It’s that time of year again, Autumn’s finally here and you and your mates are heading to the festival that gets you groovin and geared up for the cooler season! Groovin the Moo takes on Canberra this May with a massive line-up of some of the best Australian and international acts to hit the stage.
To get you fully prepared for the festival VisitCanberra has put together a “Groovin Guide” so you have no trouble finding the hotspots to snap up that last minute outfit, rest your weary body for the night and re-fuel on post festival food!
1. Where to shop?
Need that last minute flower crown, sunnies, denim shorts and jacket? Canberra has a great range of different boutiques, shops and outlets across the city and surrounding suburbs for all festival goers!
If you are running short on time and after something for the day, head over to Westfield Belconnen only 10 minutes away from the festival HQ at the University of Canberra. Westfield has plenty of shops worth foraging in for festival fashion including; Bardot, Ally, Cotton ON, Factorie, Forever New, Glue, JayJays, Sportsgirl, Temt and so much more!
For something a bit quirky head to nearby Lonsdale Street Braddon for a great collection of vintage shops where you can pick up a show stopper! For a real bargain, a few accessories and to get something warm if you need that extra layer head to The Yellow Canary, a vintage clothes shop which is situated on the University of Canberra’s campus.
If you are staying right in the heart of the city never fear, Canberra Centre is the place to pop in and snap up those last minute essentials! With a store list that covers all bases you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect outfit for the day!
2. Where to eat?
Canberra is renowned for its variety quality produce and great range of cafes and restaurants and we know the best way to get through a festival is to fuel up on that big breaky, brunch or lunch…right?
Head over to Elk & Pea located in Braddon which is only 10 minutes away from the festival grounds. This is a great place to enjoy a delicious South American influenced brunch with friends. We love the breakfast burger, crammed with bacon, avocado, charred corn, red onion, tomato relish and chilli or one of the spicy taco’s, all washed down with delicious coffee or a breakfast martini!
For the health consciousness looking to get a fresh start to the morning, or those seeking post festival vitamins, head over to Local Press overlooking the water at Kingston Foreshore. This little gem is a wholefoods based cafe, specialising in wholesome, honest food and Cold Pressed juices!
Interested in Canberra’s unique culinary evening experiences? Head to Akiba the capitals take on Asian fusion. With rave reviews and weekend yum cha (11am-3pm) this is the ultimate dining destination for you and your pals to tick off the list.
For a great pub feed and a bit of Irish hospitality head to King O’Malley’s which has a great beer garden and all your favourite pub dishes. We can’t choose between the thick crunchy wedges, spicy nachos or the chicken schnitzel.
3. Finished at the festival?
The last acts are closing and the festival is over for the year, where to now? You won’t be short on choices, Canberra offers some great places for you and your mates to check out when the sun goes down.
Venture into the city and head to our top 3 recommendations for best nightlife spots, including; Hippo Co , Shorty’s and Hopscotch Bar each brining their own individual scene to the city of Canberra.
4. What to see?
Hanging around before or after the festival and keen to explore the city a little more? How about getting up close and personal with a cheetah at the National Zoo and Aquarium This is one of the most amazing animal experiences in Australia as you can pat and play with one of these big cats.
If you need to slow the pace down pack a picnic and chillout in the National Botanic Gardens. If that’s not your style, see Canberra on wheels and try a guided segway ride a fantastic opportunity to have a bit of two wheeled fun around Lake Burley Griffin. For more details on what to do and see in Canberra head to http://www.visitcanberra.com.au/
5. Where to stay?
After last minute accommodation to rest those dancing feet? Check out a wide range of options in Canberra at http://www.visitcanberra.com.au/find/accommodationOur top pick is Canberra City YHA as here you can have a dip in the pool, chill out in the TV room or cook up a storm at the roof top BBQ.
Do Groovin the Moo Canberra the right way this year and stick to our Groovin Guide for 2015. For more information about Groovin the Moo festival head to: http://2015.gtm.net.au/cbr-home.html