Canberra is still one of Australia’s greatest weekends away: a 48-hour guide to our nation’s capital

August 13, 2022

Canberra is the most underrated state in Australia. Bold statement, I know. But if you haven’t visited the land of the politicians since your year six excursion to Questacon, it’s time to dust off the nostalgia, shine up the tyres and commence operation Capital. Here’s a quick list of must-dos if you’ve got 48 hours […]

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Self-care tourism is on the rise, and A By Adina has hooked up with Hunter Lab to make sure it’s here to stay

November 17, 2021

With weary Aussies cautiously poking their heads out of mentally-draining lockdowns, it’s perhaps never been a better time to talk about what some call ‘self-care tourism’. Of course, there’s nothing like a great big dollop of escapism to pull our attention into the present moment. Tourism and self-care have always gone hand-in-hand; seeing, feeling, tasting […]

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Lineups revealed for National Live Music Awards for live stream & events in Brisbane, Canberra & Adelaide

October 15, 2020

The 5th Annual National Live Music Awards (#NLMAs) – which will be held digitally this year – has just announced the lineup for the live stream, which is happening at 8.30pm AEDT on Tuesday, 20th October 2020. The award stream will feature performances from The Beamish Brothers (pictured), ARIA award winner Tyrone Noonan in a special tribute […]

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East Hotel Review: Heaven for Canberra’s visiting gourmands

May 22, 2019

No one who has been to Canberra in the past few years would dare say the city lacks character. Though Australia’s capital may be better known as the seat of a chaotic political scene, its not hard to be won over by world-class museums, stunning urban vineyards, classic markets, spectacular light festivals and an exceptional […]

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Live Review: Canberra’s Gingerfest was a night of beer, punk music and great friends

December 18, 2018

After a week of downpour, the sky cleared over Canberra on Saturday ahead of what was looking to be an incredible festival, Gingerfest 2018. With the charity run group Remembering the Ginger Ninja and their great partnership with Yours and Owls, as well as 6 Picks Brewers, the day was excellently executed, with each act […]

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Why Canberra’s Gingerfest is not to be missed this weekend

December 13, 2018

Remembering the Ginger Ninja are a not for profit organisation that have organised punk rock festivals in honour of their close friend Nicholas Sofar-Schreiber, and this Saturday at MOLO Live, situated just upon ANU Campus, the great organisation is gearing up for a day of great music, great beer, and to commemorate the titular Ginger […]

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This Canberra institution has become the city’s first “Ospitalità Italiana” certified restaurant

December 12, 2018

Looking for the best Italian food you can possible find in our nation’s capital? It’s going to be hard to look past Agostinis, which has now become the city’s very first to receive the exclusive “Ospitalità Italiana” certification from the Italian Chamber of Commerce in affiliation with the Italian government in Rome. Basically, what this […]

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Hotel Review: Novotel Canberra is a refined yet playful gem in the heart of the capital

November 6, 2018

Sitting in the heart of our nation’s capital is the Novotel Canberra, a 7 floor hotel with incredibly spacious rooms that sits alongside Northbourne Avenue, which is currently being outfitted with a new light-rail service. It was a friendly and easy check in process as I arrived, though the playfulness of the lobby design (especially […]

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Five restaurants you need to eat at in Canberra

November 5, 2018

Our nation’s capital has been a discerning foodie destination for years now. The region produces some excellent ingredients, used by inventive chefs who have propped the scene up as one of the finest on Australia’s East Coast. It’s worth a road trip just to hop around the many restaurants that spread across Canberra for a […]

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Live Review: Canberra’s National Gallery American Masters: Friday Night Live feat. Brass Knuckle Brass Band

September 15, 2018

Coinciding with the National Gallery of Australia’s American Masters exhibition, featuring classic American artwork from the likes of Andy Warhol, Robert Morris, Roy Lichtenstein, the National Gallery of Australia announced a “Friday Night Live” event, with live music and dance acting as support and accompaniment to a selection of the artwork. The exhibition primarily includes works […]

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Live Review: MUTO resuscitated Canberra’s night life on Friday armed with his new EP Arcane

September 9, 2018

I made it just in time to Mr Wolf in Canberra on Friday night to let MUTO ease my frustrations (caused mainly by the door girl at the venue), as the Sydney artist performed his live show on the back of his debut EP Arcane.  With his velvety, moody electronic tones being unsuited to resident […]

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Best things to do in Sydney for September 2018

September 5, 2018

Be gone winter. Spring is here, which means some of Sydney’s best events and openings are coming up throughout the month of September. There’s a whole heap of one-off events, openings, festivals and exhibitions to get out and see so we’ve listed some of our top picks, including two very worthwhile road trip ideas that […]

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Royal Blood to unleash their own beer at Groovin’ The Moo; Drummer Ben Thatcher chats about it

April 23, 2018

Canberra brewing company Capital Brewing Co. will be unveiling a brand new beer for Groovin’ The Moo punters this weekend – the Royal Brew, a 6% Blood Orange New England IPA for UK duo Royal Blood, who are playing the festival as part of their biggest ever tour of Australia, which kicks off today, April […]

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The National Gallery of Australia is hosting over 300 of the world’s most precious jewels with Cartier: The Exhibition

April 2, 2018

Canberra’s highly prized National Gallery of Australia has been quite the destination as of late and the buzz isn’t going anywhere soon, especially when the recent opening of Cartier: The Exhibition. From now until July 22nd, one of the most significant and comprehensive collections of jewellery to ever be displayed in Australia will be presented […]

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Skyfire and Enlighten Festival converge on the ideal weekend to visit Canberra in 2018

March 2, 2018

It’s looking like March will be the ideal time for Aussies and international visitors to head along to Canberra, which was recently – to a lot of shock and curiosity – named one of the world’s top ten cities to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet. Why? Well two our Canberra’s best events are on […]

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Canberra’s new Mantra MacArthur Hotel welcomes Mediterranean restaurant Podilato

November 8, 2017

As hotels across the world continue to introduce more viable dining options for their guests Mantra MacArthur Hotel in Canberra have welcomed in a new modern Mediterranean restaurant titled Podilato, a sister venue to the popular Bicicletta Italian restaurant at Peppers Gallery Hotel. Helmed by experienced chef Sean Mawbery, the new restaurant offers guests and […]

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Canberra’s Mantra MacArthur Hotel welcomes Mediterranean restaurant Podilato

November 7, 2017

As hotels across the world continue to introduce more viable dining options for their guests Mantra MacArthur Hotel in Canberra have welcomed in a new modern Mediterranean restaurant titled Podilato, a sister venue to the popular Bicicletta Italian restaurant at Peppers Gallery Hotel. Helmed by experienced chef Sean Mawbery, the new restaurant offers guests and […]

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The Best Father’s Day events in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne for 2017

August 21, 2017

Not sure where you’re going to be taking dad come this year’s Father’s Day weekend? Not to worry, plenty of restaurants, bars, cafes, event spaces and hotels will be putting on their very best for the occasion but for those who live in or around either Sydney, Melbourne or Canberra we’re picked out some of […]

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Shaw Vineyard Estate opens a new restaurant (Canberra)

August 14, 2017

Shaw Vineyard Estate is reopening its restaurant with a new name and under new management, Olleyville at Shaw Vineyard Estate opens this August. Murrumbateman’s family owned winery is situated in-between Canberra and Yass on the Barton Highway, the restaurant takes its name from the historic mid-19th century wool producing property that was reinvented by the Shaw […]

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The Novotel Canberra opens First Edition Bar & Dining

August 6, 2017

The Novotel Canberra has opened a new dining venue, First Edition Bar & Dining, on its first-floor mezzanine. The newly refurbished 180-seater restaurant is under the direction of Brandworks Australia in combination with Accor Hotels, drawing on inspired old-world reading rooms with bespoke woodwork to create a space of sophisticated charm. The newly opened restaurant […]

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Canberra’s Good Food Month kicks off this weekend with a delicious line Up

March 4, 2017

Citi’s Good Food Month is returning to Canberra, with a series of bespoke food experiences held across the city and regional ACT.  Kicking off yesterday, local and visiting foodies can get a taste of exciting dinners, lunches and events until the end of the month. Some of Australia’s top chefs are collaborating with Canberra’s hottest venues to […]

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Enlighten gets set to return to Canberra next month

February 23, 2017

Enlighten 2017 is Canberra’s annual festival that transforms the city into a luminary hub of culture and creativity. In its seventh year running, the all-ages festival will run from 3 – 12 March 2017, transforming the Parliamentary Triangle into a hive of activity. The dynamic program features free and ticketed entertainment, live music, exclusive dining […]

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Messina, Mary’s and more headed to Canberra for 10 day Commons Street Feast

November 14, 2016

Canberra is getting a big street food festival before the year’s end, a 10 day summer celebration helped along by some of the country’s fines as Commonwealth Park is turned into an oasis of food trucks, artisan chefs, craft brewers and custom art. The Commons Street Feast will run from 9th to 18th December, giving […]

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A jam packed 24 hours in Canberra with QT Hotels proves not nearly enough

November 1, 2016

Though they float comfortably in the world of luxury accommodation, “Quirky” is the word often used by QT hotels & Resorts to describe their run of hotels around the county. The greeters are well dressed, often wearing outfits. Songs and voices may greet you in your lift. Every room comes complete with a signature cocktail […]

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Dates and locations revealed for Australia’s 15th Annual German Film Festival

September 12, 2016

Guten Tag! The 15th German Film Festival will be returning to Australia this November, featuring  the most celebrated new and old German films. The opening and closing films will be some of the highlights of the festival, including Goodbye Berlin, the latest film by acclaimed director Fatih Akin (Soul Kitchen), and the recently restored silent film classic Variete (1925). […]

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Tigerair re-launches service between Melbourne and Canberra with special fares

August 26, 2016

It’s been five years since you could fly directly between Melbourne and Canberra with Tigerair Australia, but daily return services with the low cost carrier are set to return from 8th December 2016, adding more competition to the route currently occupied by Virgin and Qantas. Canberra, the capital of Australia, is home to the National […]

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Canberra is getting the state’s first ever Lindt Chocolate Shop (ACT)

August 21, 2016

Our nation’s capital is about to receive the state’s first ever chocolate retail store from Lindt as the renowned purveyor of sweet prepare to open a store in the central Canberra Outlet Centre. With the launch date set for Friday 26th August, the Lindt Chocolate shop will mark the brand’s ninth store, bringing Canberra’s locals […]

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Hotel Review: Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport (ACT, Australia)

August 16, 2016

“You’re as connected to the city as you are to the sky at Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport”, the hotel’s brochures proudly proclaim.  Which is just as well, because the Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport is pretty ideal for travellers passing in and out of our nation’s capital. Less than 10 minutes from Canberra’s CBD, and 50 metres […]

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Hotel Review: A Blissful 24 hours at Hotel Realm (Canberra, Australia)

August 5, 2016

Canberra isn’t typically known as a getaway destination but the short three-hour drive from Sydney makes Canberra sufficiently far away to give you that ‘going away’ feeling yet still close enough that a quick 24-hour stay is more than achievable. Also a plus are the pockets of luxury that you’ll find at our nation’s capital […]

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Review: Helix Bar & Dining – Canberra (ACT)

August 4, 2016

For the business traveler, time spent away from home often conjures up the mentality of having no creature comforts around. No familiar faces, no familiar items. This becomes all the more apparent at the airport lounge, where the décor serves a more functional purpose, and aesthetics more or less fly out the window. The food […]

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