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The Australian Political Ute

I noticed that in Canberra, above all other cities in Australia, Ute drivers had something to say. In particular, this driver's vehicle was a rolling billboard, although he had so many messages, I didn't know what he was really trying to say. This vehicle is called a Ute, which is short for Utility Vehicle. Shorter than a pickup truck, but normally with just as much power, these little car/trucks pack some major towing power and a bed for hauling supplies. In this particular case, the owner was also an activist for several causes. When someone is this passionate on that many topics, then it is best to just exchange pleasantries, because anything more could cause a ruckus. We do encourage you to take the time and read every bumper sticker if you like!

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Mar 08, 2008

Just a Jump to the left !

There are many, many bike tracks and running tracks in and around Canberra, they are shared with foot traffic too. The custom in Canberra is for bikes comming up behind people walkling or slower moving traffic than themselves to call out "WAY !" to let you know they are about to overtake, the pedestrian is expected to move to the left, fairly quickly !

Remember now your expected to jump to the LEFT. If you from a country that drives on the right hand side of the road your instinct will probably be to jump to the right, this will get you into a heap of trouble. Most bike riders are fairly good natured in my experience, but you never know.

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Apr 24, 2005


You don't hail cabs in Canberra. You need to get one in a taxi rank or call them over the phone. Taxis are difficult to get on late nights from Thursday-Saturday because Canberrans often go out to clubs and restaurants during these times.

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Apr 23, 2005


Australians drive on the left hand side of the road. The maximum speed limit in cities and towns is 60 km/h (35mph) and 100 km/h (60mph) on country roads and highways, unless signs indicate otherwise.

You need to have a license from your country of residence, or an international drivers permit. License and a valid passport must be carried at all times when driving.

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Aug 02, 2003
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Changi Chapel

Also referred to as the Prisoner of War National Memorial Changi Chapel, one of thirteen built by Prisoners of War (POWs) in Changi Prison Camp, Singapore was built as ‘Our Lady of Christians Roman...
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ANZAC Memorial Chapel of St Paul

While visiting Changi Chapel – Prisoner of War National Memorial I decided to wander into the adjacent ANZAC Memorial Chapel of St Paul. I am glad I did. This chapel is unique in two ways (at least I...
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Australian War Memorial

I don’t, as a rule, write reviews on one off events, temporary exhibits at museums, galleries and the like as by their very nature they will invariably have finished or be gone by the time my reader...
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Blundell's Cottage

This cottage, now located in Commonwealth Park, was constructed as a home for Duntroon Estate workers in the 1860s and as such predates Canberra’s selection as the National Capital. It has been home...
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Canberra Railway Museum

Perhaps the last thing you might expect to find in Canberra is a railway museum and an excellent one at that. The current train service from Canberra consists of a three times a day service to...
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Canberra Glassworks

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