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Things to do on your way to and in Canberra

Ryan Miller  April 12, 2018 10:40 AM

Are you thinking of driving to Canberra for this weekend’s clash between the GIANTS and Fremantle at UNSW Canberra Oval?

We’ve pulled together some ideas that can help break up the three hour drive and some suggestions for spots to visit in and around Canberra if you’re staying overnight in the nation’s capital. 

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The Bradman Museum, Bowral

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An hour and a half from the WestConnex Centre is the Bradman Museum, a must-see for cricket fans. Filled with historic cricket items from before, during and after Bradman’s life you could easily spend all day here, but an hour or two on your way to or from Canberra would probably be enough. If you’re not a cricket fan, Bowral has a host of cafes and restaurants along Bong Bong Street, while the incredible antiques shop ‘Dirty Janes’ is well worth a visit.

The Big Merino, Goulburn

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Just off the Hume Highway, the Big Merino is the place to get a quick photo with Australia’s biggest sheep. Known by locals as ‘Rambo’ the Big Merino is 15.2 metres high and 18 metres long, and is a celebration of Australia’s fine wool industry. You can go inside ‘Rambo’ and purchase a gift or head upstairs to check out the wool display. 

Fitzroy Falls, Fitzroy Falls

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A fair detour from the Hume Highway, but well worth the look on your drive home, Fitzroy Falls is a small town named after the stunning 81 metre waterfall. The view of the southern highlands from the Fitzroy Falls is astounding and is well worth the detour. 

Old Bus Depot Markets & GoBoats, Canberra

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Head to Kingston on Sunday morning after the game and visit the Old Bus Depot Markets. There you can pick up handcrafted wares, clothing, art and jewelry as well as fresh produce. You can prepare yourself a picnic at the markets and then head down to the Kingston Foreshore and hire a GoBoat. Skipper yourself around Lake Burley Griffen and enjoy the sights of Canberra as you enjoy your fresh local produce 

Lonsdale Street, Canberra

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After the game, why not head to Lonsdale Street in Braddon for a bite to eat and a drink at the many lively restaurants and bars. There’s Italian, Japenese, Indian, Afghani, Thai, French and Chinese all within a stone’s throw of each other while there are bars to stop at for a drink. If you celebrate or commiserate into the night you might need to drop by The Mandalay Bus. It’s a local institution that sits at the end of Lonsdale Steet in the Haig Park Carpark.  

Questacon, Canberra

For the day after the game Questacon is the place to go for young families. The National Science and Technology centre’s exhibitions cover a range of science topics, from astronomy to zoology and everything in between. Located in Parkes and sandwiched between the High Court of Australia and the National Library, and just a short walk from both the New and Old Parliament Houses it’s open from 9am-5pm.

Yarralumla

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Listing an entire suburb as a place to visit might sound odd but you’ll see why it’s worth a drive or bike ride through when you get there. The Governor General’s residence Government House is in the suburb while there are 37 Embassies and High Commissions in one area just next to Parliament House. All 37 buildings have been designed and constructed to reflect the country they represent. The American Embassy looks like it’s been transported straight from the lawns of the White House. The Prime Minister’s Lodge is just across Adelaide Avenue in the Suburb of Deakin.

Lickits, Harrington Park

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Just off the M31, Lickits is Campbelltown product Nick Shipley’s favourite place for a sweet treat. The Academy product fancies Lickits frozen custard and it’s the place to stop to cap off your weekend getaway.