Canberra and the national capital’s chill thrill

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Canberra is almost famous for its winter chill factor. However, don’t let that stop you from checking out some of the best sights near the Australian capital this winter. The cold weather means two things. Not only do you get to rug up and get cosy by a fireplace or at indoor venues, but it also means you escape the tourist crowds that come with summer holidays. Hire a car from Canberra Airport and drive to some of these top places and things to do. Australian War Memorial The most touching attraction in Canberra is undoubtedly the Australian War Memorial, which is dedicated to the lives lost serving Australia in war. Walk through the memorial and you’ll notice the names of every Australian who died in war since 1885 inscribed in bronze. It’s free to enter this site and learn about Australia’s armed conflicts and the stories of war heroes. Exhibits are constantly changing, so there’s always something new to…

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5 ways to discover our capital

By Australia / Canberra /

Visit Canberra and discover the amazing treasures in and around Australia’s capital city. Here are five of the best places to visit during your stay in Canberra. Gibraltar Falls At the edge of Gibraltar Creek Pine Forest is the secluded and beautiful Gibraltar Falls. They’re located about 45 minutes south west of Canberra, and these gorgeous falls are definitely worth the drive. They have a 50m drop, creating the perfect backdrop for a swim after a short walk from the car park. Canberra Reptile Zoo Australia’s biggest and deadliest reptiles are all found at the Canberra Reptile Zoo. Come face to face with colourful snakes and pythons, and you’ll see that some are indeed quite friendly. It’s also an educational experience, with a walk through the ‘Reptiles in Space and Time’ exhibition portraying fossils and the evolution of reptiles. Rock climbing and abseiling the Snowy Mountains If you’re feeling like a day out in the mountains, then rock climbing and abseiling around…

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5 great things to do while driving around Canberra

By Australia / Australian Capital Territory / Canberra / New South Wales /

People sometimes perceive Canberra as a city with little to do for those who aren’t interested in politics, but reputations can be deceiving. There are plenty of exciting things to do and see in and just outside of Canberra. Here are five recommendations from The Poacher’s Way… Robyn Rowe Chocolates In the small village of Murrumbateman, only half an hour from Canberra, is Robyn Rowe Chocolates. These award winning chocolates are loved for their smooth, creamy and glossy taste. Chocolates are made on site using traditional European methods. The Canberra region’s fresh produce influences the flavours used in the chocolates, including walnuts, honey and locally-grown Clonakilla muscat. Old St Lukes Studio This gallery is located in the historic village of Gundaroo, only a 25-minute drive from Canberra. The historic stone building was constructed in 1848 and it’s now the home for artists Ian Jones and Moraig McKenna to display their wood-fired ceramic masterpieces. The gallery’s nine-metre kiln fires up three times a year, followed by a garden…

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Top 7 things to do in Canberra

By Australia / Australian Capital Territory / Canberra /

WHAT to do in Canberra? It’s a question visitors ask regularly. Australia’s capital city has several exciting things to do and landmarks to see. Many attractions in Canberra that will undoubtedly blow you away. Here’s seven things to do in Canberra. 1. Visit Parliament House When you’re visiting the nation’s capital city, visiting Parliament House is a must. Explore the public galleries and watch politicians debate at question time. If you’re there at the right time, you might even see the House of Representatives or the Senate pass an historic law! 2. Take a tour of the Royal Australian Mint Since opening in 1965, the Royal Australian Mint has produced over 15 billion circulating coins. Find out more fun facts with a tour of the Mint, where you’ll observe coins being produced, learn about historically significant coins and marvel at the National Coin Collection.  3. Discover history at the Australian War Memorial The Australian War Memorial is the leading archive and centre for research into…

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7 things to do in Canberra and why there’s much more to it than just pollies and roundabouts

By Australia / Canberra / New South Wales / Sydney /

CANBERRA – it’s Australia’s capital. Many will tell you it’s best to steer clear of it if you’re zooming around on an Aussie road trip in your Sydney car rental and avoid the home of politicians and roundabouts. But they’re wrong, and I’ll give you seven good reasons why there are plenty of good attractions in Canberra. 1. The Australian War Memorial BEAUTIFUL and monumental in its bush setting, the AWM transports us back in history – and the present – allowing us to reflect on some extraordinary Australian experiences in war. Forever expanding since early last century, we’re not talking about old-fashioned dioramas any more, but rather a thoroughly engaging and immersive experience where new technology is taking it to new levels. This includes such treats as simulated submarine activity and in Anzac Hall, for example, there is a permanent exhibition Over the front: the Great War in the air, which recounts the story of military flight and aerial…

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