Australian Capital Territory Off The Beaten Path

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    Space Shuttle Protective Tile
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    Hanging Rock - overhang
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Australian Capital Territory Off The Beaten Path

  • Outer Towns and Suburbs

    Canberra Off The Beaten Path

    Pialligo is a Canberra suburb beside the airport. Contains an approx km long strip of nice garden centres most of which have gift shops and quite good quality cafes. Cafes very popular especially at weekends when bookings are recommended. I especially recommend the cafe at Rodney's garden centre. Cafes generally open for breakfast and lunch as per...

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  • National Parks / Reserves

    Canberra Off The Beaten Path

    The Camel’s Hump walk is the longest and overall the hardest (though the Nils Desperandum walk , for instance, has harder sections) of the marked walks within the Reserve. There are two suggested ways of getting there with one departing from the Visitors Centre (19kms return) and the other leaving from the Mountain Creek car park (11.6kms return)....

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  • Heritage Sites

    Canberra Off The Beaten Path

    While generally not associated with Aboriginal artifacts and art a small amount does exist in the Canberra area. Europeans first arrived in the Canberra region in 1821 with the first European settlement occurring shortly after this. Aboriginal (the Ngunawal peoples) occupation of the "Limestone Plains", "Isabella's Plains" and "Ginninderra...

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  • Tourist Attractions

    Canberra Off The Beaten Path

    You won’t find The Cotter Loop mentioned in the tourist brochures, that is the name used by vehicle enthusiasts, who love this excellent driver's road. It refers to the road trip out from Canberra past Mount Stromlo, The Cotter, Canberra Deep Space Centre, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve (see following tips) and back via the old village of Tharwa. All...

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  • Parks /Gardens / Lakes

    Canberra Off The Beaten Path

    The Cotter Reserve is one of the most popular Canberra picnic areas, located near one of the main reservoirs for the city (now viewed from a lookout, once you could walk along the dam wall). There is ample parking, barbecues, toilets, and grassed areas for recreation. You reach Cotter shortly after Casuarina Sands and only about 20km from the city....

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  • Science And Technology

    Canberra Off The Beaten Path

    The NASA Deep Space Network is a network of antennas supporting interplanetary spacecraft movements, radio and radar astronomy observations and various earth orbiting missions. To achieve 24 hour monitoring NASA maintains three deep space communication facilities placed at around 120 degrees apart around the world; Gladstone in California’s Mojave...

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  • Areas south of Canberra

    Areas south of Canberra which you could consider visiting are as follows:- Bungendore town (about half an hour drive East, nice town with a famous woodwork souvenir shop where you can buy beautiful locally made wooden souvenirs).- Braidwood (see my VT Braidwood page).- Captains Flat (see my VT Captains Flat page).- Monga National Park (see my VT...

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  • Casuarina Sands Picnic Area

    The Casuarina Sands Picnic Area is a favourite spot among the locals for picnics and spending relaxing time on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. It is located near to Canberra and is worth a visit if you are planning on a picnic or camping trip with natural surroundings.

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  • Canberra Deep Space Communication...

    This is another attraction here to Canberra worth visiting if you have the time. The visitor centre cum museum is opened everyday from 9am to 5pm, and it is free of charge.There is a nice cafe here, where you can sit in the open and admire the huge satellite dishes and surrounding hills.

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  • Mount Stromlo Observatory

    Mount Stromlo Observatory is located on top of a hill near to Canberra. There is a museum here together with many equipments for observation of the stars, planets and galaxies. During 2003, a huge fire burnt way some of the buildings but new buildings have been constructed.The views of the surroundings are breathtaking here, so it is worth of visit...

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  • If you want to enjoy a game of tennis

    Latest in Oct 2008 - The Barton Tennis Club has been renovated and now the courts are artificial grass courts (see photos).If you want to enjoy a game of tennis, you can go to the Barton Tennis Club at the Manuka area (next to Telopea Park and the Lake Burley Griffins). There are 4 clay courts available and the club-night is on Wednesdays from...

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  • You should visit the alpine town of...

    You should visit the alpine town of Thredbo which is located in the Snowy Mountain area which is about 3 hours drive south-west of Canberra. More information at http://www.thredbo.com.au as well as my VT Mount Kozsciusko page.

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  • Lake Jindabyne

    You can drive on the Monaro Highway to visit the beautiful Lake Jindabyne and stay at the town of Jindabyne for 1-2 days.

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  • Red Hill

    If you have time, you should drive up Red Hill which is located in southern Canberra. From top of the hill, you can view the beautiful country side amidst a backdrop of rolling mountains.

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  • Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

    You can visit the beautiful Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve at the south-western suburb of Canberra. There are many native flora and fauna here amidst a beautiful mountainous backdrop.

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  • Another good venue to play tennis

    Another good venue to play tennis in Canberra is the National Sports Club Tennis Centre at the Lyneham area. It has 25 tennis courts (rebound ace & clay courts). Club-nights are on Fridays from 6.30-9.00 pm.

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