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New tourist attractions for Canberra and environs?

By farnarkler 5 January 2009 58

Ok we have Summernats, Floriade and the Food and Wine Frolic but we’ve lost the V8s and the birdman rally.

Lets have some ideas for new and exciting festivals that Canberra could host to bring in the tourists.

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farnarkler 12:24 pm 09 Mar 09

We had the birdman rally years ago but it was stopped. Something to do with public liability insurance I believe.

Dacquiri 12:18 pm 09 Mar 09

WIN news just had a big feature story on the Birdman Rally — which is now apparently part of the Moomba festival. So while there were insurmountable obstacles for Canberra continuing to host this event, there are obviously no such problems for Melbourne. Looked like a fabulous time was had by all, from the look of things…Another case of the ACT not being able to get its act together?

peterh 12:57 pm 06 Jan 09

AngryHenry said :

Granny said :

I think ‘spout rides’ on the Captain Cook fountain could be fun.

Yeah, ride Canberra’s latest attraction, ‘Cook’s Hyper-Colonic’, and feel less full of sh*t than when you arrived.

with lake water??

that would be more, wouldn’t it?

H1NG0 12:44 pm 06 Jan 09

AngryHenry said :

Top idea! Especially for those in regional areas. Last year when the Soundwave Festival was travelling from Sydney to Melbourne they held two nights of shows, the first was the more pop/punk and the second was the more metal/hardcore. I went to the latter and it was awesome, a massive turnout with heaps of interstaters due to the international acts on the bill.

Cool. I never knew this. Are they doing it again? I would give my left nut to see Alice in Chains perform here in Canberra.

AngryHenry 12:31 pm 06 Jan 09

Granny said :

I think ‘spout rides’ on the Captain Cook fountain could be fun.

Yeah, ride Canberra’s latest attraction, ‘Cook’s Hyper-Colonic’, and feel less full of sh*t than when you arrived.

AngryHenry 12:29 pm 06 Jan 09

H1NG0 said :

Another idea is to encourage the Big Day Out organisers to hold a leg of its festival in Canberra. The Sydney Big Day Out sells out in minutes and I’m sure everyone who missed out on tickets could handle the 3 hour drive to EPIC as a second choice.

Top idea! Especially for those in regional areas. Last year when the Soundwave Festival was travelling from Sydney to Melbourne they held two nights of shows, the first was the more pop/punk and the second was the more metal/hardcore. I went to the latter and it was awesome, a massive turnout with heaps of interstaters due to the international acts on the bill.

Given that these are smaller scale festivals than the BDO though I think it’s perfectly valid to bring them here as a whole, put them on at EPIC which is the perfect venue. Seems that Canberra only now gets the more poppy stuff at Trackside and Foreshore but it would be cool to have a festival like Soundwave or the BDO come here with a bit more variety. The best thing about going to a festival is it pulls you out of your niche and exposes you to new sounds and genres. Giving some spots on the bill to some of the local bands also breathes a bit of new life and healthy competition back into the scene too.

Put it in the middle of a V8 race with a Birdman Rally as the finale and we have ourselves an event my friends.

peterh 12:13 pm 06 Jan 09

p1 said :

or fix up booroomba rocks road?

The road is fine. If I can get my communist motorcycle up it with a load of climbing gear, any other vehicle should be fine…

been resurfaced, has it?

the 89 magna had a bit of trouble last time.

p1 11:50 am 06 Jan 09

or fix up booroomba rocks road?

The road is fine. If I can get my communist motorcycle up it with a load of climbing gear, any other vehicle should be fine…

Granny 11:43 am 06 Jan 09

I think ‘spout rides’ on the Captain Cook fountain could be fun.

peterh 11:29 am 06 Jan 09

Granny said :

Let alone the dropbears!

back when i was a YMCA leader, we used to leap out of trees onto other leaders from the US exchange program. They were certain that it was a drop bear.

OT, why not get the Corin forest site revamped, and have more of an amusement park type offering? or fix up booroomba rocks road? the rocks are great to explore, but the road is pretty ordinary…

Granny 11:23 am 06 Jan 09

Let alone the dropbears!

peterh 11:16 am 06 Jan 09

Thumper said :

Moose hunting in the Brindys.

thumper, there is already some large animals in the brindys. doubt the moose would survive for long against some of the big pigs up there…

Granny 11:14 am 06 Jan 09

In fact, the annual Gungahlin Bettong Festival does have a definite je ne sais quoi!

Ooh ooh …

Gungahlin’s Big Bunyip would be the perfect panacea for the ailing tourist industry!!

Granny 11:10 am 06 Jan 09

Bettong spotting in Forde.

Thumper 11:07 am 06 Jan 09

Moose hunting in the Brindys.

H1NG0 11:06 am 06 Jan 09

The problem is there are too many greenie dicks and too many hurdles. For every good idea, there is someone with an argument about how it is bad for the environment. I’m pretty sure this was one of the argumetns against the V8’s.

tylersmayhem 11:03 am 06 Jan 09

Hang on…I’ve got it – can’t believe anyone else has thought of it yet…

We need more family fun days out to blow up buildings. The last one was such a great idea from the outset, and such a success (well the building WAS destroyed).

tylersmayhem 11:01 am 06 Jan 09

Canberra is such the headquarters for the f**king fun police man. Anything fun or worthwhile gets canned from here.

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