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After spending the first part of the morning on educational and historic pursuits, it is time to liven things up a little with some time spent in the parklands around Lake Burley Griffin. The lake is the focal point of the city and covers more than 600 hectares offering a range of sporting and recreational activities. You can print out and take several self guided tours around the grounds including the Anzac Parade Walk, Magna Carta Walk and the Old Parliament House Gardens Walk. To explore the waters of the lake at closer range, you can hire paddle boats, kayaks and two or three person canoes to navigate around. Within the parklands there are various cafes where you can enjoy an alfresco lunch or take along your picnic and relax in the green surroundings.

Following lunch, there are a range of nature reserves that are speckled around the city and the city outskirts. These include the Black Mountain, Red Hill, Mt Ainslie, Mt Majura, Mt Taylor and Mt Pleasant nature reserves where you can meet wallabies, kangaroos, koalas, echidnas and hundreds of other native wildlife species. At Black Mountain you can scale the Black Mountain Lookout and take in a 360 degree panorama that includes Parliament House and the Australian Institute of Sport.


There are various hiking and biking trails that you can explore at each of the Canberra city nature reserves. If you want to delay lunch until you arrive at Black Mountain you can dine at the revolving restaurant at the top of the Telstra Tower Black Mountain Lookout.

After such a busy and active day, you deserve to splash out and enjoy some of the best cuisine Canberra can provide. Award winning selections include the Boat House by the Lake, which offers a wine list as impressive as its lake views and a menu to match and Juniperberry, which is to be found in the sculpture garden of Canberra’s National Art Gallery.

Every city, town and hamlet in the world has its local characters and Tim the Yowie Man could compete for the title in Canberra. Tim runs Destiny Tours that delves into the sordid underbelly of the nation’s capital by night. You will discover a side to the city that is not often spoken about and includes crime, hauntings, scandal and strife. Just a few of the tales you will hear mentioned on this tour include tunnels connecting Parliament House and The Lodge and a Canberra funeral parlour that was a hotbed of espionage. Tours kick off at 8pm and you will need to book in advance.

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