"Wonderful, immoral, tempting and terribly ........" Top 5 Page for this destination Canberra by wabat

Canberra Travel Guide: 951 reviews and 2,618 photos

In 1963 Prime Minister Menzies described Canberra as:

"Wonderful, immoral, tempting and terribly satisfactory"

Welcome to my Canberra page - getting around

While you are at liberty to delve into reviews and tips on this page and look at them in any order you like, as this page has started to grow, I have decided to group my offerings into manageable sections (see below) based on geographic location (Canberra’s Districts) within the city and its surrounding area. While the actual Districts are as depicted along side I have taken some liberties given the relative importance of Districts from a visitor perspective. Accordingly I have:

• carved out of North and South Canberra the area commonly referred to as the Parliamentary Triangle (picture below) and divided it into two
• Carved ANZAC Drive and the area around the National Australian War Memorial out of North Canberra
• combined Weston Creek and Woden
• added Hall Village in the north of the Australian Capital Territory to Gungahlin.

Sights in other outer Districts of the Australian Capital Territory are combined into the closest District or grouping listed, though I have a separate page on Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Namadgi National Park.

The final grouping - Cycling and Driving Routes – includes reviews which cover two or more Districts and are essentially composite reviews/tips wherein I link to many other reviews.

If you chose to follow the reviews within one of these grouping (by clicking on ‘Next review’ at the end of each review) do not follow links within individual reviews (unless they leave my Canberra Page – in which case, by all means follow it but do come back!) as each review on my Canberra page excluding those separately grouped under Transportation, Warnings and Dangers and Restaurants is covered in one of the groupings below.

Let's get going

Select one of the following and enjoy the journey

1. The Parliamentary Triangle – South Side 26 reviews/tips

2. The Parliamentary Triangle – North Side 17 reviews/tips

3. Australian National War Memorial & ANZAC Parade 29 reviews/tips

4. North Canberra 24 reviews/tips
....North Canberra B 4 reviews/tips

5. South Canberra 13 reviews/tips

6. Gungahlin, Hall and Northern ACT 2 reviews/tips

7. Belconnen 1 review/tip

8. Woden, Weston Creek and Western ACT 6 reviews/tips

9. Tuggeranong and Southern ACT 6 reviews/tips

10. Cycle and Drive Routes – Composite tips 9 reviews/tips

New reviews

Being aware that some readers on Virtual Tourist like to easily find new reviews, I will also group new reviews added in a particular period (commencing July 2014) and indicate the next new review thus “Next xxxx to xxxx Reivew ”, xxxx to xxxx being the period grouped. New reviews are also combined into one of the groupings above so this additional grouping need only concern readers who are reading this page on a regular basis.

New Canberra reviews Dec 2014 - 5 May 2015 21 reviews/tips

New Canberra reviews July – November2014 10 reviews/tips

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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    May 5, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    G'day, Albert! Thanks for your great page about the Wonderful Canberra! Reading your page has been a real eye-opener for me...

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Canberra is fantastic! So much to see and do here. The military memorials, statues, Parliment Exterior and the interior is fabulous. The Red Hill View is wonderful too! I also like the shepards cottage! I'll come back to see more!

  • wise23girl's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2015 at 1:22 AM

    Every time I read that title for Canberra I love it!!! Might just give a few thumbs up ...have a few minutes in between while preparing food for tea....

    • wabat's Profile Photo
      Mar 30, 2015 at 6:07 AM

      Molly thank you for popping in for a look at some of my latest additions to this page.

  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Dec 31, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Happy Birthday Albert, i know your enjoyed the Fireworks some time back, we still have another 52 minutes to NYC's times square TV coverage of those yells down Parliament Hill, but i'm staying home, too freezin chilly outside ;-))) Veels Gleuk vir 2015

  • lmkluque's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Back to check out more of your Canberra page. So interesting to read.

    • wabat's Profile Photo
      Aug 4, 2014 at 6:43 AM

      Thank you. I meant i have lots of new tips to write .. Its just hard to get time!

    • lmkluque's Profile Photo
      Aug 4, 2014 at 6:48 AM

      Oh that! Yes, I have "real" gaps and new tips to write too. :-)

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Now I think I have read all the tips on your Canberra page. Though I don't think I'll be coming to Australia any time soon (not being a fan of long-distance flights), I do enjoy reading well-written tips on VT.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Me again, coming back to read your Off the Beaten Path tips this time. Those walks in the Nature Reserve sound very interesting – especially that cool one under the canopy of trees to the cascades.

    • wabat's Profile Photo
      May 15, 2014 at 4:21 AM

      You are most welcome. We are lucky to have such great walks close to the City.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    May 3, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    I have just finished reading the rest of your comprehensive and thoughtful Things to Do tips. If Canberra weren't so far away from Frankfurt I would go and do some of the things you recommend.

    • wabat's Profile Photo
      May 3, 2014 at 5:09 AM

      Thank you for returning again to read and rate my Canberra page. It would be great to see you out here sometime - just cant promise you an opera - you'd need to get your fix in Sydney on the way through.

  • tropicrd's Profile Photo
    Feb 26, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    Haha. Love your quote. It sums it up perfectly.I like Canberra..good pages.qoute

  • wise23girl's Profile Photo
    Feb 24, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    I showed your quote to a friend and she reminded me that Rockhampton had a one too...so as imitation is the sincerest form of flattery ..have a look
    "On the Tropic of Capricorn" - Rockhampton by wise23girl

    If you scroll to the bottom of the intro I give you a mention!

    Oh you might have to wait for the update to come through


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