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					Graduate Guide
      for
  Dummies

     2008
Quick Reference

This Guide is structured into three parts:

     Part A:     CANBERRA AND FINDING A PLACE TO LIVE

                 Moving to Canberra? Details on the city of Canberra, what to
                 do when you first get here, finding a place to live and settling
                 in.


     Part B:     GOOD FOOD, A FEW DRINKS AND GREAT
                 COMPANY

                 Details on restaurants, pubs and clubs around Canberra, as well
                 as social and sporting info.




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                               TABLE OF CONTENTS


A. CANBERRA AND FINDING A PLACE TO LIVE.........................5
   Introduction to Canberra ........................................................................................ 6
   Orientation................................................................................................................ 6
   History ....................................................................................................................... 6
   Retail shopping hours .............................................................................................. 6
   Weather ..................................................................................................................... 6

Interstate transport...................................................................................7
   Train .......................................................................................................................... 7
   Plane .......................................................................................................................... 7
   Private Transport..................................................................................................... 7
   Bus/Coach ................................................................................................................. 7

local transport ...........................................................................................8
   Bus ............................................................................................................................. 8
   Taxi services ............................................................................................................. 8
   Cycling ...................................................................................................................... 8
   Walking ..................................................................................................................... 8

Other useful information..........................................................................9
   ACT Government Shopfronts ................................................................................. 9
   Car registration/Drivers License ............................................................................ 9
   The Electoral Roll .................................................................................................... 9
   Garbage collection ................................................................................................... 9
   Serviced Accommodation ...................................................................................... 10
   Renting .................................................................................................................... 10
   FAQs on tenancy applications: ............................................................................. 11

Once you arrive in Canberra .................................................................12

Setting up utilities ...................................................................................12
   Gas and electricity.................................................................................................. 12
   Water ....................................................................................................................... 12
   Telephone and Internet ......................................................................................... 12
   Buying a property .................................................................................................. 13

B. GOOD FOOD, A FEW DRINKS AND GREAT COMPANY ......14

Social Network of Graduates (SNOG) ..................................................15

Bars, Clubs and Pubs..............................................................................16
   Civic (the city centre) ............................................................................................. 16
   Manuka and Kingston (suburbs south of Civic which have a café strips and
   plenty of al fresco dining) ...................................................................................... 18
   Other fun spots around Canberra ........................................................................ 19


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Restaurants ..............................................................................................20

Feel like being a tourist? Places to visit and sights to see… ...............22
   Australian War Memorial ..................................................................................... 22
   ANZAC Parade Walk ............................................................................................ 22
   Parliament House ................................................................................................... 23
   Old Parliament House ........................................................................................... 23
   National Archives of Australia ............................................................................. 24
   Questacon—The National Science and Technology Centre ............................... 24
   National Gallery of Australia ................................................................................ 24
   National Library of Australia ............................................................................... 25
   Australian National Botanic Gardens .................................................................. 25
   Telstra Tower ......................................................................................................... 25
   National Museum of Australia .............................................................................. 26
   National Zoo and Aquarium ................................................................................. 26
   Cockington Green .................................................................................................. 26

The surrounding region..........................................................................27
   Wineries .................................................................................................................. 27
   Brindabella Wine Tours ........................................................................................ 27
   Wine Wisdom ......................................................................................................... 27
   Snowy Mountains ................................................................................................... 27
   Lanyon .................................................................................................................... 27
   Namadgi National Park ......................................................................................... 28
   Tidbinbilla .............................................................................................................. 28
   Corin Forest ............................................................................................................ 28
   South Coast ............................................................................................................. 29
   Music ....................................................................................................................... 29
   Cinemas ................................................................................................................... 29

Theatre .....................................................................................................30

Sport and leisure .....................................................................................31
   Playing sport ........................................................................................................... 31
   Watching sport ....................................................................................................... 32




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A. CANBERRA AND FINDING A PLACE TO
               LIVE




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      Introduction to Canberra
      Canberra is one of the world‘s few planned cities, and with about 325,000
      residents, it combines the attractions of larger cities – restaurants,
      shopping malls, markets, cinemas, clubs, pubs and sporting facilities – but
      without the usual traffic congestion, pollution and safety problems. This is
      combined with fresh, clean air and spacious parks and nature reserves that
      provide many opportunities for outdoor sport and recreational activities.

      It can be given a bad rap at times, but there is so much diversity in such a
      relatively small city, Canberra is really what you choose to make of it.

      Orientation
      The ACT is 80km from north to south and about 30km wide, and is
      arranged around the artificial Lake Burley Griffin. The city centre is
      called Civic, and is just north of the lake. Canberra has several ‗satellite‘
      towns: Woden, Belconnen, Tuggeranong and Gungahlin. Within these
      satellite towns and Civic, you‘ll find major shopping centres, retail
      outlets, banks, post offices etc. Also, the majority of Canberra suburbs
      have ‗mini‘ shopping centres, with newsagencies, supermarkets etc.

      One of the great advantages of Canberra is that it‘s easy to go away for the
      weekend to Sydney, the coast or the snow. There are also very cheap
      buses and coaches should you feel like being chauffeured…… check the
      ―Interstate Transport‖

      History
      Located on the ancient lands of the Indigenous Ngunnawal people,
      Canberra‘s name is thought to mean ‗meeting place‘, derived from the
      Aboriginal word Kamberra. European settlers first came in the 1830s, and
      the area was chosen for the federal capital in 1908.

      Retail shopping hours
      Monday to Thursday - 9.00 am to 5.30 pm
      Friday - 9.00 am to 9.00 pm
      Saturday - 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
      Sunday - 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
      Queanbeyan1 has the same trading hours; however they have late night
      shopping on Thursday instead of Friday.

      Weather
                 Season                 Average Minimum              Average Maximum
            Spring                                 5                           19
            Summer                                12                           272
            Autumn                                 7                           20
            Winter                                 1                           12


1
  Queanbeyan is actually part of NSW, but is only about 15 mins out of Canberra, and so you‘ll find
many people living in Queanbeyan, but working in Canberra.
2
  This seems quite mild, but 35 days are quite common also, so be prepared for some scorchers……
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INTERSTATE TRANSPORT

Train
CountryLink offers a train service to and from Canberra. Routes include
between Canberra and Sydney, and Canberra and Melbourne. Details can
be found at:
http://www.countrylink.info/timetables/southern_summer/canberra_to

Plane
QANTAS (131 313, www.qantas.com.au) and Virgin Blue (136 789,
www.virginblue.com.au) are the only airlines that fly in and out of
Canberra. Flying to and from Canberra can be quite expensive. Virgin
Blue has online ―Happy Hour‖ specials from 12-1pm EST and also offers
a velocity program (www.velocityrewards.com.au/content/) that does not
cost anything to sign up and allows you to accumulate points every time
you fly. QANTAS also offers a Frequent Flyer Program
(www.qantas.com.au/fflyer/dyns/joinff) and has a joining fee of $82.50.
Another option is signing up to the QANTAS and Virgin Blue websites to
receive notification of specials through your work email.




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Post arrival and baggage collection, a taxi will cost you about $20 into the
city centre. A shuttle bus also operates between the airport and the city.
Information can be found at the following web site
www.canberraairport.com.au/tr_bus.htm. Prices include $7.00 one way
and $12.00 return.

Private Transport
Having a car in Canberra is probably the single most effective way to
transport yourself around. The traffic is generally light, the roads wide
and everything is well signposted. Driving in and out of Canberra is
straightforward. Many Sydneysiders return home for the weekend since it
is only about a 3-3.5 hour drive.

Bus/Coach
Buses to Sydney are cheap with the bus depot located in Civic at Jolimont
Centre (Just off Northbourne Avenue near Rudd St). If you book far
enough in advance $15 will get you a one way trip without any major
issues and it will drop you off at Central Station or Sydney International
Airport (check out Murray‘s – www.murrays.com.au for online specials
and Greyhound Australia - www.greyhound.com.au On that note if you
are interested in international travel, consider going ex-Sydney rather than
ex-Canberra as it is much cheaper.


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LOCAL TRANSPORT

Bus
ACTION www.action.act.gov.au operates Canberra‘s public transport
system. They can be contacted on 131 710 or (02) 6207 7611 if calling
from outside of Canberra.

Current ticket prices are $3.00 for a single trip (ask for a transfer if you
plan to do a multiple journey) it does not cost anything extra and is valid
for 90 minutes. A daily ticket costs $6.60 and a ―Shopper‘s off-peak
daily‖ costs $4.40 (can be used 9:30am – 4:30pm and after 6pm Mon-Fri,
all day weekends and public holidays).

Newsagencies as well as ACT Government shop fronts will also sell you
tickets. Weekly and monthly tickets are good value ($24.60/$82.00) and
you can also ask for a Faresaver10, a 10 multi-use ticket.

A Queanbeyan/Canberra bus service is provided by a private bus
company, Deane‘s Buslines (6299 3722 or www.deanesbuslines.com.au

Taxi services
There are a number of taxi services –
Canberra Cabs: 132 227 or www.canberracabs.com.au
Cabxpress: 6260 6011 or www.cabxpress.com.au
Silver Service: 133 100 or www.silverservice.com.au/index.htm

Cycling
Within Canberra there are plenty of bike paths, and maps of Canberra‘s
bike paths cost approximately $7 and can be purchased from ACT
Government Shopfronts.
There is a secure bike cage in all Finance tenancies except for Tourism
House.




Walking
As mentioned earlier, Canberra is very spaced out. There are a lot of nice
walks almost wherever you live, but especially in the inner north and inner
south areas. If you live in Kingston (or Manuka, or Barton) you can walk
to work quite easily.




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OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION

ACT Government Shopfronts
A new concept to many of us, the ACT Government shopfronts are your
one-stop government shop to allow ACT residents to make payments to
ACT Government agencies.
Locations and opening hours can be found at:
www.canberraconnect.act.gov.au/CAP/accesspoint/cc?action=shopFront&
groupId=5

Car registration/Drivers License
You must change over your vehicle registration and driver‘s license
within three months of taking up residence in the ACT. Details can be
found at: www.rego.act.gov.au/licensing/licencemoveact.htm

Briefly:
Rego is roughly $600 - $780 a year, but will obviously vary according to
what sort of car you have.
When you apply for your vehicle registration, you will need to surrender
your interstate number plates, and also provide:
 your vehicle inspection report;
 a vehicle identity check (if applicable);
 the interstate registration certificate or your purchase receipt for the
 vehicle;
 proof of identity and residency; and
 proof that the vehicle is normally kept or ‗garaged‘ in the ACT.

If you already have a licence (other than a learner licence) from any
Australian state or territory, you can exchange it for an ACT licence at
any ACT Government Shopfront. You will need to provide proof of
identity and residency and produce your existing licence.

The Electoral Roll
If you‘re from outside the ACT you will need to change your enrolment
details once you‘ve moved here and have a new address. The relevant
change of address form can be obtained from the Australian Electoral
Commission (AEC) website at
www.aec.gov.au/Enrolling_to_vote/Update_enrolment.htm




Garbage collection
Information about garbage collection is available on the ACT Government
website
www.tams.act.gov.au/live/Recycling_and_Waste

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Serviced Accommodation
Many graduates are provided with serviced
accommodation upon arrival to Canberra. The
accommodation provides you with the
opportunity to settle into Canberra and to set up a
base to find permanent housing. Phone and fax
facilities at the serviced apartments tend to be
overpriced, so you might prefer to submit your
rental applications from work.

The serviced apartments you are likely to stay in
are usually located in Kingston, Forrest or Civic
(or another inner suburb). These suburbs are
centrally located and close to shops and public
transport. Kingston and Forrest are within walking distance of Parkes and
Barton, where the Finance buildings are located.

Renting
Before you arrive:
The rental market can be very tight in Canberra and is busiest from
January to March when new graduates, public servants and university
students are all looking for a place to live.

If you are unfamiliar with Canberra you should start to research the area
online and get a feel for the rental market before you arrive. You can get a
head start by grabbing a map of Canberra and looking at rental prices in
different suburbs on rental websites
(e.g. www.allhomes.com.au). It will give you a feel for what to expect in
different areas when you arrive and help you decide where you might like
to live.

The more popular areas for Graduates are the inner north and inner south
because of the proximity to cosmopolitan life and the abundance of
apartment accommodation. This popularity means that the rent is more
expensive in these areas and there is higher competition for
accommodation.

You should also consider:
 how much rent you can afford to pay. Take into account other living
  expenses: electricity, gas, food, transport, entertainment, phone,
  internet, clothing;
 how long you want your lease to be. Most agents will ask you to sign
  a 12 month lease;
 whether you would like to live with other Graduates or would like to
  look for a place on your own;
 when inspecting a place, dress well (it makes a difference) - have
  rental/character references and also previous rental details on hand. If
  you decide you like the place, you will then be required to put in an
  application to the real estate agent;
 Saturday is usually the busiest house-hunting day; if possible, go mid-
  week;
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   Generally, bond money is 4 weeks rent and you will also be required
    to pay at least 2 weeks rent in advance;
   taking photos of the state of the property before you move in can avoid
    conflicts with your landlord upon moving out;
   your proximity to public transport, bike tracks, local shops and work—
    particularly if you don‘t have a car;
   whether you need furnished accommodation; and
   the cold weather! Try to find a place that has gas-water heating as it
    works out a lot cheaper than electric-water heating. Heated bathroom
    floors or heat lamps are handy if you are not used to a colder climate
    but you will also need to consider the gas or electricity bills over
    winter.

Property listings for the Canberra region are available on the following
websites:

   All Homes at www.allhomes.com.au. Most
    real estate agents advertise on the All
    Homes website, except for the Independent
    Property Group;
   The Canberra Times Property Guide at
    www.canberratimes.com.au. Rental listings
    are also published in the Canberra Times
    every day. The most comprehensive listings
    are available on Wednesdays and Saturdays;
   Independent Property Group at
    www.independent.com.au;
   LJ Hooker at www.ljhooker.com.au

Know your rights as a tenant, contact the ACT Tenant‘s Union on:
02 6247 1026 or www.tenantsact.org.au/

Before you arrive in Canberra you should have written rental references
prepared and contactable referees so you can apply for properties as soon
as possible.
FAQs on tenancy applications:
 Address;
 phone numbers, DOB;
 driver‘s licence number;
 net monthly income;
 passport number;
 car registration number;
 bank address, BSB and account numbers;
 next of kin / emergency contact information;
 occupation, position, salary;
 commencement date of employment;
 rental history, including: address, agent and property manager, rent
    paid per week, period of rent, was the bond refunded, why did you
    move out, etc; and



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   written rental references (at least two people), including: addresses,
    occupation information, phone numbers, type of relationship and
    period known.

ONCE YOU ARRIVE IN CANBERRA
You should start looking for accommodation as early as possible.

There are real estate agents in most local shopping centres in Canberra. If
you‘re looking for a real estate agent start with the Yellow Pages or visit
www.yellowpages.com.au or www.whitepages.com.au. It is a good idea
to visit real estate agents on Thursday or Friday afternoons to find out
which properties will be advertised on Saturday, and get in first.

You should be prepared to apply for the property when you go to inspect
it, so take your personal references, rental history and ID with you. You
may have to join a waiting list for properties and you may have limited
opportunities to inspect premises or will have to adapt to strict timetables.

A car will make it much easier when you are looking for accommodation.
If you don‘t have one it might be a good idea to look for accommodation
with other Graduates who are driving around. In January and February it
is very hot in Canberra so it‘s easy to forget about heating. It is wise to
consider the Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) of the property. An energy
efficient dwelling can reduce the energy used in the average home by up
to 40%.

SETTING UP UTILITIES
Gas and electricity
ActewAGL is one of the suppliers of electricity, natural gas, water and
wastewater services in Canberra. You can connect online at
www.actewagl.com.au or over the phone on 131493. Service information
including fee schedules is available on the ActewAGL website. The
establishment fee for gas is approximately $30 and is billed to your first
account. Country Energy also supplies the above services, information on
Country Energy can be found at www.countryengergy.com.au.

Water
If you‘re renting, water bills are paid by the landlord or Body Corporate
(in a unit complex).

Telephone and Internet
The main providers are Telstra, Optus and TransACT (local provider of
telephone, Internet and digital TV services). There are also a number of
providers of cheap long distance calls. Contact details can be found in the
White Pages and Yellow Pages. For a comparison of some of the major
companies and advice on how to save on telecommunications, the
Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman provides information at
www.phonechoice.com.au.

There are also numerous Internet service providers. A great site with
comparisons of the various providers is www.whirlpool.net.au.


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Buying a property
Property prices all over Australia have seen exceptional growth over the
past couple of years and Canberra has followed the national trend.




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B. GOOD FOOD, A FEW DRINKS AND GREAT
              COMPANY




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Canberra has absolutely heaps to offer—you might well be surprised! A great website
                  for Canberra is http://www.visitcanberra.com.au


SOCIAL NETWORK OF GRADUATES (SNOG)




SNoG is a non-profit organisation made up of and run by Graduates from all of the
Australian Government departments and agencies.

This network‘s goal is to connect people from the various departments and agencies
in their first graduate year. Participating in SNoG events is a great way to meet
friends and explore Canberra. SNoG functions are always heaps of fun and if it is not
free, is subsidised for the benefit of members. You can check out the latest news at:
www.snog.orac.net.au

SNoG holds various orientation activities for new Graduates in mid-February. The
Annual General Meeting will be held in late February or in March, although please
note that you do not need to be voted in if you want to be part of a organising
committee. Details will be distributed to you upon your arrival in Canberra.

In 2007 there were about 800 APS graduates in Canberra with diverse interests,
which SNoG catered for by holding events such as:

   trivia nights and pub crawls;
   happy hour drinks and pool competitions;
   sporting events such as paintball, ten pin bowling and golf;
   cocktail parties;
   karaoke;
   ski trip; and
   masquerade ball.




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BARS, CLUBS AND PUBS

Popular nightlife areas in Canberra are:

     Civic (the city centre)




                                            Mooseheads

                       Three floors including bars and a nightclub – London Cct, Civic




                                      Academy Nightclub

                               Popular split-level nightclub – Bunda St, Civic




                                King O’Malley’s Irish Pub

                           Beer Garden and good pub grub – 131 City Walk, Civic




                                          P.J. O’Reilly’s

                         Popular Irish Pub, often has live music – 10 Moore St, Civic




                                                Debacle

            Don‘t miss the 2-4-1 pizzas on Tuesdays, extensive beer list – 30 Lonsdale St, Braddon




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                           North Bar

      Lots of bar crawls begin here – 46 Northbourne Ave, Civic




                      Cube Nightclub

       One of Canberra‘s gay nightspots – 33 Petrie Plaza, Civic




                          Wig & Pen

A microbrewery, so it is a chance to try unusual beers – Alinga St, Civic




                    Hippo Lounge Bar

    Trendy jazz bar with awesome cocktails – 17 Garema Pl, Civic




                     Casino Canberra

     Poker, Blackjack, Roulette and much more – Binara St, Civic




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Manuka and Kingston (suburbs south of Civic which have a café strips
and plenty of al fresco dining)




                               Filthy McFadden’s

                Good Irish pub, fantastic atmosphere – Green Square, Kingston



                       Kingston Hotel (The Kingo)

    Cook your own steak, great for a few after work beverages – 73 Canberra Ave, Kingston



                                  The Holy Grail

             Live bands and dance music, comfy sofas – Green Square, Kingston



                                         Lot 33

               Live DJ, often plays a lot of dance music – Kennedy St, Kingston



                                          B Bar

                  Trendy Bar which often has a DJ – Kennedy St, Kingston



                                        Minque
              Upmarket trendy club with dance music – 17 Franklin St, Manuka




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Other fun spots around Canberra




                                       All Bar Nun

           Great for Sunday afternoon sessions with mates – MacPherson St, O‘Connor



                              Old Parliament House

 Friday night happy hour is the place to be. Happy hour prices and a DJ – King Georges Tce, Parkes



                                       Trinity Bar

                           Trendy cocktail bar – 28 Challis St, Dickson



                                  Old Canberra Inn

                   Canberra‘s oldest pub, lots of charm – Mouat Street, Lyneham



                                         The Hyatt

   Friday drinks for the suits and singles, jazz and free nibbles – Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla



                                Tilley’s Devine Cafe

Great for Sunday brunch, features blues in a bohemian setting – Cnr Wattle St Brigalow St, Lyneham




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RESTAURANTS
There are loads of great restaurants in Canberra. However, sometimes the challenge
can be finding them, as many of the best are tucked away at little local shopping
centres. A good bet is Dickson, Canberra‘s ‗Chinatown‘, which also includes
non-Asian restaurants. There‘s yum cha, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Indonesian,
Korean, Italian, Ethiopian and more.
Listed below is a sample of some of the great places to try.




         Civic
       Three Mothers Thai                              Caffe Della Piazza
       34 Garema Place, Civic                          19 Garema Pl, Civic
       (Ph: 6249 8900)                                 (Ph: 6248 9711)
      good, casual, inexpensive                      great Italian food; and
       food.                                          very popular.

       Lemon       Grass     Thai                      Gus’s Café
       Restaurant                                      Garema Arcade, Bunda St, Civic
       65 London Circuit, Civic                        (Ph: 6248 8118)
       (Ph: 6247 2779)                                really popular café; and
      fantastic food; and                             serves great coffee and meals.
      casual and reasonably
       priced.
                                                       Iori
       Tasuke                                          41 East Row, Civic
       122 Alinga St, Civic                            (Ph: 6257 2334)
       (Ph: 6257 9711)                                another Japanese restaurant just
      delicious and authentic                         round the corner from Tasuke,
       Japanese; and                                   and
      slightly pricey.                               a bit cheaper.

                                                       Chairman and Yip
       Turkish Pide House                              108 Bunda St,
       Civic (Ph: 6249 8700),                          (Ph: 6248 7109)
       Woden (Ph: 6260 3016),                         expensive but elegant asian food;
       Jamison (Ph: 6251 3325)                        some good Peking duck
      they do great banquets,
       particularly if you like                        Babar
       Turkish breads and dips.                        9/20 Allara St,
                                                       (Ph: 6248 6446)
                                                      good food and atmosphere


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   Dickson

  Dickson Asian Noodle                           Zeffirelli Pizza Restaurant
  House                                          Dickson (Ph: 6262 5500) and
  29 Woolley St, Dickson                         Belconnen (Ph: 6253 5500)
  (Ph: 6262 5903)                               cheap and delicious; and
 excellent value; and                           entrée size pastas from $6
 delicious noodles and                          (guaranteed to fill you up).
  fantastic laksa.




   Manuka / Kingston

   A great place to head if you are after a coffee or a bite to eat. Coffee shops and
   cafés line the main street.

  Belluci’s                                      Ginseng Restaurant
  Furneaux St, Maunka                            15 Flinders Way, Maunka
  (Ph: 6239 7424)                                (Ph: 62608346)
 Pasta, takeaway pizza                         Asian cuisine

  Verve                                          My Café
  Franklin St, Manuka                            Furneaux St, Maunka
  (Ph: 6239 4666)                                (Ph: 6295 6632)
 Stylish venue, good coffee                    Inexpensive food good for a
                                                 coffee

  Madam Woo                                      La Dolce Vita
  38 Giles St, Kingston                          34 Giles St, Kingston
  (Ph: 6232 6932)                                (Ph: 6295 7877)
  Excellent Asian food                         Wood fire pizzas are a specialty




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FEEL LIKE BEING A TOURIST? PLACES TO VISIT AND SIGHTS TO
SEE…

Australian War Memorial



Anzac Pde, Campbell
Ph: 02 6243 4211
Hours: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm daily
Cost: Free
Web: www.awm.gov.au

The War Memorial houses an amazing collection of pictures, dioramas, relics and
exhibitions, including a fine collection of old aircraft. For anyone with an interest in
toy soldiers, the miniature battle scenes are absorbing.

The Hall of Memory is the focus of the memorial. The Unknown Australian Soldier
was brought here from a WWI battlefield in 1993. Leading to the Hall is the
reflecting pool, its surrounding walls inscribed with the names of Australia's war
dead. The regular, free, guided tours offer a good introduction to the Memorial.

ANZAC Parade Walk
Anzac Pde, Reid
Ph: 02 6271 2888
Web: www.nationalcapital.gov.au

This commemorative walk stretches from the Australian War
Memorial, down Anzac Parade, towards the lake. There are
memorials along both sides of the road, in memory of those
that have fought and died in conflicts in which Australia has
been involved. The walk offers sweeping views over the lake to
Old Parliament House and New Parliament House (both look
great at night too); on the return journey the War Memorial and
Mount Ainslie are impressive.




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Parliament House




Parliament Dr, Capital Hill
Ph: 02 6277 5399
Hours: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm daily
Cost: Free.
Web: www.aph.gov.au

Opened in 1988, new Parliament House (as it‘s commonly known, to distinguish it
from the old Parliament House) is a marble-lined structure squatting at the apex of the
Parliamentary Triangle. Built into Capital Hill, the roof of the house is lined with
grass to make it blend in. The interior of the House is rather impressive—each of its
major sections is lined with Australian timbers, and it is littered with over 3,000 art
works bought or commissioned from Australian artists.

Visitors can wander around the public areas of the House, including the House of
Representatives and the Senate, though you may have to make a booking if something
particularly juicy is being debated.

Old Parliament House




King George Tce, Parkes
Ph: 02 6270 8222
Hours: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm daily
Cost: Adults $2, concession $1, families $5.
Web: www.oph.gov.au

Old Parliament House (OPH) further down the Hill towards the lake, was the seat of
Government from 1927 until 1988 and now lives on as a museum to its colourful past.
Far more modest than its successor, the old House resembles a slightly sprawling
wedding cake. You can take a tour of the building or wander its pleasant grounds.
The house is also home to the National Portrait Gallery where you will see works by
the likes of Dargie, Boyd and Arkley. OPH is located in close proximity to the
Finance offices which makes Friday nights Happy Hour very popular with staff!



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National Archives of Australia
                              Queen Victoria Tce, Parkes
                              Ph: 02 6212 3600
                              Hours:
                              Reading rooms: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Mon to Sat
                              Galleries: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm daily
                              Cost: Free
                              Web: www.naa.gov.au

                               Australia‘s memory bank: storing a vast collection of
                               Australian Governments‘ records. This fascinating
                               collection features historical Cabinet documents,
                               photographs, files, posters, maps, paintings, film, audio
tapes and electronic records, allowing visitors to get a glimpse of Australia‘s past.

Questacon—The National Science and Technology Centre
King Edward Tce, Parkes
Ph: 02 6270 2800
Hours: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm daily
Cost: Adults $15.50, child (to 16yrs) $9, family (2a + 3c)
$46, Concession $10.50
Web: www.questacon.edu.au

A different type of ‗museum‘ injecting excitement into
science, this is a ‗hands-on‘ museum that lives in a
purpose-built, snappy white building near the National
Gallery. There are over 200 devices in the Centre‘s five
galleries, including the earthquake experience, the
thongaphone, and the ‗Can you bowl faster than Alan
Donald?‘ display. It‘s designed for kids, but
unselfconscious adults won‘t have any trouble entertaining
themselves for an hour or two. It‘s educational and a lot of
fun!

National Gallery of Australia
Parkes Pl, Parkes
Ph: 02 6240 6411
Hours: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm daily
Cost: General admission free.
Web: www.nga.gov.au

The National Gallery, on the south shores of Lake Burley Griffin, has arguably the
best collection of art in the country. The Australian collection ranges from traditional
Aboriginal art through to twentieth century works by Arthur Boyd, Sidney Nolan and
Albert Tucker. Aboriginal works include bark paintings from Arnhem Land,
pukumani burial poles from the Tiwi people and printed fabrics from central
Australia. The collection is not confined to paintings: sculptures, prints, drawings,
photographs, furniture, ceramics, fashion, textiles and silverware are all on display.


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National Library of Australia
Parkes Pl, Parkes
Ph: 02 6262 1424
Hours: 9.00 am to 9.00 pm, Monday to Thursday;
       9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Friday to Saturday; and
       1.30 pm to 5.00 pm Sunday
Cost: Free
Web: www.nla.gov.au

Loosely modelled on Athens‘ Parthenon, the National Library of Australia is both a
popular tourist attraction and a cultural institution. If it was published in Australia,
they have a copy of it.

Australian National Botanic Gardens
                                Clunies Ross St, Acton
                                Ph: 02 6250 9540
                                Hours: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm; open to 8.00 pm January
                                and February.
                                Cost: Free, but nearby parking is charged.
                                Web: www.anbg.gov.au

                               On the lower slopes of Black Mountain, behind the
                               Australian National University, the beautiful 123-acre
                               Botanic Gardens are devoted to Australian flora.
                               There are educational walks, including one amongst
                               plants used by Aborigines. A highlight is the
                               rainforest area, achieved in this dry climate with a
                               misting system, while the eucalypt lawn has 600
species of this ubiquitous Australian tree. Take a guided walk, or relax at the pleasant
Kookaburra Cafe.

Telstra Tower
Black Mountain Dr, Acton
Ph: 02 6219 6111
Hours: 9.00 am to 10.00 pm daily
Cost: Children/concession $1.90, adult $6.

Some of the best views over Canberra and the surrounding
countryside, with a great historical display of the history of
telecommunications in Australia, the Tower also houses one
of the best restaurants in Canberra…And a handy hint: if
your car has an immobiliser, it‘s best to catch a bus up to the
Tower, as the signals from the Tower can interfere with car
immobilisers—a major hassle!




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National Museum of Australia
Acton Peninsula, Acton
Ph: 02 6208 5000
Hours: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm daily
Cost: Free
Web: www.nma.gov.au

Presents a uniquely colourful and exciting
look at Australian history. Its architecture is a landmark on Lake Burley Griffin.

National Zoo and Aquarium
Lady Denman Dr, Yarralumla
Ph: 02 6287 8400
Hours: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm daily
Cost: Children $12.50, concession $18.50, adult $23.50 (Note: adventure tours, which
include feeding the animals, cost extra)
Web: www.zooquarium.com.au

                                      Trek from Equatorial
                                      Africa to the depths of
                                      the Atlantic Ocean and
                                      meet all the creatures
                                      that call these exotic
                                      locations home. There
                                      are even a few they‘ve
                                      made themselves.

Cockington Green
Gold Creek Village, off the Barton Highway
Ph: 02 6230 2273
Hours: 9.30am - 4.15pm, 7 days a week
Cost: Adults $14.50, Children $7.50
Web: www.cockingtongreen.com.au

Cockington Green Gardens offers its visitors an
experience you will not find anywhere else. Venture
into this delightful and fascinating display of
meticulously crafted miniature buildings set within
beautifully landscaped gardens to make your
Canberra visit complete.




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THE SURROUNDING REGION

There are also many attractions in the surrounding region that are excellent for day
trips or short stays.

Wineries
Vineyards surround Canberra, producing ‗cool-climate‘ wines. Canberra‘s wineries
are often compared to the early days of the Hunter Valley, where the facilities are
authentic and the person pouring the wine is invariably the owner, grower, winemaker
and host. Cool climate rieslings and shirazes are definitely worth a try. Inexpensive
wine tours from Civic allow you to drink without driving or keep an eye out for the
SNoG Winery Tour. Dropping into one of the many wineries in the Murrumbateman
area for a relaxing weekend lunch is also recommended!

Brindabella Wine Tours
Ph: 02 6231 6997
Email: winetours@hotmail.com
Website: www.actwine.com.au
Duration: Half-day, full-day, two-day and weekend tours.
Cost: Half-day tour $129, full-day tour $179.

Wine Wisdom
Ph: 02 6260 7773
Email: info@winewisdom.com.au
Website: www.winewisdom.com.au

Snowy Mountains
                                     Jindabyne is only two hours south of Canberra,
                                     and is the gateway to the Perisher Blue and
                                     Thredbo snowfields. Packages varying from
                                     day trips to week-long stays are easy to find.
                                     SNoG and the Finance Social Club offer cheap
                                     ski trips each year.

Check out these websites for some great packages:
www.ozsnowadventures.com.au/aust.html and www.ski.com.au

The Snowy Mountains is also a popular summer destination that offers activities from
hiking Mt. Kosciusko and mountain biking to fishing and horse riding.

Lanyon
The beautifully restored Lanyon Homestead, beside the river near Tharwa, is about
30km south of the city. Convicts built the stone cottage on the site, and the grand
homestead, which dates from Canberra‘s grazier days, was completed in 1859. More
than a collection of pretty old buildings, this National Trust homestead documents the
life of the region before Canberra existed.




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The Nolan Gallery in the Homestead boasts some of Australian painter Sydney Nolan‘s
most famous Ned Kelly works. As you‘d expect, you can get a pretty nice Devonshire tea at
Lanyon.


Namadgi National Park
Namadgi takes up all the bits of the ACT that Canberra doesn‘t; that is, most of the
south-west. Part of the Park borders the mountainous Kosciusko National Park in the
NSW Snowy Mountains. There are seven peaks over 1600m in the Park, and some of
the bushwalking is downright challenging. Booroomba Rocks is one of the most
                    popular spots, with some great climbing and scrambling over its
                    huge granite boulders. Sometimes there's enough snow for cross-
                    country skiing.

                   The Park has a visitor information centre, or you can pick up
brochures from the Canberra visitor information centre. There are several picnic sites
and two campsites—you‘re not permitted to camp outside these. You can either get to
the Park in your own car on the road south from Tharwa to Adaminaby, or take a tour.

Tidbinbilla
The Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, 45km south-west of the city, is criss-crossed with
walking tracks. But the reason most visitors come here is to feed the semi-tame
kangaroos, be terrorised by the sandwich-snatching emus or scan the trees for the
possibly non-existent koalas.

The visitors centre here has some great displays on native fauna and flora. Tidbinbilla
is a great spot to take the kids for a picnic, or to do a couple
of short walks.

North of the nature reserve, the Tidbinbilla Tracking
Station, otherwise known as the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, is a
joint US–Australian eye on the sky (as seen in the movie ‗The Dish‘). The visitor
centre here has displays of spacecraft and tracking technology, and it‘s free to get in.

Corin Forest
Just south of the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Corin Forest is an adventure playground
                   with a difference. It‘s an all-year-round prospect for adventure
                   freaks—with the longest luge track in the southern hemisphere
                   (1km long), a flying fox, a snow play area in winter, and water
                   slides in summer.

                  It‘s open 10.00 am to 5.00 pm on weekends and public holidays,
                  and 10.00am to 4.00pm weekdays during ACT public school
                  holidays. Rides on the luge start at $7, with discounts for bulk
                  purchases (Ph: 02 6235 7333).




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South Coast
The beaches of the South Coast are approximately
two-hours drive from Canberra and are a very
popular weekend retreat for a lot of Canberrans.
Batemans Bay is the first coastal town you‘ll hit
and it offers plenty to do, with a great little
shopping district, a cinema and of course miles
and miles of beach.


For more information (and free newspapers) visit:

Canberra Tourism Visitors Centre
Northbourne Ave, Dickson ACT
Freecall 1800 026 166
Ph: 02 6205 0044
Fax: 02 6205 0776

Or visit their website at: www.canberratourism.com.au



Music
   Probably the only big festival in Canberra is Stonefest at the University of
    Canberra in October (www.stonefest.com.au).
   There are 3 main music venues in Canberra:

1. The Green Room in Woden www.greenroomcanberra.com
2. The ANU Bar in civic www.anuunion.com.au
3. The UC Refectory

The Green Room and ANU bar do local, up and coming and established bands,
mostly Australian music. They tend to cater for Triple J audiences. E.g. Pete Murray,
Clare Bowditch, Missy Higgins, The Panics, Dappled Cities Fly, Ben Lee, Bluebottle
Kiss. Bonus - tickets are pretty cheap! Maximum price is about $35.

AIS Arena and the Royal Theatre also get quite a few acts. Keep an eye on
www.ticketek.com.au or www.canberraticketing.com.au for upcoming events.

Cinemas
Each of the main shopping precincts in Canberra (Belconnen, Civic, Woden, Manuka,
and Tuggeranong) has big-name complexes. There is also an alternative, independent
cinema in Civic, Electric Shadows.

Hoyts
 Westfield Shopping Town, Belconnen (Ph: 02 6253 4533);
 Woden Plaza (Ph: 02 6282 4222);
 Tuggeranong (Ph: 02 6293 2622).

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Greater Union
 Civic (Ph: 02 6247 5522)
 Manuka (Ph: 02 6295 9042)

Dendy
 Canberra Centre (Ph: 02 6221 8900)

ANU Film Group

   ANU campus (Ph: 02 6247 2425) (www.anufg.org.au);
   $35 per semester to join (you don‘t have to be a student); attend as many films as
    you like;
   a range of arthouse, classic and mainstream movies are shown every week and on
    weekends; and
   they also offer a list of movies and session times with reviews on their website.

THEATRE
Canberra has a lively theatre culture with plenty of variety for enthusiasts. If treading
the boards is your thing, there is also a very active amateur drama culture in Canberra.
Another plus is that most theatres, orchestras, etc. have special deals for people under
27 and the savings can be quite substantial. You need to bring your driver‘s licence as
proof of your age when you sign up for the ‗Under 27‘ club.

Below are just a few of Canberra‘s theatre venues.

ANU Arts Centre
North Rd, Acton (Ph: 02 6215 5491)
 Every year, the multipurpose ANU Arts Centre, situated on the northern side of
   Union Court, hosts over 160 productions by amateur, semi-professional and
   professional arts groups.

Canberra Theatre Centre
Civic Square, London Cct, Canberra (Ph: 02 6243 5711)
 This is Canberra‘s principal performing arts venue, a one-stop shop hosting most
   of the region‘s large-scale theatrical productions, plus major works from interstate
   and overseas.

The Street Theatre
Childers St (Cnr University Ave), Canberra (Ph: 02 6247 1223)
 Situated between the CBD and the ANU, the Street Theatre is one of Canberra‘s
   most atmospheric and well-presented performance complexes.

Theatre 3
Ellery Cct, Acton (Ph: 02 6247 4222)
 From its ornate foyer to its comfortable arena, the theatrical residence of the
    Canberra Repertory Theatre presents well-loved drama in traditional style.




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SPORT AND LEISURE

Canberra is a wonderful place for cycling and inline skating. It has a great series of
tracks, especially around Lake Burley Griffin. There are water sports on Lake Burley
Griffin with canoes, catamarans, paddleboats and surf skis for hire. Canoeing and
white water rafting on the Murrumbidgee River are some other water-based activities.

Swimming in Lake Burley Griffin is not recommended. There are several fine
swimming spots along the Murrumbidgee and Cotter Rivers, such as Uriarra
Crossing, Casuarina Sands, Kambah Pool, the Cotter Dam, Pine Island, Point Hut
Crossing and Gibraltar Falls.

Bushwalking is one of Canberra‘s most popular activities and there are particularly
good walking tracks along the Murrumbidgee from Kambah Pool to Pine Island
(7km) or to Casuarina Sands (about 21km). The Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve has
marked trails. Orienteering is another popular sport that makes good use of
Canberra‘s plentiful parks and nature reserves. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy
abseiling in the Brindabella Mountains.

Canberra is generally regarded as the Mecca of mountain biking in Australia. It is the
home of the Mont 24 Hour, the biggest 24 hour mountain bike race in Australia. It has
some fantastic tracks for all types of riders. Some of these can be found at Mt Majura,
Mt Stromlo, Sparrow Hill and Kowan State Forest. For more information on
mountain biking, go to Canberra Off-Road Cyclist Online www.corc.asn.au.

Cruises and balloon and aeroplane flights are another way to get an angle on the city.
There is sometimes enough snow for cross country skiing in Namadgi National Park,
or you can enjoy the fake stuff at Corin Forest. For real snow, Thredbo and Perisher
snowfields are within three hours‘ drive. Also within three hours drive is the beach
on the South Coast.

Playing sport

                                             Canberra has a strong sporting tradition
                                             and many top-notch sporting facilities.
                                             Think about joining one of the local
                                             mixed competitions—it can be great fun
                                             and an excellent way to meet people.
                                             Some of the most popular are mixed
                                             netball, volleyball, soccer, cricket and
                                             touch football.


Finance also has a few Social Club-sponsored sporting events throughout the year as
well as lots of lunchtime games on the lawns between the Treasury building and JGB.
Graduates in the past have also formed teams in local sporting competitions and
SNoG has a sports and recreation committee that runs sporting events for Graduates.

Finance has a gym in the basement of JGB, but there are also many other gyms in
Canberra including: ANU Sports Union, the University of Canberra, Canberra
International Sports and Aquatic Centre, Southern Cross Fitness Centre, and some
facilities at the AIS are open to the public.
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Some sporting clubs include:

   AFL Canberra (Ph: 02 6232 6633);
   ACT Baseball Association (Ph: 02 6247 7244);
   ACT Cricket Association (Ph: 02 6239 6002);
   ACT Hockey Association (Ph: 02 6257 2374);
   ACT Indoor Cricket Federation (Ph: 0417 754 479);
   ACT Orienteering Association (Ph: 02 6251 3885);
   Tennis ACT (Ph: 02 6247 8804);
   Netball ACT (Ph: 02 6241 4088);
   Volleyball ACT (Ph; 02 6247 9587;
   Basketball Canberra (Ph: 02 6253 3066);
   Softball Canberra (Ph: 02 6278 3000); and
   ACT Rugby Union (Ph: 02 6260 8588).

Watching sport
Canberra is great for watching sport, as it is host to numerous elite sporting events.

Rugby Union
The ACT Brumbies compete in the Super 14 competition and are almost impossible
to beat on their home turf, Canberra Stadium in Bruce. (See www.brumbies.com.au)

Rugby League
The Canberra Raiders compete in the NRL and also play at Canberra Stadium. Take
advantage of their cheap season ticket offer. (See www.raiders.com.au)

Aussie Rules
The Sydney Swans will play two home games at Manuka Oval in 2008.

Basketball
The Canberra Capitals compete in the WNBL. They play their home games at the
AIS Arena. (See www.canberracapitals.com)

Tennis
The Canberra Women‘s Classic is a lead-up event to the Australian Open and will be
played 6-13 January 2008.

Cricket
The PM XI‘s cricket match is held at Manuka Oval each summer. The 2008 match,
against Sri Lanka, will be played 30 January.




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      CALENDAR OF EVENTS
                   January                                          February                                  March

                                                8-17 National Muliticultural Festival   8-16 Celebrate Canberra
                                                12   Sri Lanka v India (cricket)        20-24 National Folk Festival
                             3-6 Summernats
                                 Car Festival
6-13 Canberra Womens Classic                       18    Tropfest
25 Australia Day Live Concert
                                                 22-24 Royal Canberra Show


        30   Prime Ministers XI
             v Sri Lanka                                24      Black Opal
                                                                Stakes

                     April                                            May                                      June

5-6   Canberra District Wine Harvest            7-18    Canberra international Music    1-3   Rally of Canberra
               Festival                                 Festival
12-20 Canberra Balloon Fiesta
24    Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch Relay
25    ANZAC Day Dawn Service



                                                                                        28-29 National Capital DanceSport
                                                                                              Championships
                   July                                               August                              September

July is a quite time in Canberra, so make        2-31    Fireside Festival                   13-12(Oct) Floriade
the most of it and head to the snow for a
                  weekend!

 Check out these websites for some great
               packages:
www.ozsnowadventures.com.au/aust.html

            www.ski.com.au/                             7-10 Canberra Craft and Quilt Fair
                                                        16-24 Australian Science Festival




               October                                             November                               December

                                                                                              Make the most of the South Coast and get
                           7-8 Australian 24hr     Wine, Roses and                           in a relaxing weekend away before the rest
                               Mountain Bike        all that Jazz                            of Canberra escapes in the January rush!!!
                               Race                    (TBA)
14    Wellbeing Fiesta                                                                             www.canberratourism.com.au

     19-21                                                                   Tuggeranong
     Oktoberfest                                                             Community
     Canberra                                                                  Festival      OTHER EVENTS TO LOOK OUT
                                                                               (TBA)                        FOR:
                                                                                             Parliamentary sittings – see
23     Tuliptop Festival                                                                       www.aph.gov.au
                                                                                             Various embassy open days

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