Earlier in the year I was selected as one of the 101 Canberra locals taking part in Visit Canberra‘s Human Brochure campaign. Over the last few months I have spent my weekends “researching”, better known as “eating and drinking my way around town”, as well as attending special after-hours events organised by the fantastic Visit Canberra team and a selection of the amazing local businesses and attractions we have here in Canberra.
The campaign culminated in a big weekend in early November. My interstate guests, Elspeth and Lauren, flew in from Adelaide on the Friday night and my local guest, Matt (of course), was already here. We were ready to spend the weekend exploring Canberra. It started with our VIP event early on the Saturday morning.
But first, a Saturday that starts before 9am, is a Saturday that starts with coffee. Ours started courtesy of my favourite cafe in all the land, Lava, with takeaway coffees all-round (except for Matt, he’s a chai latte kind of guy).
It was then on to our guided mountain biking tour with Paralympian, and one of Australia’s most successful athletes, Michael Milton, along part of Canberra’s newly-opened Centenary Trail. It was a great ride, giving us fantastic views over Canberra, a bit of a thrill on the downhill and permission to spend the rest of the weekend eating our way around town, guilt-free.
A big thank you to Visit Canberra, Michael Milton and his tour company BigFoot Adventures for this incredible experience – I am definitely inspired to get out and explore more of Canberra from atop a mountain bike.