Social Events

Dinner

Friday 30 January 2009, 7.30pm

The La Pasa Restaurant offers authentic and modern Singaporean cuisine.
Come and unwind after a hectic week and get to know your fellow participants in a relaxed atmosphere over dinner at one of our local asian restaurants, the La Pasa. A delicious banquet will be provided with some table wine and orange juice at a cost of $30 per person. (Vegetarian banquet available on request, please indicate if you wish to partake in a vegetarian banquet when registering).

Please register for this event when completing the registration form.

Address: Shop 1 Alinga Street, Novotel Building, Canberra City

Telephone: (02) 6248 6288


Excursions, full day trip

Saturday 31 January 2009

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Canberra's Deep Space Communication Complex

Option 1: One of the Summer School traditions is to visit the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and NASA's deep space tracking station. So, on the Saturday we'll treat ourselves to an excursion out of Canberra . The bus will depart from Ursula College on Daley Road at 10.30am and return to Ursula College around 5.30pm.

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is around a 40 minute scenic drive south of Canberra that is nestled in the surrounding mountains. Come face-to-face with the natural habitat of kangaroos, wallabies and emus which run wild. There are also many species of birds and reptiles. A walk through the Eucalypt Forest may reward you with a glimpse of one of Tidbinbilla’s Koalas. For the more energetic they can head off on one of the many self guided walks through the fern gullies or mountain trails.

The Deep Space Communication Complex is on the way to Tidbinbilla, about 35kms southwest of Canberra city. The NASA Deep Space Network is an international network of antennas that supports interplanetary spacecraft missions and radio and radar astronomy observations for the exploration of the Solar System and the universe. The network also supports selected Earth-orbiting missions. More

During our visit to the Tracking station we will have a guided tour of the visitors centre complex, then followed by a sausage sizzle lunch at the Moon Rock Cafe.

What to bring: wear sturdy footwear, drinking water, hat, sunscreen, and appropriate clothing for the warm weather.

Keep in mind when visiting Tidbinbilla:

  • Don’t stray off the walking tracks
  • do not pick any living material
  • do not feed the wildlife
  • there are no bins at Tidbinbilla so please take your rubbish with you.

  • The cost for this full day excursion is $35 per person.

    Excursion includes:

  • transportation
  • lunch, sausage sizzle at the Moon Rock Cafe
  • guided tour, Deep Space Communication Complex
  • guided nature walks at Tidbinbilla
  • bottled water

  • Please register for this event when completing the registration form.


    Cancelled: The excursion to the National Zoo/Aquarium and the Namadji National Park has been cancelled due to lack of numbers.

    National Zoo and Aquarium and Namadji National Park

    Option 2: The National Zoo and Aquarium offers a unique experience for all ages so the excursion will begin there. The bus will depart from Ursula College at 9am and return to the college around 6pm. Imagine the thrill of coming face to face with tigers, bears, giraffes and more. How friendly would you like to be with a snake? During our visit to the Zoo we'll have a guided tour of the residents followed by a lunch at the Black Fig Cafe. Full access will also be provided to the Aquarium.

    Then we'll leave the city to explore the surrounding bush that is Namadji National Park, the bush that sets Canberra apart from other capitals in Australia. Namadji is the Aboriginal word for the rugged mountains southwest of Canberra and the park makes up more than half of the ACT. The visitor centre is a wealth of information where we'll spend some time before heading off on a hike to Yankee Hat where each year, for centuries, up to 500 Aborigines at a time gathered to feast on local delicacies and perform traditional rites. The shelter contains ones of the area's best rock art sites and the first prehistoric drawings to have been identified in the ACT. Some of the wildlife depicted includes kangaroos, dingoes and birds.

    What to bring: wear sturdy footwear, drinking water, hat, sunscreen, and appropriate clothing for the warm weather.

    Keep in mind when visiting the park:

  • Don’t stray off the walking tracks
  • do not pick any living material
  • do not feed the wildlife
  • there are no bins so please take your rubbish with you.

  • The cost for this full day excursion is $50 per person.

    Excursion includes:

  • transportation
  • entry fee to National Zoo and Aquarium
  • guided educational tour at National Zoo and Aquarium
  • lunch at the Black Fig Cafe
  • guided nature walk at Namadji Park
  • bottled water

  • Please register for this event when completing the registration form.


    Canberra's sightseeing websites

    For those that may want to do their own thing, and not participate in the organised Summer School's excursions, here are some interesting websites for you to visit.

    Australian National Botanic Gardens
    National Museum of Australia
    The Hive Gallery
    Drill Hall Gallery
    Cockington Green Gardens
    Lake Cruises
    Canberra Sightseeing Tours
    Canberra Tourism