Let’s be honest, it’s been a pretty crappy summer here in Canberra. Devastating fires across NSW, and more recently in Namadgi National Park, have left the city in a smoky haze for months on end, keeping Canberran’s away from the coast and stuck inside.
But now the smoke is lifting, recent rainfalls are putting and end to many of the fires and clear skies are finally returning to the capital.
So just in case you’ve forgotten what to do in our beautiful city, or in case you need some fresh ideas, here’s Hello Sir’s guide to help you #HolidayHereCBR
1. SUNSET PICNIC ATOP MT STROMLO
Drive or ride your way to the top of Mt Stromlo and you’ll get one of the best sunset views in Canberra. BYO picnic, blankets, food and beers, because this is a DIY kinda picnic spot.
2. CANOE OR KAYAK ON LAKE BURLEY GRIFFIN
There’s no better way to cool off and get a different view of the city than by taking to the water. If you haven’t got your own watercraft, head on down to The Paddle Hub and they’ll sort you out with hire.
3. VISIT A NEW NATURE RESERVE
I’ve lived in Canberra for about 8 years, and there’s still plenty of nature reserves and hilltops I’m yet to visit. If it’s too hot during the day, try exploring at night and you’ll be treated to some pretty spectacular skies.
4. RIDE MAJURA PINES
The mountain bike trails at Majura Pines are going from strength to strength, and the new pump track in the bottom section is well worth a visit with the little ones. My favourite runs are on the winery end, with both technical and flowy descents to mix up your ride.
5. VISIT THE NATIONAL GALLERY
There’s something for everyone at the NGA, but a couple of highlights to look out for are ‘The Spirits Of The Pumpkins Descended Into The Heavens’ installation by Yayoi Kusama and ‘Within Without’, James Turrell’s Skyspace. Hot tip, if it’s a warm day, try heading outside and walking through the misty ‘Fog Sculpture’ by Fujiko Nakaya.