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Canberra: Things to see and do ….? (for a 17 year old girl)

By YeahBuddy - 9 July 2013 37

Afternoon all,

I have just welcomed my first Exchange Student and am looking for suggestions on what I do with her now …. should have thought about this before she arrived huh?

Well I did, only I was thinking about it all from the perspective of the things that my 7 year old likes …. who knew 17 year old European girls would be so different?

So I ask you, especially those of you with teenagers, what are the things I should be showing her in Canberra and surrounding areas?

And any advice on how to support her to transition to the great Australian dream would be greatly appreciated!!

Thanks in advance

What’s Your opinion?


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Canberra: Things to see and do ….? (for a 17 year old girl)
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Barcham 7:15 pm
09 Jul 13
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Go pat some Kangaroos at the Zoo.

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dannybear 7:19 pm
09 Jul 13
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As an 18 year old there really isn’t a lot to do here if you’re not just messing around with friends, you could take her out to tidbinbilla to see some native animals or if she has some friends here she could rent a bike and ride around the lake, that’s really all that comes to mind.

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YeahBuddy 7:29 pm
09 Jul 13
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dannybear said :

As an 18 year old there really isn’t a lot to do here if you’re not just messing around with friends, you could take her out to tidbinbilla to see some native animals or if she has some friends here she could rent a bike and ride around the lake, that’s really all that comes to mind.

so nothing has changed since i was a teen? Great!!

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YeahBuddy 7:30 pm
09 Jul 13
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Barcham said :

Go pat some Kangaroos at the Zoo.

Kangaroos were the first thing she asked about! Is that all Australia is known for internationally?

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yellowredme 7:51 pm
09 Jul 13
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Depends on what she likes to do and how mature she is, is she a girly girl or otherwise? Does she like art, what type of art, music, what type of music, café culture, food, outdoors, sport, science, shopping, is she a retro girl or a label girl or does she not care about fashion? Does she like quirky stuff, popular youth culture, alternative anything etc? When you find out her interests that may guide you. Most teens like to be with other teens so enlist some teens to come with you, make sure she is amongst people and gets to see the social side of Canberra,check out BMI magazine. Have an Australian BBQ, take her to the beach, arrange a visit to real farm/rural visit/country town/pub, coffee, shopping, movies, bike ride around the lake, see kangaroos/fauna in the wild, take her to the footy, caving, canoeing, bush walking, country race meeting, horse riding. Acquaint her with current Australian bands/music, a gig at ANU, help her experience authentic Aboriginal culture and art. Take her to Sydney. Hot air balloon above Canberra. Does she like taking photos/what type of photos? Invite friends she makes whilst studying around/out to do so what she/they like to do.

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Pork Hunt 8:06 pm
09 Jul 13
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Gee, you’re game. Is it your first time on RA? Upon legal advice, I have declined to comment further…

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zippyzippy 8:44 pm
09 Jul 13
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Go for a bike ride at stromlo. Bonus, if you go around dusk you’ll see roos everywhere, in the wild. Or, just go for a nice nature reserve walk. Parrots everywhere.

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zippyzippy 8:47 pm
09 Jul 13
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YeahBuddy 9:40 pm
09 Jul 13
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Pork Hunt said :

Gee, you’re game. Is it your first time on RA? Upon legal advice, I have declined to comment further…

Long time reader, infrequent poster. I was hoping for genuine suggestions and hilarity.

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bundah 9:53 pm
09 Jul 13
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YeahBuddy said :

Pork Hunt said :

Gee, you’re game. Is it your first time on RA? Upon legal advice, I have declined to comment further…

Long time reader, infrequent poster. I was hoping for genuine suggestions and hilarity.

I think you’re more likely to get banal and flippant from the porker whereas I would suggest Cockington Green or the Dinosaur Museum :)

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Diggety 9:54 pm
09 Jul 13
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If she’s European, she’s probably good at making you baked treats.

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poetix 10:21 pm
09 Jul 13
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Didn’t she bring fake ID?

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gentoopenguin 10:24 pm
09 Jul 13
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Barcham said :

Go pat some Kangaroos at the Zoo.

You don’t need to go to the zoo if you only want to see kangaroos. Anywhere round Mount Majura or Mount Painter is pretty much assured kangaroo spotting. Unsure whether they like to be patted though!

If you are into patting animals, a trip down to Batemans Bay to the Birdland Animal Park is a must. She could pat a baby wombat, kangaroos, hold a snake etc. You could top it off with some fish and chips and pelican spotting along the boardwalk. It would be a great day trip.

Other than that, I always see teenagers hanging round Koko Black in the city. Seems to be the done thing at that age.

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Postalgeek 11:42 pm
09 Jul 13
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dannybear said :

As an 18 year old there really isn’t a lot to do here if you’re not just messing around with friends, you could take her out to tidbinbilla to see some native animals or if she has some friends here she could rent a bike and ride around the lake, that’s really all that comes to mind.

FFS

National Institutions:
War Memorial- http://www.awm.gov.au
Questacon – http://www.questacon.edu.au
National Gallery – http://www.nga.gov.au
National Library-http://www.nla.gov.au
National Museum – http://www.nma.gov.au
Parliament House (new and old)
National Film and Sound Archive – http://www.nfsa.gov.au
National Mint – http://www.ramint.gov.au
Australian Institute of Sport – http://www.ausport.gov.au/ais

What’s On:
http://www.outincanberra.com.au/events
http://www.visitcanberra.com.au/Events.aspx
Cinemas
-Woden
-Civic
-Belconnen
-Tuggeranong
Pubs (if she turns 18 while here)
Clubs (likewise)
Restaurants
Cafes
Live music
Sunday Jazz
Concerts
-Llewellyn Hall
Trivia nights
Comedy nights
Charity Balls
Theatres
-Canberra Theatre
-Playhouse
-Street Theatre
-Jigsaw
-Erindale
-Queanbeyan

Lookouts:
Telstra tower/Black Mountain
Mt Ainslie
Red Hill

Swimming:
Manuka Pool (Good for kids)
Tuggeranong Pool (Good for kids/ indoor and heated)- http://www.lakesideleisure.com.au
Philip Pool
Civic Pool
AIS Pool
Kambah Pool
Cotter Reserve

Walks:
Arboretum
Tidbinbilla
Botanic Gardens
Climb Black Mountain/Mt Ainslie

Lake Activities:
Sailing – http://www.canberrayachtclub.com.au/adults.asp
Kayaks – http://www.actboathire.com
Paddle Boats – http://www.actboathire.com
Lake Cruises – http://www.canberracruises.net, http://lakecruises.com.au
BBQs/picnics

National Zoo and Aquarium

Skate bowls
Horse Riding
Netball – http://cna.act.netball.asn.au/default.asp
Soccer(Football) http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/canberraunited/yourlocalclub
Volley Ball – http://www.volleyballact.com.au
Archery – http://www.canberraarchery.com.au, http://www.queanbeyanarchery.com.au
Nerf Wars – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Canberra-Southern-NSW-Dart-Tag-Nerf-Wars-HvZ/144401038935716
Caving – Wee Jasper
Rock Climbing
-Mithell/Hume Indoor Rock Climbing http://www.canberrarockclimbing.com.au
-National Library traverse
-Namadgi National Park
Go Karts – http://www.superkarts.com.au, http://www.grandprixkarting.com.au,
Geo-caching – http://geocaching.com.au/dashboard/au/act/
Bicycles
-Lakes
-Road – 5 peaks, Cotter, Tidbinbilla, Tharwa, Old Federal/Lake George, Old Cooma Rd,etc etc
-Mtb – Stromlo/Jerra/Kowen/Majura/Bruce/Isaacs/Brindabellas
Dinosaur Museum/Cockington Green – http://www.cockingtongreen.com.au
Inline skating/Rollerblading
Roller Derby
Beach
-Bateman’s Bay (2 hrs)
Skiing/Snowboarding
-Thredbo (2.5hrs) – http://www.thredbo.com.au
-Perisher (2.5hrs) – http://www.perisher.com.au

That doesn’t begin to cover the special interest groups.

Next time someone says there’s little to do in Canberra, know that a fleck of paint will offer a more riveting experience than their company.

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460cixy 8:11 am
10 Jul 13
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No ones tackled the main issue here and ths is…………….. Is she hottttttttt?

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