2008: Canberra

Canberra is a delight in Spring. There are some lovely places to visit and some good places to eat. Here are some suggestions for you.

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Places to eat


Too many to mention! There are plenty of options if you can find your way to the city centre (Civic), Kingston, Manuka or Dickson. Some of our Tango Social Club of Canberra members recommend:

  • Alanya – the family restaurant of local tango teacher Serkan of TengoTango, serves yummy Turkish food if you want an indulgence.
  • Kingsland Vegetarian Restaurant – for vegos interested in trying mock meat…
  • Courgette – pretty speccy food with a price tag to match but some of the best food in Canberra, you could also try out its sister restaurants of Aubergine or Sabayon.
  • Dickson Asian Noodle House does cheap yummy noodles and great laksas for a bite to eat before dancing.
  • L’unico – beautiful Italian food by a two-star Michelin chef


Other indulgences

  • Kokoblack – imported from Melbourne but now a Canberra favourite for chocolate lovers.
  • Bruno’s Truffels – a local chocolate haunt, bit out of the way, but worth it if you like truffels and while you’re there you can try their breads and pastries too.
  • Afternoon Tea in the Tea Lounge at the Hyatt Hotel – check out the gorgeous and historic building that houses the Hyatt Hotel in Canberra and stay for a decadent high tea.

Food with a view

  • Alto – revolving restaurant atop Black Mountain with great views across Canberra.
  • The Boat House by the Lake – expensive but lovely restaurant right on Lake Burley Griffin.
  • The Yacht Club – for a cheaper option on the other side of the Lake try the Canberra Southern Corss Club’s lakeside location.
  • Australian National Botanic Gardens – eat at the cafe or wander the gardens and find any number of beautiful spots to enjoy a picnic.

Places to visit

For wine lovers

Canberra has a range of wineries within easy driving distance of the city, here’s some to consider:

Big attractions

October events

  • Floriade (13 Sep – 12 Oct): Australia’s celebration of spring, transforms Canberra’s Commonwealth Park into a tapestry of colour every year. Over a million colourful bulbs and annuals bloom on cue, creating a vibrant display unrivalled by any other event of its kind. Enjoy lively entertainment, food and crafts.
  • Conflux: a speculative fiction convention.