2022 was a breath of fresh air for Canberrans, tired of the lockdowns and uncertainty that 2021 delivered.
Instead of being stuck inside, we were out and about exploring our own backyard and beyond, and making our mark in a myriad of ways.
Here’s a look back at the ACT region’s unique lifestyle in 2022.
If you see Bus 974 on the roads around Canberra, chances are, Stephen Casey is at the wheel.
‘Gwendoline’ will be among 35 of the old orange and blue ACTION buses to retire at the end of this year when a wave of leased low-emission Scanias arrive. But while the Renault PR100.2 (badged Mack) buses are still here, this bus driver of five years will continue to go out of his way to drive them.
The list of unexpected things in Canberra’s waterways grows. Freshwater jellyfish in Australia were largely unheard of until thousands suddenly showed up in Lake Burley Griffin in the 1960s. Marine biologist Dr Eldon Ball explains how they all got here, and – more importantly – whether they sting.
Gregory Andrews has just finished painting a $135 cardboard coffin in his garage. He says funerals don’t have to be complicated and expensive. Here’s why.
It has always been high on the list of terrifying Australian fauna. For starters, it’s a black worm with thick bristly hairs – a glance is enough to make the skin crawl. Then there is the name: Spitfire.
It turns out the scary spitfires also love rain, which is why you may have noticed more around Canberra than usual this year.
Rachel Kirby has taken up the knitting needles in her spare moments for about 10 years now, but her latest creation is out of this world.
The PhD student at the Australian National University (ANU) has weaved together two of her passions – knitting and space – to create a solar-system jumper. And now it seems everyone wants one.
Few things in life are more irritating than an incessantly barking dog.
But a dog barking in the early hours of the morning when you’re just trying to squeeze in those last few hours of sleep before facing the day makes a terrible situation even worse – as Tuggeranong residents Sara and Tony* know only too well.
A friend’s coming to Canberra, so where are you taking them? We asked and here’s what you told us – and let us know what we missed!
Brad Wills has to have one of the best jobs in the world.
Where else would you see a seal chomping down on his lunch of a rather large, eight-armed octopus, the seal seemingly unaware of the tour boat and snapping phones a metre or so away, capturing every bite.
That’s exactly what Brad, owner/skipper of Cat Balou Cruises, based at Eden in Southern NSW, did – along with his boatload of tourists and locals last weekend.
They are to Canberra what the red telephone box is to London and the yellow taxi to New York. They’ve been turned into all manner of knick-knacks including coffee mugs, 3D-printed plastic models, Christmas decorations, earrings, socks, pot plant holders and cardboard art shops.
It’s the concrete bus shelter, and nearly 500 were dotted around the suburbs between 1975 and 1995, from Acton to Yarralumla and almost every Canberran has waited in one – or sought shelter from the weather in one – at one time or another.
“I have never heard an audience so quiet, even before you got into the very sort of personal details of the story.”
That’s how judge David Walliams described the tear-jerking performance by 28-year-old Canberra magician Michael Webb on Channel Seven’s Australia’s Got Talent.
White-tail spiders are out in greater numbers this year after the wet weather, but experts say their dangerous reputation is worse than their bite.
It seems many of us have stories about white-tail bites – of excruciating pain, skin wounds, even loss of limbs.
But spider experts say there’s no evidence of confirmed white tail bites causing injuries anything close to that.
Have you walked along City Walk in the Canberra CBD, just up from the carousel, and noticed a sculpture of a group of seven bronze dogs in three groups, looking a tad thin and wearing bandages?
Created by artist, lecturer and former park ranger Dr Amanda Stuart, the dogs in bush pack (nil tenure) appear menacing as they race towards the children on the carousel.
So what is the back story of the artwork? Why do the dogs look thin and elongated, and why are they wearing bandages?
It’s not a bird, or a plane – it’s Canberra’s hand-made MKII Colonial Viper.
Four years in, and Baz Am is finally close to finishing a life-size replica of the MKII Colonial Viper spaceship from science-fiction series Battlestar Galactica in his Canberra shed.
Rumours have long abounded of secret tunnels and caves beneath Canberra. The truth is they do exist, but they’re not always very big or accessible. Historian and environmental scientist Mark Butz explains.