Is Canberra worth visiting for a day or two? Anything interesting to do around there?

Is Canberra worth visiting for a day or two? Anything interesting to do around there? Thinking of going there and Corin Forest to experience cold weather and see some snow, or if it’s better just staying around Sydney

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  1. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    I take it you're Australian? Its worth a couple of days if you're interested, some interesting cultural stuff and nice nature.
    If you're foreign then it really depends how much time you have and what you're interested in. If you'd like to learn about our politics and history, not to mention art, it has lots of cultural institutions that are pretty decent, but given the size of this country you could do better if you have limited time.

    • 10 months ago
      Anonymous

      German, but living in SEA. That does sound nice actually.

      https://i.imgur.com/Kkpeo6I.jpg

      Canberra is ok for a few days. You can visit Questacon, the War Memorial, the National Gallery, visit Parliament House, hire a paddle boat on Lake Burley Griffin. You can also visit the mini-village and gardens of wienerington Green (picrel). If you want to see snow you can also consider the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, Katoomba, Mt Victoria and Lithgow.

      Yeah I’ve heard those places get snow too…but might be quite rare. I guess the blue mountains are worth visiting either way.

      • 10 months ago
        Anonymous

        If you want to see snow in Canberra you're unlikely to see it unless you're lucky in winter. It was frosty today but only -6 or something. You'd need to head south into the mountains like Kosciusko. You could see some nice snow on the Brindabellas from a distance in Canberra in winter though.

    • 10 months ago
      Anonymous

      Thoughts on settling in canberra?

      I think the east coast will probably be the most livable part of australia longterm with water shortages, but Id prefer somewhere less gay/stupid than sydney/melbourne

      • 10 months ago
        Anonymous

        I lived there for three years.
        re: your second point about "gay/stupid" I assume you mean politically liberal. Canberra consistently has the highest Labor vote in the country because it has the highest concentration of people who have completed tertiary education. If you're looking to avoid idpol stuff, Canberra is not a good choice.

        I fricking despised living there. Not because of politics, but because so many of the people there are in some weird stepford wives situation for the new age, everyone wants a white picket fence and to act morally superior to others while being just as selfish and ignorant as bogans in any other country town. People are standoffish and condescending, but ask nearly any resident and they'll tell you its a marvelous place filled with friendly people. Most of them have never lived in a real city with an established network in their adult life, so they have no idea how fricking wrong they are. Its just over educated yuppies with a complex lacking any self awareness whatsoever.

        Melbourne is the only good place to live in this country unless you just want to isolate yourself in some small coastal town.

        • 10 months ago
          Anonymous

          The majority of Labor's voters are still the working class, it's Greens voters to avoid. Something which Canberra also has a high number of.

          Thoughts on settling in canberra?

          I think the east coast will probably be the most livable part of australia longterm with water shortages, but Id prefer somewhere less gay/stupid than sydney/melbourne

          You might like Adelaide, still a city, people aren't batshit, and has been improving a lot since the 2000s.
          Some might say there's 'nothing to do' but when you ask what they do, they only tried visiting Hindley Street which has shitty clubs, and none of the side streets which have all the actual nice restaurants and bars. There's also plenty of nature reserves and walking trails fairly close by, and beach 15mins from the city. And since the virus they've had a boom. It's like a half hour flight from Melbourne, an hour and a bit from Sydney, and has a Mediterranean climate.
          Demographically it's primarily Anglo-Celtic Australian with a high number of Germans (though mostly assimilated), a fair amount of Italians and Greeks, a notable amount of Chinese but far, far less than Melbourne and Sydney and contained mostly within the CBD in student accomodation, some Indians mainly from Punjab in the north-east suburbs, also some Vietnamese, and a very small South Sudanese community in the far northern suburbs, and small Afghan community in the inner north. Virtually no Arabs.
          Politically, it's a solid Labor state owing to once being the manufacturing hub of the nation, currently controlled by Labor Right, the non-pozzed faction.
          I enjoyed living there, good produce too.

          • 10 months ago
            Anonymous

            >The majority of Labor's voters are still the working class, it's Greens voters to avoid. Something which Canberra also has a high number of.
            Sure, my point was that they are left-voting yuppies

  2. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    Canberra is ok for a few days. You can visit Questacon, the War Memorial, the National Gallery, visit Parliament House, hire a paddle boat on Lake Burley Griffin. You can also visit the mini-village and gardens of wienerington Green (picrel). If you want to see snow you can also consider the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, Katoomba, Mt Victoria and Lithgow.

  3. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    Museums are alright if that's your thing, but overall it's a working city. not really geared towards tourists.

    If you're on the way to see snow at perisher/thredbo, sure an overnight trip could be worthwhile as a break, otherwise just stop there for lunch and move on

  4. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    why would anyone go to canberra? theres nothing there

  5. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Is Canberra worth visiting for a day or two? Anything interesting to do around there?
    fireworks, porn and drugs are legal
    there's the war memorials which are pretty cool
    thats about it though, the city literally only exists because of the government

    • 10 months ago
      Anonymous

      >fireworks, porn and drugs are legal
      This is very out of date

  6. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    Only the war memorial was good really, the other museums have been taken over by woke non-sense which downplays the white creation of the nation. Mount Ainslie is nice as is the old parliament house.

    You can watch the fricking dog scum debate each other in the real parliament sometimes, but this generally induces nausea.

    Blundell's cottage is cool and the lake is also a nice walk. The GG'S house is decent too.

  7. 10 months ago
    Anonymous
  8. 10 months ago
    Anonymous
  9. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    There's a lot of museums and art galleries, some old state buildings, tinder with bored married civil servents.
    It's like Ankara

  10. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    Nothing. It's boring as hell. Go to Mt Kosciuszko if you want snow.

  11. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    spend an extra couple of days in Melbourne tbh. only reason you might want to come is if you're road tripping from syd-mel. canberra is fine but it's not worth going out of your way for

  12. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    I've been living here the past 3 years.
    Great spot to live because there's not much traffic and living standards are pretty good. But it's not all that exciting to visit.
    The War Memorial is on of the nicest buildings in the country for photography but it's currently under construction and there are different facdes blocking different views every day at the moment. But they have a Last Post ceremony every day at about 4:30 or maybe 5:30 where they run through the story of soemone killed in war. On wednesday's the Fed Guard do a bit of drill during the ceremony.
    The National Arboretum is nice and gives some nice views across the lake.
    Questacon is fun if you have any interest in science and physics.
    Some nice scenery if you're a photographer. But really, it's a city for people to go to work more than for holidays.
    I prefer living in Canberra but Melbourne is probably better for a holiday.
    Canberra's public transport kinda sucks but everything is close together anyway.
    Make sure you see the Belconnen Penis Owl.
    Or stand outside Parliament house with a big "Honk if you're against climate change" sign.

    • 10 months ago
      Anonymous

      Also, It was better 4 months ago. Now that the trees have all lost their leaves, it's a much worse looking place. Mid autumn, there is a lot of colour and the walks around the lake are much nicer. Now you can get some cool views through the morning fog but it's a grey city right now.

  13. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

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    >Im planning on trying out melbourne for the first stop of my WHV. Want to gauge how your big cities are. Also astonished at how affordable it is compared to canada. Melbourne rental prices are like a half of what toronto is at right now
    Melbourne is very large geographically relative to its population. As a tourist you're unlikely too see much of it though, you have little to no reason to see 90% of it.
    Prices are in a weird place, the cost of rent in Australia has sky rocketed for years, with Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra being unbearably expensive in particular. In the last year prices in Melbourne have stayed somewhat stable while Sydney and Canberra have continued to explode.
    Relative to wages the prices are out of control and the country is considered to be in a 'rental crisis' at the moment with many people being forced out of their homes due to rising rents.
    >What exactly are the greens, like our NDP/Bernie bros types?
    Probably like your Leaf Greens? They started primarily as an environmental party, swung to idpol for a fair while and are currently in the process of trying to piggy back off the Bernie momentum in the US to middling effect. If you have the typical "SighSee" political world view you'll probably despise them.

  14. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

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    I moved to Canberra when the Army posted me here. It's sick but probably because all the people I have out with are military who generally didn't grow up without public servant parents.
    I love living here but generally assume someone's probably a private school flog if they were born here.

  15. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    There are lots of museums there but apart from that it’s a bit of a ghost town.
    I went to the museum under the national memorial and it was very good.

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