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Hate autocorrect, sorry to laugh, but I did !
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When I used to spend a week a month in Perth in the 80's & 90's there was a local joke about " The Maggi" visiting.

In an era of "management gurus" & " efficiency experts", largely from Californian stables, the locals were singularly unimpressed with the "wise men from the east" telling them how to suck eggs.

There were some very funny days with the "blow flies" thinking they were "kick'n ass" with the western boys.

Mel - I've been as cold in a howling gale down St George's Terrace in July & August as I've ever been in Canberra in Winter.

I know your frustration though. We were setting up a new office & I ended up flying back to Sydney, buying & freighting furniture & equipment over faster than I could have had it supplied there.

OTOH, there's an enormous amount to like about Perth. The people, lifestyle, landscape, access to brilliant waterways ... And the New Edition bookshop in Freo with a flat white on a lazy Sunday morning.
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Ah yes, the infamous St Georges Terrace wind can get quite fresh through there.

Currently sitting in the perpetually-under-construction Perth Airport, which is improving bit by bit and should be almost up to snuff by the time we leave OZ for good.

Naturally, we're headed over east...sort of...flying to Auckland and then on the the US. Much needed cool weather ahead.
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"quite fresh"?
It's positively Brass Monkeys along there when it's blowing!

Have fun & come "home" to us soon!
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We've been to Perth and I liked it. Our daughter and SIL lived there for a few years. We had a good holiday, but bokhara2 I think The Little Creatures Brewery is more my style. We spent a few days in Perth then headed to Margaret River for another few days, about 10 days in total. It was a good holiday.
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I'd rather be still living in Canberra than back in Sydney, but like Cathies I don't know I'd recommend a 10 day visit, particularly in the winter months (for me, April would be the pick, combined perhaps with a swing through north eastern Victoria and/ or the NSW south coast).

For real or make-believe state secessionists watch their enthusiasm wane when it is suggested that yes, areas within their state might secede from the remainder - for example, the mining parts of WA from Perth and the rest of the state, or FNQ from the rest of Qld.

Probably a function of age and opportunity, but from what I can gather I'm among the comparatively few Australians who had been to every state and mainland territory before venturing overseas. (I've probably been to more US states, even if mainly Greyhound bus stations, than most Americans, but that's another inconsequential story.)
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Ah Canberra. Fond memories of almost 3 years living there in the '80s. Tidbinbilla and the climb to Gibraltar Rock; the view from Mt Ainslie; trips to Batemans Bay/Narooma/Nowra via Braidwood, drives to the Snowy Mts Southern Highlands, Wombeyan Caves. The War Memorial, the National Gallery, the High Court, Parliament House (under construction when we lived there). Black Mt. and the Telstra Tower - a revolving restaurant with great views of the city (is it still there?). Trips further afield to Sydney (many times), Coonabarabran and the Warumbungle Ranges (great hiking!), Canowindra. Cool-sounding out-of the-way places like Captains Flat, Bungendore, Wee Jasper, and Collector. Not to mention the ephemeral Lake George.

Hope to see you Sept 7-8 in Perth Mel!
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You've probably been to more US states than I have farrermog, I can only claim about a dozen. I've been to all but NT and Canberra though...not too bad for a yank.

I should be around in Sept Ralph. It'd be great to meet up.
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If you make it to Canberra, I'm sure I know at least a couple of Fodorites who will hop on down for a GTG.

I've got the gear - I've spent Christmas in Germany!
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Hi, we were in Canberra in early February for a few days and I enjoyed it more than I expected to. We hadn't been there for a long time and couldn't remember anything other than it was cold. Well in Feb it was incredibly hot, like having a hot hairdryer blow right in your face. Just as well we like hot weather.

We drove up from Melbourne and as we entered the outskirts of Canberra I was thinking, what the hell? It looked like no one lived there, there were no houses, no people, just lots of dry country. Once we reached the city area it was better but it does have a very artificial feel, as it's a planned city and hasn't grown organically like most cities, where they started years ago near a river or the sea, for trade, then spread out from there. Canberra just feels like it's been plopped down in the middle of the paddocks.

Anyway, I've done some reports on Trip Advisor but we liked the free tour at Parliament House, the Bus Depot Market on Sunday morning was good, the views from the top of Telstra Tower were great - the restaurant is permanently closed according to the visitors centre. By the way we got a good deal on accommodation at the visitors centre when we arrived.

There are a few areas with restaurants and shops, like the area in the centre near Bunda St, also Manuka, Dickson and Kingston.

We had 2.5 days there, and continued on to the coast and round to Melbourne in a big circle. 10 days sounds like too long there for me but if you love museums etc that would keep you busy. We were a bit underwhelmed by the National Portrait Gallery, I think I was comparing to the one in London. We also drove around the area where most of the embassies are and cracked up when we saw the enormous security at the US embassy compared to the complete absence of even a front fence or gate at the Greek one.

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Canberra is quite a good place for a lost weekend, even in winter - the galleries and museums are very good. Our favourite before children was the National Gallery. You can go up to the top floor and enjoy a tea or coffee and a light meal and there is a nice view. We used to be members but don't get there as often nowadays.

Manuka shops is nice for shopping and cafés; however, we sometimes stay at the Waldorf (apartments), where you are nice and close to the Canberra Centre and can self-cater from the supermarkets there (Supa-Barn, Aldi).

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All this talk about hold cold it is in Canberra is making me laugh. Weenie Aussies
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Don't laugh, Mel - all that Perth heat will have thinned your blood & you'll be as woosy as us soon
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Like Bokhara, I've got the gear, too...I spent Christmas in Scotland.

Couple of hours drive to Canberra. You can bypass Berkelouws, I believe.

Lunch somewhere????
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"You can bypass Berkelouws, I believe"

Really, Margo? Good heavens! How do you know? Have you tried it?

My Mum used to call it, "The Berkelouws Triangle / Black Hole of Berkelouws ".

I'm always up for a day or two in Canberra, so lunch or dinner is fine with me.
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Pleasing to note the old merry-go-round is still in the centre of Canberra. We were there with friends about 24 years ago, and all 4 of us were absolutely fascinated by it, reminiscing about "the days when . . . ". We visited a place called Cockington Green, had a beautiful lunch up the Telecom Tower, dodging kangaroos/wallabies on the way up and down. Unfortunately our friends had been to Canberra several times before so we only had 2 days there, and didn't have much chance to explore beyond the centre. I do remember going into the Parliament and seeing a wonderful display of wall-hangings, as well as a small shopping area out near Cockington Green where we chatted with a lady who looked after baby kangaroos whose mothers had been killed. We stayed at a very comfortable motel in Queanbeyan.
I am following this thread with interest to learn more about Canberra as I would like to return some time in the next few years.
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Canberra - things to do, continued
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Melnq8, I'm sorry I missed seeing this thread before now. (I've been away from any computers.) Anyway, as a Yank who lived in Canberra for a number of years and who traveled to every state in Australia when we lived there,I believe Canberra is a fabulous place not only to live in, but also to visit. In fact, my husband just got back from a business trip there and I sure wish I could have joined him.

You've already received some excellent recommendations for things to see and do. I know you have lived in Australia for awhile now, but if you are like me, you never get tired of seeing native animals in the wild. One of our favorite excursions in Canberra was doing the Yankee Hat Hike in Namadgi National Park. You can always be guaranteed of seeing a lot of kangaroos along this easy, 6km RT trail. And at the turnaround point is a large rock with Aboriginal rock drawings. The last time we did this hike was in the month of August and the weather was glorious--cool and crisp with bright blue skies. That's very typical of Canberra's weather in August.

Another attraction which I don't think has been mentioned is the Lanyon Homestead. We very much enjoyed tramping around the grounds and learning about life on an early Australian homestead.

As much as I love Canberra, I'd have to agree that 10 days is perhaps too long for a stay there, but you could easily fill 6 - 7 days. With the rest of your time, you could take an excellent driving trip in the region. We once made a long weekend (3 - 4 day) trip to Dubbo, Forbes, Parkes, Orange and Cowra. These small NSW towns are very interesting.

And I hope you soon get to visit NT, my second-favorite location in Australia.
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You can sometimes get flights direct to Canberra from Perth, I did it when I had to go, they were mid week flights though so not too sure if thats suitable.
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