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Things to do in Canberra this Autumn

There's light shows, art exhibitions and live music galore, who said the capital was anything but amazing? The capital has come a long way from being the home of politicians and office workers, with a thriving arts and music scene, all the action is just a short walk from our Canberra City hostel! 

  • Hop the Culture Loop bus to peek at all the best galleries and museums
  • Discover the wonder-lit Lonsdale Street
  • Taste craft brews at the Capital Brewing Co. Brewery

See the Sunrise from a hot air balloon in Canberra - Credit Tourism Australia
Tourism Australia

  • See the Sunrise from a Hot Air Balloon

    The earlybird most definitely gets the worm when you're viewing the sunrise above this gorgeous city. All throughout the Enlighten festival period, you can start your day with a ride in a hot air balloon and gently float across Canberra. If heading up high isn't your style, get comfortable down at Lake Burley Griffin and watch the balloons cruise on by. 

The National Art Gallery in Canberra - Things to do in Canberra - Image Tourism Australia
Tourism Australia and the Raminging Artists, The Aboriginal Memorial 1987-88

  • Interact with internationally-renowned art

    Speaking of the National Gallery, the NGA is a celebration of incredible art from all around the world. There's Indigenous artworks created by First Nations creators, traditional works from South-East Asian artists, and the famous Sidney Nolan Ned Kelly exhibit - all for free! 

    If you head into the stunning Scuplture Garden at the back of the gallery between 12:30-2pm each day, the garden transforms into a magical misty wonderland. Simply titled 'Fog Scuplture,' the installation by Fujiko Nakaya fills the forest with mist, the perfect way to cool down when the weather heats up!

Capital Brewing Craft Beer in Canberra - Things to do in Canberra - Image Tourism Australia
Tourism Australia

  • Get Crafty in the Canberra Beer Scene 

    The independent brew scene in Canberra is making waves across the country - from BentSpoke to Capital Brewing Co. and Zierholz, this small territory is taking big strides! Whether you're into Lagers or Sours, there'll be a locally owned brewery suited to your tastes for a tipple or two.

    Keen to try craft brews all in one place? Head to the Canberra Craft Beer and Cider Festival, held on 21 March, and very nicely within walking distance from our hostel, so you don't need to worry about how you'll get home when the day is done.

Old Bus Depot Markets Canberra - Things to do in Canberra - Image Tourism Australia
Tourism Australia

  • Pick up a bargain at the Old Bus Depot Markets 

    Each Sunday morning, Canberrans descend upon the old Kingston bus depot to pick up their weekly fruit and veg, and maybe an extra cheeky find or two. The markets have been running since 1992, and have farmers, artists, fashion & jewellery designers and florists all with great one-off finds and bargains for you to discover! Make sure to bring along a spare tote bag or two, or borrow one from the hostel to fill with all locally-made and grown goodies.

Cycle Canberra in Autumn - Things to do in Canberra - Image Tourism Australia
Tourism Australia

  • Take the Canberra Cycle trip

    Canberra's known for its cyclists, often spotted with all sorts of funning things emerging from their helmets during the springtime swooping season. Thankfully, the magpies are settled and it's the perfect time to discover Canberra at your own pace!

    There's plenty of bike lanes and paths around the city, including the famous Lake Burley Griffin Loop. The loop sends you around some of the most famous landmarks in the capital, where you can stop over to explore further, or challenge your cycling skills by heading to the Mount Stromlo biking track to chase an adrenaline hit.
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