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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farnarkler farnarkler 7:18 am 06 Jan 09

It was always the idiots who ruined the Food and wine frolic. Yes we used to roll up with an eski full of jim beam and coke but we weren’t into smashing bottles or fighting. A couple of school mates got onto the front page of the CT wearing shirts and hats made from cut up cans of Jim Beam and coke.

I’d like to see a Canberra equivalent of the Doges Ball at the Venice carnival.

Deano Deano 11:48 pm 05 Jan 09

Gungahlin Al said :

Bring back the V8s and this time, put it on in Spring/Summer

+1

But make the course interesting – Down the Drakeford Drive to Johnson Drive, along Johnson Drive to the Monaro Highway, up the Monaro on to Parkes Way, through the Glenlock Interchange onto William Hovell Drive, through to the Barton Highway, along the Barton Highway to Gungahlin Drive, down Gungahlin Drive to the Interchange and onto the Tuggeranong Parkway and onto Drakeford Drive. Repeat for a few laps. Lots of nice fast sections with a few roundabout chicanes thrown in.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 10:10 pm 05 Jan 09

Bring back the V8s and this time, put it on in Spring/Summer

+1

sepi sepi 6:42 pm 05 Jan 09

Canberra used to have the world’s worst mini-golf course at dickson.

But like any land in the inner north bigger than a houseblock, it is now under units.

Pity, since the inner north baby boom means families galore looking for stuff to do.

deye deye 5:33 pm 05 Jan 09

from what I can see driving past the parking is around the futsal field but not on.

astrojax astrojax 3:12 pm 05 Jan 09

i think the futsal suface has been parked for the while, deano.

peterh peterh 3:03 pm 05 Jan 09

ant said :

The frolic needs to be re-visited. With all the wineries here, and beer-er-ies, and amazing food producers and cookers, it’s got real potential.

The old one was great. We’d turn up early with our own food and wine, and the weekend papers, and blankets and chairs, and set up camp in the rhododendrons down from Regatta Point, a short stroll from the main paddocks.

We’d send parties out to forage and reconnoitre, invariably the chocolate frozen thing from the Braidwood restaurant was the stand-out, and we’d just enjoy the wine and pate and stuff we’d brought, and it was bloody civilised. The victorian women’s police marching band was always a hoot, too.

ah, the rhododendrons. I used to end up there, sleeping off a skinful. not with fancy blankets and chairs, most times we would just crash where we were sitting. the frolic provided us with a wide array of booze to sample, never really bothered much about the food…

if they bring it back, now, however, I will be more interested in the food.

Deano Deano 2:59 pm 05 Jan 09

National Futsal Championships. I think we even have a proper futsal field around here somewhere.

ant ant 2:34 pm 05 Jan 09

The frolic needs to be re-visited. With all the wineries here, and beer-er-ies, and amazing food producers and cookers, it’s got real potential.

The old one was great. We’d turn up early with our own food and wine, and the weekend papers, and blankets and chairs, and set up camp in the rhododendrons down from Regatta Point, a short stroll from the main paddocks.

We’d send parties out to forage and reconnoitre, invariably the chocolate frozen thing from the Braidwood restaurant was the stand-out, and we’d just enjoy the wine and pate and stuff we’d brought, and it was bloody civilised. The victorian women’s police marching band was always a hoot, too.

R. Slicker R. Slicker 2:19 pm 05 Jan 09

How about a gay sex festival? Oh, Sydney’s already got that (365 days a year). . .

PM PM 2:05 pm 05 Jan 09

Bicycle pub crawl…?

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 2:05 pm 05 Jan 09

Skidbladnir said :

p1 said :

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

I dunno about this one skid. I worked security at one of the last ones in ’91 (where the Enormous Horns performed) and it was a security nighmare. Idiots attacking police, morons making their pittbulls fight, etc. I threw the first person out of Commonwealth Park for being drunk before 9am. It was Bogan heaven.

That said, if they could find a way to run it as it was in the late 70’s or early 80’s I’d say ‘great idea’ as they were well and truly fun family events. Perhaps if they could seal off Comonwealth Park as they do with Floriade, throw in a bunch of kids rides and have police or security banning eskies it’d work.

Louis Louis 1:51 pm 05 Jan 09

Corinbank music/arts festival.

p1 p1 1:41 pm 05 Jan 09

I vote for H1NGO’s idea. Although I suspect that BDO organisers would just see it as the same market, and hold two in a row in Sydney and save on costs.

H1NG0 H1NG0 1:28 pm 05 Jan 09

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.

deye deye 1:16 pm 05 Jan 09

Actually what I would really love to see is a another airshow in the form of the Victory in the Pacific airshow that was on in 2005. That was brilliant. Doesn’t have to be a yearly thing, a biennial show would work well. If I remember correctly it received quite an audience.

deye deye 1:08 pm 05 Jan 09

Thumper said :

Redbull air races!

Hmm wonder what the wingspan and bridgespan sizes are 😀

peterh peterh 1:06 pm 05 Jan 09

trevar said :

Duke said :

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

Yup, my vote’s for the Powerboats. They should put cardboard cutouts of MPs to be run over. Or just use the real ones…

finally, a use for bob…

trevar trevar 1:01 pm 05 Jan 09

Duke said :

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

Yup, my vote’s for the Powerboats. They should put cardboard cutouts of MPs to be run over. Or just use the real ones…

astrojax astrojax 12:59 pm 05 Jan 09

fifa world cup. that’d bring in a few.

wait, we’re getting this in 2018, or 2022, innit?

what we really need is a world class mini-golf (putt-putt) course and a world championship to kick it off. that’d rock!

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