Canberra’s Best Staycations
Taking time to relax, put your feet up, enjoy a tantalising meal or immerse yourself in a book are some of the best forms of self-care. Whether we indulge with loved ones or in seek a solitary moment. Between the hustle and bustle of everyday life and the balancing act we perform to attend university, work and share in relationships with family and friends, it can be almost impossible to find those sacred moments to step away.
What if I told you that many unique, relaxing and luxurious experiences were right outside your door? No money spent on flights, no asking for directions, as you get lost in translation. Canberra holds an abundance of accommodation, sight seeing and dining experiences for your next homey staycation.
So, Where To Stay?
Located on National Circuit, Hotel Realm is perfectly situated between Kingston and Manuka, with the city just a 5 minute drive away. This contemporary and chic style hotel offers luxurious rooms surrounded by restaurants and bars. As you book a relaxing evening venture downstairs and choose between drinks at Ostani Bar and Restaurant or Lilotang before indulging in dinner at Chairman and Yip, Lilotang or Buvette. Wake in the morning to a buffet breakfast at Buvette or sip on a coffee at Ritual. Hotel Realm is perfect for any intimate and sophisticated weekend away with your other half.
Price: Moderate- High
More information: https://hotelrealm.com.au/
Little National Hotel
Directly across the road from Realm, in the heart of Canberra, is the Little National Hotel. The rooms are cozy and inviting with perfect views at your bedside, making the Little National Hotel the place you need to come to if you’re looking for a rejuvenating vacation. The Little National offers a range of room packages to suit everyone. With connection to Hale Spa and Gym you can enjoy a glass or Moët on arrival and a massage or facial treatment with access to their cave-like spa and sauna. With movies on demand, room service and some of the best restaurants at arms reach, Little National is great for couples or your solitary TLC getaway.
More information: https://littlenationalhotel.com.au/
Naked Cubby co.
The Naked Cubby Co. is new to the scene here in Canberra offering a glamorous and cozy camping experience. Set up at the Majura Vineyard these cozy ‘cubby’ tents allow you to indulge in the beautiful outdoors while spoiling yourself with breakfast in bed and wine tasting on site. Grab a book, put the phones away and listen to sounds of nature over a glass of local wine and food.
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Price: Moderate- High
More information: https://nakedcubbycollective.com/
Jamala Wildlife lodge
Sleep with Lions, dine with Tigers and bath with Bears, Oh My! Jamala Wildlife Lodge at the National Zoo and Aquarium offers the ultimate, up close and personal experience with a range of furry friends. With rooms located directly next to the animals you can wake up with a tiger snoozing at your personal viewing window or eat dinner next to the lions. The experience is more expensive than most accommodation in Canberra but the experience is worth every cent. This is the perfect getaway if you are looking for a safari adventure vibe.
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More information: http://www.jamalawildlifelodge.com.au/
How to Spend Your Staycation Days
As you spend the evenings at your chosen accommodation, enjoying a meal or cuddling up with a good view here are a few things to do during the day.
- Pack a picnic and enjoy the view of the lake at the Canberra Yacht Club
- Hire a go-boat from Kingston Foreshore and zip around the lake
- Take a Segway Tour around Lake Burley Griffin and surrounding sights
- Visit one of Canberra’s amazing wineries such as: Mount Majura Vineyard, Pialligo Estate and Capital Wines
- Catch one of the many shows that passes through the Canberra Theatre and Playhouse
- Visit the National Muesum, National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery of Australia or the War Memorial
- Relax as you watch a movie with a glass of wine, beer or soft drink and some delicious snacks at Palace Electric Cinema located in NewActon and during summer you can catch your favourite movie or the newest flicks on the grass of the Botanic Gardens at the Sunset Cinema.
Canberra is underrated as an exciting and fun holiday destination and flies under the rader for many tourists. However even if you are a local, born and bred Canberren or new to town, there are an abundance of restaurants, bars, cafes, brunch spots and activities to enjoy.