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Summer School Holidays sorted

Emily Crabb, Josie Gouvoussis and Calum Stenning

School might be out, but this summer holidays the children of Canberra will be busier than ever with a plethora of activities on offer.

Whether your child is an artistic soul, a sports fanatic, an inquisitive mind or a teen looking for goings-on we’ve got you covered.

For The Artistic Child

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Children with a creative, artistic, culinary and theatrical flair will love the following programs and activities over the summer school holidays.

  1. Aeon Cademy

Every crafty, artsy, creative spark is catered for and nurtured in the Aeon Cademy summer school holiday program. The program offers experiences such as paper mache, ceramics, sculptures and oil painting. 

Who: Children and teens aged 4 – 16

When: 3 – 27 January

What Time: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Enrollment: By phone or website.

Website:  www.aeoncadmey.com

Phone:  (02) 6142 3268

Email:  [email protected]

Location:  Loftus Street, Yarralumla ACT

  1. Kids Summer Digital / Analogue Photography School

Kids Summer Photography School nurtures children’s visual creativity through digital and analogue photography workshops. The workshops will expose children to the full photographic processes of digital and analogue camerawork.

Digital Photography School

Who: Children and teens aged 10 – 16

When: 11 – 13 January OR 18 – 20 January

What Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Enrollment: online: www.photoaccess.org.au

Cost: $300

Phone:  (02) 6295 7810

Location:  Manuka Arts Centre

Analogue Photography School

Who: Children and teens aged 10 – 16

When: 16 – 17 January

What Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Cost: $230

Enrollment: online: www.photoaccess.org.au

Phone:  (02) 6295 7810

Location:  Manuka Arts Centre

  1. Live Performance: Mister Maker and The  Shapes

Combining arts and crafts and the performing arts the Mister Maker and The Shapes live show is the perfect experience for all artsy kiddies. The Canberra Theater performance features the fantastic and extremely popular Mister Maker, interaction opportunities, ‘super songs’ and plenty of dancing. This show is the perfect arty adventure for all children this summer.

Who: Children aged 3 +

When: 25 January

What Time: 11:00 AM OR 1:30 PM

Cost: $39.90 – $44.90

Bookings: Online: canberratheatrecentre.com.au/bookings

Phone:  (02) 6257 2700

Location:  Civic Square, London Circuit

  1.  NGA PLAY

With a new Versailles-themed gallery dedicated to children, the NGA is the ideal destination for kiddies with an artistic flair. The gallery offers a ‘Tales from the palace’ storyteller experience, ‘art explorer’ experiences and family tours.

The gallery caters for children aged 2 – 14 with varying age appropriate activities.

Who: Children and teens aged 2 – 14

When: Summer Long

What Time: 10AM – 5PM (depending on the desired experience)

Cost: (depending on the desired experience)

Bookings: online: nga.gov.au

Phone:  (02) 6240 6502

Location:  Parkes Place, Canberra


Victoria’s Models offer a variety of courses over the summer school holidays. From deportment to grooming to modelling, there is a course to suit everyone.

Junior course: 6 – 11 years

One Week course: 12 – 17 years

Weekend Workshop: Adults

When: Variety of locations

Where: Depending on the course

Cost: Depending on the course

Bookings: www.victoriasmodels.com.au/courses

Phone: 6282 8700

6. PokèArt

Combining Pokèmon, creative thinking and drawing, children will love PokèArt illustration workshops.

Who: Children aged 5+

When: 9 – 13 OR 16 – 20 of January

What Time: 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Cost: $180 per week OR $40.00 a session (min 2 per week)

Bookings: www.studiomap.com.au/poke.html

Phone:  0438 003 492

Location:  21 Blaxland Centre, Blaxland Cres, Griffith

7. Live Performance: Storytime Ballet

For children with a passion for the performing arts, the Storytime Ballet is the perfect experience. The world’s most famous ballet is coming to the stages of Canberra Theater in the form of The Nutcracker for children. The performance is a live, interactive and narrated experience for boys and girls.

Who: Children aged 3+

When: 21 – 24 January

What Time: (depending on session times)

Cost: $34.00 – $49.00

Bookings: Online: canberratheatrecentre.com.au/bookings

Phone:  (02) 6257 2700

Location:  Civic Square, London Circuit

8. Lavender Art Studios

The lavender Art Studio programs are respected nationally and internationally and gained notoriety through the success of head art teacher, Greg Devenney-Mackay. Children with a passion for art and creation will flourish in the environment of the studio. With a focus on drawing, painting, sculpting and printmaking, children will be exposed to a variety of artistic styles.

Who: Children aged 5 – 13 years old

When: 16 – 20 January

What Time: 9:00AM – 12:00PM / 1:00PM – 4:00PM

Cost: $60.00 per child / per session

Bookings: Online: www.lavenderartstudios.com.au/contact

Phone:  (02) 6292 6339

Location:  42 Townshend Street, Phillip

9. Kids Pantry

Kids Pantry is an interactive cooking school that offers experiences ideal for children with a passion for culinary arts. The Kids Pantry holiday program exposes children to the process of preparing their own meals and enjoying their meal in the company of others. This program runs before Christmas and is ideal for the children’s whose schools break up earlier than others.

Who: Children of all ages

When: 5 – 16 December  

What Time: 9:30AM – 3:30PM

Cost: $125 daily

Bookings: Online via www.kidspantry.com.au

Location:  40 Monaro Cres, Red Hill

  1. ACT Academy of Music

For children with a passion for music the ‘BOOM 2017’ holiday program is ideal. The theme for the summer course is ‘Carnival of the animals’ with the program featuring activities like singing, musical craft, percussion ensembles and boom whacking.

Who: children and teens aged 6 – 18

When: 16 – 20 January  

What Time: 9AM– 3PM

Cost: $300 for the 5-day program

Bookings: Online: www.actam.com.au/holiday-programs

Location:  89-91 Tennant St, Fyshwick ACT 2609

11. Mister Maker & The Shapes

Get ready Canberra! Mister Maker is coming back with his brilliant, fun and interactive live show. Come and join your ultimate arts and craft hero Mister Maker at the Canberra Theatre Playhouse on Wednesday, January 25 during the school holidays.

Featuring brand new songs and makes, Mister Maker is returning to Canberra following his sold out July 2015 tour with his new show that promises once again to be the hottest family ticket in town!

Packed full of arty adventures there’ll be a big ‘make’ to take part in, super songs to join in with, a fabulous supporting cast and not forgetting, The Shapes!

Yes, you’ll be able to share the fun with Mister Maker’s colourful all-dancing friends Circle, Square, Rectangle and Triangle too!

Mini Makers, get ready for some amazing arty creations and book your tickets today.

WhenJanuary 25, 2017 from 1.30PM – 2.30PM




Relax and enjoy craft, games, books and fun at the Museum of Australian Democracy.

We will be building a large-scale fuzzy felt utopian city to connect with the Right to Shelter in PLAY UP and weaving stars as part of One Million Stars to End Violence.

Drop into the Museum of Australian Democracy anytime between 9.30 am and 12.30 pm from Monday 9 January 2017 – Friday 13 January 2017 and Monday 16 January 2017 – Friday 20 January 2017.

Best to come early for the most fun! For 0–12 years, with accompanying adult.

Cost: $10 per child (includes entry, pay on arrival, free for children under 2 years old), adults $2 or $1 concession.

When: Anytime between 9.30 am and 12.30 pm from Monday 9 January 2017 – Friday 13 January 2017 and Monday 16 January 2017 – Friday 20 January 2017. No bookings required.

More information: moadoph.gov.au/events/school-holiday-program-2017

For the Inquisitive child

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Children with a passion for science, history, facts, animals, insects and discovery will love the following programs and activities over the summer school holidays.

  1. Australian War memorial

The Australian War Memorial is holding holiday workshops throughout December and January offering children a hands-on look into the history of war. Through interactive environments the children can experience what it is like to be in a trench, helicopter and a submarine. Also on offer are story times, drop-in-craft experiences, a film session and a ‘from horse to bushmaster’ information session.

Who: Children aged 6+

When: December / January    

What Time: Varying times

Cost: Dependent on activity

Bookings: Email: [email protected]

Location: Australian War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell

  1. Kid Technic – Robotics 101

The kid Technic 2-day course is ideal for children with a passion for science and manufacturing. The Robotics 101 program will help children gain an understanding in basic sensor and robotic concepts. Kid Technic also run other science-based programs throughput the summer holidays.

Who: Children ages 8+

When: 11– 12 January  

What Time: 9:00AM – 4:00PM

Cost: $176 for the 2day course

Bookings: Online: www.kidtechnic.com/course2.html

Location:  Brindabella Christian Collage, Lyneham

  1. National Archives of Australia

The archives are running 5 creative workshops for 6-9 year olds over a week in the summer holidays. These workshops are perfect for the curious child with activities such as exploring and cooking archival recipes, calligraphy, gingerbread making, drawing buildings and circus skills.

Who: Children aged 6-9

When: 16 – 20 January  

What Time: 10AM – 12PM

Cost: $20 per child / per course

Bookings: www.naa.gov.au/visit-us/events

Location: National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes ACT

  1. National Zoo and Aquarium

Zoocation is a school holiday program run at the National Zoo and Aquarium. The zoo offers 2 programs; Zoocation junior and Zoocation Senior. The program lets children explore and get up close and personal with many of the zoos animals. There will be opportunities for the children to also play games and make toys for the animals.

Who: Children attending primary school

When: 9 – 16 January  

What Time: 9AM – 4PM

Cost: Booking online: $75 per child / per day OR over the phone: $80 per child / per day  

Bookings: nazoo.bookingboss.com

Location: 999 Lady Denman Dr, Yarralumla

  1. Australian National Botanic Gardens

The Botanic gardens is the ideal environment for all curious minds. This summer the gardens will be offering reptile and amphibian exhibitions, live music concerts for the whole family, new children’s trail walks and bush land nature walks.

Who: Aall children and teens

When: 9 – 16 January  

What Time: open 8:30AM – 5PM daily

Cost: All events under $10 per person  

Bookings: www.anbg.gov.au/gardens

Location: Clunies Ross Street, ACTON

  1. The National Museum OF Australia

The National Museum Australia offers children a multi award winning experience in the form of Kspace. Set in Australia’s pastime, Kspace in an interactive adventure game for children. The game enables children to create their own time traveling robots that will travel back in time and explore mystery locations around Australia. This experience is ideal for all tech savvy children with a passion for exploring history and digital games.

Who: Cchildren 7+

When: Oongoing  

What Time: Open 9AM – 5PM daily

Cost: free for school holidays

Bookings: no required

Location: Action Peninsula, Canberra

  1. Canberra Space Centre

Canberra Space Centre is the ideal location for children with an interest in astronomy and the workings of the universe.

Who: Cchildren aged 7+

When: Oongoing  

What Time: Open 9AM – 5PM daily

Cost: Free for school holidays

Bookings: No required

Location: Discovery Drive, Tidbinbilla

  1. Questacon

Questacon offers 200 science exhibits. For children who are budding inventors, designers and makers the school holiday are the perfect time to explore science and mathematics through the hand-on experiences of Questacon.

Who: Something for children of all ages

When: Ongoing  

What Time: Open 9AM – 5PM daily

Cost: Children (4-16) $17.50 / Adult (16+) $23.00

Bookings: None required

Location: King Edwards Terrace, Parkes

  1. Kids n’ kittens

For kiddies with a passion for animals and wildlife, the RSPCA will be running a series of interactive educational sessions for children over the summer holidays. The experiences on offer throughout the program include ‘Junior Shelter Staff’ and ‘Crafty Kids’.

Who: Cchildren aged 7 – 12

When: 10 – 17 January  

What Time: 9AM OR 11:15AM (depending on chosen workshop)

Cost: children $60.00 per child / per session

Bookings: [email protected]

Location: 12 Kirkpatrick Street, Weston

  1. Filmmaker Hero Workshops

For children with a passion for creating, visual arts and digital processes, the Filmmaker Hero Workshops are the ideal activity for tweens this summer. Participants will produce a 3-4 minute films throughout the program.

Who: Tweens in school years 7 – 12

When: 9 – 13 January  

What Time: Refer to registration

Cost: children $559 for the five day course

Bookings: www.sanguinetimedia.com.au/filmmaker-hero

Location: To be confirmed on 3 Jan

For the ACTIVE child

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If school holidays bring you the challenge of keeping your active, sporty or adventurous child entertained, here are some programs and events that might suit! 


Learn to play golf in a progressive school holiday and term based golf program. The JGA golf program has been running for 10yrs and is currently being run at Fairbairn Golf Course ACT. Our results include US college recipients, Aus reps, ACT & NSW reps & over 400 ACT, Vic, Qld, NSW & US victories. The Summer program runs for two weeks.

Full day School holiday Programs running from 8.30am to 5pm daily

Summer 2016/17

19-23 December

9 – 13 January

16 -20 January
Cost: $70/day (discounts available for families and part days) (Lunch & fruit included)

Contact Leigh Hunter e: [email protected] m: 0404 851 679


Welcome to the Southern Canberra Gymnastics Club. SCGC caters for children from 18 months of age through to adults in both recreational and competitive gymnastics. Fun and challenging morning sessions offering all children the opportunity to try gymnastics apparatus, group activities, games and trampolining in a safe and friendly environment in their purpose built gym on Garside St., Erindale. School Holiday Workshops are for all girls and boys aged 3 and over regardless of experience or ability. The children will be challenged by fun and exciting gymnastic skills as well as games and interesting group activities. The emphasis is always on FUN through learning. Just bring your own drink bottle and have fun!

Age: for children 3 years+, Trampoline for children 7-13yrs.

Time: session Mon-Thurs, 3-6 yrs: 10am-11.30am 7-13yrs: 10am-12pm.

Trampoline only Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12pm-1.30pm.

Cost: 3-6 yrs: $17 each, 7-13yrs: $20 each, Trampoline: $20 each

Booking: bookings essential by phone or email.

Website: www.southerncanberra.gymnastics.org.au

Phone: (02) 6296 3331

Email: [email protected]

Location: Gartside Street, Wanniassa. ACT

3. ASD

Find Fun, Focus & Fitness combined with Practical Self Defence in their friendly ASD training centre. We offer age appropriate martial arts & self defence holiday programs, short courses, and regular programs.

 Incorporate learning with fun activities

 Encourage kids to be active

 Have their own non-competitive achievement structure

 Are based on a positive reinforcement system

 Teaches Discipline and Respect for one another

 Build your child’s Confidence & Self Esteem

 Bully Proof your child

 Develop your child’s Focus and self discipline,

Bunyips 3-5yrs, Wallaroos 5-8yrs, Falcons 9-12yrs, Teens 13-17yrs. Action

Kids, Urban Survival, Hapkido, Karate and BJJ. Try a Free Intro Lesson.

Website: www.australianselfdefence.com.au

Phone: 0403 130 975

Email: [email protected]

Location: Unit 4. 47-49 Vicars St, Mitchell

4. AIS

The AIS Aquatic and Fitness Centre offers a variety of school holiday programs utilising the world-class facilities of the AIS campus. Incorporating a wide range of activities, and focus on participation and engagement, we offer a sports vacation program, Soccer Camp, a pre-school program, as well as a Swim Intensive Program.


Phone:  (02) 6214 1281

Email[email protected]

Location:  AIS Aquatic and Fitness Centre – Leverrier St, Bruce


Tennis Whizz

Age: 3-6 year olds

Time: Week 1: 19 – 22 December. Week 2: 17 – 20 January. Week 3: 23 – 25 January, 8.30am-11.30am

Location: North Woden Tennis Club, De Large Place, Hughes

Cost: $135 per week (5-day programme) or $40 daily rate

Technique and Tactics Plus Tournament

Age: 6+ year olds

Time: Week 1: 19 – 22 December. Week 2: 17 – 20 January. Week 3: 23 – 25 January, 8.30am-1pm

Location:  North Woden Tennis Club, De Large Place, Hughes

Cost: $195 per week (5-day programme) or $65 daily rate

Hot Shots Tournament Tennis

Age: 6+ year olds

Time: Week 1: 19 – 22 December. Week 2: 17 – 20 January. Week 3: 23 – 25 January, 1pm-5pm

Location:  North Woden Tennis Club, De Large Place, Hughes

Cost: $165 per week (5-day programme) or $60 daily rate

Booking: register online, limited places available


Phone: call Brett on 0402469892

Email[email protected]

Location: Forrest Tennis Club, Dominion Circuit, Forrest OR North Woden Tennis Club, De Large Place, Hughes


Ever wanted to run away with the circus? Juggling, unicycling, Trapeze!


Tuesday 3rd – Friday 6 January, for ages 8 and up, 9am – 3pm each day, $300/week (four days)**

Monday 9th – Friday 13January, for ages 5 – 7, 9am – 12pm each day, $190/week

Monday 9th – Friday 13 January, for ages 5 – 7, 12:30pm – 3:30pm each day, $190/week

Monday 16th – Friday 20 January, for ages 8 and up, 9am – 3pm each day, $350/week ***optional healthy snacks workshop and afternoon tea, 3pm – 5pm each day, $150/week 

Monday 23rd – Friday 27 January, for ages 8 and up, 9am – 3pm each day (excluding Thursday Public Holiday) $300/week (four days)


Monday 9th – Friday 13 January, for ages 8 and up, 9am – 3pm each day, $350/week

Monday 16th – Friday 20 January, for ages 8 and up, 9am – 3pm each day, $350/week

Monday 16th – Friday 20 January, for ages 5 – 7, 9am – 12pm each day, $190/week*

Monday 16th – Friday 20 January, for ages 5 – 7, 12:30pm – 3:30pm each day, $190/week*

Monday 23rd – Friday 27 January, Training Intensive for intermediate and advanced participants – details coming soon!

* Please note partial enrolments not accepted. Additional class times for ages 5 – 7 at Kaleen may be opened based on demand.

Phone: (02) 6260 3626


Chifley:  Warehouse Circus – Training Space, Chifley Health and Well-Being Hub, 4/70 MacLaurin Crescent, Chifley ACT 2606.
Kaleen:  UC High School Kaleen – Gym Space, 104 Baldwin Drive, Kaleen ACT 2617.

Website: www.warehousecircus.org.au

**Due to Christmas shutdown, all enrolments in week one at Chifley (Tuesday 3rd – Friday 6th of January) will need to be fully processed by the 16th of December 2016. Enquiries after this date will not be responded to until the first day of the program and space in the program cannot be guaranteed.


Archery offers a rich blend of tradition and technology. It is a sport that is for every age and skill level. Archery promises the thrill of the great outdoors and the rewards of year-round individual and family participation. Archery is just plain fun. Beginner courses during school holidays.

When: Week 1: 9 – 13 January. Week 2: 16 – 20 January

Cost: $75/week or $15/day. $65/week or $15/day per additional child.

Booking: Essential by phone

Phone: 6241 3256 or 1800 243 009

Where: Riggall Place, Lyneham (behind Hockey Centre)


Spring Holidays means warmer weather, flowers blooming and Holiday Camp, a program hosted by Olympic trampoline silver medallist and head of Sky School coach Ji Wallace. Spring Camp is all the best bits of Sky School combined into one whole week of fun! Learn all the trampoline basics along with some sweet skills and tricks.

Sky Zone Belconnen

When: 9AM – 11AM Jumping and coaching, 11AM – 11:30AM followed by food & drinks in their party rooms. Week 1 Mon 9 Jan – Fri 13 Jan. Week 2 Mon 16 Jan – Fri 20 Jan

Cost: $100 per child per week

Website: skyzone.com.au/holiday-camp

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 13 75 99

Sky Zone Macgregor

When: 9AM – 11AM Jumping and coaching, 11AM – 11:30AM followed by food & drinks in their party rooms.  Week 1 Mon 12 Dec – Fri 16 Dec, Week 2 Mon 9 Jan – Fri 13 Jan. Week 3 Mon 16 Jan – Fri 20 Jan

Cost: $100 per child per week

Website: skyzone.com.au/holiday-camp

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 13 75 99


Activities may include (dependent on age group): Caving, high ropes, mountain bikes, bush walking, camp fires, horse riding, rock climbing, dirt bikes and more!


Dirt Bike Camp:

School years 7 – 12

Minimum height 155cm

Cost: $450/$375 with a sibling/friend

Senior Camp

School years 7 – 12

Cost : $425/$350 with a sibling/friend

Junior Camp

School years 4 – 6

Cost: $420/$345 with a sibling/friend


ASC have provided the best sports coaching for Australian children aged 6 to 16 years for over 33 years. They provide interactive and fun skills programs to ensure that participants improve their game and love for their chosen sport.



Where: Canberra Grammar, Red Hill
When: 23, 24 & 25 January 2017

Cost pp: 1 – $295, 2 – 4 – $236, 5 – $221.25, 6+ – $206.50


Where: Canberra Grammar, Red Hill
When: 23, 24 & 25 January 2017

Cost pp: 1 – $295, 2 – 4 – $236, 5 – $221.25, 6+ – $206.50


Where: Canberra Grammar, Red Hill
When: 23, 24 & 25 January 2017

Cost pp: 1 – $295, 2 – 4 – $236, 5 – $221.25, 6+ – $206.50


tweens feature

If your teen is hot, bothered and bored by school holidays, here are some options for those too cool for school holiday programs. 


When the days are too hot to bear and your air conditioner is simply not the bees knees, one can hit up Ben and Jerry’s Open Air Cinemas right next to the Nash (National Library) on the Patrick White Lawns. With free ice cream Sundaes (pun intended) and a variety of movies to choose from, it is the ideal location for a date night or for you and your mates to spend the long summer evenings on plush beanbags and lawn chairs.

Happening 12 Janurary-19 February, on the Patrick White Lawns, Parkes.

See website for session times and more information.

A hip, groovy in-door option to watch summer’s best flicks, is Palace Electric Cinemas located under the Nishi building in New Acton. Right next to Max Brenner, it’s the perfect location for a chocolate fix and a cult classic watch. Movies such as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (which features the dashing Eddie Redmayne as one of J.K.Rowling’s literary heroic and lovable characters) and the iconic Rocky Horror Picture Show, both options are suitable for 15+ and screen regularly up until Christmas!

Happening every day, at 2 Phillip Law St, New Acton.

See website for session times and more information.


Instead of spending the summer holidays in-doors, one can enjoy swimming in Canberra’s historic first swimming location; Manuka Swimming Pool. Combining art deco architecture and the love of swimming is a recipe for hours of fun. With spacious, wide green lawns covered in an abundance of shade and facilities such as a café and the outdoor 30-metre-long pool, it is the perfect spot for an afternoon picnic, yoga session or relaxing swim. It is a meagre $4.50 for students and $10.00 for adults.

Happening from the 29 October 2016 until 19 March 2017, corner of New South Wales Cres and Manuka Circuit, Griffith.

See website for opening and closing times, programs and more information.

A cheaper alternative for swimming, is Lake Burley Griffin. There are numerous spots which are both safe and easy to access via walk way or beaten path. The man-made beach located in Yarralumla Bay, is as close to the coastal beach experience one can receive in Canberra. The pontoons are superb for diving and flipping off of and the fenced areas keep fish away from swimmers cooling off. There is also ample shade and several barbeques

Happening every day this boiling summer, Yarralumla Bay opposite Alexandrina Drive, Yarralumla.


It is an unspoken tradition to roll down the lush, vibrant year-round green hills that slope on top of famous Parliament House. Since the late 80s, children and adults alike have been running up and down the hills and receiving the green grass stains to wear with pride to prove it. After a long day of blistering heat, it is surprisingly refreshing to lie down in the cool, dry grass and enjoy the best view Canberra can offer of Lake Burley Griffin, Yarralumla and Civic.

Happening every day of the year, Parliament Drive.

See website for more information.


An irregular pastime, Segwaying your way through town is a fun, odd and exciting new form of sightseeing and hanging out with your friends. The two-wheel motorised device is incredibly easy to drive (after a few falls), and is a zippy ride around the lakes’ foreshore, past iconic buildings and famous landmarks. These guided tours include a how to lesson so one can receive full segway training.

Happening every day, West Kiosk, Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Parkes.

See website for bookings, times, group hires and more information.


Emily Crabb

Emily Crabb has recently finished her final semester at the University of Canberra where she studied Communications in Advertising. Emily’s 2016 has consisted of her travelling nationally and internationally, meeting the creative minds of the advertising, media and public relations industries from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur to Sydney and to Singapore. These adventures gave her a renewed source of inspiration and motivation but also a renewed appreciation for her hometown of Canberra. Emily particularly enjoys treating herself with clothes she cannot justify buying and eating anything from a brunch menu. More about the Author


Josie Gouvoussis

Josie Gouvoussis is a 16-year-old intern, currently in Year 11 at Radford College, studying Ancient History and English Literature. Born and bred in the nation’s capital, Josie is an aspiring journalist and hopes to one day write her way around Europe. She enjoys meeting, learning from and writing about local Canberrans and the extraordinary lives they lead. She is a low key (by low-key meaning fangirl obsessed) book lover who will read anything from politics and history to gore, crime and fantasy. Usually one can find her lounging around deeply immersed in a fiction novel or swimming with her friends. More about the Author


Calum Stenning

Calum Stenning is Her Canberra’s newest and most male (read: only) intern. Three years spent living overseas has given him a renewed appreciation for Canberra life. Every day starts with coffee and the Sydney Morning Herald crossword at a favourite coffee haunt, as he is wary of the perils of dementia, and thinks crosswords are a viable safeguard. If he lives to a dementia-appropriate age (evidence says he won’t), he’ll let us know. More about the Author