Australia’s vibrant capital attracts attention as a treasure trove of modernist architecture but its tree-lined outdoors are equally capable of luring visitors from far and wide. If you have a day in Canberra, here are top outdoor activities that you can consider undertaking:
Hot Air Ballooning
Soar above the blue skies and take in astounding views of some of the most spectacular natural and architectural sights of the capital city from 2000 feet above the ground. You will start your ride 30 minutes before the sunrise and as a new day dawns upon the beautiful Canberra city, you will be welcoming it drifting slowly through the air. Following the ride, you will be treated to a sumptuous breakfast and a glass of exquisite champagne to mark a wonderful beginning of the day and a beautiful memory.
Caving at Wee Jasper Caves
Travel through one of the most geographically diverse areas of Australia to reach Wee Jasper, where another wonder – Carey’s Cave – await you. The cave system is formed by seven beautiful chambers of 400,000,000 years old limestone formations. There are several exploratory caves as well as abseiling caves that visitors can explore for a thrilling time. You can check out the schedule of the caves to be part of music and other educational concerts that are organized here from time to time.
Lake Burley Griffin
At the centre of much activity in Canberra, Lake Burley Griffin is a perfect spot for a day of adventure out in the sun. It is possible to indulge in rowing, sailing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding or fishing as well as take long leisurely walks along the 40 km shoreline. If you fancy it, you can also cycle along the many pathways of the lake. A sunset cruise on the lake is quite popular and one of the best ways to experience the beauty of Lake Burley Griffin.
National Zoo and Aquarium
A zoo as well as an aquarium, the National Zoo and Aquarium hosts a number of native and exotic animals. You can meet with the northern swamp wallaby, emu, dingo, little penguins, Tasmanian devil and common wombat amongst the indigenous animals along with endangered animals such the Sumatran Tiger, Red Panda, Siamang, African painted dog and Bengal Tiger. The zoo also has the largest inland saltwater tank in Australia. Several special safari tours are organised for close meeting with these animals. There is an option of volunteering as well as adopting an animal for those who would like to make a contribution.
Royal Canberra GolF Club
Spend a day outdoors by practising your swing at the Royal Canberra GolF Club, one of the best inland courses in Australia. The esteemed golf course has a 27-hole layout. For those who wouldn’t like much activity, the picturesque course is best discovered on languid walks amongst the pine and cedar trees, taking in lush greenery as far as eyes can see. The breathtaking view of the Lake Burley Griffin is an added draw of the club.