Film and Sound curators share their Canberra gems

Film and Sound curators share their Canberra gems

Six experts featured in the National Film and Sound Archive’s new Hive exhibition space reveal what’s on their itinerary when friends visit Australia’s capital and thoughts on why Canberra is more than meets the eye. From suburban restaurants to kangaroo meeting spots to the best place to buy smoked meats, the team shares their tips.

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    When you have friends visiting Canberra, what’s on your itinerary?

    ‘It depends based on the seasons, and I think that’s the best thing about Canberra - each season brings out different aspects of Canberra. My favourite is always to take them on a walk through the Isaac Pine Forest just behind our house. Of course, I always bring friends to the NFSA because they are curious about where I work.

    Canberra is more than parliament and roundabouts.’

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    When you have friends visiting Canberra, what’s on your itinerary?

    ‘I like to take newcomers to Canberra to the Arboretum, Tidbinbilla and parts of the Centenary Trail. For an inside experience, the restaurants in Braddon, Civic, Kingston and Dickson are a must!

    Canberra is more than a political bubble. It is bush walks, fine dining, wineries, cultural institutions, bike rides and flowers.’

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    When you have friends visiting Canberra, what’s on your itinerary?

    ‘My friends always get a walk along Red Hill to see how vast Canberra is and to meet the kangaroos at Davidson's Trig Point. Fyshwick for coffee at Pellegrino’s and a visit to the Canberra Antiques Centre. If my friends visit at the right time, they also try to go to Lifeline's book fairs at EPIC – the biggest and best book fair in the country.

    Canberra is more than a one company town full of public servants. It’s a city that’s full of wildlife. It's a city where you can walk about amongst the freshest air. You can enjoy the friendliness of the country, with all the benefits of a city and none of the downsides like traffic and the hectic pace of big cities.’

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    When you have friends visiting Canberra, what’s on your itinerary?

    ‘I’ve previously taken overseas friends on a night tour of Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary, and they all loved it. Canberra’s a great place to visit for anybody interested in architecture – in addition to the large public buildings, there are a lot of beautiful and interesting utilitarian buildings and some great examples of modernist domestic architecture.

    Canberra is more than Northbourne Avenue and Civic (I’m calling you out, Bill Bryson…). There are a ton of great restaurants and walking tracks spotted throughout the suburb. While I’m scared to give away my favourite spots, I’m a big fan of Ramas in Pearce and Fox and Bow café in Farrer.’

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    When you have friends visiting Canberra, what’s on your itinerary?

    ‘Exploring the fresh food and produce at the Capital Region Farmers Markets, seeing the latest exhibition at the National Museum of Australia (the Endeavour voyage exhibition is well worth a visit), buying tasty smoked meats from the fortnightly Continental Deli at the White Eagle Polish Club, and enjoying delicious pancakes and coffee sold by the lovely Patrick on the bike path in O’Connor on Saturdays. To find the secret location, Google Sly Fox Coffee!

    Canberra is more than the home of Australia’s Parliament. Our city is filled with beautiful trees with so many birds. There’s lots to see for nature lovers.’

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    When you have friends visiting Canberra, what’s on your itinerary?

    ‘Before your visit to the NFSA building in Acton, go for breakfast at Gus' Place on Bunda Street, Civic – it is an institution. After your time at NFSA, make your way to the National Museum of Australia. Book a Dhawura Cultural Heritage Tour through Thunderstone online. After the tour head, over to the Aboriginal Tent Embassy which is adjacent to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

    Canberra is more than politicians and public servants. It is the home to the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples and is surrounded by beautiful bush land and wildlife. It has something for everyone of all ages, lots of culture and great food and wine.’

    You can see Shingo, Belinda, Richard, Chris, Tamara and Tasha speaking about some of their favourite objects in the National Film and Sound Archive’s interactive Storywall exhibit, produced by the NFSA and SBS Digital Creative Labs. Open daily, 10am to 4pm, McCoy Circuit, Acton.

    Discover Storywall


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