Wellbeing (551 Stories)

Best 30 min Bike Ride in the ACT?

By 29 January 2013

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 [...]

From Tharwa to Point Hut Crossing on a rubber raft. A cautionary tale

By 28 January 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 [...]

Hire a 4wd for use on unsealed roads in the ACT

By 28 January 2013

Hi all,
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 [...]

The new walking and cycling map released

By 23 January 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 [...]

Suggestions for somwhere to have a morning tea?

By 22 January 2013

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!
Any [...]

Civic: more beggars and junkies than usual?

By 22 January 2013

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?

A GoPro goes to Big Splash

By 17 January 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 [...]

Walk up Black Mountain?

By 16 January 2013

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?

Canberra RAAF Balloonist featured on the Disney Channel

By 15 January 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

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.

Murray cod going into Gungahlin Pond

By 14 January 2013

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 [...]

Coastal hazards

By 4 January 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 [...]

Which Vet Clinic to Visit with new Puppy….

By 4 January 2013

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 [...]

Back at work this week? How to waste time in the office?

By 3 January 2013

Hi All,
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 [...]

Mayor Rattenbury presents his top five walking trails around Canberra!

By 3 January 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 [...]

Slipping the surly bonds of earth. Images of Canberra

By 21 December 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

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…
Got [...]

Marco Bohr on the limits of planning in Canberra

By 20 December 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 [...]

The Top Six Swimming spots in Canberra as approved by Mayor Rattenbury

By 20 December 2012

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 [...]

Blue Christmas?

By 17 December 2012

[ 23 December 2012 at 3:00 pm; ] Blue Christmas service: a reflective service acknowledging feelings of grief, pain and loneliness that Christmas sometimes brings.

At Holy Covenant Anglican Church, 89 Dexter Street, Cook, Sunday 23 December, 3 pm.    

Suitcase rummage at New Acton

By 12 December 2012

[ 16 December 2012 at 12:30 pm; ]

Get your tight jeans and thick rimmed glasses out; the New Acton Suitcase Rummage is back!

This in from New Acton:

Suitcase Rummage started in Brisbane with a couple of people wanting people without pretension and markets without a mardi gras of racks and banners. Coupled with NewActon, they’re encouraging Canberrans to fill some suitcases with [...]

Contending cowardice on swimming at schools

By 11 December 2012

The ABC is having a go at the various arms of ACT Education which have been, through competing arse-coverings, bringing an end to swimming at schools:
The ACT Government is reviewing a controversial safety policy that has led some schools to cancel swimming carnivals.
Under the policy, students are not allowed to take part in school [...]

2012 Canberra Santa Pub Crawl?

By 8 December 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Has anyone heard whether this year’s pub crawl is going ahead?
Regardless of what happens, I think I’ll keep up the tradition and show up this Friday at PJ’s in my Santa outfit anyway.
[Photo from 2009 Santa Pub Crawl]

Corinbank 2012 Take 2. A review

By 3 December 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

I love Corinbank.
I love going to Corinbank, I love coming back from Corinbank, and I love being up there at Corinbank.
If you’ve been living under a rock and have no idea what I’m talking about it’s a music and arts festival held in the mountains outside Canberra. They have a website.
There is art, and there’s [...]

The Cotter Campground re-opened

By 30 November 2012

Mayor Rattenbury has announced the Cotter Reserve is opening again for camping on 1 December.
“Canberrans have been travelling to the Cotter Reserve since 1908. It is Canberra’s original recreation area and remains a popular destination for picnickers, families and tourists,” Mr Rattenbury said.
“The Cotter Campground, which is situated at the junction of the Cotter and [...]

You know you’re Canberran when…

By 30 November 2012

36%RH feels humid.

Recommendations – personal trainer for postural issues in Canberra?

By 27 November 2012

My question for you fine people is: Can anyone recommend a good personal trainer who deals with issues caused by incorrect posture? Someone who works in the inner north or inner south/Woden would be ideal.
As a bit of background: I’ve had persistent neck/upper back pain for many years and have done the rounds of osteos, [...]

Improving Canberra’s woeful workplace safety record

By 26 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Simon Corbell has announced the release of the Briggs report into workplace safety in the ACT construction industry.
“The Government commits to providing a detailed response to each recommendation of the inquiry by the end of February 2013. In the interim, I can announce today that the Government will immediately take action on the report’s findings [...]

Young Cherry Festival!

By 26 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 30 November 2012 to 2 December 2012. ]

For those not of a Corinbank bent we have word of the National Cherry Festival at Young this weekend:

The town of Young in NSW will this weekend host the 2012 National Cherry Festival. For three days, 30 November – 2 December, the 63rd National Cherry Festival will offer a highly colourful program of [...]

BUMPER BOATS COMING TO CITY WALK! For Christmas Carnival in the City.

By 26 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 10 December 2012 to 21 December 2012. ]

Canberra CBD are letting the world know about the extravaganza of summer fun they’re bringing to City Walk for their Christmas Carnival In The City:

Civic Square, City Walk and Garema Place will be transformed into an adventure playground as Canberra CBD Limited brings Christmas cheer to the City.

Bungee trampolines, camel rides, bumper boats and rock [...]

Don’t blame Maccas for your fat kid

By 22 November 2012

The ANU has the bad news for parents that physical activity has more to do with childhood obesity than what they eat.
So blaming junk food advertising isn’t going to cut it.
Lead researcher Professor Richard Telford from the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment and the Clinical Trials Unit at The Canberra Hospital said the [...]

Dog Groomer Canberra Inner-South?

By 21 November 2012

Can anyone recommend a good and friendly/dog loving groomer in Canberra’s inner south? Mobile is preferable but not necessary.  The main thing is that the groomer likes dogs and treats them well.  My pooch is a cavoodle.

Is magpie swooping season over for another year?

By 20 November 2012

Is it safe for me to get back on the bike?
Specifically in the Inner South.

Stockyard Spur walking trail returns

By 16 November 2012

Territory and Municipal Services want you to know they’ve finished works on the Stockyard Spur walking trail:
“The Stockyard Spur Walking trail offers bushwalkers two walks. The first two kilometre section is on a formalised trail that traverses highland forests which presents several natural viewing platform overlooking the Corin reservoir, while the second section, designed for [...]

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