Canberra: sleeping + eating + ice cream!

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Hello! Here’s a post about where we slept and ate in Canberra. And even more crucially, where we found Canberra’s best ice cream!

Let’s get straight into it….

Frugii Dessert Laboratory

Three friends had let me know about Frugii as soon as they heard we were heading to Canberra. This small cafe has a big reputation, and has received lots of awards as well as media attention.

No wonder! It really is marvellous ice cream. And even better, it’s within walking distance of The Avenue Hotel where we stayed.

The flavours are lovely – and there’s nothing artificial in the ice cream at all, plus as many ingrediants as possibel are organic.

Frugii is at 30 Lonsdale Street in trendy Braddon, just a five minute drive from the centre of Canberra. It’s inside a little shopping centre but easy to find and parking is easy too.

Frugii website here


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The Avenue Hotel, Canberra

The Avenue is the newest 5 star hotel in Canberra and it’s very centrally located, in trendy Braddon just a couple of kilometres to the city centre.

Check pricing and availability at the Avenue Hotel here.

The address is 80 Northbourne Avenue, that being the main route into Canberra from Sydney and so very, very easy for us to find.

The twins and I had a two bedroom apartment, with one king room and one room with two (large) single beds. The rooms are large and so are the bathrooms. There was a kitchenette for us to use – essential when travelling with kids. The lounge room had plenty of space too.


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The sitting room and balcony – and a son making himself at home

There’s an outdoor area between the two wings of the building where my two liked running, and the sitting room below.

Apologies to the hotel, I did make the kids behave after I took this shot.

The hotel’s restaurant is called Marble and Grain, there’s a bar and the restaurant too. We only had the buffet breakfast there, which we loved… we do love a buffet breakfast in our family.  We ate from room service one night and enjoyed the spaghetti bolognese (kids) and salad and soup (me.)

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We’d definitely recommend The Avenue Hotel. It was easy to find, the apartment was ideal for families and the carpark was easy to use and free. Wifi is free, also crucial for us, and the service was terrific.

I’d perhaps suggest asking for a room with windows looking into the courtyard as we found that the noise from traffic on the main road was a noticeable at times.

Check pricing and availability at the Avenue Hotel here.

More images from buffet breakfast below.



Eating Out At The Hamlet

The Hamlet is a sweet spot for eating out with kids. It’s an little urban village of food trucks and pop-up stores, all to be found at 16 Lonsdale Street in Braddon.

My twins went straight for the hot dog van, of course. I had a fab pie and we also tested out the pizza store and the milkshakes too.

Keep up with what’s happening at The Hamlet on their Facebook page here.


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Road Trip: Sydney to Canberra by Car With Kids

7 Tips for Family Trips to Canberra

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Do you have your own top tips for Canberra eating, drinking and sleeping with families?

Please do share in the comments!


We stayed as guests of the Avenue Hotel and Visit Canberra. Many thanks for your kind hospitality. We will be back!



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Posted on: October 15, 2015

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