Canberra - home of roundabouts, pollies & many natural highs
Our nation's capital Canberra, much maligned because of its many roundabouts and also the inhabitants of that house high on the hill (Parliament House). A favourite destination for school excursions for many years this small city now has a reputation for all things cultural including a huge boon in Canberra being seen as a foodie destination. So next time you find yourself in our capital why not check out some of these high highlights.
The best legal high you can get in Canberra is at Black Mountain Tower, otherwise known as Telstra Tower. For those of you who are vertically challenged, as in you suffer from vertigo, a visit to this 195m high Tower may not be high on your list of priorities but the view of Canberra and its surrounds is truly magnificent. From the observation desk you can see for 360 degrees and apparently there is a revolving restaurant due to open soon. Whether it is during the day or at night this is the best spot to start your explore of Canberra. Located at the Tower is also Canberra's highest post box, a fascinating little titbit that you all needed to know!
Another place to get up high in Canberra is at the latest and greatest tourist hot spot - the National Arboretum. Opened last year, this space is home to a fantastic playground called the Pod (which you can climb up high in), a visitor's centre, cafes, sculpture gardens, picnic grounds and obviously loads and loads of trees. The views over Canberra are breathtaking especially from high on Dairy Farmers Hill. You can choose to drive, hike or ride up to the hill where you will have a bird's eye view over the entire city.
Every time I've visited Canberra I've always seen a high but narrow building located on an island in Lake Burley Griffin. On our last visit I just had to ask a local what it was and they told me it was our National Carillon (that's a bell tower to you and I). Apparently it has 55 bells and they chime regularly, every quarter of an hour to be exact. On the hour, a short tune can be heard in the surrounding 100m - so for those campanologists amongst you, make sure you take the time to listen.
If you look high up in the sky most mornings in Canberra you will see majestic hot air balloons. These balloons sail gently across the Canberra sky and offer the highest view of all in the capital. A 45 minute ride at dawn with Balloon Aloft is the perfect way to start your day and once you descend from your high you can enjoy a sumptuous champagne breakfast at the sublime institution that is the Hyatt Hotel.
Once you have come down from your high you may need to find somewhere to stay. An excellent choice is Alivio Tourist Park. It's close to the city centre and has accommodation to suit all needs and budgets. There is so much more to Canberra than roundabouts and politicians. Next time you are planning a short break or even a full family holiday consider the capital, there is so much to see and do. And don't worry if you suffer from full on acrophobia there are also many things to do on terra firma!