New tourist attractions for Canberra and environs?

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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mad_kiwi mad_kiwi 12:39 pm 05 Jan 09

move the rugby 7s from Adelaide to Canberra, in wellington it goes off. Why it is in Adelaide I have no idea.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 12:33 pm 05 Jan 09

p1 said :

Canberra would be great for the Redbull Air Race, but it is a bit of a small city, so I unfortunately can’t see it happening.

There isn’t even a large town in Monument Valley, but they still got the air race.
And there’s already an Australian leg to it, which Perth isn’t about to give up easily.

But bring back the food and wine frolic, put it in Commonwealth Park.

huwr huwr 12:26 pm 05 Jan 09

Food Festival.

peterh peterh 12:06 pm 05 Jan 09

p1 said :

Canberra would be great for the Redbull Air Race, but it is a bit of a small city, so I unfortunately can’t see it happening.

I do think that there must be room on one of Canberra’s lakes for some motor boats, at least a couple of times a year.

A friend of mine the other day mentioned that when Lake Tugg was built, there was a plan to put in a wave generating machine and a beach. Can anyone confirm or deny this? I am off to google for it now….

doubt it. why would you put a wave machine on lake tuggeranong? just drive to the coast.

p1 p1 11:58 am 05 Jan 09

Canberra would be great for the Redbull Air Race, but it is a bit of a small city, so I unfortunately can’t see it happening. I do think that there must be room on one of Canberra’s lakes for some motor boats, at least a couple of times a year.

A friend of mine the other day mentioned that when Lake Tugg was built, there was a plan to put in a wave generating machine and a beach. Can anyone confirm or deny this? I am off to google for it now….

Duke Duke 11:58 am 05 Jan 09

As is evidenced by the Summernats event, any kind of show involving the internal combustion engine will undoubtably result in protest and hysteria from the vocal minority.

The Red Bull air show (love it!) will be too noisy for the dullards enjoying a peaceful picnic and the studious types over at the National Library. It could also upset pelicans.

And low-flying planes belting around at 300+KPH over a packed foreshore has the potential for disaster – anybody recall a hospital implosion a few years back?

But apart from those obstacles I think it’s a wonderful idea, Thumper.

peterh peterh 11:50 am 05 Jan 09

H1NG0 said :

Red Bull Air Race would be a huge drawcard. Great idea. Would be nice to see them over the lake, plus the airport is convenient for them.

considering there aren’t many planes there?

H1NG0 H1NG0 11:43 am 05 Jan 09

Red Bull Air Race would be a huge drawcard. Great idea. Would be nice to see them over the lake, plus the airport is convenient for them.

sepi sepi 11:07 am 05 Jan 09

The Alcoholic Frolic was great, but it did get a bit out of control in the last few years.

I think we should make more use of the lake. A daytime outdoor event like the birdman rally would be great.

Maybe incorporating kids sport in some way – kids decorated dragon boat races or something.
I’m thinking ‘family’ oriented, rather than bogans and beer.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 10:55 am 05 Jan 09

Tourism is the first thing to be affected when your working families can’t afford the lifesyle anymore. Afterall, how can you afford to take the kids on a week of holidays when you can’t make the mortgage repayments?

We shouldn’t be saying “Tourism needs more cash spent on it to survive because the economic climate is drying”, we ought be working out how to either more efficiently use what we have, or go with things more able to survive the New Economy.

But the Birdman Rally was never really a tourist attractor, mostly an excuse for locals to make a show of themselves in front of a (local) crowd and jump in a lake.
Same for the Food & Wine Frolic, it was mostly locals in attendance and some interstate stalls.

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 10:53 am 05 Jan 09

Thumper said :

Redbull air races!

OH YES! Top thinking Thumper!!!

Let’s lobby the ACT Gov’t to try and get this at least once. I’m thinking the Centenary year might be a good opportunity!

Thumper Thumper 10:48 am 05 Jan 09

Redbull air races!

Duke Duke 10:47 am 05 Jan 09

Powerboat racing on the lake! One weekend a month they should allow motor boats on the lake for waterskiing, recreation etc.

Deano Deano 10:35 am 05 Jan 09

As the Summernats has just discovered, and our other tourism based operators are about to, tourism is the first industry to suffer in a downturn and tends to crash rather than just decline.

In any case, why should we prostitute ourselves for other people to come here, have a good time and then piss off again.

peterh peterh 10:11 am 05 Jan 09

H1NG0 said :

Bring back the V8’s and this time, put it on in Spring/Summer…oh and ditch Summernats.

you have my vote…

H1NG0 H1NG0 9:49 am 05 Jan 09

Bring back the V8’s and this time, put it on in Spring/Summer…oh and ditch Summernats.

peterh peterh 9:49 am 05 Jan 09

ant said :

I’d love to see the Birdman Rally get kup again. Taht was brilliant. There’s the balloon shindig, too. Is the Food and Wine Frolic still going? We used to love that but I thought it’d been canned?

There used to be some important road bike race here, Commonwealth Bank something or other. And there seems to be increasing mountain bike events, there’s that 24 hours of hell or whatever it is.

is the alcoholic frolic still on? maybe they should get it to coincide with the nats. at least we would get more revenue from the bogans.

ant ant 9:30 am 05 Jan 09

I’d love to see the Birdman Rally get kup again. Taht was brilliant. There’s the balloon shindig, too. Is the Food and Wine Frolic still going? We used to love that but I thought it’d been canned?

There used to be some important road bike race here, Commonwealth Bank something or other. And there seems to be increasing mountain bike events, there’s that 24 hours of hell or whatever it is.

peterh peterh 9:16 am 05 Jan 09

what about a v8 birdman rally? you know it makes sense…

farnarkler farnarkler 9:02 am 05 Jan 09

I would like to see the national cross country macrame championships held in the national capital.

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