Are there only two good times a year to be in Canberra, March and September? If this is true, here are my latest reflections on this inland city that is the capital of Australia. Apart from the museums and Government related sites or institutions to visit, Canberra is also a place to get fit, soak in the fresh air and enjoy the views. If you are a foreign diplomat or Federal Government officer, then you do call this valley home. The big lights and crowds of other cities are far away and you can huddle and embrace this unique experience - or soak in a research or academic atmosphere of the universities. Generally Canberra is a great homely place to bring up families - and then send the children to the so-called big and bad world outside. They then return as adventurers, achievers, experienced brothers or sisters - and re-seek comfort in the broad avenues, quiet resilience and cocktail parties of what is always a home town.
|A pair of lovers not the foreshores of Lake Burley Griffith, near the National Carillon.|
|A bird soars at the Questacon, King Edward Terrace, Parkes.|
|Dobinson's Big Breakfast, Canberra Centre|
|View of Captain Cook Jet and Telecoms Tower on Black Mountain in the background -view through the willows.|
|Outdoors is best when the sun is benign and shining.|
|The double decker bus is an excellent idea.|