9 things to do when you first arrive to study in Canberra

Posted 7 Jan 2017

Story by CBR Canberra

Moving to a new city for university can be a daunting experience – regardless of your age or experience.

The key to any move is to understand the city’s culture, get involved with the local organisations and keep an open-mind.

Luckily for any new arrival, CBR has plenty to offer.

Canberra is at the centre of many of the nation’s cultural, academic and sporting institutions. With plenty to see and do, your Canberra bucket-list will no doubt keep you busy while you settle in.

Here are 9 things to kick-start your CBR experience when you first arrive.

  • Panoramic Views

A great way to capture the full extent of Canberra is to see the city from the top of Red Hill. South of the city centre, Red Hill offers an amazing lookout over many of our national icons and sweeping vistas of Canberra from the south. It gives a first-time Canberran not only an appreciation of the geography of the region, but also where the major landmarks sit within the city’s landscape.

Combine the views with food and wine in one of the two eateries; Onred or the more casual Little Brother.

  • Visit the icons

Make sure you visit all the world-class national attractions that call Canberra home at least once, including the National Museum of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery, Australian Parliament House, the National Gallery of Australia and the Australian War Memorial. Entry to most of the city’s major attractions is free.

For the best view of Canberra, take a scenic hot air balloon flight over the nation’s capital. Take off at sunrise and drift gently with the wind as you experience breathtaking views and see Australia’s capital city come to life beneath you.

Tempt your tastebuds with a Freakshake at Patissez Cafe  in Manuka and Civic. These monster milkshakes are creating world-wide intrigue and will make you want to share them with everyone on social media before you indulge.

  • Make it to the markets

Spend your Saturday morning shopping up a at storm at the Capital Region Farmers Markets, where you can buy fresh produce direct from the growers and enjoy a delicious local breakfast or brunch. Then take part in a Sunday tradition in Canberra by visiting the Old Bus Depot Markets. Pick up some tasty treats, a bunch of flowers, some fashion gems and local artwork.

  • Explore the lake

At the heart of Canberra is Lake Burley Griffin, surrounded by galleries and museums that house Australia’s art and historical collections interspersed with parks and open spaces as well as walking and cycling paths. Do as the locals do and spend an hour walking the ‘bridge to bridge’ path around the lake, stopping off for a coffee along the way.

  • Take the ultimate selfie

In the centre of Parliament House’s roof flies an Australian flag roughly the size of a double-decker bus. Visitors can take the lift to the roof, walk beneath the massive flag mast and pose for the perfect settling-in selfie.

  • Catch up over coffee

Explore the local cafe scene and the city’s coffee spots, perfect for catching up with friends, enjoying a weekend brunch, relaxing over a long lunch or getting your caffeine fix. Canberra is proudly the home of Ona Coffee founder and 2015 World Barista Champion Sasa Sestic as well as the recently-crowned 2016 Australian Barista Champion Hugh Kelly.

  • Discover your wild side

Set yourself the challenge on a visit to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve to spot five famous native Australian animals that call the area home: the koala, platypus, kangaroo, emu and wombat. Then embark on the ultimate animal encounter at the National Zoo & Aquarium and get your fix of lions, tigers and bears.

All content sourced from: http://visitcanberra.com.au/articles/2016/04/top-10-must-dos-for-first-time-visitors