If you want to do your scone nibbling, tea sipping and pinky protruding in the kind of stately setting one associates with high tea, The Tea Lounge at the Park Hyatt in Yarralumla is an absolute must – after all, the Hyatt’s quarters have been in Canberra since the federal government arrived in the 1920s and are heritage listed. The lounge’s immaculate art-deco interior confirms this air of soft elegance where, in between sips of oolong or Earl Grey, you’ll people-watch politicians and diplomats attempting cryptic crosswords or surveying the news on iPads. Don’t wait for tiered platters, the food is buffet style with well-presented cakes and savouries by the delicate plate-full.


A large, peaceful, attractive inner-south suburb extending along the south-west bank of Lake Burley Griffin, Yarralumla is one of Canberra’s most desirable and expensive residential areas. The suburb is known for its stately houses, including Government House – the residence of the Governor-General of Australia – and is also home to a number of notable landmarks and attractions, including Scrivener Dam, the National Zoo & Aquarium, Weston Park and Royal Canberra Golf Club.

The Park Hyatt | 120 Commonwealth Avenue, Canberra | +61 2 6270 1234

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