Within a two-hour drive of Canberra are some of Australia’s most stunning beaches, famous cool climate vineyards, the Snowy Mountains alpine region, and the Brindabella Mountains, known for its distinctive natural features, caves and waterfalls.
There’s a burgeoning wine district just outside of Canberra. The region’s 140 vineyards are home to more than 30 cellar doors that produce award winning cool climate wines. Dotted in all directions around Canberra, you can set off from the suburb of Pialligo to the neighbouring districts of Hall, Murrumbateman, Bungendore, Wamboin and Lake George. The wineries are small and intimate, where you can still meet the winemaker, yet the region is large enough that you will find a range of grape varieties. The area has made its mark on the wine map with its Shiraz and Shiraz Voigner blends, as well it’s Riesling. In fact, Australian wine critic, James Halliday, named 12 Canberra District vineyards among his best wineries of the region in his Australian Wine Companion 2017 edition.
Just a two hour drive south-west from Canberra, through picturesque small towns and hamlets, past Lake Jindabyne, brings you to the Snowy Mountains. Home to Australia’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko, the Australian Alps offer ski fields in the winter and excellent bushwalking, trout fishing and mountain biking in the summer. The alpine vegetation, wildlife and glacial lakes make this region a high altitude paradise that is truly unique in Australia.
A leisurely drive from Canberra down the Kings Highway brings you to the glorious South Coast of New South Wales. Stretching from Wollongong all the way to the Victorian border, the South Coast is known for crystal-clear bays and lakes, stunning beaches and beautiful rivers. Perfect year-round for fishing, diving, canoeing, and boating, while bush walkers, bird-lovers and cycling enthusiasts can enjoy the pristine bushland.
Canberra is said to boast some of the best mountain biking in the world, and Mt Stromlo, located on the outskirts of the city, is a highlight. Namadgi National Park and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve are located just west of Canberra – a short 30 to 45 minute drive away. As part of the Brindabella Mountain Range, there are bushwalks to accommodate all skill levels. Wee Jasper Caves is located in the foothills of the Brindabellas, and reached through picturesque winding roads. Carey’s Cave provides a gateway into what looks like a mystical crystal palace. Team activities include abseiling, horse riding or a more relaxing walking fossil tour.