Six things not to miss in Canberra

There’s nothing like having a few interstate visitors in town to get you out and about sightseeing in your own backyard. It’s prompted me to put together a little suggested itinerary of some of Canberra’s treasures and things you shouldn’t miss if you’re heading this way. Here’s what we did. National Botanic Gardens Nestled atContinue reading “Six things not to miss in Canberra”

The colours of Canberra’s Multicultural Festival

Now in its 21st year, the Multicultural Festival of Canberra is a celebration of the nation of the worlds, and a feast of culture, costumes, and colour.  A veritable kaleidoscope of colour, including much red. There is lots of dancing to watch with styles from all over the globe some of it quite energetic and stalls, andContinue reading “The colours of Canberra’s Multicultural Festival”

Old Parliament House (MOAD): the house Australia grew up in

There is much to love about Canberra, and even if you’re not a fan of the politicians who frequent and make rules from the nation’s capital, admiration is due to the great parliamentary structures – both old and new – that house them and their support crew. I frequently pop into Old Parliament House, nowContinue reading “Old Parliament House (MOAD): the house Australia grew up in”

Tourist at home: The joy of sometimes staying home

There are a whole lot of people out there on websites and social media spruiking the magic of leaving your 9-5 and taking up permanent life on the road, indefinite travel, a never-ending holiday. Experience the world, find freedom, live the dream, yaddah, yaddah. But I’m not totally convinced. Don’t get me wrong. I loveContinue reading “Tourist at home: The joy of sometimes staying home”

The Sell : the history of Australian advertising in Australia in pics and posters

I’m on a mission to visit as many national institutions in Canberra as I can during the first few weeks of the year, and I’m not even on a school excursion. The Sell: Australian Advertising 1790s to 1990s was the drawcard to the National Library of Australia. The exhibition pulls together the story of advertisingContinue reading “The Sell : the history of Australian advertising in Australia in pics and posters”

One for the birds: Walk-in aviary, Gold Creek

– Do you want to go to the walk-in bird aviary this morning? came the call. Sure, why not? I’d seen some great photos on Instagram recently so I might be able to grab a couple of up-close bird shots, and Munchkin would like to see the pretty birds. And we had a voucher. It’sContinue reading “One for the birds: Walk-in aviary, Gold Creek”

The hills of home: Red Hill, Canberra

Next in the ‘Being a tourist at home’ series I’ve lived in Canberra for over three decades (that’s almost long enough to be considered a native) and most of that time I’ve lived close to Red Hill, one of our wonderful little risings from which to gaze upon this grand, planned city of ours. InContinue reading “The hills of home: Red Hill, Canberra”