Being a Human in Canberra #HumanBrochure

East Hotel is, in a word, amazing. Just 8 weeks old, East is a modern, funky and luxurious hotel nestled between Manuka and Kingston, walking distance to everything.  And I have to give you a quick rundown of this hotel – firstly, the suites are amazing – bigger than my first house and with every amenity you could wish for.  Secondly, if  guests don’t want to walk to any of the abundant parks or amazing cafes, there are funky bikes, complimentary to guests, to pedal your way around; and thirdly – their attention to detail and service was impeccable. And did I mention there is a Nespresso machine in every suite?  And the views are stunning.

A rapid unpack and off we go for a walk through the gorgeous parks up to Parliament house, back through Manuka and a stop at a Lebanese street food café.

But all too soon it’s time to get tizzied up for our ride to the Australian War Memorial for the opening address and drinks, canapés, and tours as we get to know fellow humans.

Arriving early evening, the building profiled by the setting sun and rising moon glimpsed above the sandstone building. 

Entering, we join other humans as we explore the commemorative courtyard, are awed by the names and poppies along the Roll of Honour…and find solitude in the Hall of Memory.

We are welcomed and given history of both the memorial, and of the #humanbrochure project, after which we take a leisurely walk through the Orientation Gallery into the Aircraft Hall. It would take a day, I think, to truly appreciate the volume and scale of what is on offer here. Amazing stories of wartime history collected here in images, artefacts and media.


Here, quickly sobered by the short film produced by Peter Jackson outlining the Australians who served as pilots and gunners in world war one, the true impact of this memorial is felt as even the children are captivated by the tale. Afterwards, we sip champagne, snack on canapés and  for many, give thanks for the reminder that we are truly blessed simply to just be here, now, free.

This post is written to  capture parts of the #humanbrochure weekend designed to showcase Canberra. My partner and I were part of the Food and Wine Stream, in this Australian Capital Territory Tourism initiative. See what the other 498 humans were up to by visiting the human brochure website. Look for me in ‘Food and Wine’.

4 responses

  1. I just had a glimpse at the website and it looks like an amazing weekend was had by all!

    I’m looking forward to your next installment!

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