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Day trips?

By Kristielee 4 June 2008 66

Hi All,

As the long weekend is coming up I was thinking of getting out of town for the day.

I am lost to decide on where to go.

Does anyone have any recommendations for places within a few hours drive of Canberra that are worth going for a day or two?

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I-filed 9:38 am 09 Jun 08

Speaking of Tidbinbilla – how sad was the loss of Nil Desperandum! That was a solid old pise cottage dating from the mid 1800s you could rent for the weekend from ACT Parks, built by I think the son of an affluent family who was sent to the colonies for misbehaviour. It was very casual – just pay $20 a night and pick up the gate key from a depot in town! It worked like any holiday house- leave some food for the next user, or bring a chair next time, for the one you broke, and leave a note in the visitors book in the kitchen. It still had old metal beds from the early 20th century, an outside toilet, and old lumpy mattresses. Rhubarb and fruit trees still in the garden. It was a paddock and a five-minute walk from the visitors centre …

Bungle 11:25 pm 08 Jun 08

I was thinking of heading out to Tidbinbilla for a ride on the moutain bike this weekend but didn’t quite make it. How are the fire trails out there? Good enough for riding?

Thumper 8:34 pm 08 Jun 08

Sometimes things just all seem right 😉


Kristielee 8:26 pm 08 Jun 08

Hi All!
I thought I would let you guys know what I ended up doing for a day trip as Ant suggested and to thank you all for your suggestions. I decided to just take the day out (due to other arrangements last night and tomorrow morning) and my partner and I got together with a couple of friends and we headed out to see Tidbinbilla. It was such a cold day but we did enjoy the tranquility and peacefulness of the area. We were treated by seeing Emus (one which just strolled across the road right in front of our car!), Kangaroos (a couple also leaping and bounding in front of our car), some Magpie Geese and even a Rock Wallaby. Despite our searching hard for the Koalas and Platypus we werent fortunate enough to see these Aussie animals. Once again thanks for the ideas and I will keep them in mind for any other trips if we find time later in the year.

ant 11:25 pm 06 Jun 08

Yep, the Big ‘Ole and Marble Arch is a nice, full day walk. watch out for the bloody lawyer vine though! it’s got out of control recently. And then back to C.Flat pub to lick wounds, or the Royal in Qbn.

I think this is why the Nerriga pub does so well… it’s where teh main entrance to the good bit of the Budawangs is.

kean van choc 11:15 pm 06 Jun 08

The Big Hole at Duea is indeed very fine, but I’d recommend continuing on with the walk all the way to the Marble Arch – a reasonable, but not that tough, hike. There is a good camp ground at the start of the walk to base yourself. I reckon the best thing about Canberra is all the bush around it – walk your butt for a day in some of the most rugged bush in the world and then kick back afterwards and let some booze sooth your sore muscles. Farkin wicked.

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