How empty will Canberra be?

peterepete 8 December 2010 40

I’ve heard quite a bit lately that Canberrans disappear over Christmas/New Year leaving the place a bit of a ghost town.

Apart from the obvious attraction to burglars – why would anyone want to be here in a couple of weeks time?

Is the migration real or a bit of a myth?


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peterepete peterepete 5:36 pm 09 Dec 10

OK – Sorted. Sounds like I should get a neighbour to keep an eye out for Cap’n RAAF and leave town any direction other than East. Thanks all

gospeedygo gospeedygo 12:46 pm 09 Dec 10

Ahhhh yes Batemans Bay. Queanbeyan by the sea.

Alright I’ll admit, I did actually laugh out loud at that one.

Spoke too soon, the water has come to queanbeyan

jazsam jazsam 9:08 am 09 Dec 10

I love the ACT over Xmas break,no traffic!
All the bad drivers from the ACT end up on the Kings Hwy.

KB1971 KB1971 8:54 am 09 Dec 10

Pommy bastard said :

Ahhhh yes Batemans Bay. Queanbeyan by the sea.

KB1971 said :

Pommy bastard said :

I had the embarrassing experience of taking a bunch of Poms out in Canberra over one new years Eve, never again.

Whinge much?

Didn’t they just; “This is supposed to be a capital city, half the pubs are shut, the clubs are dead and nothing’s happening, you’re mad to live here PB,” all bloody night….

Hahahahaha

Jethro Jethro 9:36 pm 08 Dec 10

Not only is it quiet, lots of places are closed. So don’t plan on doing anything like eating out.

cleo cleo 9:19 pm 08 Dec 10

Ahhhh yes Batemans Bay. Queanbeyan by the sea.

Not this little duck, I will be heading up to Sydney and Newcastle Yay!

spinact spinact 7:24 pm 08 Dec 10

deezagood said :

I actually don’t understand why anybody takes their beach/inter-state/overseas holidays when everyone else does!!!

Poor buggers who are stuck with taking their work holidays during school holidays. A good argument for contraception really

Jclarke Jclarke 7:12 pm 08 Dec 10

Canberrans are planning their invasion to the south coast, as per usual.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 6:48 pm 08 Dec 10

Ahhhh yes Batemans Bay. Queanbeyan by the sea.

KB1971 said :

Pommy bastard said :

I had the embarrassing experience of taking a bunch of Poms out in Canberra over one new years Eve, never again.

Whinge much?

Didn’t they just; “This is supposed to be a capital city, half the pubs are shut, the clubs are dead and nothing’s happening, you’re mad to live here PB,” all bloody night….

terubo terubo 5:48 pm 08 Dec 10

I’ll be looking after 3 neighbours’ houses while they go a-boganning to the Bay. This includes two dogs, three cats, a terrapin, 17 goldfish and a mangy rabbit. Not to mention hacking back their jungles (aka gardens).

Whilst this might seem like unwelcome hard work, it keeps me in free meals and party invites for several months.

And I get to raid all the beer fridges whenever I want.

GottaLoveCanberra GottaLoveCanberra 5:32 pm 08 Dec 10

Ahhhh yes Batemans Bay. Queanbeyan by the sea.

Alright I’ll admit, I did actually laugh out loud at that one.

gospeedygo gospeedygo 4:34 pm 08 Dec 10

Ahhhh yes Batemans Bay. Queanbeyan by the sea.

KB1971 KB1971 4:15 pm 08 Dec 10

Pommy bastard said :

I had the embarrassing experience of taking a bunch of Poms out in Canberra over one new years Eve, never again.

Whinge much?

deezagood deezagood 4:05 pm 08 Dec 10

I love spending Christmas in Canberra, and my family often comes down from Queensland each year to escape the wicked humidity and see some of the attractions in Canberra sans the crowds (the NGA, War Memorial, Questacon etc…). Love water-skiing at Jindabyne, love lazy days with the kids at Big Splash, love the boxing day sales without the throngs of crowds found in Sydney and Melbourne, love watching the kids wake up and open their presents in their own home, love not rushing around like a crazy person packing and travelling on horrendously busy roads, and love going to the beach once everyone else comes back to work. I actually don’t understand why anybody takes their beach/inter-state/overseas holidays when everyone else does!!! For a certain demographic, Canberra rocks at Christmas time!

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 3:39 pm 08 Dec 10

I had the embarrassing experience of taking a bunch of Poms out in Canberra over one new years Eve, never again.

EvanJames EvanJames 3:34 pm 08 Dec 10

It used to be like this. Everyone left around Xmas, and Canberra was deserted with tumbleweeds on Northbourne Ave for pretty well all January, it felt like all summer.
Now though, it is not so pronounced. People do vanish to Batemans Bay and other places for the week or two after Xmas, but if you attend the after-Xmas “sales” (yeah right) there’s plenty of people.

The school holidays effect does mean the rush-hour traffic flows better, however.

NoAddedMSG NoAddedMSG 3:28 pm 08 Dec 10

I like the quietness of it all, you can have the mild thrill of shopping in the Boxing Day sale with all the people who have gone crazed after a day at home with the family, without the crowds being too large. You can spend longer hogging the nice table outside in the shade at cafes before you start getting death stares. The only tiresome bit is finding a table at a nice restaurant on New Years Eve, many seem to shut or offer nasty set menu wotsits.

KB1971 KB1971 2:16 pm 08 Dec 10

Skidbladnir said :

Why go on holiday just to fight crowds?

Yup, thats why February is the best time to go.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 1:49 pm 08 Dec 10

If you’re wondering about the tendency for Batemans Bay (and surrounds) to become amazingly popular, its region of population 15,000 and short-term accomodation capacity for around another 50,000, and yet still hits peiods of “No vacancy” on warm long weekends.
And yet the shopkeepers are always surprised at the rush so fail to deal with it.

Why go on holiday just to fight crowds?

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 12:47 pm 08 Dec 10

Captain RAAF said :

I’ll be home, ever vigilant and ready for the Burglary season.

If you are driving around the burbs and spy an odd sight in the front of a house in (insert suburb name here),the camoflaged face in the window will be mine.

So what sort of camo does one wear to blend in to the domestic environs? You walk around in stone coloured leather overalls and with a lampshade on your head???

But seriously, you raise the important point that those of us not bailing out over the period should keep eyes open in the burbs for dodgy activities. Perhaps not the season for “I wish they’d shut that bloody alarm up!”

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