After the last couple of years we’ve had, it’s time to truly get out-and-about and enjoy your city, and remember what summer in Australia is all about! Here’s out top picks of how to make the most of summer.

Have a drink at Armada Outdoor Bar  

What better way to celebrate summer weather than getting together with friends and enjoying a relaxing drink outdoors? The Boat House’s newest summer edition, Armada Outdoor Bar is right on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin and features a bar menu with a great line-up of drinks and snacks from their award-winning kitchen. Open Friday to Sunday it is the perfect spot for arvo drinks!


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Watch a film at Sunset Cinema

Get your snacks together, snuggle in a beanbag chair with a wine in hand and watch the summer sun set before watching an outdoor film. Sunset Cinema at the Australian National Botanic Gardens is back for another binge worthy season of films, old and new. Catch new blockbusters such as Spiderman: No Way Home, No Time To Die and The French Dispatch, or classics such as The Lion King, Grease and Dirty Dancing. As usual, providing the perfect movie snacks there will be burgers, ribs and shakes from Boss Burger, grazing platters and classic movie snacks from the Snack Bar and wine, G&T’s and beer from the Sunset Bar.


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Explore the world of Ancient Greece

The National Museum of Australia has a brand-new exhibition just in time for summer. Centred around the world of Ancient Greece, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes explores competition through sport, politics, drama, music and warfare, illuminated through more than 170 projects from the British Museum. From 17 December 2021 to 1 May 2022, add a little culture to your summer and discover all things Greek, with a range of special events to support the exhibition.

Try new foods at Wilma 

Opening just in time for end-of-year celebrations, progressive Asian restaurant WILMA focuses on barbequing using primitive methods. Combining the punchy flavours of Southern Asian cuisine with locally sourced Australian produce, the restaurant’s crowd-pleasing menu will feature classics such as san choy bow, prawn toast and duck pancakes, as well as other thoughtful dishes like egg noodles with Balmain bug, steamed toothfish and scallop hot pot and a half roast duck.


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Watch the Cricket at Manuka Oval

What says Aussie summer more than watching the cricket with mates? Get off the couch and see all the fast bowling and epic batting live at Manuka Oval. This week, watch BBL Sydney Thunder vs Perth Scorchers, or choose a day and head out to watch the Women’s Ashes Test Series Australia vs England. Then for February, get your friends together to see Australia take out New Zealand in the Men’s T20.


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Rejuvenate at Adytum

Your holiday period deserves a little pampering after the craziness of 2021. Treat your mind, soul and body at wellness brand Adytum’s new sanctum. Offering a space for guests to explore the connection between self-care and wellness through a day spa, mindfulness lounge and bathhouse, you won’t find a better slice of heaven in Canberra.

Set sail with GoBoat

Experience Canberra by water and set sail around Lake Burley Griffin with GoBoat. Bring your friends, pack a picnic with your favourite drinks and spend a perfect summers day in the sunshine, sailing around as you please!


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Wind down at The Pop Inn

Utilising our many beautiful Canberra locations, pop up wine bar The Pop Inn offers the best afternoon picnic for those warm summer days. Follow them around each spot and try a new top-notch wine with delicious meat and cheese tasting plates, soaking up another great weekend.