Travel Postcard: 48 hours for art-lovers in Canberra

Fri Nov 21, 2008 9:14am EST
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CANBERRA (Reuters Life!) - Got 48 hours to spend in the Australian capital of Canberra? Canberra is home to some of the country's top museums and art galleries, giving visitors who enjoy cultural activities the chance of a busy weekend.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors plan a cultural weekend in the city that is a three hour drive from Sydney -- and often the brunt of jokes from other Australians who call it the nation's most boring city:


6 pm - Canberra's city center has undergone a major facelift in recent years with the shopping center extended and modernized and a new batch of restaurants. This has made it a lively spot in the evenings, so start off with a drink at one of the popular bars, such as the Hippo Lounge Bar in Garema place.

9 pm - Dinner could be at the funky Japanese chain restaurant Wagamama or maybe the upmarket Chinese-style Chairman and Yip.

11 pm - Finish off the night with a decadent hot chocolate from KoKo Black in Bunda Street, which specializes in all things chocolate.


8 am - Start out with breakfast at Silo Bakery in Giles Street in the popular suburb of Kingston. Its fresh breads sell out quickly but it has other baked goods and is well known for its coffee and breakfasts such as asparagus bruschetta. Don't miss its walk-in cheese room.

10 am - Head to the The National Gallery of Australia which has fixed galleries and an impressive Asian art collection but also has a lively rotation of new exhibitions.   Continued...

<p>A couple looks towards the Black Mountain Tower as they watch the setting sun over Canberra's Lake Burley Griffin in this April 23, 2008 file photo. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne/Files</p>