Quality Inn Country Plaza Queanbeyan
147 Uriarra Road
Queanbeyan, NS 2620
Phone: (61) 2 62971211
Fax: (61) 2 62973083
In 1820, three explorers came across the junction of two small streams flowing into a snug valley to the east of the Limestone Plains. A natural halting place for travelers, this site evolved into Queanbeyan. With a population of 28,000, Queanbeyan's development has been closely tied to that of Canberra. It was proclaimed a city in 1972 and now offers great facilities, shopping and service industries. The many attractions include Molonglo Gorge, Googong Dam and Foreshores, many beautiful city parks and historic buildings such as Ye Olde Kent House.
Here the river runs a picturesque course through a series of riverside and bushland picnic areas with barbecue and toilet facilities and broad swimming holes. The scenic drive past Blue Tiles picnic area and along the Molonglo River leads to an interesting collection of old ruins. A three kilometer walking track explores the scenic gorge and links up with Blue Tiles picnic area. This is another of the beautiful areas in the Canberra district, waiting to be explored. Further information and leaflets are available from Australian Capital Territory Forests which manages the area. Fifteen minutes drive east of central Canberra. For more information, call local authorities at +13 2281.
Spend a fascinating time in Lanyon Drive Cemetery and discover the early history of the Anglican and Methodist community of 18th Century Queanbeyan. The old headstone section of the cemetery opened in 1885. The oldest standing monument is that of Pemberton Campbell Palmer who died on 15 August 1885. Pemberton Palmer was the grandson of John Palmer, the purser on Governor Phillip's Flagship of the First Fleet. There are many fascinating historic graves to be found here and more information about the history of the old families of the region can be found in Queanbeyan Library or Tourist Center.
Grand Prix Karting is an indoor go-kart track, boasting the fastest karts in the Australian Capital Territory. Fully supervised, this is everyone's chance to speed in safety. Karts can be slowed for younger children, and dual karts are also available. Measure your personal best time with computerize lap timing. Children under 140 centimeters tall must ride with an adult. Barbecue facilities and an entertainment area are available. Groups are welcome.
Canberra is surrounded by sheep stations and Burbong Station is the ideal place to experience typical Australian rural life. Gain an understanding of sheep mustering with working sheepdogs, then see the shearers shear the sheep before the wool is pressed into bales ready for sale. You can also learn to throw a boomerang and hope it comes back! Watch the kangaroos, emus and wombats in their natural surrounds while enjoying a typical Aussie barbecue lunch. Return to Canberra on your luxury coach.
St John the Baptist church was completed in 1988. It has beautiful icons on the walls and ceiling, which were painted by Russian artists in Melbourne and Sydney. The architecture is a recreation of the 14th-century churches of north western Russia. A large icon of the Virgin Mary overlooks the altar, and there are smaller icons in rows depicting Christ, the Saints, Easter and Christmas. The carved wooden iconoclasts separating the altar (heaven) from the main part of the church (earth) are use symbolically in the service.
Royal Military College, Duntroon, was founded in 1911. It was formerly a sheep station owned by the Campbell family with the original 1834 homestead, Duntroon House, now used as the Officers' Mess. The college was established to train officers of the permanent military forces. The Australian Defence Forces Academy providing university education for officer cadets, is adjacent to Duntroon. Take a walk or drive through Duntroon and see Changi Chapel, and the Royal Military Chapel of St Paul.
The ANZAC Memorial Chapel serves as the religious center for the defense community of Canberra. It was funded by public subscription and opened on 30 April, 1966, as a memorial to the ANZACs of World War I. The entrance to the Chapel is lined with mountain ash and has tall, narrow, glass windows. Above this is a hexagon-shaped tower with a copper roof, surmounted with a copper-sheathed spire and cross. The building contains two separate Chapels, one is Roman Catholic, and the other is combined Anglican and Protestant.
One of the oldest homesteads in Canberra, Duntroon House was built in 1833 by landowner Robert Campbell. It was originally a sheep station and is a picture-book example of early Australian architecture. The original house was single storey and built in the traditional colonial style. In 1862 an extension, including a second storey, was added. The house now serves as the Officer's Mess at the Royal Military College. Self-guided tours of Duntroon House are available and visitors are welcome to wander through the gardens.
This little chapel, located within the grounds of the Royal Military College, was originally located in Singapore, and used as a place of worship by the prisoners of war at the Changi Camp during the Second World War. After the war it was dismantled and brought back to Australia, where it was re-built piece by piece in 1988. Changi Chapel is now a memorial dedicated to all Australian prisoners of war.
The Baptist church was established in Canberra in 1972. At first the local Baptists used the Presbyterian Hall for worship. Finally, on February 23 1929, the Canberra Baptist Church building was officially opened. The church has been built in the traditional style, with beautiful stained glass windows. The gardens surrounding the church are also lovely and the interior is warm and welcoming. Sunday school is open for children during morning service; a creche facility for babies and toddlers is also offered.
St Paul’s Anglican Church in Manuka is a part of the Combined Ministry District of Manuka and Deakin. Offering a peaceful ambiance for prayers and meditation, this beautiful church is a perfect place for communal worship. Providing several services, the church seeks to work for social development.