Canberra region, ACT

Canoes, Champagne and Canapés in Canberra

By The Weekender Travel

November 20, 2020 | 2 minute read


As if their events couldn’t get any more creative, WILDfest is back in Canberra with another out of the ordinary way to experience the capital.

Canoes, Champagne and Canapés is exactly what it sounds like - an outdoor adventure on Lake Burley Griffin, complete with wine and snacks. Why did no one think of this before? While the event has previously run in the Kangaroo Valley, NSW, this is the first time the foodie boats will launch out of Canberra. 

If you're up for the adventure, you’ll paddle out into the man-made lake in a sturdy double canoe rig which glides effortlessly over the calm, fresh waters. Even if you have a few too many champers, these vessels are stable and virtually unsinkable, plus you’ll be wearing a life jacket of course! You’ll feel like you’re cruising on a catamaran as you wine and dine your way around the lake. 

When it’s time to refuel after all that rowing, you’ll stop to dine on delicious local food and taste regional Canberra cool climate wines, right there in your canoes. The tour departs from Yarralumla Bay and you’ll spend around two hours on the water taking in the sights. 

Seeing the city from the water is arguably the best way to experience the bush capital. Some of Canberra’s most iconic landmarks line the banks of the 11km long Lake Burley Griffin. Your experienced guides will take you on a city tour from the water, past the colourful and architectural National Museum of Australia, the National Carillon and plenty of beautiful parklands.

The lake is the perfect escape from city life, despite being in the midst of it. The 40km shoreline winds its way through not just the city but also scenic wetlands, bird sanctuaries and bushland.

If you want a unique vantage point of the Australian Capital City and to immerse yourself in nature, this one is for you. The Canoes, Champagne and Canapés event is running on Saturday 5 December and tickets are $195 per person.