Pack your bags, stat.
I’m ashamed to admit it now, but once upon a time, I was a bit of a Canberra sceptic.
I’d only been there once as a bratty teenager – but that didn’t stop me from thinking it was too cold, and too filled with politicians, roundabouts and office buildings for my liking.
But wow, was I wrong.
Fast forward a good decade or so, and now my sister and a whole bunch of my friends call ‘Berra’ home.
As a consequence, I’ve now spent a LOT of time in our nation’s capital – and guess what? It’s pretty damn amazing.
1. Wine. All the wine.
Until recently, I had no idea that there were more than 30 cellar doors within a 35-minute drive of Canberra. One of them, Mount Majura Vineyard, is located within the ACT, just 15 minutes from the Parliament House.
That’s a win, right there.
2. The weather is actually fantastic.
Yes, it gets a little chilly in winter, but Canberra is also Australia’s third sunniest city – sorry, Sydney and Melbourne.
In summer, Canberrans (is that a word?) get to enjoy long, hot days with low humidity (ie no hair frizz) and during spring and autumn nature turns it on, with pretty blooms and colourful leaves everywhere.
Your Instagram followers will be jealous.
3. One word: Floriade.
Floriade is Australia’s biggest celebration of spring. Every year, more than one million flowers are planted in 13 (massive) flower beds for the festival, which runs from mid-September until mid-October.
I was there two years ago with my friends, and it’s Just. So. Pretty. And clearly I’m not the only one who thinks that, because each year, it attracts almost half a million people from across Australia and the world.
There’s great food, drinks and activities to keep everyone occupied and entertained and then, there’s Floriade NightFest.
This year it will be held from September 23-27 and each evening there will be a variety of live performances including stand-up comedy, roving entertainment and musical performances plus night markets.