Quality Hotel Dickson
Corner Cape & Badham Street
Canberra, AC 2602
Phone: (61) 2 62474744
Fax: (61) 2 62474455
Chinatown is a small, but interesting area. Chinese New Year is celebrated here with Dragon dancing and firecrackers. Start at Badham Street, then walk south towards Cape Street, to the Saigon Asian Food shop, for exotic vegetables, buns and groceries. Turn into Woolley Street where the majority of the restaurants are located. See the barbecued ducks hanging in a restaurant window, rent a Chinese video, have a herbal remedy created for you or visit a supermarket that sells Kung Fu shoes and chopsticks. Finish your walk with lunch at one of the many Asian restaurants.
The Canberra and Region Visitors Centre is conveniently located on Northbourne Avenue, the main road into Canberra. Here you can get all the information you need such as where to stay, where to eat, what to see and what to do. The friendly staff, some of whom are volunteers, can book your accommodation on the spot or you can ring the center, using your credit card. You can also get maps and brochures about the vast number of attractions in the national capital.
Located only minutes from the heart of the city, see the night sky as you have never seen it before. Seven thousand amazing stars can be seen in the Space Dome, rain or shine, night or day. Just for an evening, unravel a bit of mystery, solve an eternal question or dream into the beyond. A trip to the night sky may be just the thing to bring a little sunshine back into your life.
St Ninian's church was built in 1862 as a Presbyterian church and in 1977 became the Uniting Church. It was founded by Scottish settlers, many of whom were shepherds in the district. Local stone from Black Mountain Nature Park was used to build this simple church with volunteer labor. The church fell into disrepair in the years between 1921 to 1947 but was later extended and renovated. The church seats 144 people. It has a plain interior except for the geometrically patterned, stained-glass windows.
This Anglican church has a colorful history. It was built in the 1860s about 300 kilometers away from Canberra. Originally, this church was the Rookwood Cemetery funeral train station. This train line took coffins out to the Sydney Necropolis for burial until the 1920s. The building then fell into disrepair, and in 1957 its stonework was bought by the Parish of North Canberra and rebuilt in its new location. All Saints Church is simply a stunning sight, with many anecdotes and legends surrounding the architectural details.
Established in 1983, the Sakyamuni Centre is the largest Buddhist temple in Canberra. It is surrounded by beautifully landscaped, leafy gardens, and always has a festive atmosphere. It also features the largest open-air statue of Buddha in Australia. Visitors are welcome, and monks are happy to answer questions and show you around.
The Holy Rosary Catholic Church is part of the Blackfriars Parish. This parish was established in 1962 for the Dominican Fathers, known as Blackfriars because of their black robes. Mass was held in a school hall until June 1977, when the Holy Rosary Church was consecrated. The church is open and modern in feel, and the interior walls are adorned with several beautiful tiled mosaics.
This distinctive modern building houses two churches; the Holy Cross Anglican Church, and St Margaret's Uniting Church. The building was opened in December 1967. Both are community-driven churches, involved in many activities and organizations in the parish. The interior is small and simple, with a piano rather than an organ. The exterior of the building has a huge, triangular steeple, which gives it a strikingly modern feel.
The semi-circular shaped Corroboree Park was planned and created in the 1920s as part of the Canberra garden city subdivision. Originally exotic and deciduous trees were planted, but now mainly large native eucalyptus remain. A ribbon gum in the north east corner is said to be over 40 meters tall and one of the tallest trees in Canberra. The park is used for recreational activities and has tennis courts and picnic areas. It is thought that the area was used by indigenous people prior to the 1880s and may have been a Corroboree or meeting ground.
St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Catholic Church was built in 1988 as a memorial for the millennium of Christianity in Ukraine. Cream bricks were used and it is built in the Byzantine style, with hexagonal and octagonal domes. The arches above the doors and windows are symbolic of the unification of Heaven and Earth and the path leading to salvation. The Ukrainian Catholic Church is in union with the Roman Catholic Church but retains the Ukrainian language and Eastern Rites. The Sunday service is in the Ukrainian language. Visitors are welcome at other times, but by appointment only.
The recently opened Kamberra Wine Company services the biggest new vine planting in the Australian Capital Territory. It has two labels, Meeting Place wines produced from grapes sourced from Canberra district and New South Wales, and Kamberra wines, sourced entirely from the Canberra region. Varieties include Riesling, Verdhelo, Sauvignon blanc/Semillon, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Tasting plates are available with cheese, dried fruit, crackers and nuts.
Haig Park is a long narrow park that stretches from the inner suburb of Turner across Northbourne Avenue and into the suburb of Braddon. The Director of Parks and Gardens, T.E. Weston, established the park in the early 1920s. As Canberra was a new city with few trees, the park was designated as a wind break to mark the northern end of the city. It is for this reason that there are 14 rows of trees, including gums, oaks, cypresses and pines, along its length, which is unusual for an Australian park. Gas barbecues are scattered throughout the park.