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GOVERNMENT HOUSE @ CANBERRA
"WHERE THE GG LIVES!"................
THE OFFICIAL RESIDENCE OF THE GOVERNOR GENERAL
"gg" Stands for Govenor General.
The house is set in 54 hectares of parkland in the suburb of Yarralumla, which has grown up around Government House. It is one of Canberra's most expensive and exclusive areas, and is the site of many foreign embassies.
The house and grounds are not open to the public, however there are open days throughout the year.
We went to the entrance way, and found we couldn't get in, so then took Tourist Drive 2, to where there is a good viewing area, with signage on Government Housel.
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Heritage architecture of the domestic variety
Yes, I admit Canberra's heritage goes back only 90 years or so. But, in its architecture at least, this city has preserved its short history well. Each neighbourhood stands testament to an era.
For 1930s red brick cottages set in tidy English gardens, wander around the heritage-listed suburb of Reid, adjacent to the city. For gorgeous 1940s duplexes, don't miss Murray Cres in Manuka. Up the hill from Manuka in Forrest you will see an abundance of 1940s and 50s mansions set in huge mature gardens.
Keep going to Mugga Way, which is Canberra’s millionaire's row. You'll need to walk this street in order to get a proper peak through the hedges. One property on Mugga Way is regularly open to the public - Calthorpe's House. Moving on to east Deakin, admire the quirky 1960s mansions clustered near the Prime Minister's Lodge.
For 1970s Jennings architecture, you need go no further than Hughes and Curtin. Curtin features a daring experiment with mixing public and private housing in each street. See if you can spot the "ex-govies".
The 1980s saw the development of Tuggeranong and the discovery of glass as a way to let the sun’s warmth into a house. For some handsome examples in a suburb with glorious views, take a drive around Fadden.
I will add some pictures to this tip when I get some, so please come back for another look sometime.
A drive to nearby villages.
Canberra has more sunny days than any other capital city in Australia, and this could help explain the fascination with al-fresco dining. The lovely urban villages of Manuka and Kingston have embraced this concept with gusto, both boasting an disproportionately high number of quality cafes, restaurants, and gourmet delicatessens. After a fine meal, interesting shops and trendy boutiques help create a timely diversion from your stomach.
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