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Rich his­to­ries and lush coun­try­sides that will leave even a non-aus­tralian go­ing “Crikey

For an “ace” ed­u­ca­tion in the his­to­ries and sim­ple life­styles of the Aussie folk, give Can­berra a burl! No ex­pe­ri­ence would be more “dinky-di” than a visit to the na­tion’s cap­i­tal, also named the world’s most live­able city in the world ac­cord­ing by OECD.

Start your day when vis­it­ing Can­berra with Lake Bur­ley Grif­fin, the cen­tre­piece of the city used for many leisurely ac­tiv­i­ties such as yacht­ing, kayak­ing and wind­surf­ing. Per­haps one of the best ways how­ever to ex­pe­ri­ence the 35 kilo­me­tre perime­ter of this man­made won­der is to have the winds bel­low­ing through your hair while cy­cling around. Af­ter a morn­ing of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, find out about the ori­gins of Can­berra at the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Ex­hi­bi­tion through in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays and mul­ti­me­dia mod­els. The ex­hi­bi­tion also of­fers sev­eral LEGO mod­els of im­por­tant land­marks around the city. If one misses the toll of church bells, the Na­tional Car­il­lon sit­u­ated on Aspen Is­land with its 55 chim­ing bronze bells would be sure to fill one’s long­ing. The car­il­lon was a gift from the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment to the peo­ple of Aus­tralia to com­mem­o­rate the 50th an­niver­sary of Can­berra. While the

ap­pre­ci­a­tion of art maybe sub­ject to in­di­vid­ual tastes, lo­cals in uni­son have called the Na­tional Gallery the na­tion’s finest col­lec­tion of Aus­tralian art. This year, the gallery will have the gra­cious hon­our of host­ing more than 100 rare trea­sures from the Palace of Ver­sailles in France in­clud­ing per­sonal items from French roy­alty like Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette. Those in­ter­ested will have to visit Can­berra in De­cem­ber. To be able to take in the whole of Can­berra, the most scenic views can be found a top the Telstra Tower. Ris­ing some 195 me­tres atop Black Moun­tain, the tower of­fers panoramic views of the city and its sur­round­ing coun­try­side from an in­door ob­ser­va­tion deck. A re­volv­ing restau­rant is housed within the iconic tower which al­lows vis­i­tors to ex­pe­ri­ence the en­tire chang­ing view of Can­berra in 81 min­utes.

If one ex­pe­ri­ences enough of the con­crete jun­gle and wishes to re­turn to na­ture, then com­fort can be found in the form of Na­madgi Na­tional Park. Just a brief 45 minute drive away and one can be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the com­pany of kan­ga­roos, wal­la­bies, crim­son rosel­las or north­ern cor­ro­boree frogs amongst the wet gul­lies and wood­lands. Na­madgi Na­tional Park of­fers un­par­al­leled scenic green­ery. If the no­tion of a sim­pler life give you pause, then take the op­por­tu­nity to find the old camp­sites of the Ngun­nawal peo­ple whose lan­guage has since gone ex­tinct. It’s not quite Aus­tralia if one ne­glects to visit wine vil­lages of Mur­rum­bat­e­man lo­cated on the out­skirts of Can­berra. Re­mark­ably, with a pop­u­la­tion of less than 3,000 peo­ple, the vil­lage has de­vel­oped as a grape grow­ing area pro­duc­ing a va­ri­ety of wines which in­clude san­giovese, ries­ling, chardon­nay and shi­raz. The area is also known for its many an­tiques and coun­try-styled home wares which make for a fine col­lec­tion which would be the envy of your house guests. Fur­ther ig­nite your spirit of ad­ven­ture by trav­el­ling to the town of Yass which is home to the Yass & Dis­trict Mu­seum that pays tribute to the life and work of ex­plorer and gra­zier Hamil­ton Hume. The leg­endary ex­plorer had led the first of the Euro­pean ex­pe­di­tions to help dis­cover the Dar­ling River, Aus­tralia’s third longest river which mea­sures some 1,400 kilo­me­tres. An­other not to be missed sight in the hum­ble town is the Cooma Cot­tage which is listed as the old­est sur­viv­ing ru­ral houses in New South Wales. The land­mark is listed on the NSW reg­is­ter and is man­aged by the Na­tional Trust. The Cooma Cot­tage was ac­tu­ally the home of Hamil­ton Hume which was pur­chased af­ter he con­cluded his ex­pe­di­tion and de­cided to live a new life as a pas­toral­ist. The sight is per­fect for af­ter­noon pic­nics and a mid evening si­esta.

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