May 2024

Our Guide to the Perfect Girls’ Weekend in Canberra

Escape to Australia’s capital city for an unforgettable girls’ weekend getaway! Canberra, often overlooked for its more renowned counterparts, offers a hidden gem of experiences perfect for a weekend retreat with your closest friends. From cultural landmarks to vibrant culinary scenes, this curated itinerary promises an indulgent escape full of adventure, relaxation and unforgettable memories with the girls.

Hot Air Balloons at Sunrise

Start your day with a mesmerising hot air balloon ride courtesy of Balloon Aloft Canberra, one of the region’s premier hot air ballooning companies. Enjoy breathtaking views as you float above Canberra’s picturesque landscapes, guided by expert pilots who share fascinating insights about the area’s landmarks and history. This unforgettable experience offers a unique perspective of the city and countryside—an ideal way to begin your girls’ weekend.

(Image: Balloon Aloft Canberra)

High Tea Delights

After the balloon ride, indulge in a luxurious high tea experience at one of Canberra’s renowned venues such as the Hyatt or The Marion. Delight in a selection of premium teas served in elegant surroundings, accompanied by a tempting array of freshly baked scones, delicate sandwiches, and exquisite pastries. The atmosphere is perfect for unwinding and sharing delightful conversations with your best friends.

The Marion High Tea. (Image: The Marion)

Explore Iconic Attractions

Immerse yourself in Canberra’s rich culture by visiting the Australian National Museum, where you can discover the country’s history, culture, and unique stories through engaging exhibitions and interactive displays. Explore Questacon (the National Science and Technology Centre) for hands-on science experiences and thrilling experiments, offering a fun and educational adventure for visitors of all ages.

(Image: Australian National Museum, photographed by Richard Poulton)

Indulge in Canberra’s Food Scene

Canberra’s food scene offers delightful surprises. Such & Such is a must-visit spot for wine enthusiasts and foodies alike, offering a curated selection of fine wines paired with delectable share plates crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Lazy Su is another standout destination, renowned for its creative Asian fusion cuisine. Enjoy innovative dishes bursting with flavour, complemented by a vibrant atmosphere perfect for a memorable dining experience with friends. If you’re in the mood for something snackable, hit up Sandoochie for an ever-changing menu of inventive sandwiches and oven-warm cakes. 

Such and Such. (Image: Delicious and Riotact)

Stay in Style

Wake up in a tiny home or bell tent with Cubby and Co nestled among the grapes atop Mount Majura Vineyard or if you’re feeling wild, spend the night only metres away from the kings and queens of the jungle at Jamala Wildlife Lodge. For those who prefer a more urban setting, the sophisticated Ovolo Nishi rooms are an ode to the natural world, with retro furnishings and bathrooms featuring luxe rain showers or deep concrete bathtubs.

Cubby and Co’s tiny home. (Image: Cubby and Co)

So what are you waiting for? Escape the hustle and bustle with your besties using our guide to the perfect girls’ weekend in Canberra and indulge in all that it has to offer… boy free!

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