I woke up this morning and could tell it was going to be one of those absolutely beautiful Canberra spring days – a chilly start (freezing) with a beautiful clear blue sky. I knew it would be gorgeous in the sun by 9am. A day made for walking and not working, so I decided to take a days leave from work and enjoy it.
At around 10.30am I decided to take my dog for a walk in a local, recently established, suburban park which I frequent as often as I can. My dog, Lucy, loves it there too. Walking around the small pond was wonderful. With Mount Ainslie as a backdrop in one direction and a view of Black Mountain in the other one could not ask for better.
The pond is topped up from local floodwater drains so it is a great use for excess water and a way to capture suspended solids, nitrogen and phosphorous rather than having it all flow into the main lake – Lake Burley Griffin. The pond, surrounded by different types of local wetland plants, was full of ducks and other assorted foul (No, Lucy you cannot play with the ducks!). The pond is also a haven for many species of frogs but it’s a bit early in the season for those yet.
A few others had decided to enjoy the morning as well and were out with their dogs too, though don’t let the lack of a dog put you off walking here! It is such a shame that probably within weeks the faceless bureaucrats plan to turn this currently ‘off-leash’ park into an ‘on-leash’ park.
While I do not avail of the facility, living within a kilometre of so of the wetlands, there is a small picnic area and there are toilets making the park a quiet and secluded stop for a picnic if you are visiting the area. The walk around the pond is less than 500m so we went round a few times. While undulating it is paved and I imagine could easily be negotiated in a wheel-chair.
A beautiful way to pass an hour or two and the greatest treat of all was my first sighting of plum blossoms for spring of 2014.
Located at Hawdon St, Dickson (about 5kms for the city centre). Open 24/7 with ample street parking in the area.
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I saw this interesting Stone-table on Red Hill and it shows a map of the wide area of buildings and parks around of the new parliament in Canberra.
Interestng to see that only a small part of it is visible when you are there, while the biggest part of it is hidden inside the landscape under the ground.
In my last 2 Pictures you will see another table that is giving directions and distances to various places of the area around Canberra.
I found this place accidentally, but it seems to be a wellknown place for a look over Canberra and there is a Restaurant as well (that was closed unfortunately) But at least you will find public toilets there and lots of parking-spaces and will have a great panoramaview in order to have a first Impression of Canberra and it's surroundings. There are explanations given as well about the landscapes and about the wildlife that you might see there !
I also saw that interesting "map of the parliament-district" that is explaned in my next tip !
Cockington Green Gardens was a great surprise for me at a Moment when I was glad to have left Canberra: it is a small-scale-world for all of the Family, a great place to relax and enjoy and see the wonders and most interesting buildings of the world within a short distance and time.
Calculate at least 2-3 hours in order to enjoy all of these great sights that were built into a small park around of a lovely half-timbered house.
There is a souvenir-shop as well and a cafe/Restaurant.
read more about it when you click on my link below !
Cockington Green Gardens are open for visitors:
from 09.30am till 05.00pm (last entry is 04.14pm)
daily except Christmas day & Boxing Day
(AND in case of extreme weather-situations!)
adults pay 18,50 AUS $ children pay 10,50 AUS $
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. It is sheltered among the hills and is pleasantly cool in summer. With its huge deciduous trees making a picture of colours during the autumn, you could be anywhere in the world rather than in the Australian countryside. Even during winter, with the sun coming through, we have had many enjoyable barbecues there.
Campers might care to note that there is a low cost camping area in delightful surroundings alongside the Murrumbidgee River, located between Casuarina Sands and Cotter Reserve. The camping fees are low and are paid into an 'honesty box'.
What’s the Murrumbidgee River Corridor I hear you say…. Well, the Murrumbidgee travels 1600km from the Snowy Mountains to the Murray River. For about 66km of that distance, it is in the ACT and much of that distance is available for recreation. At most public recreation areas there are toilets, mown grassed areas, picnic facilities with free barbecues, shelters and walking tracks. Depending on what takes your fancy, you also can go swimming, take your dog for a walk, go fishing (no licence required, but some restrictions apply), go canoeing, or even rip off everything and legally go skinnydipping (at Kambah Pool). Just be sure that what you do is permitted where you are doing it!
This photo is at Casuarina Sands, a popular swimming area in the warmer months (the photo was taken in late Autumn). You also can go swimming at many other spots, from Uriarra to Tharwa. The Casuarina Sands reserve is off the side of Cotter Road, after you have passed Mount Stromlo – be careful as you leave the main road, the exit is on a hairpin bend.
General enquiries Canberra Connect 13 22 81
Murrumbidgee River Corridor (02) 6207 2425
Fishing enquiries (02) 6207 2425
'Mysterious Lake George' lies 20 miles (32 kilometers) northeast of Canberra. It is about 2,000 feet (600 meters) above sea level. When the lake is full, it is about 16 miles (25 kilometers) long and 6 miles (10 kilometers) wide, and covers an area of 37 square miles (96 square kilometers). The lake dries up from time to time. The moniker 'mysterious' comes from local myths about the lake's loss and gain of water.
Feeding the Black Swans on Lake Burley Griffin has to be a favourite activity. If you're up early, go to The Boathouse, Menindee Drive, Barton and take as much bread as you can carry. There are usually 20-30 black swans, lots of ducks, seagulls and the occasional pelican. Some of the swans are tame enough to eat the bread from you hand.