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Australian National University, Canberra 3-7 July 2016

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AT ICAD 2016 we have introduced a recreational break on Wednesday, right in the middle of the conference. The aims is to foster social networking while exploring the recreational and cultural aspects of Canberra that make it special. The ICAD Concert on Wednesday evening will bring everyone back together to swap experiences.


In case you don't know, Canberra is the Capital of Australia. It was designed in the early 20th Century by Sir Walter Burley Griffin, and is one of the handful of designed cities in the world. But Canberra is best known as "The Bush Capital" —there is a mob of Kangaroos living on Mt. Ainslie right on the edge of the city, and Sulphur Crested Cockatoos flock in the local parks. Nearby are the rugged peaks of the Snowy Mountains wilderness, and in July this is one of the few places in Australia where you can see snow on the hills.


We will organise a range of small group activities, or you may find your own (paddle-boating anyone ?) Some suggestions include:


  • Ski trip to the Snowy Mountains, one day return package
  • Bushwalking in Tidbinbilla National Park.
  • Why not visit the Deep Space Communication Complex nearby?
  • Stroll up Mt. Ainslie for the panoramic view. Kangaroos guaranteed!
  • The native birdlife is one of the joys of living in Canberra. You will see and hear many parrots, especially the noisy and sometimes comical sulphur-crested Cockatoos but I really love hearing the deep calls of the Gang-gangs. Not related to the European Magpie, Australian Magpies live in small groups and their warbling chorus is as distinctive as it is common.
  • Bicycle or segway around Lake Burley Griffin, the artificial lake in the centre of the city which is walking distance from the conference venue.
  • If museums and galleries are to your liking, you could do worse than spending the day wandering around the "inner" lake (between the bridges) which will take you to the following institutions:
  • Parliament House, National Galleries and Museums
  • Hipster Canberra - cafes, bars, restaurants, pop up crafts, etc.
  • Local Wineries- specialising in Pinot Noir and other cold climate wines, growing in the ancient soils around the mysterious Lake George.
  • More information about activities around Canberra
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