Wednesday Afternoon Excursions
Wednesday afternoon during ICHL24 will be free of conference papers. There are three guided excursions:
- Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve $25 per person
- Parliament House and National Art Gallery $35 per person
- Canberra region wineries (includes evening meal) $95 per person
More information about these excursions is included below.
There are also a number of places to visit around the Canberra city centre which are within walking distance of the ANU. These include:
- National Museum of Australia
- Australian National Botanical Gardens
- National Library of Australia
- National Gallery of Australia
- National Portrait Gallery
- Commonwealth Park and Lake Burley Griffin
- Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, about 40-minutes drive from the ANU, is more than 50 square kilometres of protected bushland to the south of Canberra on the edge of the Namadgi National Park. Tidbinbilla encompasses different environments – grasslands, wetlands, eucalypt and sub-alpine forests – and is home to many of our iconic birds and animals, including kangaroos and wallabies, emus, wombats, platypus, koalas, and lyrebirds. There are more than 20 marked walking trails ranging from short strolls to all-day bushwalks (hikes).
For this excursion, we leave ANU at lunchtime – taking a packed lunch with us – and drive down to Tidbinbilla by coach. Our time at Tidbinbilla includes a one-hour ranger-guided walk, followed by some free time to explore at your own pace. Depending on numbers, we expect to have a choice of two ranger-guided walks.
- The Wetlands and waterbirds guided walk is an easy and short walk on tracks and boardwalks that meander through a series of constructed ponds in an area of eucalypt forest. This area is home to waterbirds, small songbirds, turtles and lizards, as well as platypus, who can often be seen feeding on winter afternoons.
- The Aboriginal culture and heritage guided walk explores the Aboriginal history of Tidbinbilla while walking through eucalypt forest to Hanging Rock, a granite rock formation used as shelter by the Ngunnawal people.
Parliament House and National Art Gallery
As Australia’s capital, Canberra is home to many of the country’s national institutions, and on this excursion across to the other side of Lake Burley Griffin from ANU we take guided tours of both Parliament House and the National Art Gallery. At the National Art Gallery, we’ll spend time in the galleries that focus on collections by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists – both traditional and contemporary, and we’ll end the excursion with free time to explore the galleries, gardens or café.
Canberra region wineries
Join us for an afternoon exploring the scenery and wines of the cool country wine region of Murrumbateman to the north of Canberra. Winemaking in the Canberra region began 160 years ago and there are over 140 vineyards.
Touring the Murrumbateman wineries includes the opportunity to meet the winemakers and discuss the local region’s unique growing conditions and the blends it produces. Whether you prefer Tempranillo to Riesling or Shiraz to Sangiovese you are sure to find a wine you'll like on this tour (the region produces some amazing fortified Shiraz). We will be visiting four wineries on this tour, giving ample time to enjoy both the wine and the countryside.
Following the wine tour, we will be having dinner (and more wine tasting) at Yazz Bar, a wonderful local wine bar in Yass