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Walking the Centenary Trail in 8 Days: Wright to Tuggeranong

By 21 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Have you ever thought about walking the Centenary Trail? The 145km loop was established in 2013 to celebrate Canberra’s Centenary, and passes over our picturesque mountain scapes, rivers, fields and forests. Not only will you see stunning natural scenery, you’ll also explore many of Canberra’s suburbs and the Parliamentary Triangle, discovering hidden gems and visiting [...]

Top six things to do in Canberra this weekend (8-10 April)

By 7 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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It’s a mixed bag this weekend: join other runners from the Capital region in the 2016 Australian Running Festival; brush up on your Shakespeare at Canberra Theatre Centre with Bell Shakespeare’s interpretation of Romeo and Juliet; and, eat some amazing local street style food at The Forage.
ALL WEEKEND

2016 Australian Running Festival
Where: Event Village is at [...]

Take a hike: Mount Arawang

By 7 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Sometimes I want a lazy weekend. Sometimes the thought of getting in the car then heading off on a long, arduous hike up a faraway mountain is definitely in the too hard basket. It’s only human right? I am sure even Liesel Jones in her prime needed a weekend off. So not being an Olympic [...]

Why we all need to rethink ageing

By 1 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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These days we hear of Canberrans in their 80s and older, who compete in major sports events. And many who are still working into their 70s, 80s and 90s, their occupations varying from shop assistant to running a research centre.
It’s almost as if they think they might live forever!
And why not! Laugh if you will, [...]

Canberra is flourishing with free fitness activities

By 28 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Exercise is vital for people of all ages, but particularly as we get older. Studies show that people who are lifelong exercisers remain independent longer, are less depressed, and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and injuries from falls.
We are lucky to have a wide range of sporting options available in [...]

Take a Hike – with your furry friends!

By 24 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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A large percentage of the wonderful walks in and around Canberra are located in National Parks therefore are not dog-friendly. Fortunately there other options, you just need to look a little closer to find the great number of spots that do allow you to bring your furry friends along. Today I am going to share one [...]

Take a hike – for the CBR100 Challenge!

By 17 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A couple of weekends ago, I had the wonderful experience of competing in the CBR100 Challenge. In its second year, the race follows the beautiful Centenary Trail around Canberra giving you the option of taking the 25km, 50km or 100km route. Without really knowing what I was getting myself in for I signed myself (and a [...]

Take a hike: Yerrabi Track

By 10 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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There are many beautiful and rewarding hikes to enjoy in Namadgi National Park, it’s one of my favourite places to explore. My most recent adventure took me once again into the heart of Namadgi, this time along the Yerrabi Track.

Heading out from Canberra’s south along Tharwa Road has become familiar territory for me however it never ceases to amaze [...]

Take a hike: to the National Arboretum!

By 3 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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As I’ve recently moved to the lovely Molonglo Valley I thought I’d profile a local walk this week. With so much development already completed and much more planned for Denman Prospect and beyond, Molonglo Valley is fast becoming one of the most sought-after locations in Canberra. I hope readers will find this walk just as [...]

Take a Hike: Mt Painter

By 25 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Ever since I started exploring Canberra and her surrounds, on multiple occasions I have been absolutely blown away by the sheer beauty that is in our backyard. The adventure I am sharing with you today takes that discovery quite literally.
I am willing to bet that each Canberran, new and old, has driven past this hidden gem [...]

CANBERRA TAKING ON THE COLOR RUN

By 25 February 2016

[ 28 February 2016; ] Thousands of people are in for a shimmery surprise when the Happiest 5k on the Planet, The Color Run brings its unforgettable colour drenched fun to Canberra on Sunday, 28 February on the last stop of its Shine World Tour.

With a festival atmosphere like no other, The Color Run is now the biggest running series [...]

Take a Hike: London Bridge Arch

By 18 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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As this is my first post for the RiotACT I thought I’d start with a little introduction. First things first: Hello! My name is Fiona and I am a proud Canberran. I’ve recently joined the RiotACT team and will be bringing you weekly columns on outdoor life in the Capital and surrounds.

I was born and [...]

Best of Canberra – Bootcamps

By 8 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I’m happy to say that I can raise my arms well enough to be able to punch out this article. My arms, core and legs have certainly let me know they are sore after my efforts this week but in a good way.
The call out for the best bootcamp in Canberra brought in quite [...]

Ask RiotACT: Orthodontist and Jaw Surgery Recommendation?

By 22 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I have a terrible experience with my previous orthodontist ten years ago.
Finally, courage comes to me and I am ready for treatments of my jaw misalignment again. Can anyone share your experience or recommend a orthodontist + jaw surgeon to me? Also, which private health insurer would you recommend for such treatment?
Many thanks and nice day!

Our first look – Youfoodz Canberra

By 21 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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For those who don’t have the time or patience to prepare fresh meals every day, and those who prefer to avoid frozen meals, Youfoodz may be just what you need. Youfoodz chefs prepare healthy, fresh, convenient meals cooked in Queensland and delivered to Canberra every week. Whilst this seems like a long way for fresh [...]

The fascination of the Capital Region Farmers Market

By 9 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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It has now become a habit for thousands of Canberrans to jump into their cars on Saturday morning and to drive to North Canberra and to make their way to a very special local retail event. According to those who run this market, the Rotary Club of Hall, about 6,000 people show up each [...]

Blissful organic massage lives up to promise

By 1 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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When a friend described her massage with Deanne Kalda of maa organics as ‘a bit special’, I thought she was exaggerating. Only, she’s not prone to doing so. I thought it would be a good idea to try out this special massage for myself, followed by a 30 minute facial for extra indulgence.
I turned up [...]

New trails open at the National Arboretum

By 12 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The National Arboretum has a new attraction for visitors with a series of recreational trails opening earlier this month.
The new trails extend throughout the arboretum grounds spanning out from the Village Centre and are perfect for a weekend or after work walk.

The arboretum features more than 44,000 trees from across Australia and the world, with some of [...]

Ask RiotACT: Another gym question

By 4 November 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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After 12 months of crossfit, which I loved, it is time to try something a bit cheaper.  I am after a gym at which I can see a trainer maybe once a fortnight (once I get in to the swing of the gym) but who will give me a program to use in between times.  I [...]

Best of Canberra yoga-off: Yoga Classes

By 27 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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When the call went out last week for the best yoga classes, some readers suggested the best way to do yoga was self-practice. I can appreciate that yoga classes are expensive and it’s not always easy to attend classes at the time they are scheduled, but unfortunately I don’t have the discipline to be at [...]

Best of Canberra – Yoga classes

By 21 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I like to keep active and busy. The idea of having to sit still and calmly for a yoga class and doing stretches that I had limited flexibility for, was torture to me not long ago. Funnily enough, doing yoga has taught me to be more patient and I have really come to really enjoy [...]

Best of Canberra swing-off: Golf driving ranges

By 20 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The thought of a having to play a whole game of golf is absolute agony to me. Attending a driving range is much more appealing.
When the call went out last week, a few suggestions came through to simply visit the local oval and have a hit. However, not having my own clubs nor the desire [...]

Best of Canberra: Golf driving ranges

By 14 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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We know all there is to know about golf. We have watched Happy Gilmore. Just tap it in right? Just taaaaaaap it in. Oh, and there was that work Christmas party at a driving range one time – that was fun.
Turns out, it is time to get a bit more into it. Or for those [...]

Best of Canberra ­­– river and lake swims

By 6 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Until now, the RiotACT’s Best of Canberra has been limited to food-related experiences, but with a new editorial team on deck, we thought it was time to give the series a bit of a shake up. There is more to life than food, after all.
First up, then, to coincide with this balmy weather and today’s [...]

Take a hike: Nil Desperandum Homestead

By 5 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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In an attempt to get through most of the hikes within the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, I recently set out to do the Nil Desperandum hike with my friend Jarryd.
I started the hike from the Dalsetta carpark, which is located on the right not far inside the national park.
From the carpark, it’s a five kilometre track [...]

ACT Education failing autistic students

By 27 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Commonwealth Government has just released its final report on Evaluation of the More Support for Students with Disabilities Initiative 2012-2014. Sadly, the report shows that compared to most other states and territories, the ACT did very little to improve education outcomes for autistic students.
The number of Australian children formally diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder [...]

Mind Body Business: Innovation and Wellness Night

By 10 September 2015
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[ 16 September 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]

Struggling to get the most out of your business? Want to activate your inner potential but feel stressed and overwhelmed?

What if you could learn simple techniques that could immediately help transform your work life and help you achieve greater balance and health?

Introducing Canberra’s first ‘Innovation and Wellness’ night! This event aims to provide business professionals [...]

Junk food vending machines in Canberra hospitals – why?

By 8 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Vending machines are everywhere these days. Most often, they sell soft drink and a couple of bottled water options. Otherwise, they’re filled with high fat, high sugar snacks (though I’ve seen thong vending machines around the place too).
Last year the ACT Government moved to ban vending machines in ACT public schools as part of its crackdown on [...]

The skinny on fat – we’re the biggest losers

By 17 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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In Canberra, just over 50 per cent of us are overweight and 20 per cent of us are obese. The prevalence of obesity is now so high that the ACT Government has set up an obesity management service for very obese people.
We all know the potential consequences of being obese, including diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, and heart [...]

Having a baby in Canberra – is private really better?

By 15 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m pregnant and would appreciate advice on whether to go private or public for antenatal care and delivery in Canberra.
I have an existing medical condition so I would definitely request a caesarean. Would this be guaranteed in a public hospital? Could I choose this from the first trimester and would an obstetrician be available on [...]

Food forests, olive oil and ginger beer workshops this August

By 31 July 2015
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The Canberra Environment Centre has launched a new set of workshops as part of the Sustainability Workshop Series.
Workshops are refreshingly relevant to the evolving Canberra ‘scene’; markets, fresh food and a good drop.
Topics include growing a food forest (4th August), making olive oil (a talk, 18 August), and making ginger beer with Garry Sully from [...]

Best place for massage/acupuncture in Canberra?

By 10 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I’m rather new to Canberra and have a chronic condition that requires massage and acupuncture when it flares up.
I’ve been looking for someone who does both, but there seem to be a lot of options.  I’d like something central to the city if possible, but I could always bus to a great place if it’s [...]

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