Mar 2019, Canberra, ACT
We tour the Canberra suburbs and have difficulty with the unusual advertising restrictions, that we later find out have been in place since 1937. Dickson is near to where we are staying and we quickly learn that when a sign says ‘Shops’ one must park the car and walk around said shops to find the shop or supermarket that you are looking for and that the brand of the supermarket might only be displayed inside the building. “Oh look, that one is green it must be a Woolworths.” As this is a ‘walking city’ don’t expect to get a park out front. Dickson has a lot of Asian restaurants. Canberra city centre is busy and the population young. Kingston and Manuka are well worth a walk. I have a strong feeling that I’m in a different country, it’s not unpleasant, it just has an entirely different feel and I guess a lot of that feel is due to the lack of advertising.