THE RYDGES POST

Travel ian 8/29/2014

The New York Times recently featured a travel article under the banner 36 Hours in Canberra and gave our capital an excellent review. While stating that it missed out on Sydney’s glitz and Melbourne’s European chic, it found plenty to rave about.

In sweeping terms it mentioned the ‘vast grassy fields, swaths of eucalyptus forest and Instagram-worthy sunsets’ and the ‘big-sky beauty, breezy civic pride and a decidedly hipster underbelly’.

The writer, Emma Pearce, discovered great cafés, restaurants, bars and boutique shops. One dining spot she singled out was the Dickson Asian Noodle House for exceptional Asian choices from Malaysia, Laos and Thailand. She packed in a full Saturday starting with a ‘piece of Paris’ with breakfast at Silo Bakery at 8:00am followed by a 9:30am lakeside pedal on a rental pushbike  along the Central Basin Loop that takes in the Carillon and Reconciliation Place.

At 11:00am she visited the newly renovated National Gallery of Australia the crossed the lawns for a bistro lunch by the lake at the National Portrait Gallery before taking in the paintings and photographs of famous and not-so-famous Australians. Then it was up past the art-deco ‘Old Parliament House’ for a guided tour of our so-called ‘new Parliament House’ even though it has been around for more than a quarter of a century.

Saturday night provided some rewarding venue hopping and Sunday kicked off with breakfast at the Mocan & Green Grout in NewActon followed by a visit to the magnificent Australian War Memorial. Here is a link to the full NY Times article – and if you are planning a visit to Canberra, Rydges Capital Hill is perfectly located for exploring and has excellent facilities to make your stay rewarding.

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