September 28, 2018
Canberra's award-winning Handmade Market is turning 10, and to celebrate, they've planned a weekend of unique designs and local produce for you to try, taste and shop.
Showcasing over 260 makers, creators, designers and producers representing fashion, jewellery, textiles, ceramics, children’s products, art, gifts and food, this market celebrate the best of Australian handmade goods.
Here are 10 items you'll want to pick up for yourself at Handmade Market on 20-21 October to remind you of your Canberra adventure.
Canberra is famous for its arts, culture, food and coffee scene, but it also has active adventures for the thrill-seekers among us. That is, if you're willing to step away from the priceless pieces of art for long enough to go looking for them.
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Regardless of whether you’re afraid of heights, the thrill of descending a cliff face is enough to induce that addictive release of adrenaline.
Think of abseiling as a controlled fall; a climb down a rock face or vertical wall with the help of a harness and ropes. Canberra is home to scenic locations that are perfect for abseiling, including Booroomba Rocks, Gibraltar Rocks, and White Rocks above Queanbeyan River.
Clearly, abseiling is a sport that’s not without risks, so professional guidance is recommended. K7 Adventures will show you the ropes, with half to full days of climbing and abseiling, as well as courses on offer.
Various locations | k7adventures.com
Ready for a bumpy ride? Go off-road with 4-wheel driving.
Great for adventurous weekends, 4-wheel driving is at the crossroads of skill and entertainment. Depending on your course, you’ll navigate rugged terrain, climb and descend muddy inclines, and cross waters and gullies.
Be warned: it’s an activity that’s not for the faint-hearted. If you’re the one behind the wheel, it’s a challenging way to put your driving skills to the test, while passengers will experience the thrill of spinning tires, bumps and drops.
Love the idea but lack confidence in your off-road driving skills?
Sutton Road Training Centre has a 3.4-kilometre private 4WD track and accredited courses so you can get your bearings under the watchful eye of a professional.
441 Sutton Road, Majura | suttonroad.com.au
Scan the bucket list of any thrillseeker and you’re bound to find paragliding. Unlike skydiving, paragliders launch their flight from the ground, harnessing the power of the wind to take off into the sky.
A 30 to 45-minute drive from the city centre will have you at one of many suitable local sites.
While it’s a sport that’s heavily dependent on weather, a clear day will present you with an unforgettable experience of enjoying breathtaking views while soaring through the skies.
SkySurf Paragliding School offers everything from a Tandem Paragliding Experience through to Learn to Fly and Skill Development Courses. With gift vouchers and in-flight photos available, it’s the perfect experience to share with a fellow adrenaline junkie.
Various locations | skysurf.com.au
Now in its third year of operation, BlocHaus has become a favourite among families, gym junkies and daredevils alike.
Like rock climbing, you’ll use your strength and your wits to scale artificial walls. Unlike rock climbing, however, you don’t have the ropes or harness to assist you. Don’t fret: with shorter walls and padded floors, it’s perfectly safe, yet challenging enough to get your palms sweating and blood pumping.
Drop-in for a casual session, join a boulder beginner class or check out their range of fitness classes.
Unit 2, Building 2, 1 Dairy Road, Fyshwick | blochaus.com.au
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Does the idea of flying down a mountain on wheels tickle your fancy? Mountain biking is gaining popularity among women in Canberra, and for good reason.
Not only is it a challenging and fun way to keep fit, but there’s plenty of mountain bike trails around Canberra, including Stromlo Forest Park, Kowen Forest and Majura Pines.
2017 CBR Sports Award Finalist Rayne McNee has a passion for getting Canberra women and girls on bikes. At Cycle Education, she regularly runs events and skill camps for women of all abilities. Try a beginner course and you may well find your next favourite sport.
Various locations | cycleducation.com.au
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Any Canberran worth their Lonsdale Street latte will tell you that one of Canberra’s best features is that it’s only a short road trip to the beach or the snow.
Vertikal Indoor Snow Sports Australia has managed to make the journey to the latter even shorter, thanks to their facility on Dairy Road in Fyshwick.
Whether you’re a serious skier or snowboarder, or just on the hunt for your next thrill, Vertikal has you covered with their indoor setup. Their unique slopes mimic real terrain, with speed and angulation that adjusts at the touch of a button.
They even offer an après ski experience with hot chocolates and a milkshake bar, so there’s something for everyone in the family.
Unit 2, Building 3, 1 Dairy Road, Fyshwick | vertikalsnowsports.com
Canberra's 1975 bus shelters have been celebrated the world over for their unique design.
Trevor Dickinson's illustrations have garnered many a fan, most recently seen on TV in the presence of Rake's protagonist, Cleaver Greene.
Now you can start your day the right way, or be the envy of your colleagues during coffee breaks as you enjoy your cuppas with a sip from a bus shelter to call your own!
Local chocolatiers Jasper + Myrtle have handcrafted a blueberry dark chocolate bar, exclusive to Handmade Markets, with bright and fruity Australian blueberries covered in rich and bitter dark chocolate, creating a healthy, fresh and tangy flavour. You'll want to stock up as they're only available at the Handmade Market!
Underground Spirits have shaken up the local gin scene, with their patented filtration method used to distill their tasty drops. Perfectly paired with a mixer of your choice, they're a great gift for the person in your life who lives, breathes and drinks Canberra (a map of the capital from above is even on the label!)
His photographs of Canberra have captivated both locals and visitors alike, with more than a few gracing the feeds of @visitcanberra followers as well!
Snag a piece of his stunning photography for yourself.
This specially commissioned line drawing of Canberra’s iconic Telstra Tower is available as a hand printed A4 piece of art for a short time only - it's the piece your gallery wall has been waiting for!
Want to show your love for Canberra in a profound way? Why not bite the bullet and wear it on your skin! If the thought of getting Canberra icons inked on your skin makes you squirm, commit to a pack of Missy Minzy's temporary tattoos, featuring Parliament House, Telstra Tower, balloons and our iconic bus shelters (and much more!)
A puzzle that doubles as a sculptural art piece can be yours to own, with a stop by the Gundaroo Puzzler stand. The iconic Canberra bus stops will be right at home on your bedside table.
(Also pictured are a vintage map reproduction from Twice Designs and a card from Little Noisy Miner)
You'll never be lost in the 'city of roundabouts' again, thanks to Blossom & Beau's Canberra map cufflinks. Just a quick glance down to your wrists, and you'll be on your way!
(Note: we suggest visitors verify their route when in Canberra via slightly more legible means, such as a GPS or their phone maps!)
Crafted from biodegradable and toughened paper, you'll want to load up on these bags featuring their commissioned Telstra Tower drawing to get all your precious treats home!
Whether it be jotting down a quick shopping list, journalling in a quest for mindfulness or mapping out your next trip to the capital, you'll smile as you put pen to paper on Map Journal's products showing off Canberra from above.
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