Published: 25 October 2017 by: Emily Russ

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Venture out

If you're not content to spend your whole stay in the city, Canberra's outer regions have plenty to discover. Take a drive out to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve (40 minutes south of the CBD) and spot Canberra's big five: wombats, koalas, emus, wallabies and (if you're lucky) platypuses. Pack your camera and good walking shoes.

Want more wildlife? Drive just 10 minutes west of the CBD and feel as if you've ventured into Africa at Jamala Wildlife Lodge. Here, you can glamp in a treehouse where inquisitive giraffe wander over to say hello. There are also bungalows available where the only thing separating you from lions, cheetahs, tigers, brown bears and Malaysian sun bears is a (very thick) glass wall. 

Of course, if you're more into wine than wildlife, Canberra's wine region (35 minutes' drive north of the CBD) has a lot to offer – 140 vineyards and 30 cellar doors, in fact. Wind your way along the region's scenic route and stop wherever takes your fancy. One last tip: fit in time for a meal at Poachers Pantry Smokehouse Restaurant. If its sprawling views of vineyards and Marino sheep aren't enough to enchant you, the food (featuring traditionally smoked meats) certainly will. Thank you for smoking. 

Related article: Canberra's 8 Best Spots for Alfresco Dining


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