I am hunting around for a number of free things to do in Canberra. Not only do the kids want something to do, but I have a number of unemployed or student friends who have no jobs, and consequently little money. I know there are the old stand bys of the national gallery, the botanic [...]
[ 27 February 2013 at 6:10 pm; ] Hi all,
The Hash House Harriers are the biggest running group – and the biggest drinking group – in the world. We are known as “drinkers with a running problem”.
It’s an amazing group, although you don’t need to run (some stay behind to mind the bags) and you don’t need to drink (it seems some [...]
Jasmine Leong would like to invite all of you to come and hoop your hoops in a hoops fashion with her at Warehouse Circus.
Hey, Hoop Lovers! Want to learn some skills and drills while rocking out to cheery tunes?
It doesn’t matter if its been 10 years, or 10 minutes since you last picked up [...]
ABC News has run a story about mental health patients quitting their treatments early because they are being denied a smoke. Starting this year a smoking ban was implemented into Canberra Hospital’s new psychiatric facility, banning patients from smoking outdoors in the facility’s designated smoking areas.
Does anyone else feel that denying people who are obviously [...]
[ 23 February 2013; ] This Saturday Adventure Racing comes to town with the iAdventure Adventure Race down near the Cotter.
Making use of natures obstacles, adventure racing is a little more mentally stimulating than most obstacle events, with team work and navigation forming the founding principles of this style of event, while teams run (or walk), ride and tube around [...]
Joy Burch has made known the Speech Pathology and Physiotherapy Drop-In Clinics have begun:
Minister for Disability, Children and Young People Joy Burch said parents could directly access information and advice from health professionals across Canberra without a referral.
“In 2012 more than 1200 children were seen through Drop-In clinics, with around half of these children being [...]
The Centenary of Canberra folk are making a last call for registrations for the Masters Games over Easter:
An open invitation has been issued to all masters athletes aged 30 and over to register for the landmark Australian Masters Athletics National Track and Field Championships, being held in Canberra over Easter.
The Championships are proudly supported by [...]
This in from the Centenary team:
The Canberra Centenary message is everywhere – even in the bedroom.
The Centenary team was happy to agree to a proposal by Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT to place the Centenary logo on boxes of condoms they will distribute, including on National Condom Day (14 February) in Petrie Plaza. [...]
My previous doctor has unfortunately gone on materity leave and as I have a chronic illness I’m looking for a new doctor.
I was hoping to find someone who is youngish and female as I tend to feel more comfortable with women.
Experience with mental health is desired but not essential.
Mayor Rattenbury is asking for public input on plans for the Tuggeranong Town Park:
“A draft master plan has been developed to guide future management, maintenance and upgrade of the park over the next five to ten years as funding opportunities become available. I encourage people to review the plan and provide comments during the consultation [...]
Joy Burch has announced that the ACT now has a “Swimming Pool and Water Park Based Aquatic Activities policy”.
Ms Burch said the revised policy struck a balance to allow these events to take place in a fun, relaxed environment, while also making sure that all reasonable steps have been taken to ensure student safety.
“The policy [...]
Beautiful weather, last days of the school holidays, decided to take Junior Gasman (aged 9) to the opening weekend of the National Arboretum.
With consideration to health, environment, carbon and fun, we decided to ride our bicycles. From Belconnen to the front gate of the Arboretum, we had bicycle paths and lanes. At the main entrance [...]
A man couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend a birthday.
A cracking game of cricket with the home side getting home and over 640 runs scored.
An afternoon and evening sitting on the grass on the hill with friends and a very great amount of beer.
The lights at Manuka were magnificent.
Sadly the catering was [...]
Jayme Collins has alerted us to his concept page for a floating pool and beach in Lake Burley Griffin at Regatta Point:
Concept for a floating public swimming pool & beach at Regatta Point, Canberra. The pool is connected by a series of large terraces with outdoor seating, bar and live music area. The adjacent [...]
[ 2 February 2013 at 10:00 am; ] Chief Minister Gallagher is letting it be known that there is to be a community festival to open the arboretum:
“The opening of the Arboretum is the realisation of many years of work to transform the site, which emerged from the ashes of the devastating Canberra bushfires, to be transformed into a place of beauty, tranquillity, [...]
I’ve been bragging to relatives for months about how fun it is to ride a bike around Canberra and surrounds, and they’ve decided to visit the ACT and see it for themselves.
My relatives are older adults who probably couldn’t ride more than 30 minutes or so, so I wanted to ask readers of [...]
The facebook invite seemed innocent enough:
Why not ease that Australia day hangover with a float down the beautiful Murrumbidgee river from Tharwa to Point Hut picnic area this Sunday!
This is mainly a flat water trip over a sandy river bed with the odd class one (smallest size) rapid. All you need is an old pair [...]
I’d like to hire a 4wd to drive to certain spots such as Blue Waterholes and across the Brindabellas from Tumut.
I intend to stay on the formed roads and drive very carefully. I know that some car hire companies in some other states will allow their vehicles to be taken on to unsealed [...]
Simon Corbell has announced the launch of the latest “Canberra and Queanbeyan Cycling and Walking Map”:
“Canberrans love to get out and about and enjoy all of the walking and cycling paths our city has to offer and now the latest update to the walking and cycling map will give greater certainty during journey planning and [...]
Normally my morning tea of choice for catching up with friends is at the Hyatt but shock – horror – this is no more! The Hyatt now only offers afternoon tea with 2 sessions (starting at 11am) at a large-ish price……
Problem is I need a 10am start and I would rather not pay $52 per person!
Over the last few weeks I seem to have had more beggars approaching me in Civic wanting money.
Also, there have appeared to be a lot more syringes and empty methadone containers in North Canberra.
Has anyone else noticed more of these adornments to this fine city of late, and can explain why?
With the mercury stuck in the high 30s and new slides at Jamo Peter Gray has sent in what he’s been up to with his new GoPro:
The kids and I visit Canberra’s Big Splash… but it’s mostly me you’ll see as I didn’t want to lose the camera – I lost my sunglasses by being [...]
The kids are keen to climb Black Mountain during this school holiday period.
I wonder if someone can advise on how long it takes to do the walking track from the Botanic Gardens at a gentle pace?
This little gem has gone up on YouTube:
Meet Lisa, Kate & Emma from Canberra – whose dad is hot air balloon pilot!
For more ‘What a Life’ episodes keep watching Disney Channel.
It may be 14 January but the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate have just posted an announcement dated 7 January on the good news they’re stocking Gungahlin Pond with 6,000 baby Murray Cod:
ecreational fishers and the environment will benefit from the release of 6000 Murray cod fingerlings into Gungahlin Pond on 8 January, Environment and [...]
For those seeking to escape the scorching heatwave about to pound down on us by going to the coast, a couple of words of warning:
1. The bluebottles are in biblical proportions if the wind is coming in right. I took the above shot on North Broulee on New Year’s Day.
2. The reason I couldn’t share [...]
Having recently acquired a new puppy, I am in the process of looking for a good quality, reliable vet for all his medical needs.
I have narrowed my search down to the Weston Creek Vet in Warramanga, or The Gables Vet Clinic in Monash.
Has anyone had any experiences with either of these Vets to possibly make my decision [...]
With the Christmas break now over for us un-lucky ones, just wondering who’s back at work this week?
Since Canberra has basically ground to a stand still and the workplace is a little dead (2 people in the office anyone!) just wondering what are some of the best time wasters to make the day go [...]
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services Shane Rattenbury is suggesting the best walking tracks to hit around town if you’re in need of suggestions:
“The Granite Tors walking trail within Namadgi National Park offers a seven kilometre, three hour walk that takes visitors through tall forests to a natural viewing platform created by massive granite boulders [...]
DanW has sent in some pictures of yesterday’s hang gliding over the Lake George escarpment.
there is no word for the elation and awe inspiring display of nature one experiences when one joins three friends rising on the sweet smelling sea breeze to a wispy cloudbase as the sun sets through thick air behind the Brindabellas…
Thanks to Sam for the tip. Marco Bohr’s Visual Culture Blog has turned its global blowtorch to the subject of Canberra’s footpaths.
My new photographic project Right of Way addresses the failures of a modern project and the clash between urbanity and nature. Photographed in Canberra – an early example of a completely planned city [...]
Shane Rattenbury spreading the word on swimming spots around Canberra now the hot weather is hard upon us:
“Renovated in 2010, Casuarina Sands is a great place to relax and have a picnic, with barbecue facilities, shelter, drinking water, picnic tables and toilets. After a swim in the river take a stroll upstream to the historic [...]