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Allow an extra 30 minutes for traffic. The busiest times are Friday and Sunday evenings.
 
Allow an extra 30 minutes for traffic. The busiest times are Friday and Sunday evenings.
  
Be aware that in winter the roads are heavily patrolled by police and there are usually a couple of radar traps set up.
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Be aware that in winter the roads are heavily patrolled by police and there are usually a couple of radar traps and Random Breath Testing stations set up.
  
To get to [[Charlotte Pass]] in winter requires oversnow from Perisher via the [[Skitube]] and you must park your car at Bullocks Flat, so about 3 - 3.5 hours from Canberra. The last oversnow from Perisher departs at 6:15pm.
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To get to [[Charlotte Pass]] in winter requires oversnow from Perisher via the [[Skitube]] and you must park your car at Bullocks Flat, so about 3 - 3.5 hours from Canberra.
  
 
=== Travel Options ===
 
=== Travel Options ===
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*[http://www.corin.com.au/ Corin Forest]
 
*[http://www.corin.com.au/ Corin Forest]
 
*[http://www.nma.gov.au/ National Museum of Australia]
 
*[http://www.nma.gov.au/ National Museum of Australia]
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*[http://www.portrait.gov.au/ National Portrait Gallery]
 
*[http://www.zooquarium.com.au/index.htm National Zoo and Aquarium]
 
*[http://www.zooquarium.com.au/index.htm National Zoo and Aquarium]
 
*[http://www.aph.gov.au/ New Parliament House]
 
*[http://www.aph.gov.au/ New Parliament House]
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== Accommodation ==
 
== Accommodation ==
  
*[http://ski.com.au/accommodation/cooma.html#canberra ski.com.au accommodation listing for Canberra]
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*[http://ski.com.au/accommodation/canberra/index.html ski.com.au accommodation listing for Canberra]
  
 
== Getting Around ==
 
== Getting Around ==
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(35°18'23.83"S, 149°11'25.00"E)
 
(35°18'23.83"S, 149°11'25.00"E)
  
Canberra airport is co-located with the new [http://www.branddepot.com.au/index.html Brand Depot] factory outlet centre and the [http://www.canberraairport.com.au/br.htm Brindabella Business Park].
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Canberra airport is co-located with the [http://www.brindabellabusinesspark.com.au/ Brindabella Business Park].
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Stage 2 of the new terminal is under construction.  
  
 
==== Flight Operators ====
 
==== Flight Operators ====
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==== Getting there ====
 
==== Getting there ====
  
Public transport from the airport to Civic (city center) is mainly by [http://www.canberracabs.com.au/ Canberra cabs] and the [http://www.deanesbuslines.com.au/queanbeyan/ Deanes Buslines Airliner shuttle bus].
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Public transport from the airport to Civic (city center) is mainly by Taxi and the [http://www.deanesbuslines.com.au/queanbeyan/ Deanes Buslines Airliner shuttle bus].
  
 
Hire cars are available at the airport.
 
Hire cars are available at the airport.
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* [http://www.corc.asn.au/ Canberra Off-Road Cyclists]
 
* [http://www.corc.asn.au/ Canberra Off-Road Cyclists]
 
* [http://www.pedalpower.org.au/ Pedal Power ACT]
 
* [http://www.pedalpower.org.au/ Pedal Power ACT]
 
==== Events ====
 
* The Australian National MTB Championships: 24-28 January 2007
 
* [http://www.brindabellachallenge.com.au/ Brindabella Challenge]
 
* [http://www.scott24hr.com.au/ Scott 24 Hr]
 
  
 
=== Bus ===
 
=== Bus ===
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It's longitude and Latitude are 35°16'40.20"S, 149° 7'44.38"E. [http://www.wikimapia.org/#y=-35277805&x=149128708&z=17&l=0&m=a WikiMapia link for the Jolimont Centre]
 
It's longitude and Latitude are 35°16'40.20"S, 149° 7'44.38"E. [http://www.wikimapia.org/#y=-35277805&x=149128708&z=17&l=0&m=a WikiMapia link for the Jolimont Centre]
  
The Jolimont Centre is a short walk to the Civic bus interchange where the [http://www.action.act.gov.au/ ACTION buses] run from. You can usually catch a [http://www.canberracabs.com.au/ Canberra cab] at the front door of the centre.
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The Jolimont Centre is a short walk to the Civic bus interchange where the [http://www.action.act.gov.au/ ACTION buses] run from. You can usually catch a taxi at the front door of the centre.
  
 
==== Bus companies servicing Canberra ====
 
==== Bus companies servicing Canberra ====
 
*[http://www.greyhound.com.au/ Greyhound]
 
*[http://www.greyhound.com.au/ Greyhound]
*[http://www.transborderexpress.com.au/snowexpressmain.html Lever Coachlines Snow Express] - Day trips to the snowfields
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*[http://www.transborder.com.au/ Lever Coachlines Snow Express] - Day trips to the snowfields
 
*[http://www.murrays.com.au/ Murrays Travel] - Interstate travel and day trips to the snow
 
*[http://www.murrays.com.au/ Murrays Travel] - Interstate travel and day trips to the snow
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*[http://www.snowalliance.com.au/ Snow Alliance] Canberra and Snowy Region
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*[http://www.summitcoaches.com.au Summit Coaches] - Canberra and Southern region
  
 
=== Rail ===
 
=== Rail ===
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You can contact the Countrylink Travel Centre on
 
You can contact the Countrylink Travel Centre on
Phone: (02) 6208 9700; +612 6208 9707 (international)
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Phone: 13 22 32
  
Public transport to and from the railway station is available by [http://www.action.act.gov.au/ ACTION buses] or [http://www.canberracabs.com.au/ Canberra cabs].
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Public transport to and from the railway station is available by [http://www.action.act.gov.au/ ACTION buses] or taxi.
  
 
*[http://www.wikimapia.org/#y=-35319389&x=149148953&z=17&l=0&m=a WikiMapia link to the Canberra Railway Station]
 
*[http://www.wikimapia.org/#y=-35319389&x=149148953&z=17&l=0&m=a WikiMapia link to the Canberra Railway Station]
  
 
=== Taxi ===
 
=== Taxi ===
There is currently only one taxi company in Canberra - [http://www.canberracabs.com.au/ Canberra cabs]. They can be booked by phoning 132227 or at their website.
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There are two Taxi companies in Canberra.
  
They have recently installed an Automated Speech Recognition System for taking bookings by phone. This has been reported in the newspapers as being a less than perfect solution with reportedly many people having their cabs turn up late or not at all. Hopefully the teething problems with this system will be ironed out soon. In the meantime it is prudent to make sure you book a time for a cab well before you need to be at your destination in case you need to ring and "encrouage" it along.
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*[http://www.canberracabs.com.au/ Canberra cabs] 132 227.
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*[http://www.cabxpress.com.au/ Cabxpress] 6260 6011.
  
 
== Media ==
 
== Media ==
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* [http://www.primetv.com.au/i-cms.isp Prime] (Channel 7 affiliate)
 
* [http://www.primetv.com.au/i-cms.isp Prime] (Channel 7 affiliate)
 
* [http://www.wintv.com.au Win] (Channel 9 affiliate)
 
* [http://www.wintv.com.au Win] (Channel 9 affiliate)
* [http://www.southerncrossbroadcasting.com.au/ Southern Cross Ten] (Channel 10 affiliate)
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* [http://www.ten.com.au/ Ten]
  
 
Some Channels display Snow reports during the snow season.
 
Some Channels display Snow reports during the snow season.
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* [http://www.adrenalinplus.com.au/ Adrenalin Plus] (Braddon)
 
* [http://www.adrenalinplus.com.au/ Adrenalin Plus] (Braddon)
 
* Belconnen Ski 'n' Board
 
* Belconnen Ski 'n' Board
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* [http://www.bcf.com.au Boating Camping Fishing] (Fyshwick)
 
* [http://www.greatoutdoors.com.au/ Great Outdoors Centre] (Phillip)
 
* [http://www.greatoutdoors.com.au/ Great Outdoors Centre] (Phillip)
* [http://www.inski.com.au Inski] (Woden)
 
* [http://www.jas.com.au Jurkiewicz Adventure Store] (Fyshwick)
 
* [http://www.phatsnowboards.com.au/ Phat! Snowboards] (Belconnen)
 
 
* [http://rebelsport.com.au/ Rebel Sport] (Woden and Belconnen Mall)
 
* [http://rebelsport.com.au/ Rebel Sport] (Woden and Belconnen Mall)
 
* Second Wind (Fyshwick)
 
* Second Wind (Fyshwick)
* Straightline skis (Braddon)
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* [http://www.straightlineskishop.com/ Straightline skis] (Braddon)
 
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* [http://www.mountaindesigns.com/ Mountain Designs] (Braddon)
 
* [http://www.mountaindesigns.com/ Mountain Designs] (Braddon)
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* Lonsdale Street Cyclery (Braddon)
 
* Lonsdale Street Cyclery (Braddon)
 
* [http://www.maladjusted.com.au/ Mal-Adjusted Bicycles] (Dickson)
 
* [http://www.maladjusted.com.au/ Mal-Adjusted Bicycles] (Dickson)
* [http://www.onyabikewarehouse.com.au/ Onya Bike Warehouse] (Belconnen, Fyshwick and Tuggeranong)
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* Onya Bike Warehouse (Belconnen, Fyshwick and Tuggeranong)
 
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* [http://www.adrenalinplus.com.au/ Adrenalin Plus] (Braddon)
 
* [http://www.adrenalinplus.com.au/ Adrenalin Plus] (Braddon)
 
* Belconnen Ski 'n' Board
 
* Belconnen Ski 'n' Board
* [http://www.greatoutdoors.com.au/ Great Outdoors Centre] (Phillip)
 
* [http://www.inski.com.au Inski] (Woden)
 
* [http://www.jas.com.au Jurkiewicz Adventure Store] (Fyshwick)
 
* [http://www.phatsnowboards.com.au/ Phat! Snowboards] (Belconnen)
 
 
* [http://rebelsport.com.au/ Rebel Sport] (Woden and Belconnen Mall)
 
* [http://rebelsport.com.au/ Rebel Sport] (Woden and Belconnen Mall)
 
* Second Wind (Fyshwick)
 
* Second Wind (Fyshwick)
* Straightline skis (Braddon)
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* [http://www.straightlineskishop.com Straightline skis] (Braddon)
  
 
== Resources ==
 
== Resources ==
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*[http://www.canberratourism.com.au/ Canberra Tourism]
 
*[http://www.canberratourism.com.au/ Canberra Tourism]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canberra Canberra - Wikipedia entry]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canberra Canberra - Wikipedia entry]
*[http://deviact.deviantart.com/ DeviACT - A Deviantart community showcasing Canberra]
 
 
*[http://www.wikimapia.org/#y=-35296353&x=149123611&z=12&l=0&m=a WikiMapia link for Canberra]
 
*[http://www.wikimapia.org/#y=-35296353&x=149123611&z=12&l=0&m=a WikiMapia link for Canberra]
  

Latest revision as of 19:04, 3 May 2012


Canberra is the Capital of Australia and the "Gateway" to the NSW Snowfields when approaching from the North.

Geography

Canberra ranges from 550 to 700 m above sea level. The central area of Canberra is nestled on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin which was formed by building Scrivener Dam across the Molonglo River.

There are several large hills within the city including:

  • Mount Ainslie
  • Black Mountain
  • Mount Majura
  • Mount Mugga Mugga
  • Mount Taylor

Weather

Travel to the Snow

Travel Distances

  • Charlotte Pass - 215 km
  • Jindabyne - 167 km
  • Perisher Blue - 205 km
  • Selwyn Snowfields - 165 km
  • Thredbo - 210 km

Travel Times

Selwyn Snowfields and Jindabyne are approximately 2 hours from Canberra. Thredbo and Perisher Blue are about 2.5 hours. Allow an extra 30 minutes for traffic. The busiest times are Friday and Sunday evenings.

Be aware that in winter the roads are heavily patrolled by police and there are usually a couple of radar traps and Random Breath Testing stations set up.

To get to Charlotte Pass in winter requires oversnow from Perisher via the Skitube and you must park your car at Bullocks Flat, so about 3 - 3.5 hours from Canberra.

Travel Options

From Canberra the only two options are by car or by bus.

From Canberra head South on the Monaro Highway. Just after Cooma the road splits into the Snowy Mountains Highway and Kosciuszko Road, this is about 5 minutes out from Cooma. There are a number of current and ex service stations just before the turnoff.

For Selwyn turn right onto the Snowy Mountiains Highway. For Thredbo, Perisher and Charlotte Pass keep going straight ahead on the Kosciuszko Road towards Jindabyne.

After passing through Jindabyne the road splits just near the Snowline Caravan park. Turn Left for Thredbo and the Skitube (Bullocks flats), go straight ahead for Perisher Blue. In Summer you can drive to Charlotte Pass by taking the road to Perisher, in winter you must take the Skitube.

The day trip buses take the Thredbo road and stop at the Skitube.

Things to Do

Accommodation

Getting Around

Air

Canberra International Airport is located in the suburb of Pialligo. (35°18'23.83"S, 149°11'25.00"E)

Canberra airport is co-located with the Brindabella Business Park.

Stage 2 of the new terminal is under construction.

Flight Operators

Flights are operated by Qantas, Virgin Blue and Brindabella Airlines. Note that only Qantas services the Canberra - Sydney route.

The airport does experience heavy fog at times, particularly in the mornings.

Getting there

Public transport from the airport to Civic (city center) is mainly by Taxi and the Deanes Buslines Airliner shuttle bus.

Hire cars are available at the airport.

Bike

Canberra has an excellent network of Bike Paths and a number of mountain bike tracks. A Canberra cycleways map is available from most bike shops and the ACT Government Shopfronts

Bikes can be hired from Capital Bicycle Hire, or Mr Spokes Bike Hire & Cafe (Lake Burley Griffin use only).

Bike groups

Bus

The main bus station for interstate travel is the Jolimont Centre in Civic which is located at:

65-67 Northbourne Ave
Canberra City.

This building also houses Novotel Canberra.

It's longitude and Latitude are 35°16'40.20"S, 149° 7'44.38"E. WikiMapia link for the Jolimont Centre

The Jolimont Centre is a short walk to the Civic bus interchange where the ACTION buses run from. You can usually catch a taxi at the front door of the centre.

Bus companies servicing Canberra

Rail

The Canberra Railway Station is located at

Wentworth Ave
Kingston ACT 2604

Trains are operated by Countrylink.

You can contact the Countrylink Travel Centre on Phone: 13 22 32

Public transport to and from the railway station is available by ACTION buses or taxi.

Taxi

There are two Taxi companies in Canberra.

Media

Free Snow guides/newspapers

Free guides / newspapers eg: The Snowy Times, are available in most ski/snowboard and outdoors shops.

Newspapers

The major newspaper in Canberra is the Canberra Times. The Canberra Times publishes snow reports during winter.

Radio

  • ABC JJJ - 101.5 FM
  • ABC Local Radio - 2CN - 666 AM
  • ABC News Radio - 2PB - 103.9 FM
  • ABC Radio National - 2RN - 846 AM
  • Radio 2XX FM - Community Radio - 98.3 FM
  • FM 104.7 (co-owned by Austereo & the Australian Radio Network)
  • Mix 106.3 FM (co-owned by Austereo & the Australian Radio Network)

In the case of a bushfire emergency 2CN is your best bet for information.

Television

The local Free to Air channels are

Some Channels display Snow reports during the snow season.

Digital

  • ABC TV Canberra
  • ABC 2
  • ABC HDTV
  • SBS Digital 1
  • SBS Digital 2
  • SBS HD
  • SBS EPG
  • SC10 Canberra
  • SC10 HD
  • Prime Canberra
  • Prime HD
  • Prime View 1
  • Prime View 2
  • Prime View 3
  • Win TV Canberra
  • Win TV HD
  • SBS Radio 1
  • SBS Radio 2
  • ABC Dig Radio
  • ABC Dig Jazz

Pay TV

Buying Ski / Snowboard and Outdoor Gear

Ski and Board Outdoors - general Bike Shops

Renting Ski and Snowboard Gear

Resources

Emergency Contacts

  • Police, Fire, Ambulance: Phone 000
  • Police non emergency phone number: 131 444

Links