Hello Canberra! August 9, 2011Posted by pacejmiller in Canberra, Travel.
Tags: art gallery, Australia, Australian Capital Territory, Canberra, Canberra holiday, holiday, museums, Parliament House, things to do in Canberra, Washington DC
About a month ago (man time flies around here) I took the wife to our nation’s capital for a little weekend getaway. It had been over a decade since either of us had visited and it was one of the cheapest destinations from Sydney that could be reached without a plane or an all-day drive.
The reaction of every single person we told before we went on the trip was the same: ‘Canberra?’
This was understandable as I too would have had the same reaction a couple of months ago. Over the years, Canberra has gotten a pretty rough rep. Most see it as a place with nothing to do, a boring dump for politicians and people looking for legal hardcore porn and fireworks.
However, after about 6 minutes of research, I discovered that there was more to Canberra than just that. There’s still not a whole lot for people that live there, but for people looking for a weekend getaway (or maybe even 3 or 4 days), Canberra actually has plenty to offer in terms of things to see, do and eat. In some ways, it reminded me of an Aussie version of Washington DC, except with significantly fewer guns. There are lots of museums, galleries and good food — well, enough to keep you busy and satisfied for a few days — and it’s lighter on the wallet than most Australian capital cities.
So from here there will be a series of posts on my Canberra visit. Stay tuned!