Canberra, the nation’s capital seems to have a bit of a bad rep as the bottom drawer of holiday destinations. I understand this, I mean, it ain’t exactly the Gold Coast of beaches and bodies in the sub tropics. But Canberra has its charms. I mean it, it really does!!
My mate Coldie has come into possession of a new VW Golf. It is a sweeeeet ride, and she wanted to take it for a ‘run’ so we decided we’d go for a mini-break out of Sydney. Canberra’s a choice because it’s far enough out of town to not feel like Sydney and close enough that you can do it for a day if you REALLY want to… We opted for an overnighter and as we were sharing expenses we went out on a limb and booked a room here.
[image by superciliousness via flickr]
This art deco styled hotel is the premier hotel in Canberra, and didn’t we feel flash rocking up in the Golf (and me, ever the classy chick. with my Gap backpack rather than the overnight case as it had been lent out and not returned… *bangs head*).
There are so many things to see and do in Canberra, and as I’m supposed to be working right now rather than blogging, here’s a brief precis of what we got up to.
The National Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery and the exhibition of Vanity Fair photos. Loved it!
Dinner at the Hyatt, not brilliant, as restaurant/cafe was booked out and they only have one!! Bizarre.
Movies – Coco Avant Chanel. Seems I’m getting quite a fill of French cinema lately, Coco, Hunting and Gathering, The Chorus are all recent watches and I loved them all!
Sleeping in the delicious beds. There are few pleasures I love more than clean sheets. Bliss.
Having room service for breakfast. Cost a bomb but all part of the experience!!
The Film and Sound Archive
The National Museum of Australia
The National Museum is a day’s worth of a visit. I could have spent so much longer there than we did but by the end of the weekend were were feeling a fair bit of information overload.
But for all those people who roll their eyes when you say you’re going to Canberra, give them a slap from me… it may not be the ideal destination for a splashy, exotic holiday, however, it is a great place to visit and the fact that all these museums are provided by the people for the people (the only exhibit we paid to see was Vanity Fair) and as they’re all done so well it really is worth the trip.
Next time I really need to get in a visit to Parliament as I’ve been to Canberra many times and haven’t managed to get there… usually because I’m on a time budget and I want to give it full attention!
Of course it has its limitations… coffee was one, pajamas the other… As I have done when visiting Canberra before I left my sleep wear at home… So, had to do a mad late Sat PM trip to the shops to find some… and do you think we could find a thing at Myer or David Jones??? Seemed like it was mid season or something because even to find a cheap pair of flannelette pajamas for a comfortably upholstered individual was impossible. I ended up with a delightful (and expensive) silk nightie because I couldn’t find anything else before the shops closed. Turns out it was a big ‘sale day’ and all the good stuff had been put out the back so the retailers didn’t have to discount ‘everything in store’… How rude!! Still, a silk nightie seemed appropriate for the Hyatt Canberra so I’m not complaining!!
In the next little while I’ll update my Nextstop Page with Canberra recommendations.
Have you got places you love to go that make other people raise their eyebrows?? Spill in the comments so we can all have a shot at trying them out!!