Hidden Secrets - Canberra

By Rachel Carpenter

Don't listen to the masses…its time for you to make up your own mind about the Nations Capital City. No such a sleepy little town full of Public Servants anymore, but a vibrant city that is cultural and experimental and certainly not dull.

Things to See

The Black Opal Stakes
Canberra has its own premier race day The Black Opal Stakes Day an in 2010 will see the 35th running of this Event. With all the glitz, glamour and stunning thoroughbreds that you would find at any first class race meeting, mixed with the colours of Autumn means you are in for a fine day on the lawn. This years fashions on the field winner is set to win and all expenses trip to Dubai so it's time to start planning your outfit.

Get to know a Master

Until April 2010 the Musee D'Orsay of France has sent 112 pieces in a collection titled Van Gough, Gauguin, Cezanne and Beyond. With Pieces also from Monet, Picasso and Degas this is truly a beautiful collection. The gallery provides an audio tour for those who wish to know more about the style of artist in the collection and about the period the paintings were first brought to life. The Gallery is home to many pieces of Australian art so to spend the day will see you almost set as an art expert if not inspired to know more.


Things to Do

Welcome Back, Cotter
I first went to Cotter Reserve when I was only 5. I can still remember how the whole area seemed to be drenched in sunlight and gold as the trees were a magical shade of Autumn yellow. I returned to the Reserve when I was an adult to find that the colours were just the same and the Reserve was bathed in the golds and reds of Autumn. The reserve was created by the Cotter dam back in 1912 and is on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River . This is the most perfect place for a picnic or BBQ with the family and in summer to take a dip in the cool mountain waters of the Murrumbidgee.

Wine Harvest
Canberra has become an excellent example of cold climate wineries in Australia with a large number of wineries within an hour's drive of Parliament House. This has brought about the Wine Harvets Festival weekend where each winery hold a two day event celebrating the harvest, the wines of the previous season and the traditions of wine. You can stomp grapes, listen to jazz and eat….a lot at over 25 wineries from Bungendore to Murrumbatemen and Hall to Gundaroo. The 2010 Festival will be held in the first weekend of April.


Where to Eat

Sage Restaurant Braddon ACT
Each plate comes out as a perfect example of Sages chefs being culinary artists. The balance of colour texture and flavor all combine to make certain your eyes are as entertained as your taste buds. This is not a once of fluk but a constant that makes this one of my favorite places to eat at while in the ACT. The prices will allow you to match a fine bottle of wine to the exceptional food and not leave with a small mortgage on your home.

Beess & Co Cafe Yarralumla ACT

Beess & C is one of my favorite places to have breakfast while in Canberra. It's a simple honest café with great coffee and drinks and a good quality food menu that will make sure that you start the day of the right way. Make sure you have a freshly squeezed juice and some French toast I highly recommend it.

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