I like to refer to Canberra, Australia’s capital city as the City of Memorials and Round-a-Bouts – there are just so many of each! But beyond its two well known intricacies lies a very beautiful city with lots of charm, and lots to see and do. If you find yourself in the capital city with only a couple of days to spare, below are six things you must see and do. SILO BAKERY Hailing from Melbourne, this husband and wife team opened their French inspired bakery to much local fanfare. Their high quality bread is the best in the city and their secret? They simply ferment the dough the night before it’s baked. Open 7am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday, their winter menu is especially popular as they use local truffles. It can get very busy so if you’re planning on having lunch at Sillo, be sure to book!

6 Giles Street Canberra ACT Australia 2604 +61 (2) 6260 6060

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA Designed by Melbourne architect Howard Raggatt in 2001, the National Museum is a much loved icon of Canberra. Its sole purpose is to preserve Australia’s social history, exploring the key issues, people and events that have shaped the country. The museum is open daily from 9am to 5pm (except Christmas Day) and there are packages for people wanting a tour, meal and drink. For those looking to make the most of the riverside location, the museum is also available for weddings, conferences and events.

Lawson Crescent Canberra ACT Australia 2601 +61 (2) 6208 5000

FRENCH BLACK TRUFFLES OF CANBERRA Not many people know that truffle season is big business in Canberra, and French Black Truffles of Canberra is one of the most passionate truffle growers in the area. Planting their first trees in 1994, the farm has grown from strength to strength thanks to the perfect soil conditions on their farm. Snuffle, the much loved and trained American cocker spaniel sniffs out the truffles and you too can go along for the hunt! There are two hunts every Saturday and one hunt on Sunday including a cooking school – but get in quick, these hunts are only available during the harvesting season in the cooler months of the year.

Mount Majura Road Canberra ACT Australia 2603 +61 419 950 207

AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORT The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) is home to Australia’s elite athletes. The institute has been open since 1981 and historically, was very much home to only the athletes but now anyone can drop by, take a look around, purchase merchandise and enjoy a guided tour.

Leverrier Street Canberra ACT Australia 2617 +61 (2) 6214 1111

PARLIAMENT HOUSE Whilst you’re in Canberra, why not take a look at Parliament House? Walk the grounds outside or do an organised tour offering you the chance be a part of democracy in action. The tours include access to the Chambers to watch Question Time and you’ll also get access to view historic documents like Magna Carta.

Parliament Drive Canberra ACT Australia 2600 +61 (2) 6277 7111

WAR MEMORIAL The Australian War Memorial is Australia’s national memorial to the members of its armed forces and organisations who have died or participated in the wars of the Commonwealth of Australia. The memorial pays tribute every late afternoon at 5pm with a commemorative speech and the Last Post. Extremely moving and emotional, it’s a must for all those visiting Canberra.

Treloar Crescent Canberra ACT Australia 2612

After you’ve explored Canberra, you’ll want to put your feet up and stay somewhere cosy and beautiful. So where should you stay? Look no further than the Novotel and the Mercure.

NOVOTEL Whether you’re visiting Canberra on business or pleasure (lets hope it’s pleasure!), the Novotel Canberra offers premium 4.5 star accommodation in the heart of the retail, entertainment and business districts. Designed for comfortable living, the hotel boasts 286 contemporary and spacious rooms to unwind and relax.

65 Northbourne Avenue Canberra ACT Australia 2600 +61 (2) 6245 5000

THE MERCURE The Mercure in Canberra is a gorgeous, charming, heritage style hotel blending old world charm and modern comforts effortlessly. Opening in 1927, the four star hotel is superbly located just moments from the city centre and airport. With 129 rooms, a bar and bistro, meeting rooms and complimentary parking, the hotel recently underwent an $8 million transformation offering the perfect stay for business and leisure guests alike.

Corner of Ainslie & Limestone Avenue Canberra ACT Australia 2612 +61 (2) 6243 0000