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Canberra Sports and Activities

Canberra Outdoor activities

The parks and nature reserves offer excellent facilities for bushwalking, fishing and rock climbing; the trails provided allow visitors to observe native animals and plants. A number of companies organise whitewater rafting trips (from one to four days) to the Upper Murray, Murrumbidgee, Goodradigbee and Cottor rivers. Skiing and cross-country skiing are possible during winter in the mountainous regions, particularly in the Snowy Mountains in the neighbouring State of New South Wales; trips from Canberra can be arranged.

Canberra Golf

Canberra has ten golf courses open to visitors. The Royal Canberra Golf Club, located on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, is ranked amongst the top 10 courses in Australia; visitors wishing to play must be guests of members or members of recognised golf clubs with a current handicap and a letter of introduction; booking is essential. The Federal Golf Club features views to the Brindabella mountain ranges. The 41-year-old Yowani Country Club has a tree-lined course with extensive fairways and greens. The Gold Creek Country Club, Canberra’s most popular course, designed by Bruce Devlin, hosts international championships and is Canberra’s most popular public course. Gungahlin Lakes course is in a beautiful setting. The Murrumbidgee Golf Club offers a par 72 championship course in a country setting. The Woodhaven Green Golf Course, a 27-hole public course, has been established for 20 years.

Special interest holidays

There are over 20 cool-climate wineries located within 10-40 minutes drive of the capital. In Canberra, special balloon trips are available to visitors wishing to see the city by air; spectacular displays of balloons can also be seen at the Balloon Fiesta held during the annual Canberra Balloon Fiesta (March 9-18 2002 and March 8-17 2003). Guided tours to working sheep properties, with demonstrations of sheep-mustering, sheep-shearing and even boomerang-throwing, are also available. For details, contact the Canberra Tourism & Events Corporation (see Contact Addresses section).