Travel to Canberra, Australia – Episode 446

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Hear about travel to Canberra, Australia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Tenele Conway from about Australia’s capital city and the Australian Capital Territory.

Tenele says of Canberra, “It is the capital of Australia so it has a lot of unique things going for it. Canberra itself, it’s a low rise planned city. The city area doesn’t have any skyscrapers in it. It was designed by a Chicago architect Walter Burley Griffin and his wife Marion in the early 1900s. They won a competition with their design for Canberra. There design had Canberra sitting around a big man made lake called Lake Burley Griffin. It has corridors of bush land extending right down into the city. It is really quite unique. It is very much a bushland city. From anywhere in Canberra you can drive 15 minutes and you end up in the Australian bush. There has been a lot of change in the last 10 years, a lot more culture and entertainment. I really think that Canberra is finding its identity. I don’t think a lot of people realize how fantastic it is now.”

Tenele suggests an itinerary for Canberra that includes some weekdays when you can visit some of the popular spots like the museums and art galleries as well as a weekend to enjoy the city as the locals do: the cafes, festivals, markets and other cultural activities.

For favorite spots Tenele starts us at the Australian War Memorial. “It’s a beautiful building, Art Deco style, nestled at the bottom of Mount Ainslie which is quite close to the city area”. It is located across the lake from the Parliament house. “It’s got an amazing interactive museum which is really well done. I would also recommend some of the galleries. We have got the National Gallery of Australia which is Australia’s largest art gallery. All these attractions are free. Right nearby there you also have the National Portrait Gallery. You also have near the lake there the National Museum of Australia. It’s all about interpreting Australia’s social history. It’s quite a light hearted museum. It would be suitable for the kids. It’s about things that make Australia iconic. There’s also the Botanic Gardens, that’s really just about having a wander through the native flora.”

Tenele recommends a drive through the suburbs to see the embassies which are in styles appropriate for the countries they represent. She also recommends getting out of the city to climb Mount Ainslie or to visit Black Mountain Tower for views of the city. Further afield you can visit Namadgi National Park or Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

The Multicultural Festival is Tenele’s favorite event of the many festivals in the area. “It’s all about multicultural food so there’s hundreds of food stalls setup in little tents and there all cooking their own cuisine from the country they’re from. And they have big stages setup so they’re doing local dance and song performances from their local countries. It’s really fantastic.”

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Show Notes

Hungry Planet Blog
History of Canberra
Visit Canberra
The Big Merino
Australian Big Things
Lake George
Australian War Memorial
National Gallery of Australia
National Portrait Gallery
National Museum of Australia
Hills Hoist
Australian National Botanic Gardens
Australian Water Dragon
US Embassy, Canberra
Chinese Embassy, Canberra
Suburbs of Canberra
Lake Burley Griffin
National Arboretum Canberra
Mount Ainslie
Black Mountain Tower
National Zoo & Aquarium
Multicultural Festival
The Forage
New Acton
A. Baker
Lonsdale Street Traders
The Spit Shack
Tongue & Groove
Honky Tonks
Playground Bar
Namadgi National Park
Tidbinbilla Tracking Station
What’s On
Hungry Planet Blog (Facebook)


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from Simon:

Hi Chris

Thanks for providing such a useful and entertaining podcast. I’ve been listening for many years and downloaded loads of the earlier ones and got tips for many places.

I wanted to write with some experiences I have had a relation to a couple of podcasts.

I had planned a Californian vacation with, amongst others, a stop in Lassen Volcanic NP. I was holding off listening to the podcast on the park until close to my departure to help plan my time there (I had listened to ones on San Francisco and other planned stops). However, a few days before I was due to fly from the UK to San Francisco I had a heart attack.
I am much better now but long haul flights are out of the question (for the moment) so I was thinking of a possible short haul flight when the episode on Luxembourg was broadcast. Not a place I had thought of but the enthusiasm of your guest motivated me to book a trip and I did that at the weekend and really enjoyed this underrated city. The fascinating Casements and the contrast between the old city and new. I also got a Christmas market for good measure. Many thinks for such a timely episode.

Maybe one day I’ll get to go to Lassen (and listen to the podcast!) but thanks for the work you do and the enthusiasm of your guests.



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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast, and a co-host for This Week in Travel podcast.

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