As further COVID restrictions ease and businesses begin to reopen their doors, it’s time to look to supporting both our local community, and those regional towns surrounding the ACT looking to get back on their feet.
With many Canberrans suffering from cabin fever, the Queen’s birthday weekend just around the corner and the interstate travel ban to our NSW neighbour lifted (just in time!), here are just a few ideas for ensuring a relaxing long weekend:
Four Winds Vineyard: Cool climate Wines and Woofired Pizza
Heading north out of Canberra into Murrumbateman NSW - cool climate wine country - you’ll find a number of wineries opening their doors for tastings, lunch or takeaways. Among some of our favourites is Four Winds Vineyard, located a tiny 35 minute drive from the Canberra City. Four Winds sets the scene for casual dining with their handmade, woodfired pizzas and glass of Rose, enjoyed outside in the sunshine with plenty of room for the kids or dog to stretch their legs.
Four Winds Vineyard will be open 11am – 4pm all three days over the June long weekend.
Rose’s Cafe Yass: Big Breakfast, Great Coffee, just how it should be.
Just a little further up the road, in the quiet and humble town of Yass, you’ll find The Roses Cafe. Catering to all things homecooked and wholesome, The Roses Cafe is the perfect spot to sit and enjoy a coffee and muffin, big breakfast or a modest milkshake and burger. With three cafes located across Yass, Goulburn and Mittagong, the Rose family defines the feeling of home in a country town with their menu, friendly staff and great coffee – the perfect morning pick me up on your way to explore the parks or river around town.
The Roses Cafes will be open from 8am on both Saturday and Sunday.
Alpaca Magic, Sutton: Take a stroll through the countryside – with a Llama!
Looking for plans to fill your Sunday? Why not make a day of it in the Yass Valley! Heading out from Canberra’s north suburb of Amaroo, only 17 minutes up the road and you’ve stepped into a whole different world when arriving at Alpaca Magic in Sutton. Opening their doors again from Sunday June 7, you don’t want to miss the Llama Experience at 11am on Sunday. The Llama Experience includes taking your own personal llama for a stroll through the picturesque countryside of the Yass Valley, with a small group of others and an experienced guide.
The amazing team of farmers out at Alpaca Magic are welcoming bookings for the long weekend. You can book an experience online through their website.
Once you’ve met the herd, taken a stroll and provided the mandatory ear scratch, finish your adventure with glass of wine and pizza at Four Winds before heading home to Canberra to settle in for the evening. Alpaca my bags!
If heading north isn’t your thing and you’re looking to venture a little further down the track, the south-east trip to Bateman’s Bay is almost a rite of passage when it comes to Canberrans and long weekends. Now even more important than ever, as our neighbours rebuild and rejuvenate from a very tough 6 months, the short two-hour journey down to the beach makes for the perfect day trip or overnight visit.
Braidwood Bakery & the Boiled Lolly, Braidwood: Pastries, Pies and Sweets (so much better than your ‘iso snacks’!)
Starting off your journey, is the obligatory stopover in the friendly township of Braidwood, a mere one-hour drive from Canberra. Enjoy a coffee at one of the many local cafes or a steaming hot pie from the famous Braidwood Bakery. Finishing off your stopover at The Boiled Lolly to stock up on some sweet treats for the remaining part of the journey – remembering to slow down and give a toot to Pooh’s corner as you head down the Clyde Mountain.
Batemans Bay Mini Golf, Bateman’s Bay: Who doesn’t love putting a ball through a clown’s mouth?!
An hour further down the road and you have arrived at Canberra’s home away from home, Batemans Bay (aka The Bay). Before heading down to the beach to get some sand between your toes and some sunshine on your back, a quick game of mini golf is simply a must! Batemans Bay Mini Golf provides fun and laughs for the whole family and is the perfect afternoon outing to relax and enjoy! Known as one of the best mini golf courses on the East Coast for their challenging course, the team are welcoming guests all three days of the long weekend.
The Boatshed, Bateman’s Bay: Fish and chips doesn’t get any more authentic!
Now before or after a surf, it’s up to you, but takeaway fish and chips from The Boatshed, enjoyed by the water, is a lunchtime well spent! Open until 6:30pm every evening, there is even time to go back for seconds or get a little something for the road before heading home.
Although some restrictions have eased, your responsibility hasn’t. Restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs, as well as tourist activities, must still adhere to seating limits and ensure that customers still have adequate space to remain socially distant. Because of this, we recommend booking ahead of time for anywhere you wish to visit or dine-in to avoid disappointment.