Canberra is the third best city in the world to visit next year, according to highly rated travel guide Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel 2018” list. It beat Sydney and Melbourne, and was the top rated Australia city, ever.
Some may find it hard to believe. But Lonely Planet spokesperson Chris Zeiher said Canberra ticks a lot of boxes.
“Rich with history, culture and entertainment, it offers something for every kind of traveller,” Zeiher said.
Off the back of the recent win for Australia’s capital, the Canberra Times asked five of their home-grown celebs, including Caroline Buchanan, about their favourite things to do in the city.
For those already pencilling in their attendance at the ACT round of the 2018 BMXA National Series (Round Six), keep your writing utensil handy and sharpen it up, here are five things to see, embrace or acquire in Canberra.
Erin Molan – check out this street in Canberra’s South.
Erin Molan loves Launceston Street, because her grandparents used to live there. This isn’t the most exciting tip, but Molan explains how the street always felt safe and secure. Take that as an omen for how the entire city feels.
Oh, and Launceston Street? How aptly named considering the national series will head to Launceston straight after Canberra for the final round.
Nick Kyrgios – grab a great brew or shoot some hoops.
No stranger to shooting from the hip, Kyrgios used to hit up the Westside basketball hoops and hang out. It’s since been closed down, so instead he offers up a few tips for coffee lovers.
According to the tennis star, Braddon has a few local cafes that are worth your time and they’ll give you a nice and relaxed vibe. The perfect break out from the intensity of BMX competition.
Caroline Buchanan – She’s upping the ante with some two-wheeled tips.
We don’t need to be told were to go to find some great BMX action, so instead Buchanan recommends switching wheels to something ready for some more rugged terrain.
The BMX turned every other exciting bicycle sport star gives some big thumbs up to the new Vapor trail at Stromlo Forest Park. If you plan on checking it out, here’s the hot tip from Buchanan:
“This track is a jump track, freshly groomed and flowy, like a rollercoaster from top to bottom.”
Andrew Barr – the ACT Chief Minister loves ye old CBR T-Shirt.
Get yourself a slice of regional Canberra produce at the new Canberra Region Visitors Centre. Everything from the popular CBR T-Shirt to local wines and craft beers and condiments are on offer.
There’s a great interaction zone for kids, and if you head down the soon-to-be finished West Basin park you will find yourself a cracking sunset.
Bill Shorten – the federal opposition leader loves a good yarn.
An icon of Canberra, the war memorial is a must see according to Labor party leader Shorten. In 1941 Australia’s 14th Prime Minister John Curtin called it ‘our national treasure house’.
Shorten considers it Australia’s best museum, next to our most important tribute, and says that it represents the soul of our nation.
We’ll back Shorten on this one, it is worth a visit. The hot tip – a few hours could turn into a day-long visit getting lost in exhibitions, and personal stories of Aussie heroes.
For what it’s worth, the two cities that bested Canberra in Lonely Planet’s guide to 2018 were Seville, Spain and Detroit, USA. The top 10 was rounded out by: Hmaburg, Germany; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Antwerp, Belgium; Matera, Italy; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Guanajuato, Mexico and Oslo, Norway.
Our tip: Save your wallet the hassle, see an icon in our own backyard and we’ll see you at Tuggeranong Vikings BMX Club from September 15-16, 2018.