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Canberra, Australia

You’ve probably heard so many great things about various parts of Australia. Usually some of the first places people associate Australia with is Sydney, The Great Barrier Reef or Melbourne. However, oddly enough, Canberra, the capital, doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Nevertheless, under no circumstances does this mean Canberra has nothing to offer. On the contrary, there are many great places to see and things to do. So, if you decide to spend a weekend in Canberra, here are some suggestions on what you can do during your visit.

Day One

Start off by having a breakfast on Lake Burley Griffin, there is a number of cafes you can choose from. Try Snapper on the Lake, the Boathouse or the Deck at Regatta Point. Enjoy your meal and your morning coffee, while watching the beauty of the lake, joggers, cyclists and sail boats.

The first thing you should see upon arrival is the Parliament House. You can take a guided tour and learn about the history and architecture of the building. After that, you can move on to visit the Museum of Australian Democracy. If you are visiting during the summertime in Australia, there’s a chance that you will stumble upon a cocktail party at the Old Parly.

Canberra, Australia

If there’s no cocktail, you can spend the remaining time on visiting Drill Hall Gallery. They organize temporary exhibitions, usually featuring Australian artists, so it may be refreshing and fulfilling to take a look at the exhibition at hand.

After you had a dosage of culture and history, it’s time for you to go and see Lonsdale Street in Braddon. You can do all kinds of shopping here, and afterwards quench your thirst with good coffee and home-brewed beer. Stop by BentSpoke Brewing Co. and have a taste of some excellent beer.

Day Two

You shouldn’t miss having brunch at Silo in Kingston, so you can start your second day this way. Their selection of breads and pastries is going to blow your mind. There’s plenty of food and beverage to choose from, so it’s highly unlikely you’ll be disappointed.

One of the options for the second day of your visit is an excursion. Affordable Canberra buses can provide an unforgettable tour around the city. This way you will be able to see beautiful scenery of this city and possibly get ideas on what to do for the rest of the day.

Canberra, Australia

You can also go and visit the Australian National Botanic Garden, where you can see the diversity of Australian flora in all its glory. After that, you can climb Telstra Tower and enjoy a cup of coffee and a view. If you are all about nature, Namadgi National Park is a place that might interest you. It is full of cute grey kangaroos.

For dinner, try booking Italian and Sons or Ottoman Cuisine, both excellent places for fine dining. End your day with lovely dinner and wine and maybe go for a walk in the moonlight.

We hope you are assured that there’s plenty to do and see in Canberra. It’s a great place to spend a relaxing weekend. The people are very nice and they’ll make your stay even more pleasant. You can always ask a kind stranger for directions or recommendations and they will gladly help you. Whether you follow some of our suggestions or make your own plan for the trip, you will definitely have a great time in this lovely city. After you have an amazing weekend in Canberra, go home and tell everyone about this surprising delight!

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There’s something magical in those glowing lights, colorful wreaths and symbolic mistletoe that makes us want to hug someone we love and exchange gifts of kindness. Here’s a clue: you are your own someone special and you can gift yourself a trip to one of Australia’s finest cities, Sydney. You wouldn’t believe how satisfying can be to travel alone during holidays. You can choose your own adventures, without making unwanted compromises and meet new people. Still, travelling solo can be uncomfortable if you don’t have some basic idea where you will go and what you will do. Hopefully, this guide will help you with that.

Catch Some Sun

Unlike most of the world, where the weather in December is cold and wet, this is the time when summer starts in Sydney, so the temperatures will rise and there will be a lot of sun. If you are lucky enough to stay in this city during Christmas holidays, the best thing you can do is to head for the beach. After all, going to the beach at Christmas Day is a true Aussie tradition. Some of the most popular beaches to visit during this period are Bondi and Coogee. You can meet some fun people there, and if you would prefer to stay alone, bring a book, listen to some music or do something to keep yourself interested, and no one will bother you.

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Enjoy the Playful Santa Festivals

Sydney is jam-packed with events preceding and following Christmas, and most of them are extremely fun. Santa Fest that takes place in Darling Harbour (24th November to Christmas Eve) includes a bunch of Santas walking on stilts. If you want to join the largest party in Australia, you can even participate in some of these happenings. You can participate in the Big Santa Hunt in the same area and hunt down nine Santas, collect letters from them and, in the end, get a Christmas present for free.

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Find a Friend

Sydney is an enormous city, and sometimes it is even hard for Sydneysiders to find friends in their surroundings. Still, they are very pleasant to foreigners and love to share their knowledge about local happenings and hotspots. The easiest way to get to know them? Introduce yourself, start talking, and maybe you get a pen pal for life. Or find a foreigner like you and exchange experiences about the city. A simple way to get to know someone, and save a lot of money along the way is to share affordable accommodation. This way, you will have a friend who will be able to go on city tours with you and the money to afford the tours that are not free.

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Visit a Christmas-Themed Event

Christmas Eve is full of amazing festivals and fireworks, and it is something that anyone can enjoy, even alone. Christmas Fireworks at Cockle Bay has everything this holiday should have: carols, tree, smiley faces and fireworks. A wide range of entertaining activities is organized in George Street every year. If you want to attend a truly unique Christmas celebration then The Sydney Hills Christmas Sky Show should be your choice. If you’re wondering what to do during the day, you can go on a Christmas Day Lunch Cruise.

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Take a Walk

In the end, you can take a simple scenic walk on the beach trail from The Spit to Manly. The track leading from Spit to Manly beach is a combination of walking through small bays, paved pathways and lush bush. It will take you a few hours (3 – 4) to finish this coastal walk, but after it, you’ll feel terrific. Among the many amazing sites you’ll see along the way are Reef Beach, Spit Bridge and Grotto Point Lighthouse.

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So, you see, you can be alone on Christmas in Sydney, but you can never be bored in this Australian metropolis. Now get out your comfort zone and enjoy yourself!