Here I am shivering on the balcony of the hotel overlooking the [less than Olympic] ski slopes at Thredbo in "the snowies".
Here's a link to more information about this area: http://www.penderlea.com.au/Summer/activities.html
Visit Manuka. In Sydney it's Double Bay, in Melbourne it's South Yarra. In Canberra, it's Manuka. (Say Mar-nar-kar, not Ma-noo-kar.) Don't be deceived by its low-key village look. This place has everything on the one block. Here you'll find the up market fashion labels (including the imported ones) and a whole street of cafes where the locals love to see and be seen. Drop by for a latte and browse in the arcades. There are beautiful things to discover. Just minutes away from the parliamentary triangle, its a great place to escape to after visiting the Art Gallery, Parliament House etc, etc. And if you want you can even go to the Cinema after some fine or casual dining. To go straight to Manuka with public transport take bus 39 from the City Interchange.
Favorite thing: A friend of mine drove me from Canberra to the mountainous region known as the 'Snowies' -- remember it was 80 degrees fahrenheit in Ballina as you look at the snow in the ski resort of Thredbo! I think this resort was one of the ones that was destroyed in a avalanche/landslide a few years ago.
St. Christophers Church in Manuka.