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SIX TRAVEL EXPERIENCES A SINGLE STOPOVER (OR LESS)

Jemma Delamont
Jemma Delamont | 1 month ago

Are you planning your travel bucket list?

We’ve put together six phenomenal travel experiences a single stopover (or less) from Canberra to get you started.

Singapore Airlines and Qatar Airways connect you to over 180 global destinations.

SANDBOARDING IN DOHA

1. SANDBOARDING IN DOHA DESERT

So you’ve nailed the slopes of Perisher and Thredbo on a snowboard but could you swap the extreme cold for the extreme heat? Take a Qatar Airways flight from Canberra to Qatar and you’ll be in the capital, Doha, the very same night (thank you, time zones).

Qatar is literally a desert island – bordered by Saudi Arabia in the south and surrounded by the Persian Gulf – and the capital Doha is a cultural and trade centre for the Middle Eastern emirate. The desert just north of Doha is home to all the camel riding, sand dune bashing and sandboarding your heart desires – as well as an aqua-coloured inland sea that can only be described as magical.

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2. AN ENGLISH BREAKFAST ENDORSED BY SHERLOCK HOLMES HIMSELF (LONDON)

2. AN ENGLISH BREAKFAST ENDORSED BY SHERLOCK HOLMES HIMSELF (LONDON)

Of course there’s The Eye, The Tower of London and Buckingham Palace, but if you want to experience London in its purest form, look no further than bacon, baked beans, sausages and eggs.

We’ve heard one of the best fry-ups in the British capital comes courtesy of Speedy’s Cafe on North Gower Street in Central London. Speedy’s doesn’t do bells and whistles, but it does do amazing grilled tomatoes, mushroom and fried bread.

Be prepared to eat elbow-to-elbow with a cafe full of TV-loving tourists: Speedy’s was the venue frequented by Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, Sherlock Holmes and Watson, respectively, in BBC1’s Sherlock.

Fly to London from Canberra with a single stopover with Singapore Airlines or Qatar Airways.

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3. TOURING THE VW FACTORY - OH, AND ITS ACCOMPANYING THEME PARK (BERLIN)

3. TOURING THE VW FACTORY - OH, AND ITS ACCOMPANYING THEME PARK (BERLIN)

Don’t let the word ‘factory’ in this ultimate VW experience fool you. The complex is home to the manufacture of the iconic German car, yes, but also features a huge car museum, several pavilions dedicated to a range of VW models, driving courses for adults and kids, restaurants, a hotel and a theme park called Autostadt.

The Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg is 60 minutes from Berlin and prides itself on being the largest car plant in the world. One absolute must: take a trip up an elevator built into the 48m glass car tower, which houses 800 custom-ordered cars.

Singapore Airlines and Qatar Airways offer flights from Canberra to Berlin with a single stopover.

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4. EXPLORING THE ULTIMATE JUNGLE TEMPLE - SNEAKERS A MUST (CAMBODIA)

4. EXPLORING THE ULTIMATE JUNGLE TEMPLE - SNEAKERS A MUST (CAMBODIA)

The breathtaking temples of Cambodia are the kind of spiritual experiences that should be top of every Canberra traveller’s ‘must see’ list – whether you’re a history buff, a backpacker, an adventure traveller or a family.

We’ve crowdsourced the best temple experience and landed on Beng Melea, an ancient monument 40km east of Angkor Wat, overgrown by jungle.

The temple itself is huge and described by one Canberran as ‘a phenomenal representation of the battle between man-made structure and nature’.

Cambodia is a short flight from Singapore. Fly directly to Singapore from Canberra with Singapore Airlines.

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5. ENGAGING A PERSONAL STYLIST ON THE CHAMPS ELYSEES (PARIS)

5. ENGAGING A PERSONAL STYLIST ON THE CHAMPS ELYSEES (PARIS)

Paris is a fashion experience like no other but the new way to explore clothing and accessories in the French capital is super, super personalised.

At the brand new Galeries Lafayette, on Paris’s main street, Les Champs Elysees, you can engage a personal stylist for an hour or an entire day to help you choose an outfit (of four) from 600 brands and 300 designers spread over four levels.

Every stylist at the Galeries Lafayette trains at the prestigious Institut National de la Mode (National Institute of Fashion) and is employed to take you on a world class, customised shopping experience. C’est magnifique!

Design your trip to Paris through Qatar Airways or Singapore Airlines, who offer travel from Canberra to Paris with only one stop.

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6. THE SWEET SWEET SOUNDS OF SYMPHONY LAKE (SINGAPORE)

6. THE SWEET SWEET SOUNDS OF SYMPHONY LAKE (SINGAPORE)

It might look kind of like a giant oyster but this large stage, built on an islet on Symphony Lake, within Singapore’s Botanic Gardens, is the stuff of composers’ dreams.

Symphony Lake is home to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and hosts free open-concept concerts every month, including at twilight. The incredible sound of the orchestra vibrating across the still lake waters is nothing short of divine.

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