How to Spend 48-Hours in Canberra When You’re There on Business
If business brings you to Canberra, there’s no excuse not to mix a little work and play. Whether you’ve got a weekend between meeting appointments, or you’ve extended your work stay to see a little of the ACT, we’ve put together the perfect 48-hour mini-guide for getting the most out of your stay.
DISCONNECT - With no shortage of screensaver worthy beauty, Canberra and surrounds are the perfect place to visit and swap screen-time for outdoor-time. Hike your way up the 850m of Mount Ainslie, explore the 33 protected wild spaces that comprise Canberra Nature Park, drive to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve to say hello to the kangaroos and koala, or take a daytrip on Black Mountain for an escape into nature. You could also head to Lake Burley Griffin, where a jog on one of the lakeside running paths or even hiring a rowboat on the lake is a calming change of pace. With fresh air, increased endorphins and a fresh change of scenery, time spent outdoors in Canberra is great for disconnecting from work.
SHOP - Take your family a souvenir from the Old Bus Depot Market every Sunday 10am – 4pm. It’s a Canberra must-visit for lovers of hand crafted, home made and vintage. The industrial space is home to some of Canberra’s top market sellers, with everything from jewellery to pastries on offer. If you’re planning on a little retail therapy on Saturday, or even just some high-street wandering, then head to Lonsdale Street in Braddon. A hip district with more than enough boutiques, baristas and brunch spots to make for a pleasant afternoon shop and a great destination for a cup of coffee.
EAT - A week of long days, at-your-desk-snacking and conference buffets will leave you hungering for delicious and nutritious. For guests staying at Knightsbridge Canberra there’s a selection of great restaurants and dining choices all close by. Pomegranate in Kingston fuses contemporary Australian with Mediterranean for fresh and tasty dishes with a focus on local, seasonal and seafood. Sticking with a Mediterranean theme, Moto Italian takes trattoria inspiration and traditional Italian techniques to create an authentic and delicious ambiance and menu. The Lake Burley Griffin setting adds to the appeal, but even without the views, the wood-fired pizza and handmade pasta is more than enough incentive to book a table. And, not to be forgotten is Otis at 29 Jardine Street. Open for lunch and dinner and serving up casual bistronomy, it’s as great for a relaxed dinner as it is for celebrating a business success.
SLEEP - Shown to improve memory, reduce stress and aid in problem-solving, don’t underestimate the benefits of a good night’s shut eye. Knightsbridge Canberra’s serviced suites and apartments give you the comfort of home with enough amenities and services to help you relax and enjoy some holiday luxury. Spacious rooms with sleek design and comfort-ensuring extras like a Posturepedic bed, sound-softened windows, blackout curtains, a smart LED TV, rainfall shower and free WiFi promise a great sleep in a great Canberra location.
INSPIRATION - Take a break from business with some art-inspiration at the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery of Australia. Over 166,000 works of art await you in the latter, with a broad collection of the classic and contemporary. Swap your PowerPoint for Picasso, your deadlines for some Dali and your meetings for Monet.