Canberra Weekend Getaways

Weekend Accommodation Package

If you are planning a Canberra weekend getaway, choose the Weekend Special package at Crowne Plaza Canberra and make the most of your short break.

The Weekend Special package includes:

  • Accommodation for two adults
  • Buffet breakfast for two adults
  • Late checkout on Sundays, subject to availability

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Escape to Canberra for a weekend break.

Choose your preferred accommodation overlooking the city, Canberra scenery or picturesque Glebe Park. Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast for two in Redsalt Restaurant, including barista coffee and eggs cooked to order, then explore all that Canberra has to offer.

Find out what’s on in Canberra.

Arty weekends in Canberra

There’s several major galleries and museums, along with smaller and less well known art galleries to browse during a weekend in Canberra.  Start with the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery of Australia, located only a minutes’ walk from each other alongside Lake Burley Griffin, with a number of permanent galleries and regular temporary exhibitions. Both galleries are free to enter, although some of the major exhibitions are ticketed. Also look out for regular fascinating art and culture exhibitions held at the National Library of Australia. With lovely cafes (two with verandahs), these venues are perfect for a morning or afternoon coffee break or a leisurely lunch.

Smaller galleries include the Canberra Museum and Gallery, which is in walking distance of Crowne Plaza Canberra. A little further afield is Beaver Galleries, opened in 1975 and the largest privately owned gallery in Canberra, with four exhibition spaces, sculpture garden, shop and cafe.

Around 30km from Canberra city is the small village of Bungendore where you can browse galleries including the Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, Paul Kowalski Photography Gallery and the Suki & Hugh Gallery.

Romantic weekends in Canberra

For a romantic weekend in Canberra, start your morning with a relaxed buffet breakfast, followed by a stroll around Lake Burley Griffin.  If the weather is warm, an early walk through the Rainforest Gully at the Australian National Botanic Gardens is peaceful and cool. If you enjoy trying local food, take a short drive to the Capital Region Farmers Markets, open on Saturday mornings, where you can pick up some supplies for a romantic picnic lunch. Try freshly baked bread and sweet items, small goods, locally sourced fruit, vegetables, honey and more.

In the afternoon, see a movie, browse through a gallery, visit The Canberra Centre if shopping is your thing, or visit one or two of Canberra’s cool climate wineries.  At dusk, head over to Mt Ainslie lookout to see the often photographed sunset.

For dinner, eat in at the hotel, where you can choose from a light meal at Binara One Bar, something more substantial at Redsalt Restaurant or have dinner delivered to your door with the 24 hour in-room dining.  If you’d prefer to experience one of Canberra’s local restaurants you will be spoilt for choice with everything from cheap and cheerful eateries to hatted and fine dining restaurants.

Finish your evening at the theatre – try the Canberra Theatre Centre or The Street Theatre, see a live music performance or discover one of Canberra’s intimate bars for a nightcap.

Active weekends in Canberra

Canberra is the perfect destination for an active weekend away, with walking and hiking trails, a mountain biking park, fishing and more.

At Stromlo Forest Park, you can practice your cycling skills or challenge yourself on the jump trails and various levels of cross country trails. All levels of ability are catered for from beginner to experienced.

Various locations offer great hiking trails, including Black Mountain, Mount Ainslie, the Australian National Botanic Gardens, all close to Canberra City. There are some picturesque walking trails if you are happy to travel a little further there’s parks including Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Namadgi National Park, offering a variety of walks and nature experiences. For something different, try walking a section of The Centenary Trail, a low intensity 145km loop trail that travels through both urban and rural environments and includes iconic sites and hidden treasures. The Centenary Trail is divided into sections, so you can choose the section that best suits you.

If you enjoy fishing, there are several areas where recreational fishing is permitted. Click here for more information. Rainbow Springs Fly Fishing School offers one day educational fly fishing programs as well as one hour intensive casting sessions. Visit the website for more information.

If you are keen for something more adventurous, K7 Adventures offer summer and winter tours and programs including rock climbing and abseiling at picturesque Canberra region locations.

Foodie weekends in Canberra

Over recent years, Canberra has become a foodie destination, with a rich and thriving food and wine scene, perfect for a weekend getaway.

With more than 30 wineries within 40 minutes from the city, Canberra is the perfect base to explore the Canberra District wine region, offering wine styles including Sangiovese, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Shiraz, Tempranillo .

Canberra is also becoming known for its boutique breweries – check out Bentspoke Brewing Co, Zierholz Brewery, Wig & Pen Tavern & Brewery.

To discover local produce, visit the Capital Region Farmer’s Market in Canberra, held on regular Saturday mornings throughout the year at Exhibition Park in Canberra. Sip a coffee from a local coffee roaster and enjoy a freshly baked pastry, while browsing the many stalls stocking smallgoods, deli items, locally grown fruit and vegetables, local olive oil, honey and more.

At Pialligo Estate, with its popular Farmhouse Restaurant and Garden Pavilions, you can enjoy a ‘paddock to plate’ experience in a rural setting less than 15 minutes drive from Crowne Plaza Canberra.

If you enjoy fine dining, there are a number of restaurants that received Chef’s Hats in The Good Food Guide 2017, including Aubergine, with two hats, and Courgette, eightysix and Lanterne Rooms among the restaurants that were awarded one hat.

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