Cotter Reserve


Located less than 30 minutes drive from the centre of Canberra, this is one of the City’s most popular recreation areas, especially for families at weekends and around public holidays. Continue reading “Cotter Reserve”


Umbagong District Park


In all honestly, I had never heard of Umbagong District Park and consequentially had no desire whatsoever to visit it – just like you, I suspect! I only became aware of the park’s existence when I was trying to identify the whereabouts of some Aboriginal axe grinding grooves. Continue reading “Umbagong District Park”

Red Hill Lookout – Why so called?


Red Hill ridge separates the central Canberra valley from the Woden Valley to the south and affords excellent views of both Canberra and Woden (the city’s first ‘new town’). Most likely named after the red soil in the area (or perhaps the autumn tree colours), the summit is 734 metres high. Like Mount Ainslie and Black Mountain Reserve there are numerous walking/cycling tracks on Red Hill. Continue reading “Red Hill Lookout – Why so called?”

Alice in (Rymill Park) Wonderland


Outside the Adelaide Botanic Garden and the Adelaide Himeji (Japanese) Garden I have never been overly impressed with Adelaide city’s parks and gardens. The city’s hot dry summers are not conducive to luscious green lawns. The park most often proffered as the place to relax is Elder Park by the Torrens River behind the Festival Centre.

I actually find Elder Park, while very convenient in the city centre, rather average and not at all restful. For a more relaxing break from sightseeing, etc I recommend Rymill Park (sometimes referred to by its other rather non-endearing name – Park 14) Continue reading “Alice in (Rymill Park) Wonderland”

Where can we put that, without causing offence?

63Being a capital city, albeit a small one of only 400,000 people, Canberra is host to nearly 80 Embassies and High Commissions in addition to numerous other international organisations, foundations, philanthropic organisations and the like.

The one thing all these erstwhile institutions have in common is that they like to bestow gifts on their hosts, all with good and noble intent, naturally. Many of these gifts take the form of statues and works of art which have to be displayed somewhere. Continue reading “Where can we put that, without causing offence?”

Canberra Centenary Column


On 12 March, 1913 Lady Denman, wife of Governor General, Lord Denman, formally announced that Australia’s Capital city would be called Canberra. She did so standing on top of the Foundation Stone of a planned Commencement Column on Capital Hill, where Parliament House is located today. The planned column was never added to the Foundation Stone which is now located on the lawn in front of Parliament House, it having been moved a short distance, in the 1980s, to allow for the building of the Parliament building. Continue reading “Canberra Centenary Column”