Talk:Canberra

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Embassies[edit]

Something oddly missing from Canberra is a list of Embassies. "See" currently has a bit about checking out the embassies and suggests a self-drive tour, which makes me think that it should be listed in "Do" as in a self-drive tour of Canberra's foreign missions. It is something unique to Canberra in Australia and well worth it for any visitor with a car (or bike for that matter). Project:Where you can stick it directs embassies to be listed in the cope section, as it is something of particular use for foreign travellers. So I suggest here that the current "See" listing is transplanted to "Do", and a comprehensive list of embassies (etc) created in "Cope", along the lines of Washington DC#Embassies. Thoughts? (WT-en) Ronaldo123 02:22, 7 March 2009 (EST)

When the embassies become an attraction, they should be in see, and not cope. Having to drive to see them, doesn't make them a Do thing. Do implies there is some physical participation in the actual activity. I think they are correctly listed in See. No harm in adding more detail - or even a section - there. --(WT-en) Inas 18:18, 7 March 2009 (EST)
Fair enuf. List added. Comprehensive! But good to print to make up a self-drive tour. (WT-en) Ronaldo123 06:22, 8 March 2009 (EDT)

Why?[edit]

Why is there even a page here? There are no reasons to visit, only bad excuses. Trust me, I lived there 3 years! —The preceding comment was added by 150.203.230.8 (talkcontribs)

I'm an architecture fan and I'm interested in "planned cities". Both Canberra and Brasilia interest me. A short trip of three days to either of them would be fine. Then I could spend a week in Sydney or Rio to finish my vacation. —The preceding comment was added by 64.149.40.157 (talkcontribs)

Suggestions to add[edit]

Hi I would like to add a couple of things, but I don't know the details of them so if someone comes along and knows them can you consider these suggestions:

- If you have a care or are are able to hire one, there is a really beautiful scenic drive below tuggeranong and out to where the observatory and the dam. The bushfires of a couple of years ago have dramatically altered the landscape but it's still really beautiful.
- You could also go swimming in the local swimming spots such as Pine Island (South East) of Tuggeranong Mall or Kambah Pool which is to the left of the suburb Kambah. They are both really lovely places to swim and Kambah Pool has nice picnic areas and a nudist beach (or so legend has it). Both of these swimming places are in the river (don't know what name)
- Also the town Tharwa is nice and if you drive down, you could go to Lanyon homestead.
- I don't know if it still exists after the fires, but there used to be a wonderful animal sanctuary in Tuggeranong on the way to the observatory. When we went, there were a lot of kangaroos by the road and we saw an emu as well.
- I also know it's possible to hike up some of the mountains in the ACT, but I don't know the details.
- The botanic garden are also lovely.


- I would just like to thank the person who typed the fact each greyhound leg must be booked seperatly to obtain a discount. You've saved me about $16. thankyou

I'm not sure about the nudist beach to be honest, but it certainly wouldn't be at Kambah Pool, which isn't in the river (the Molonglo, I believe). Pine Island is most certainly beautiful, yeah, I'd love to get some photos down there to put in this article. It's one of those "local treasures" that isn't really advertised anywhere. Being a resident of Queanbeyan/Canberra, I look forward to including some information about this myself, as it's one of my favourite places in the whole world for sanctuary.

The "animal sanctuary" referred to is the National Zoo & Aquarium and most certainly still exists :)

The ACT is perfect for hikers, I believe. There are several mountains to choose from, each offering their own unique experience (haha I sound like a brochure...), and none of them are particularly intensive - they're all very gradual inclines. I'd personally recommend Mt. Stromlo (North Canberra/Inner North), Mt. Ainslie (North Canberra/Inner North), Mt. Rogers (Belconnen), Mt. Taylor (Tuggeranong) and Red Hill (Woden Valley). There's also a great mountain bike trail in the pine plantation near the airport, I'll have to get more details on that. Also, I'm pretty sure you don't need permits or anything like that to hike up the aforementioned peaks. You just do it :).

Peace & Love :) Psychonavigation (talk) 01:45, 16 January 2013 (UTC)

Kambah Pool ( Right turn at the round a bout junction) Carpark at bottom of Rock pool is in fact a sanctioned Nude Beach. Follow concrete path (past toilet block) you will see the sign declaring the 'Nude Bathing'.

Kambah Pool in Tuggeranong on the Murrumbidgee River indeed does have a nude bathing area, I've been there on a bushwalk. It's very pretty and has excellent hiking trails and swimming. I'll get around to finding a photo (obviously not of the nude people!) and updating that part of the page. ChristiesChicken (talk) 05:24, 5 March 2017 (UTC)

Hotel photos[edit]

Hi, everyone. Are those buildings particularly notable, such that they would be exceptions to our image policy regarding business photos? I doubt it, as Rydges looks fairly typical of the boxy style of modern hotel architecture to me, and the Hyatt photo is possibly even less interesting. Am I missing something? Ikan Kekek (talk) 05:41, 11 February 2013 (UTC)

I added those photos, not being aware that they contravened policy - sorry about that. The Rydges is unremarkable (it's main claim to fame is that it's really ugly! - it looks even worse on the inside, believe it or not), but the Hyatt is Canberra's oldest (I think) and most posh hotel. That photo could go as well though. Regards, Nick-D (talk) 08:01, 11 February 2013 (UTC)
Well, if a photo that showed how posh the Hyatt is could be found, it might be justifiable to put that photo up, with the remark that it's Canberra's oldest and poshest hotel, but how old is it, actually? If you don't mind, it seems like it might be best for both photos to be deleted. Don't feel bad about putting them up, though. :-) Best, Ikan Kekek (talk) 08:15, 11 February 2013 (UTC)
It is historic, as it was built at the same time as the capital as the first residence for the politicians coming to Canberra. It is a fine place for afternoon tea and a look around, but the photo doesn't show off that aspect of it. --Inas (talk) 08:32, 11 February 2013 (UTC)
Sounds like a good target for a photo hunt or new photo. We can leave the current photo up for the time being, but it should be thought of as a placeholder, I think. Ikan Kekek (talk) 08:50, 11 February 2013 (UTC)
I agree completely. There's a history of the hotel here which may be of interest - it's about 90 years old in a city which is currently celebrating its centenary. Nick-D (talk) 10:52, 11 February 2013 (UTC)
Maybe put that historic comment above as a photo caption? Hi everyone.

Hotel Canberra, in its current guise the 'Hyatt Canberra', is indeed historic and a well-known landmark in Canberra. Along with the Brassy Hotel and the Hotel Kurrajong, it was built in the early days of Canberra for the purpose of housing early politicians and public servants to the fledgling city. An Australian Prime Minister, Ben Chifley, died in the hotel Kurrajong and all three hotels have a lot of political history that Australians may find interesting. I agree that that information could probably be placed with the hotel listings themselves ChristiesChicken (talk) 05:24, 5 March 2017 (UTC)

Small edits to the history part of "understand"[edit]

Hi, I'm very familiar with this city. I made a few small edits to the 'Understand' section to replace some factually incorrect information. Melbourne has never been the capital of Australia, but a number of national institutions were housed there while Canberra was being established. Canberra was in fact established by the signing of the Australian constitution into UK law in 1901, not in 1912 when the city was founded. There is a whole section of the Constitution dedicated to it with specific references to the distances between Sydney and Melbourne. That information is still in the Australian constitution.

Perhaps more controversially, I also made a wee change to the end of that sentence to reflect something that was mentioned above in this talk page, that Canberra remains something of a controversial city. Just look above under 'why', and also in the Wikipedia talk page for Canberra, or speak to the nearest Australian, for evidence of this. This is something that I think is important for understanding Canberra at a city, but that should not overshadow the fact that its actually a really beautiful city with undeniably important and interesting national institutions like Parliament House and the National War Memorial. I think that the first few lines at the top of the page, which mention that, mean that that kind of overshadowing doesn't occur. ChristiesChicken (talk) 05:24, 5 March 2017 (UTC)

Thanks ChristiesChicken, there are also some Australian residents who are frequent WV contributors as well. --Andrewssi2 (talk) 05:29, 5 March 2017 (UTC)

Needs a table of contents[edit]

This page needs a table of contents template at the top. —The preceding comment was added by ‎99.190.132.77 (talkcontribs) 17:26, 12 December 2017

  • No it does not. Would you kindly consult Wikivoyage:Manual_of_style and get acquainted with the fact that, in this Wiki, "tables of contents" are hardly used. Thanks for the attention Ibaman (talk) 17:33, 12 December 2017 (UTC)
And, as with all other Wikivoyage articles, there is a table of contents anyway, at the bottom of the banner (the rectangular image at the very top of the page) — try moving your cursor around over "Understand", "Get in", "Get around", "See", etc, on that line. Vidimian (talk) 23:30, 12 December 2017 (UTC)