• Rev. John Martin

Stay a little longer!

Planning to come to the Fair Trade Faith Conference in April? To plan where to stay and book accomodation go to our Find Accommodation page for some help.

If you can spare some extra time why not arrive early, or stay a little longer and see some of what Queanbeyan, Canberra and the surrounding countryside have to offer?

I have been doing some research and here are a few of the things which might persuade you to linger for a few more days.

The great outdoors:

Right on Queanbeyan's doorstep is Molonglo Gorge. It promises great walks and pretty waterfalls. In April it can start to get chilly so bring a warm jacket!

Molonglo Gorge, on the outskirts of Queanbeyan. Googong Dam is nearby too.

And if you venture further afield you can visit Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra, or even the Snowy Mountains if you drive far enough South!

History and Culture:

Queanbeyan has some historical buildings, including the old Royal Hotel, where the food is said to be well worth a visit. And for something a little more unusual, there is a Mysterious Queanbeyan by Moonlight Tour! You can find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/mysteriousqbnbymoonlight. Not for the faint hearted I suppose.

Canberra offers so much that a few days is hardly enough- Parliament House (go and lobby for Fair Trade or an end to modern day slavery...), the War Memorial, Questacon (a lot of fun even for the not-so-young), and all the "nationals"- National Gallery, National Portrait gallery, National Museum, National Zoo and Aquarium, National Botanic Gardens...and plenty more. This website has all the information you need: https://visitcanberra.com.au/ and this blog by a Canberra tour guide has some insider information too: https://visitcanberra.com.au/articles/200/a-tour-guides-guide-to-canberra.

Many years ago I recall a visit to Lanyon Homestead, 40 minutes drive South of Canberra. It is a beautiful old historic house and I see now from its website that it has come firmly into the 21st century with a Barracks Espresso Bar and Eatery!

Food and Drink

And if food and drink are your interest then there are scores of wineries to visit within less than an hour's drive from Canberra. Find them here: https://visitcanberra.com.au/articles/10/discover-the-delights-of-canberras-wine-regions

What's on in April and May?

Canberra has tons of things happening both before and after the conference to cater for all interests; Here are just a handful, but head to the Visit Canberra website for plenty more ideas.

25 April. Anzac day at the Australian War Memorial

14-29 April Canberra and Region Heritage Festival

11 Jan-29 April Arthur Streeton, The Art of War at National Gallery of Australia

27 April- 6 May Canberra International Music Festival, Ainslie Arts Centre

5-6 May Handmade Market, Exhibition Park, EPIC

8-12 May The Bleeding tree (An Australian murder ballad) Canberra Theatre Centre

More than enough inspiration for a few extra days in and around Queanbeyan, make the most of your time there!

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