HOW TO DEAL WITH THE UPCOMING SPORTS VOID

Spring is probably one of the busiest times of the year in the real estate world. There are more properties on the market and more people at open homes and exhibitions. The increased activity in the market makes it an exciting time to be dealing with property. But for sports fans, spring also means going through a few tough weeks between the time when the footy season draws to a close and when the cricket season hits off.

And that dreaded time is fast approaching… this weekend the Swans and the Hawks will battle it out in the AFL Grand Final at the MCG, and next weekend we’ve got the NRL Grand Final to look forward to. After that, there’s a long, hard wait until cricket season starts.

There’s no need to despair though, there’s plenty to do in Canberra to keep you occupied. Canberra has really grown up in recent years and is playing host to more and more big name events. The first to come to mind is obviously Floriade. This is a huge drawcard for our city as well as a massive money spinner for big anti-histamine. Last year Floriade had over 400,000 attendees and this year’s event is even better. If you haven’t been yet, you should definitely head down for a look before the 12th of October. Make sure you check out the awesome cubby houses while you are there. And if you’re interested in taking part in some athletic activity, you can should head to the Floriade website and put your name down for Canberra’s biggest ever bootcamp session on Saturday the 11th of October.

Even if you don’t make it to Floriade, with the cold weather (mostly) behind us, Spring is the perfect time to put off your chores for a few weeks and get outside and start enjoying some of Canberra’s beautiful parks and open spaces. Spring also provides you with a great opportunity to catch up on your ornithological studies. It’s much easier to get up close and personal with Cracticus tibicen (otherwise known as a Magpie) when they are in such a friendly, helpful mood and come right to you… or right at you as the case may be.

If bird watching isn’t really your thing and you’re looking for something a little more extreme, you should head down to Exhibition Park on the 19th of October and check out Miss Muddy Canberra. It’s a gruelling 4-6km obstacle course full of mud, hay bales, hurdles, monkey bars, foam tunnels and ice baths. The event is supporting a number of worthwhile women’s charities, so if you think you’re up for the challenge (and you’re a lady) there’s still time to get a team together and register.

A few days later on the 22nd of October you can see Australia hand it to the Poms at the AIS when The Diamonds take on the English Netball Team. It will be your last chance to catch The Diamonds in action on their home turf before the Netball World Cup in Sydney next year.

We have some amazing facilities here in the capital and we are home to some of Australia’s top athletes and sporting teams. More and more people are starting to see Canberra as great place to host world class events. Once it finally starts, the upcoming cricket season should be an especially exciting one. Canberra will once again be hosting a number of big name clashes, including several international matches, at the revamped Manuka Oval. We’re particularly excited about seeing Australia go head to head against South Africa on the 19th of November.

There are so many great things going on in Canberra these days. What are you planning on doing with your free time over the next few weeks?

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