Sunday, July 31, 2016

Belconnen's Best: Top 18 Things to do in Belconnen

Belconnen is one of Canberra's best assets
Belconnen. Canberra's great city of the north-west has so much to offer. I've lived in this beautiful area for over four years now, and I'm still discovering new things to do. Here is a list of my favourites so far... Read more...
Belconnen Arts Centre. Image from

Monday, July 25, 2016

Australian Sketchbook: Colonial Life and the Art of S.T. Gill at the National Library Australia

Be transported back to 19th century Australia
Now you can enjoy more than 200 works from Australian artist, S.T. Gill (including paintings, drawings, watercolours, and prints) at National Library Australia exhibition, Australian Sketchbook: Colonial Life and the Art of S.T. Gill until 16 October 2016. Read more...
Title page from The Australian Sketchbook by S.T.G 1864–65, chromolithograph, State Library Victoria

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Author Talk with Cheryl Strayed at National Library of Australia

Meet the author of bestselling book ‘Wild’ in person
If you enjoyed the book (or movie) 'Wild' by Cheryl Strayed as much as I did, you will be pretty excited about the opportunity to meet Cheryl in person at 6-7pm on Wednesday 10 August 2016 at the National Library of Australia (NLA). Read more...
Author talk with Cheryl Strayed at 6-7pm on Wednesday 10 August 2016 at the National Library of Australia. Image from

Saturday, July 23, 2016

On War with Dr Meleah Hampton at National Library of Australia

Learn more about the First World War battle of Pozières
The battle of Pozières was a brutal two-week fight for the French village of Pozières, as well as the ridge it is located on. This battle is particularly significant in Australian history, due to the high number of Australian casualties incurred during this First World War battle. Read more...
Free talk: On War with Dr Meleah Hampton at National Library Australia. Image from

Friday, July 22, 2016

Zest Cafe at the Raiders Club, Gungahlin

Great value meals and drinks, plus a playground for the kids
As our kids have grown older, we have tried to establish a regular 'family night out'. The kids are still pretty young (both under 5) so our restaurant of choice needs to have:

1. Family-friendly seating – so the kids can move around without annoying other patrons. Read more...
$12 Chicken Schnitzel Special every Wednesday night at Raiders Club, Gungahlin. Image from Raiders Club Facebook page

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Art Pack Creative Workshops for Children at Belconnen Arts Centre

Art and craft workshops (without the mess at home)
I'd love to do more art and craft activities with my children (aged two and four). I enjoy craft, and consider myself quite a creative person, but am never sure what activities to do with them. Some things I've tried have been too tricky, (leading to lots of frustration and toddler tantrums), and others much too messy! I was pretty excited when I discovered the Art Pack creative workshops for children 2-5 years old at Belconnen Arts Centre on Saturdays, 9:30-10:30am from 30 July - 12 September. Read more...
Art Pack - creative workshops for 2-5 year-olds at Belconnen Arts Centre

HART.R8 for Hartley Indoor Cycle Challenge

Get your HARTR8 pumping in the 6hr indoor cycle challenge
With the Tour de France in full-swing at the moment, there's no better time to don some Lycra and unleash your inner cyclist by participating in an indoor cycle challenge. Read more...
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Small Art Adventures for 5-7 year-olds at Belconnen Arts Centre

Winter craft workshops for 5-7 year-olds
The weather is not great - it's not outdoor playground weather, but the kids are climbing the walls on the weekends. How can you get them out of the house, whilst keeping them warm and dry? Small Art Adventures at Belconnen Art Centre could be just what they need. Read more...
A Small Adventures creation. Image from

Friday, July 8, 2016

Bush Capital Bush Marathon Festival 2016

In comparison to running mostly on roads and footpaths around my local suburb, running in the bush feels like a complete indulgence for the senses. The refreshing scents from the native vegetation, coupled with glimpses of native fauna make for a very special experience. Often referred to as "the bush capital" Canberra is a prime location for the Bush Marathon Festival on the weekend of the 6-7 August 2016.  Read more...

Monday, July 4, 2016

Resolution Run Series 2016

Lake Tuggeranong fun run series
Your pre-dawn alarm goes off. You roll over and look at the temperature outside on your phone. The figure displayed is below 0 degrees Celsius! It's cold Canberra winter mornings like these that take every fibre of your being to roll out of bed, put on your running gear and head outside for a run.

From my experience, nothing inspires you to get out of bed and brave the cold like an impending running race. Read more...
The picturesque course around Lake Tuggeranong. Image from