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Road trip from Canberra: Kangaroo Valley

By 2 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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If you’re looking for things to do over the Easter long weekend, why not consider a road trip to the Kangaroo Valley region.
My most recent road trip took me through the beautiful landscapes of the Kangaroo Valley – only about a two-hour drive from Canberra along the Hume and Illawarra Highways.

One of the stops on [...]

What’s open in Canberra on Good Friday?

By 2 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

With the Easter long weekend just around the corner, here’s a quick (but certainly not exhaustive) guide to what’s open in Canberra on Good Friday.
Cafes and restaurants

Penny University in Kingston is open 7am to 4pm every day of the Easter long weekend, including Good Friday.
Wilbur’s Cafe and Bar in Hackett is open 8am to 9pm, [...]

Cheap eats – Turkish Pide House (Woden)

By 1 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I love Turkish food. All of it. Whether it’s Turkish bread smothered in hummus or beetroot dip (or both!), kebabs, pide, baklava, or even a bottle of sparkling Gazoz, I will be keen at any time of the day. For those who are wondering what Gazoz is, it’s a delicious beverage that’s basically made from the magical [...]

Addictive prescription drug use in Canberra

By 31 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Every day, general practitioners in Canberra are confronted with patients asking, often pleading, for drugs of addiction.
The two most sought-after drugs of addiction are those belonging to the opioid family and those belonging to the group of medications called benzodiazepines. Both drugs have a high potential for abuse and are highly addictive, and abrupt cessation [...]

Is Manuka dying?

By 31 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The shops at Manuka in Canberra’s inner south have always been a hive of activity. The first work started there in the late 1930s and by the 1960s the shops were flourishing with florists, shoe stores, two supermarkets, clothing stores, a delicatessen as well as two butcher stores, hairdressers, barbers, and even a fishmonger. Nowadays there’s [...]

Best of Canberra – Sushi

By 31 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Exciting times for me this week. I’m filling in for the Best Of Canberra series while Bec is on holidays – lucky thing! I now have an excuse to eat all in the name of work.
Arguably one of the more popular lunches that falls into the categories of cheap, quick, easy, and semi-okay for you [...]

Free outdoor community fitness sessions in April

By 30 March 2015

[ 1 April 2015 at 1:00 pm; 11 April 2015 at 10:00 am; 15 April 2015 at 5:00 pm; 18 April 2015 at 10:00 am; ] Take your workout outdoors this Wednesday, 1 April 2015, and come along to a free outdoor lunchtime fitness session at the Deakin fitness station from 1 pm (adjacent to the intersection of Denison Street and Thesiger Court).

Local fitness trainer Lee Campbell will show you how to get a full body workout using the equipment at [...]

Should I move to Canberra?

By 30 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I own my own villa in Oxley Park suburb of Sydney and currently living there with a 7-year-old and my wife who stays at home. We are on PR right now and I will be getting my citizenship likely in December this year. I am an experienced Oracle DBA and currently employed and work from [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Hot cross buns

By 30 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I have been so excited for the hot cross bun Taste Off that I’ve been taste testing for breakfast every morning this week. RiotACT readers were right on board the hot cross bun craze too, with suggestions coming in for places all over Canberra. 
I won’t lie, I was a bit disappointed when Coles and Woolies [...]

Looking for something like Sizzlers in Canberra

By 29 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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My family and I are currently living in Brisbane but will be moving to Canberra very soon.
One of our favourite family restaurants up here is Sizzlers. Is there anything like Sizzler in Canberra?
I know there used to be one in Canberra, but I believe it closed some years ago.
Thanks,
Malcolm.

Playground review – Bonython local playground

By 29 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The unassuming southside suburb of Bonython is home to a local playground that is well maintained and an absolute treat to visit. Kaden (18 months) and I decided to see what this spot had to offer.
Nestled amongst the quiet streets of Bonython is the local playground, situated closest to Morice Place. Kaden and I parked [...]

Doing hen’s nights right at QT Canberra

By 28 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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When I think of hen’s nights, I imagine fashioning wedding dresses out of toilet paper, eating cookies in the shape of male genitalia and drinking a lot of champagne (if only to make the first two activities seem slightly more appealing).
My previous hen’s night adventures had left me unprepared for last weekend, when I was invited [...]

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Cherryripe Brasserie, Watson

By 28 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Recently having moved house, I have found myself in random suburbs that I would otherwise not spend much time in.
Last week I found myself at ONA in Fyshwick. This week I was on my way back from Mitchell, absolutely starving and desperately racking my brain of where I could get breakfast before 9am on a [...]

Find a club at the CAP Expo

By 27 March 2015
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[ 28 March 2015 at 11:00 am; ]

Thinking about joining a social club or group? Come to the Connect and Participate (CAP) Expo!

The CAP Expo is a free community event on Saturday 28 March featuring over 140 social, recreational, cultural, artistic, and sporting groups.

It’s an opportunity for Canberrans of all abilities and ages to join groups and build social connections around common [...]

Kangaroo shot with arrow in Queanbeyan

By 27 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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On Tuesday morning, a resident of Greenleigh in Queanbeyan looked out onto her driveway and saw a young kangaroo. He was hurt. He hadn’t been hit by a car as you might guess. He had been shot with a bow and arrow. The arrow was still inside him, piercing his chest through to his posterior shoulder.
Thanks to [...]

Weekend garage sale guide (28th March)

By 27 March 2015
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[ 28 March 2015 at 7:00 am; ]

It’s garage sales galore this Saturday in Canberra, with second hand bargains for sale in suburbs including Yarralumla, Conder, Charnwood, Holt and Queanbeyan. 

Southside

5 Kiddle Cres Richardson
7am to 3pm
A massive clear out with three households. everything from kitchen appliances, toys, clothing, kids toys, baby gear and so much more. PLEASE NO PRE 7AM EARLY BIRDS.

26 Kavel [...]

A look around Canberra – Doing time in the Rivetto Ghetto

By 27 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I maintain that Canberra is a well-kept secret (although I am told there are now license plates surfacing which say ‘ACT – it’s not as bad as you think’ in which case the secret may be out). Within Canberra, there are a few rare gems that are easily overlooked and I would count Rivett as [...]

Best hair salons in Canberra?

By 26 March 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Are you looking for a good Canberra hairdresser but don’t know where to start? Here are my recommendations for what to look for when selecting a new salon and stylist:

Do the staff at the salon all have the same hairstyle? This is not a good sign (unless that’s the exact look you’re going for!).
Does the person cutting your [...]

Registrations open for Run for Teal, Batemans Bay

By 25 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 25 October 2015; ]

Come and support Ovarian Cancer Australia by running, walking or crawling your way around the stunning coastal town of Batemans Bay this October.

With four course options ranging from 6km to a full marathon, it’s a fun run for all ages and fitness levels. Funds raised will be donated to the research arm of Ovarian Cancer [...]

Why did Smith’s Alternative really close?

By 25 March 2015
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One of Canberra’s most loved performance venues announced last week that it would cease its operations indefinitely. This week, Smith’s Alternative is in receivership.
The cosy venue in the Melbourne Building has undergone many machinations throughout the past three decades. From its slow transformation from a bookshop to an arts hub, it has always catered for [...]

Canberra’s Magna Carta Place

By 25 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the 13th Century English King’s agreement to the terms as set out in the Magna Carta. The original charter was more about getting a better deal for the church and the nobles rather than most of the population. Over time with additions and alterations, this document became important in [...]

Cheap eats – Wattle Snack Bar (Phillip)

By 25 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Before founding Coffee Guru in the early 2000s, Stephen Ashworth ran a takeaway shop in Phillip’s Colbee Court. His Steve’s Special burger (chicken schnitzel, lettuce, mayo, bacon, cheese and pineapple on a hamburger bun) was the stuff of legend in my family, to the point that he once opened the shop after hours so my [...]

Free family night at PCYC this Saturday

By 24 March 2015
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[ 28 March 2015 at 5:00 pm; ]

PCYC Erindale is hosting a family fun night this Saturday (28 March) between 5pm and 7pm .

There will be face-painting, balloon modeling, science experiments, Tots tumbling as well as music from DJ Panda.

The theme is Crazy hair and there will be prizes for the best and most craziest hair on the night.

For more details go to CPCYC [...]

DVCS Blue & White Gala Ball

By 24 March 2015
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[ 16 May 2015 at 6:30 pm; ]
Join Rosie Batty, Kate Ceberano, Jane Caro and DJSal for the Domestic Violence Crisis Services’ Blue & White Gala Ball on Saturday 16 May. Raise awareness of domestic violence and funds for services assisting those subjected to domestic violence in the ACT.
Tickets are $200 per person and include three course meal with sparkling, white and red [...]

Road trip from Canberra: Yarrangobilly Caves

By 24 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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My last RiotACT article talked about some of the day trips you can take around Canberra to explore the great outdoors. Yarrangobilly Caves was one of the day trips on my to do list and last weekend, I got in the car and ventured out into the Snowy Mountains to explore the caves.
The route I [...]

Best of Canberra – Hot cross buns

By 24 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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It’s that time of year when the shops fill up with chocolate eggs and hot cross buns are the feature of weekend breakfast. Actually, it’s been that time of year since chocolate bunnies replaced Christmas decorations in early January. But only now, with Easter a few weeks away, it is appropriate to wake up to the [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Hot chocolate

By 23 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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This week I was hoping for a cool change so I could get all rugged up and cosy with a few cups of hot chocolate. Alas, the warm weather stuck around for another week and I found myself sipping hot chocolate in 30 degree heat.
RiotACT readers, however, were not at all concerned with the weather [...]

Club generosity helps disadvantaged kids kick goals

By 23 March 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Disadvantaged kids in Canberra’s north will this season have the opportunity to play weekend soccer for free, thanks to a generous offer by Mount Majura Football Club.
The club is the first in Canberra to provide children of families supported by The Smith Family with free registration, boots, socks and shirts for the upcoming Winter soccer season. [...]

Playground review – Conder community wetlands (Conder)

By 22 March 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Situated on a quiet street in one of Canberra’s most southern suburbs, the Conder community wetlands provide a beautiful green space for families to enjoy, including a playground. Kaden (18 months) and I were lucky enough to stumble upon this playground for our afternoon play this week.
The playground is a small, local playground however it [...]

Advice on inground pools in Canberra?

By 21 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We are looking at buying a new inground pool for our home in Canberra and would like to know if there any particular pool builders I should avoid and/or contact for a quote, especially from those who have been through this process over the last few years in Canberra.
Currently looking at Narellan Pools, Country Pools [...]

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: ONA, Fyshwick

By 21 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Since moving into our new apartment, my partner and I have been spending a lot of time in Fyshwick. I don’t know about you, but I just feel like there isn’t a lot of choice when it comes to food out there. We were close to hangry (angry as a result of being hungry) so Mike, my [...]

International building firm invests in Canberra

By 20 March 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Canberra home buyers will have greater choice when it comes to selecting a builder from this weekend, with Japan’s largest homebuilder, Sekisui House, opening its first ACT display home in Wright today.
The display home was officially opened by Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Sekisui House managing director Kazunari Takayanagi.
Minister Barr said he was pleased that [...]

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