Instead of buying material presents, why not give the gift of an unforgettable experience this Christmas? There are so many great experiences Canberra has to offer, and the memories will last a lifetime for the lucky recipient. Here are my top ten ideas for experience gifts this Christmas:
1. Meet a Cheetah – $175
Animal lovers will [...]
Heading down the Monaro this week to check out the Tuggeranong suburb of Calwell. Like last week’s visit to McKellar, I’d never been to Calwell before (with the exception of last week when I drove through at night time in search of Christmas lights).
Calwell, named after former Labor leader Arthur Calwell, was gazetted on 5 [...]
With 10 market stalls starting at 9am today (Thursday 18 December), this festive hustle and bustle of activity on City Walk near Garema Place is another reason to be in Canberra’s CBD this December.
Everybody loves a good market, especially at Christmas. During the day come and support five of our local charities at the Christmas [...]
Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Joy Burch today announced the final membership of the reference group tasked with overseeing actions to promote community harmony identified at the landmark One Canberra Symposium.
“The tragic, criminal events in Sydney have underscored the importance of maintaining a socially cohesive community, where people of [...]
Elaine Stanford and Sandie Parkes (coowners of The Green Shed) presented a cheque for $10,000 to Lisa Salerno of Boundless Canberra last week.
The Green Shed accepts a range of unwanted items that can be resold, such as books, furniture, bikes, clothing, gardening items and sporting goods, preventing a huge amount of perfectly good items going [...]
When I was growing up, most houses in my waterside suburb on the Central Coast got into Christmas lights – whether it be one or two strings across their guttering, or a full blown lights show where there was so much going on you didn’t know where to look. I’ve noticed that Canberrans don’t really [...]
I’m looking for recommendations on where and when to buy seafood in Canberra to be eaten on Christmas day?
A few years ago I bought some from a place in Weston Creek (opposite the post office) and it was great. However the place has since closed down.
I’m after large prawns, lobster tails and some oysters.
As the first seminar on this subject on 19 January is fully booked, a second FREE seminar will provide participants with information regarding the ACT’s new asbestos laws, which take effect on 1 January 2015.
Participants will receive an overview of a range of matters, including:
Changes to the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 to encompass [...]
Minister for Health, Simon Corbell, yesterday officially opened the new Woden Specialist Medical Centre, which will further enhance Canberra’s specialist and allied health care options.
“The new Woden Specialist Medical Centre brings together three leading organisations – orthopaedics ACT, National Capital Diagnostic Imaging and Flex Out Physiotherapy Canberra, all in one central and convenient location,” Mr [...]
One of Canberra’s most loved food vans, BrodDogs, has found a new home on Braddon’s Lonsdale Street.
The bright-red gourmet hotdog van (a renovated version of the old Brodburger caravan), officially opened for business at urban village The Hamlet this week.
Owner Joelle Bou-Jaoude says she’s excited that BrodDogs has joined Braddon’s rapidly growing food van community, [...]
Minister for Women Joy Burch last night presented YWCA Canberra, Menslink, and ABC TV journalist Adrienne Francis with ACT Partners in Prevention Awards for their work to end violence against women.
“The ACT Partners in Prevention Awards are all about changing attitudes and behaviours to create a community where women and children are safe,” Ms Burch [...]
Twelve talented amateur photographers from Canberra and the surrounding region have had their images selected from 750 entries to feature in the 2015 ActewAGL Postcards From Your Town calendar.
Chadwick Clark from Lyneham was the big winner, receiving a cash prize of $1,000 for his winning photo City Lights – surreal morning lights in the capital, [...]
Head down to Lake Burley Griffin before 6am most mornings and you’ll find Paul Jurak in a single-person kayak with a $400 point and shoot camera, searching for the perfect spot to capture the sunrise.
Paul, who shares the best of each morning’s photos on social media and via his Kayakcameraman blog, originally started kayaking to [...]
They don’t need an introduction … those deep fried, fluffy, cakey circles of heaven, rolled in cinnamon and sugar, with a center that is 100% fat free!
Yes, I am talking about donuts. Hommer Simpson’s, and mine, favourite treat!
There are so many different types of donuts, from the traditional cinnamon and sugar, to custard filled, and [...]
Last week when I asked for recommendations for family friendly restaurants and cafes, I honestly expected to be inundated however, it seems that Canberra has a serious lack of family friendly eating establishments.
Places like Jamie’s Italian, and a few of the football clubs were recommended, along with Ricardo’s in Jamison and Tommy & Me in [...]
The words “eclectic electric” are printed on the back of the chopsticks at Canberra’s latest culinary sensation, Akiba, and it’s an apt description for the restaurant itself.
Owned by Peter and Michael Harrington and partner Dino Jugovac, this is a quirky and innovative restaurant that pulls out all the stops.
Situated at the former Dieci e Mezzo [...]
This weekend I decided to try out The Cupping Room for breakfast; a project by Ona coffee. So off I went to Civic. I had to wait about 10-15 minutes for a table (apparently it happens), but honestly, it’s worth the wait.
I’ve previously raved about their amazing salted caramel popcorn milkshakes, but as I discovered, The [...]
ACTION bus drivers will be sporting Hawaiian shirts today (Friday 5 December 2014) to raise awareness of ACT Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group’s Hawaiian Shirt Day.
“Across Canberra, ACTION bus drivers will proudly wear a Hawaiian shirt today to support families who have a member undergoing treatment for cancer and we are encouraging commuters to do [...]
We explored the Inner North suburb of Turner last week for the very first Look Around Canberra post. This week, we’re venturing across the lake and down to the Woden Valley for a look at Chifley.
Chifley, named after former Prime Minister Ben Chifley (did you know his ghost allegedly hangs out at Hotel Kurrajong?), was [...]
Welcome to the silly season. And they don’t call it silly for nothing. It’s that time of year where all of our emotions seem to overflow and we dangle dance between the line of aggression and elation at the thought of the end of the year finally approaching and heading off on summer holidays.
But before [...]
Now that cherry season is here can anyone let me know if there are people selling them on the roadside?
Lifeline Canberra is using International Volunteer Day (Friday, 5 December 2014) to publically thank its 550 strong volunteer workforce (300 Telephone Crisis Supporters and 250 Warehouse and Bookfair volunteers). In particular, the organisation wants to thank those who have been volunteering for Lifeline Canberra long-term, in some cases for 20 years.
“Lifeline Canberra has some volunteers [...]
Do you want to help a local Canberran this Christmas? You have the power to support Canberran designers, craftsmen and producers by buying from small local business this festive season. If you don’t quite know how you might do that, here are three examples of places you can do some great gift shopping.
The Capital Region [...]
There are display homes. And then there’s The Curzon, a breathtaking two-storey display home built by Mayfair Homes on Wright’s prestigious Xenica Street.
Mayfair Homes director Steve Kolak says that The Curzon, which draws its inspiration from five-star hotels around the world and has won several awards including Display Home of the Year (over $500,000) at [...]