Things to do in Canberra
Canberra''s Fiesta is a good way to get to know the city from an
unusual perspective. The sight of dozens of colourful hot air
balloons rising gently into the early morning air from the lawns in
front of Canberra''s Old Parliament House is stirring. Perhaps that
is why Canberra''s Fiesta has become Australia''s premier ballooning
event, and the city''s signature autumn event. To complement the
spectacle of the majestic balloons, there are also numerous other
entertainments, sideshows and food stalls laid on in the vicinity
for the duration of the fiesta.
Some other interesting activities in Canberra include visits to
the Australian Railway Historical Society and the National Zoo and
Aquarium. The Australian Railway Historical Society Inc operates
regular Sunday steam train rides to Royalla on the first and third
Sunday of each month, and on the second and fourth Sunday operates
rail motor trains to Royalla. Ride the ''Spirit of Tuggeranong'' or
the ''Tin Hare Express'' to Royalla, enjoy a picnic lunch and then
hop back on for the return trip. Other trips available include
evening railroad dinner and dancing trips. The trains operate from
Queanbeyan Railway Station, Henderson Road.
View exotic and native animals, ocean and freshwater fish,
reptiles and amphibians at the National Zoo and Aquarium. See
leopards, lions, tigers, cougars, bears, monkeys, Tasmanian devils,
sharks and Barrier Reef exhibits. Feed kangaroos and pat dingoes.
The complex is beside Lake Burley Griffin, and large habitats
provide ideal viewing for education and enjoyment.