Canberra – Photo posting 2

August 21, 2006 at 10:46 am | Posted in canberra, Out and About, Travel | Leave a comment

Ok enough is enough, right? These are the last Canberra photos. If you want more go to Flickr.

And …. now Old Parliament House


The High Court


 A photo for Tam. Is it random or is it art?

Overall Canberra is a pleasant city that’s in contrast to the hustle and bustle of Sydney. I’d definitely go back for a weekend but not sure if I could give up the Big City to live here.

Canberra – Photo posting 1

August 21, 2006 at 10:32 am | Posted in canberra, Travel | 1 Comment

More Photos on Flickr. Here’s just a sampler.


Canberra’s peace protest. Seriously, that’s it. There are no stragglers or leaders in this pack.

Classic! Australian of the Year indeed.

 Monument to King George V and The Aboriginal Tent Embassy in the background.

New Parliament House


Another of New Parliament

Canberra – mini pubs and clubs guide

August 21, 2006 at 10:11 am | Posted in canberra, Out and About, Travel | Leave a comment

Instead of doing an individual Clubs and Pubs entry this week I’ll do a brief wrap of all the venues I went to. Hopefully I’ll have something else to talk about if I ever go back!

  • King O Malleys – Civic – Inside and Outdoor seating, very casual atmosphere, perfect for after work drinks. Only downside is that there is no heating outside.
  • PJ O Reillys – Civic – Another Irish pub, hardly changed since my last visit a few years ago. Good but slightly more dodgy (only slightly!) than King o Malleys. It’s a fun night, often with live bands.
  • Bbar – Kingston – A more upmarket bar, suits would be the most frequent site, after a long day at work or a chance to catch up with friends.
  • Muddle – Civic – An excellent cocktail bar in the city. Small but comfortable, dress accordingly for a cocktail bar.
  • Mooseheads – Civic – An institution in Canberra particularly with the Armed Forces. It consists of a nightclub upstairs and a pub downstairs. I was particularly interested in going as it burnt down and rebuilt. My memory of the original was kind of fuzzy but the dim interiors remain. While other establishments might have few people late at night Mooseheads will generally always be busy.
  • ICBM – Civic – Another pub/club in the city. There’s nothing special about it but it is a decent place to spend all or part of the night. The big downside are the stairs leading up to or down to the bars. This can be quite a problem depending on how much you’ve had to drink.
  • Transit Bar – Civic – I believe it’s near the backpackers and has a fairly fun atmosphere with DJ’s, pool tables and random conversations. Again nothing spectacular but a good place to while away the hours. If someone knows a link for it that’d be great!
  • Mombasa – Civic – An African nightclub and supposed restaurant although I’ve never seen anyone get a meal. Sometimes it can be quiet but it is fun, even with a small group of friends. Well worth a visit.
  • Cube – Civic – Canberra’s only gay nightclub, after presumably replacing Heaven in that role. Great music to dance to and the drinks aren’t that overpriced. Although how recent events may affect its future/ownership is something to speculate on.
  • The Academy – Civic – While I didn’t go in, I thought it worthy of note to say that The Academy was once an idie cinema in Civic but clearly fell on hard times at some point in the past. From friends in the area The Academy is meant to be good.
  • Cafe Essen – Civic – Located next to Gus’ (below) a perennial cafe in Civic. With food and drink of reasonably good quality. Like Gus’ it’s greatest value is as a meeting place and people watching spot to while away a few hours with friends or a good book.
  • Gus’ Cafe – Civic – I have a soft spot for Gus’ after spending a good chunk of time here when I lived in the city. Here friends introduced me to Sticky date pudding and Mocha’s with Baileys. Both of which I tried again – yes nostalgia! – the Pudding was OK but not nearly as good as I remembered. Granted that’s probably just a trick of the mind. That or the time it took for the food/drinks to come out. I came back a second time to have that mocha and it was OK but once again the service was slow. Gus’ is a great spot and one of the few to have meals late (or at least Canberra’s definition of late).
  • Three Mothers – Civic – Great Thai food that my Thai aficionados eating companions rated highly. Again, if you know a link let me know.
  • Madame Hu’s (?) – Kingston – I think this is the name, and another Thai restaurant. IT was pretty good but Three Mothers is better. Canberra appears to have quite a few Thai restaurants so shop around, ask a local and you’re bound to go somewhere good.

Not such a yawn – the Canberra Trip

August 20, 2006 at 12:05 pm | Posted in canberra, Travel | Leave a comment

A week ago I ventured to the nation’s capital to visiti some friends amongst other things. It’s been 6 years since I was last in Canberra and much has changed but most appears the same and familiar. Most noticeable was the change in the city’s skyline – while not impressive – a substantial increase in construction than in 2000.


Lake to Civic

More of Civic

The one major attraction I wanted to see was the National Museum that opened after I left. After a 20 minute walk from Civic (longer if you take photos) you’ll arrive at the oddly designed National Museum, its architecture is in stark contrast to the more staid design of Canberra’s buildings. The museum charts both Aboriginal and European histories of Australia.


Across the lake to the National Museum

National Museum – Interior

Museum Entrance – Not really sure what the ‘rollercoaster’-esque thing on the side represents

Boat near the Museum – My inner Geek couldn’t resist!

The museum has a large array of exhibits most of which are interactive on some level or another thus making it more entertaining and indeed educational. I could have spent considerable time reading all of the information but due to a lack of time and patience that didn’t happen, nonetheless I gleaned quite a bit of knowledge. My only real complaint is that the layout is not linear, normally not such a problem but there is a need to do some backtracking and searching to make sure you see everything. Hoping that you’ve seen everything. Presumably those with time can manage this more easily. When in Canberra a visit to the National Museum would be recommended.

I’ll add more about Canberra in further posts.

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