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Wotif Canberra was better than Darwin?

By Joe Canberran - 14 January 2010 16

Last week a friend of mine who has recently abandoned Canberra to seek career and relationships in the NT sent me a link to a ‘news’ story.

NTNews.com.au has this piece about how “The wotif.com online accommodation website ranked Darwin a lowly 12th on its Top 20 list – down from 8th last year.”

And the Canberra link asks the RiotACT purists?

Well the article, rather than asking why Darwin has slipped in the rankings or what others have done to improve, focuses on Canberra bashing. We aren’t alone, Adelaide and Launceston also cop a bit for having the tenacity to overtake Darwin. And the main point of attack? Well Canberra is grey, rainy and boring. Creative. Not like we haven’t heard that before.

Well Mr NTNews I have news for you.

According to the BOM’s stats for both Canberra and Darwin for 2009:

Canberra had only 125 cloudy days with a total of 443mm of rain falling from our 95 rainy days.
Darwin on the other hand had 133 cloudy days with a total of 1698mm of rain falling from 111 rainy days.

So there! :p

As there are no entries on this weekend’s wotz-on guide as yet as I type this I’ll concede we may be boring.

What’s Your opinion?


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16 Responses to
Wotif Canberra was better than Darwin?
trevar 7:17 am 15 Jan 10

el said :

bd84 said :

If you really want to visit a city where there is nothing to do and has crap weather, visit Brisbane.

You’re kidding, surely? Unless you hate the ‘crap’ all-year-round warm, usually sunny weather and the wealth of both national and international music/sporting/theatre/cultural/entertainment events?

I hate the former, not so the latter: Brisbane is completely uninhabitable for half of the year when it’s just too hot and humid (although I have found Toowoomba is a great place for some relief in the wet season).

Half of these arguments are stupid. Both Brisbane and Darwin are great places to visit, as long as you don’t go in the horrible half of the year. Not sure why people think rain is a bad thing; my family went to Dubbo for Christmas and enjoyed four days swimming in the rain, visiting the zoo in the rain, and just enjoying being wet for a change! When the sun finally came out we went through Wellington Caves because it was too bloody hot outside!

The quality of holiday destinations has less to do with their climates and more to do with what you do when you’re there. At least, it does for positive people. For ignorant nincompoops who do nothing but lie on beaches, it doesn’t really matter. They’ll go and get stuck inside in the rain, probably go to a bloody shopping centre identical to the ones they left behind at home, thinking there’s nothing else to do or that it can’t be done in the rain, and then still come home to Canberra and whine about the weather…

Harvyk hit the nail on the head. Darwin is lagging because it’s less readily accessible, not because there’s anything wrong with the place. But, there are things that people will still want to go to Darwin for at some point, in the same way that we all have this strange desire to visit London despite its awful weather and remoteness, or to visit Tibet despite its weather and remoteness! Darwin may not attract as many, but one of these days I’ll need to visit Kakadu to fulfill one of those inexplicable desires and I’ll probably stop in Darwin while I’m in the vicinity…

el 11:17 pm 14 Jan 10

bd84 said :

If you really want to visit a city where there is nothing to do and has crap weather, visit Brisbane.

You’re kidding, surely? Unless you hate the ‘crap’ all-year-round warm, usually sunny weather and the wealth of both national and international music/sporting/theatre/cultural/entertainment events?

bd84 8:33 pm 14 Jan 10

If you really want to visit a city where there is nothing to do and has crap weather, visit Brisbane.

Eby 8:32 pm 14 Jan 10

GnT said :

Eby said :

While we might not be a particularly exciting tourist destination … Canberra is a work-hub, if not a tourist-hub.

harvyk1 said :

whilst we may not be a tourist hub,

Not a tourist destination? Sorry, I guess you forgot about the National Museum, Questacon, War Memorial, Parliament House, OPH, National Gallery, National Library, Portrait Gallery, etc etc. Plenty of tourists come to Canberra.

Sure. But they don’t come back.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Canberra. But if I were living in Melbourne I wouldn’t be saying ‘On our next holiday, let’s go to Canberra – I’d LOVE to see the National Library!’

GnT 3:39 pm 14 Jan 10

Eby said :

While we might not be a particularly exciting tourist destination … Canberra is a work-hub, if not a tourist-hub.

harvyk1 said :

whilst we may not be a tourist hub,

Not a tourist destination? Sorry, I guess you forgot about the National Museum, Questacon, War Memorial, Parliament House, OPH, National Gallery, National Library, Portrait Gallery, etc etc. Plenty of tourists come to Canberra.

astrojax 2:13 pm 14 Jan 10

caf said :

The NT News is Australia’s least credible newspaper – the only thing that pushes croc or shark attacks off the front page is UFO sightings.

worse than the illawarra mercury?? wow, that takes some beating…
😉

youami 1:22 pm 14 Jan 10

Gotta love the hype around a completly biased and subjective poll prepared by a private company listing the top locations where ‘clients’ have booked through them! What does it prove? So, wot if people book online and they happen to book more for Canberra than Darwin? Obviously Darwinites care, obviously not much to do up there other than to whinge about being a lowly 12th lol. But the point is that the number of bookings do not really reflect a rank of tourist destination as pointed out by Eby, but merely the number of people who needed hotel accommodation, and that is just according to one out of about a dozen sites, not to mention travel agents, and people booking with hotels directly. In any case, Darwin is smaller and have less hotels than Canberra.

spinact 12:53 pm 14 Jan 10

Ha, they should be more worried about Launceston beating them than Canberra. Although I’ll pay the listing of “Look at a map of Tassie” as thing to do in Launceston.

BrianL 12:35 pm 14 Jan 10

Commented on NTnews article with …

THINGS TO DO IN CANBERRA
1. Take a trip to Mt Kosiosco ( it less that 300 kms away from Canberra unlike Kakadu)
2. Visit Molonglo Gorge and have a picnic and a swim
3. Meet a Cheetah at the National Zoo and Aquarium
4. Take in a sunset at Mt Corree
5. Take the ferry on Lake Burley Griffin for a Sunday session

caf 12:28 pm 14 Jan 10

The NT News is Australia’s least credible newspaper – the only thing that pushes croc or shark attacks off the front page is UFO sightings.

toriness 11:30 am 14 Jan 10

canberra grey and rainy?? uninformed much?

i scoff as much as people (usually sydney-ites) who say (amongst other derogatory stereotyped things) how rainy my home city of hobart is. ummmmm check your facts – annual rainfall for sydney is twice that of hobart. the response of the last sydney idiot who i told this who claimed sydney was always sunny and lovely – ‘it must rain when i am asleep then’. yeah, that’s probably it.

H1NG0 11:03 am 14 Jan 10

Wow a comment about a roundabout in Canberra. Refreshing.

harvyk1 10:56 am 14 Jan 10

Darwin is a very nice place, the problem is that it’s a long way from anywhere. With the cost of getting there and staying there comparible to other OS destinations then Darwin became very unattractive. Canberra on the other hand, whilst we may not be a tourist hub, we are easily and cheaply accessible from Melbourne \ Sydney \ Brisbane and Adelaide as a weekend get away.

sloppery 9:49 am 14 Jan 10

You need to get a life.

Eby 9:35 am 14 Jan 10

Very nice point!

Of course it makes sense that Canberra would rank higher than Darwin on wotif. While we might not be a particularly exciting tourist destination, Canberra is the capital, and we have hundreds of pollies and public servants visiting all the time from other cities. Canberra is a work-hub, if not a tourist-hub.

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