Friday Weekend Escape to Canberra, Australia: Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Today we’re escaping into the mountains, and visiting one of my favourite places that’s only a short drive from Canberra, my home town. Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is located on the south-western side of Canberra, Australia, in the Brindabella Ranges. The southern end of the Brindabella Ranges adjoins the Snowy Mountains, the setting for my Snowgum Creek contemporary romance series.

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There are a number of walking trails to choose from, ranging from easy to hard. The Sanctuary is a wetlands ecosystem, and an easy walk in the bush around a pretty lake.

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The rangers hand feed the pelicans who live in The Sanctuary. During my last visit, a ranger provided a commentary on how Australian Pelicans usually live around coastal and inland waterways, and can fly long distances in search of food. The two pelicans in the photo below have unfortunately had their wings clipped in the past, which means they can’t fly and survive in the wild.

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The pelican’s favourite food is fish. The ranger threw a number of whole fish, which the pelicans caught in their large bills. I learned that the pelicans have a hook on the end of their bills. This enables them to hold onto and manoeuvre the slippery fish into their bill pouch before they swallow it whole, longways. If the fish is swallowed sideways, it could get caught in their throats and cause the pelicans a lot of distress.

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A large number of eastern grey kangaroos live in the nature reserve. They graze in the open grasslands, and are usually found in groups.

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The mountains views in Tidbinbilla are gorgeous, and a definite highlight.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed hiking around Tidbinbilla, and exploring the native flora and fauna. Enjoy your weekend!

Friday Weekend Escape to Canberra, Australia: Lake Burley Griffin

Today we’re escaping for the weekend to my hometown of Canberra, Australia. I live in the national capital, population of just under four hundred thousand, in the Australian Capital Territory. Lake Burley Griffin is a man-made lake in the centre of Canberra.  We’re going to relax on an afternoon cruise around the lake, taking in the gorgeous scenery.

Telstra Tower, located on Black Mountain in the photo below, is one of the most prominent landmarks in Canberra. Situated on the western side of the central business district (CBD), it’s visible on the horizon from a large number of Canberra suburbs.

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The Australian War Memorial is located on the northern side of the lake, to the east of the CBD. In the photo below, the War Memorial building is above the memorial plaque on the lake foreshore.

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Canberra is known as the bush capital, and is the largest inland city in Australia. The city centre, pictured below, is low rise compared to many cities, and in keeping with the natural demography of the landscape.

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Canberra is surrounded by mountains to the west and south. Falling for the Farmer, The Nurse’s Perfect Match, and The Doctor’s Return are set in the South Western Slopes region of New South Wales. The Brindabella Ranges are visible on the western horizon in the photo below, and the fictitious town of Snowgum Creek is located on the other side of the Brindabella Ranges. It’s only a short drive south from Canberra, less than two hours, to the Snowy Mountains.

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Parliament House is on the southern side of the lake, opposite the Australian War Memorial. The flag on top of Parliament House is visible on the left hand side of the photo below.

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The Kingston foreshore is a recent development on the lake. There is little development on the waterfront, and you don’t feel like you’re in the middle of a city when you’re out on the water.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed cruising around Lake Burley Griffin. Next week we’re going to explore one of my favourite places just outside of Canberra. Enjoy your weekend!

The Nurse’s Perfect Match online book launch and giveaways

I’m excited to announce that The Nurse’s Perfect Match releases today in ebook format, and on Tuesday, May 6, in print. To celebrate the launch of my second novel, I’m going to be visiting a few blogs and offering print book giveaways (worldwide, to anywhere The Book Depository will deliver).

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Next week on Tuesday, May 6, I’ll be giving away two print copies (worldwide) of The Nurse’s Perfect Match right here on my blog. Please stop by on Tuesday to enter the drawing.

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My Book Launch Schedule:

April 24: International Christian Fiction Writers (worldwide print giveaway)

http://internationalchristianfictionwriters.blogspot.com/2014/04/balancing-book-marketing-and-writing.html

April 30: Australasian Christian Writers (worldwide print giveaway) 

http://australasianchristianwriters.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/the-single-dad-hero-in-romance-novels.html

May 5: Lena Nelson Dooley blog (worldwide print giveaway)

http://lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/the-nurses-perfect-match-narelle-atkins.html

May 6: Radio Interview with Jay Jay at 1WayFM Canberra, Australia, after 1pm

http://www.1wayfm.com.au/audio-lounge/

May 7: Robin Lee Hatcher’s blog

http://www.robinleehatcher.com/christian-fiction-wednesday-05-07-14/

May 8: Ausjenny blog (worldwide print giveaway)

http://ausjenny.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/getting-to-know-you-with-narelle-atkins.html

May 9: Iola’s Christian Reads (worldwide print giveaway)

http://christianreads.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/review-and-giveaway-nurses-perfect.html

May 9: Seriously Write blog

http://seriouslywrite.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/enjoying-journey-by-narelle-atkins.html

May 10: Falling for the Farmer book signing at Koorong, Fyshwick (Canberra) Australia, from 2pm

http://www.koorong.com/info/store/fyshwick.jsp

May 10: Iola Goulton – Christian Editing Services (marketing – book launch interview)

http://christianediting.co.nz/book-launch-case-study-narelle-atkins/

May 12: Ink Dots blog (worldwide print giveaway)

http://dorothyadamek.blogspot.com.au/

May12-14 Goodreads Author Q&A on Love Inspired Heartsong Presents Group

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/129196-love-inspired-heartsong-presents

May 19: Rose Dee’s blog (worldwide print giveaway)

http://rosedee.com/2014/05/19/aussie-authors-in-america-narelle-atkins/

May 24: Inspy Romance blog (worldwide print book giveaway)

http://www.inspyromance.com/the-inspiration-for-my-snowgum-creek-book-series-plus-giveaway/

Additional book giveaways:

May 1-31: Goodreads giveaway. One print copy of The Nurse’s Perfect Match (US, CA, UK, AU, NZ)

May: Soul Inspirationz (2 print books giveaway, worldwide)

The lovely Ellie Whyte organises a monthly promotion of the Love Inspired range of books on Soul Inspirationz. The Nurse’s Perfect Match will be included in her May promotion and Rafflecopter giveaway.

http://www.christianfictionsite.com/1/post/2014/05/may-new-releases-in-category-fiction.html

I hope you’ll join me in celebrating the release of The Nurse’s Perfect Match. And, good luck if you enter the book giveaways!