoors. Take a road trip from Canberra  to one of the region’s towns, like Jindabyne, Thredbo, Tumut and Perisher.  Tumut , a 2.5-hour drive from Canberra, is the perfect mountain escape where visitors can explore the mountainous terrain as they bike, hike, fish and golf. Don’t miss a stop at  Tumut River Brewing Co  for a range of local craft beers and pub-style meals (booking essentials or take-away is available). 

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2 Days in Canberra Itinerary (2024)

Wondering what to do with 2 days in Canberra? That’s just enough time to see the highlights of Australia’s highly underrated capital city and experience the awesome food scene.

Spending a weekend in Canberra felt like a rite of passage for my partner and me as new(ish) Australians. Finding what to do in Canberra was a little bit harder though.

To save you the trouble, I’ve compiled this complete Canberra 2 day itinerary with everything you need to know about visiting Canberra.

Coming from Sydney, Canberra is a convenient weekend trip. You can easily squeeze in the highlights of Canberra in just two days. 

Canberra is very unique in that, unlike most cities that have grown organically, it was planned from the start by American architect Walter Burley Griffin.

The level of organisation and intentionality is obvious when walking around the city. The design, centred around Capital Hill, is in many ways reminiscent of Washington DC.

What is also remarkable about Canberra, especially to visitors from big cities, is the amount of space.

Canberra is filled with wide avenues lined with grassy verges and many of the buildings have extensive lawns.

Old Parliament House, Canberra

How to get to Canberra 

Getting to Canberra from Sydney is either a short (approximately one hour) flight or a longer 4-5 hour train/bus.

Travelling to Canberra by plane

You can also fly to Canberra from most other major Australian cities or otherwise connect through Sydney or Melbourne . Qantas, Virgin Australia and Rex airlines all fly into Canberra Airport.

Unfortunately, flying to Canberra can be expensive at short notice and when we went the flights weren’t all that regular. With the introduction of new regional and low-cost domestic airlines in Australia, this should hopefully change soon. 

If you arrive for your weekend in Canberra by air then the easiest way to get into the central city is to taxi or Uber. There are local buses available but they aren’t super efficient.

Travelling to Canberra by train

If you aren’t flying, the easiest way to get to Canberra from Sydney is the train from Central station .

For a weekend trip to Canberra, there’s a convenient 5:30 service on Friday nights that you can jump on after work. Tickets are around $40 each way for an adult. There’s a return device on Sunday around 5 pm.

Bus replacements happen from time to time but these can actually be faster than the train.

The train to Canberra is spacious although didn’t offer tables or wifi. What they do have, which is super helpful on a Friday night, is a hot dinner service. 

Read the full guide on how to get from Sydney to Canberra by train

Where to stay in Canberra for 1-2 nights

Canberra has a full range of accommodations from hostels to Airbnb to luxe hotels. You can compare prices easily on Booking.com . I use this site to book all our accommodation because they have the most flexible cancellation policy around.

If you want the best night’s sleep of your life then you can’t go past Little National Hotel . The drawcard of Little National Hotel is the custom super king beds which are ultra cosy. These are hands-down the best hotel bed I have ever slept in! The rooms are definitely small (cosy) but the library and lounge with self-serve bar offer room to work or hang out. 

For a cheaper option close to the CBD, I’d recommend Canberra YHA .  The YHAs are a reputable brand in Australia and this place is only a short walk from the best of Canberra Centre. 

Where to eat for 2 days in Canberra

It’s not hard to find a great brunch in Canberra. In fact, just head to Kingston Foreshore and you’ll find several competitors for the best brunch in Canberra.

Local Press Cafe is great and they have blankets to stay cosy at the outdoor tables on cold mornings. Another great option is Bean and Table .  

The best places to go in Canberra for dinner are around Canberra Centre on the opposite side of Lake Burley Griffin.

The dinner options range from the divine sushi at Raku at the high end to standard chain offerings on the cheap and cheerful side.

At Via Dolce they have affordable pasta and a greenhouse-type setup which is super cute and lets you watch the world go by with some privacy. 

If you’re a real foodie and looking to discover some Canberra artisans then why not try a food tour? Klook has a great Canberra food, wine and distillery day tour .

What to see in 2 days in Canberra

Finally, the sightseeing. When it comes to things to do in Canberra, most options consist of “the National (fill in the blank)”. You’ll find the National Museum, the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and even the National bowling green. This is particularly true of the south side of Lake Burleigh Griffin which is filled with government buildings. 

I suggest planning to focus on one side of Lake Burley Griffin, on each day of your Canberra trip.

Day 1 in Canberra

On the first day – or if you only have 1 day in Canberra – check out the National Gallery, Old Parliament Buildings and Questacon on the south side of the lake.

Jokes aside, the National Gallery of Australia really is a national treasure and absolutely one of the must-visit places in Canberra. The permanent collections are free to access and include a Monet (in the basement!) and a Rubens.

There is a great mix of old and new as well as Australian and international artists. As a Kiwi, I was proud to see a McMahon on display – right above the Monet!

On top of that, the National Gallery in Canberra often hosts major international visiting exhibitions such as the Renaissance Masters exhibit that was on display in 2021. Check their website for the latest details. 

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From the National Gallery, you can wander along the wide tree-lined roads to Old Parliament House .

Modelled on the American Capitol, Old Parliament House in Canberra is a throwback to colonial Australia and is filled with exhibits on everything from royal visits to beekeeping. They’re a great insight into the Australian system of governance for those of us not from Australia. 

You’ll also see the Aboriginal Embassy, the world’s longest-running protest site, on the front lawn of Canberra’s Old Parliament House.

While these buildings are no longer in active use, you can also go visit the new Parliament Buildings which are open for tours on certain days.

As with the National Gallery and most national facilities in Canberra, you don’t have to pay for entry. You only have to buy a ticket if you want access to certain feature/temporary exhibits.

This makes the galleries and museums the best free activities in Canberra and great options for Canberra on a budget. 

If you have kids or are a big kid at heart then Questacon is a must-visit in Canberra. This science and technology museum is paid entry and does need to be booked in advance, even on quieter weekends.

Questacon tickets are $24.50 for adults and $18.90 for kids over 4, and under 4s are free. Many of Questacon’s exhibits are hands-on and designed to both inform and entertain. 

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Day 2 in Canberra

On your second day in Canberra, move on to the Canberra Centre area on the north shore, lakeside walks and the National Museum.

Lake Burley Griffin, which could easily be confused for a river, runs through the centre of Canberra. Cycling or cruising the lake is a great way to see most of Canberra and admire monuments like the National War Memorial.

You can now hire your own small electric boat for a private lake cruise.

You can hire bikes, boats or Segways at kiosks near Questacon on the south side. Or, do as we did and rent an escooter. Canberra is filled with them and it’s an easy and fast way to get around Canberra. 

Following the shoreline, you’ll find the Old Bus Depot Markets which, barring COVID, are usually going off on a Sunday morning. 

A bit further out on the Acton Peninsula, the National Museum of Australia is a true landmark. Designed by Howard Raggatt it’s set on the edge of the lake on the western edge of the city. You can learn a lot about Australia’s Aboriginal history from a visit here.

Once you’re done viewing the exhibits take some time to walk around the grounds and enjoy this peaceful end of the lake. 

grounds of national museum Canberra

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If you’ve got a car or something and want to book a day trip, there’s also lots to do around Canberra.

There are wineries galore in the Canberra District and great walks around the National Arboretum and up to the Mount Ainslie Summit.

You could easily fill a trip to Canberra without any museums or ‘national’ anything! 

national arboretum, one of the best places to visit in 2 days in Canberra

Canberra day tours

If you don’t want to organise things yourself or don’t have a car available then consider booking a day tour like a winery tour to the Canberra Hills region or a snow tour to the nearby ski resorts of Thredbo and Perisher.

Frequently asked questions about visiting Canberra

How many days do you need in canberra.

Canberra isn’t a very big city compared to Sydney and Melbourne so you don’t need as much time to see it. Two days or a long weekend is plenty of time to see the city.

If you want to do any day trips outside the city and see the Canberra wine region then consider staying 3-4 days all up.

Is Canberra safe for solo female travellers?

Canberra is a very safe city on the whole. Given all the embassies and government buildings, you can imagine there’s a lot of security!

As with anywhere, it’s best to stick to busy areas if you’re out at night (the south side of the lake can be very empty on weekends and feel a bit spooky). You can find more tips on solo traveller safety in Australia in my Australia travel guide .

Do you need a car when visiting Canberra?

Canberra is quite spread out for a small city so a car would be helpful. However, Uber and buses are available so the lack of a car shouldn’t stop you. We did a mix of walking, scooters (app-based hire) and Ubers.

Whatever your style, a Canberra weekend trip is definitely something every Australian and visitor to Australia should put on their Australia bucket list. 

Happy travelling!

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I’ve never heard of this area! It looks so nice!

Wow thanks for sharing. Love the comparison to DC and I found myself finding other similarities in your post like the sushi place named Raku and the arboretum and National Gallery! I’m from DC. I used to live in Australia but I never made it to Canberra, next time!

Canberra looks like the perfect destination for a weekend trip. Thanks for all the tips in this complete guide to Canberra.

It’s the first blog I have read on Canberra. It’s so refreshing to read about a new place. The museums sound fascinating. Thanks for sharing a detailed post.

Canberra looks like such a fun vacation, thanks for sharing all these great ideas.

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On Monday, 11 March, celebrate this wonderful city with the Canberra Day celebration.

There’s a full schedule of activities on offer.

Here’s your guide to the day:

Begin with the Canberra Balloon Spectacular

As part of the Canberra Balloon Spectacular from 9-17 March, early risers can start the day watching the launch of over 40 balloons from Patrick White Lawns.

You can also enjoy a hot breakfast from one of the many food trucks and coffee carts.

The balloons can also be seen from vantage points across the city including the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, National Arboretum and Mount Ainslie.

Support your community with the Canberra Day Appeal Fun Run

From 10am Canberrans can support their community by entering the Canberra Day Appeal Fun Run (organised in partnership with the Stromlo Running Festival).

Choose from a 2km, 5km or 10km run or walk around Lake Burley Griffin to raise funds for local charities through Hands Across Canberra.

You can register to participate in the Fun Run here .

Head to Commonwealth Park for a day of entertainment

Enjoy a day of entertainment and fun activities for the family at Commonwealth Park from 10am to 5pm.

In the morning, live music and family entertainment will be the focus on Stage 88.

In the afternoon ARIA award winner, Coodjinburra artist Budjerah , will take centre stage. He has received rave reviews supporting Ed Sheeran on his recent Australian tour, and his first-ever appearance on Triple J’s Hottest 100 landed him in the top 20 this year.

Eat, drink and support local traders

A Local Food and Makers Market will offer street food cooked fresh by Canberra’s regional vendors. There will be cuisine from Italy, Croatia, Mexico, Burma, modern Australia and more.

Canberrans love to picnic so ‘grab a picnic’ options will be available with pre-orders and a collection point. You can also support traders who will be selling locally made crafts and products at the market.

For more information visit enlightencanberra.com .

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Qantas passengers warned to expect extended disruptions as Network Aviation pilots strike

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Passengers flying in regional Western Australia have been warned to expect days of disruption as regional pilots ramp up their industrial action.

Pilots for Qantas subsidiary Network Aviation have begun a six-day strike after enterprise bargaining agreement negotiations broke down.

The action comes after one-day strikes last week and in October last year .

The Australian Federation of Air Pilots claims Network is short-changing pilots by offering them inferior conditions to those across the Qantas domestic network.

But the airline says its offers were "generous" and could not be feasibly increased.

Network will use three re-routed Qantas Boeing 737s and a number of charter aircraft in a bid to keep disruption to a minimum.

The airlines said 25 Wednesday flights had been cancelled, and another 25 on Thursday.

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Pilbara woman Brooke Turner said she was due to travel to Singapore on Thursday for work.

She said she was only informed of the strike on Tuesday night, when Qantas re-booked her onto a later flight, meaning she would miss her connection from Perth to Singapore.

"So I looked at Virgin being the only other airline out of Karratha and managed to get a flight out on that this afternoon," Ms Turner said.

But her return flight from Singapore on Monday is still a huge concern.

"I really want to get home, being a mum to three little kids, extra nights away from the children are really hard," she said.

"So again, I'm going to be away for an extra night now having to stay the night in Perth and accommodation and things associated with that."

Miners change plans

With Network flying the bulk of WA's large FIFO workforce, a significant number of mine workers will also be impacted.

Rio Tinto said it had been forced to make alternate arrangements for 3,000 staff.

"This is having a significant impact on the people who work for us," Rio spokesman Richard Cohen said.

"Whether that means flying on a different day, going to a different airport or not flying at all — that's the disruption."

The Australian Federation of Air Pilots said it regretted the impact on passengers, but its members were left with little choice.

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Industrial Officer Chris Aikens said the impact on travellers would be substantial.

"Last week when we had the day of action there was an indication of a high level of cancellation of flights," he said.

He said thousands of passengers were affected.

"Not that we want to impact the passengers, but we've got no real other alternative now," he said.

Network Aviation chief operating officer Trevor Worgan said the action taken by the pilots was regrettable.

"There will be more cancellations that will roll through as we work through re-accommodating as many passengers as possible over the weekend," Mr Worgan said.

"The strike action over the next few days is clearly aimed at the West Australian economy by targeting flying to and from mine sites across the state.

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