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fter just six months in Canberra, the
city’s newest face of local television may
just be the national capital’s greatest
advocate. News presenter and chief of
staff at WIN News, Danielle Post has fallen in love
with her new town despite knowing very little
about it before she moved.
“Like many other people I based my idea of
Canberra around school excursions and random
visits on the way to the snow,” Danielle explained.
“When I drove in I thought ‘what am I doing?’ then
it took me about a week and I loved it.”
Ignoring her friends’ negative views, Danielle and
her partner Andrew made the move to Canberra,
which Danielle now claims is her favourite city.
“I think it has made me realise that all the rumours
about Canberra aren’t true,” she said.
“It’s not boring, it’s not quiet, it’s cultural. There’s
lots to do on the weekend – it’s full of life.”
“Everyone here is really friendly, everyone has a
purpose, everyone has drive.
“Canberra is a city that’s really moving forward
and it’s good to be a part of that.”
Previously posted in Wollongong for WIN,
the 26-year-old didn’t always want to be in the
newsroom. She said as a teenager, she wanted to be
a marine biologist but decided to pursue journalism
because she “talked too much” to work with animals.
Focusing on her studies in Years 11 and 12,
Danielle was accepted into Journalism at Charles
Sturt University. Since completing university,
Danielle has worked in Orange, Wollongong and now
After settling into Canberra within two weeks, she
admitted she had never felt like the clichéd new girl
“It took me two weeks...I know the roundabouts, I
know the shopping hot spots and I know where to go
for a beer,” Danielle said.
“I just immerse myself in any community so I don’t
know if I’ve ever felt unsettled.
“I just make sure I become part of the community,
which is the best thing you can do.”
Spending her weekends reading the papers, going
for coffee and dinner, shopping or exploring one
of the city’s many institutions, Danielle said she
could be found enjoying herself almost anywhere in
Canberra on any given weekend.
“I think anywhere in Canberra is fantastic. If
you want to go to a museum you can, you can go
anywhere you want – you can’t do that anywhere
else in Australia,” she said.
“Sometimes I think Canberra is a ‘small town’ city
but it has got so many nooks you don’t know about
that you could be exploring forever.”
Describing part of her perfect day as going into
the city for an afternoon beer or wine, Danielle is
a regular at Tongue and Groove, thinks Cream is
fantastic with “a really great atmosphere” and is
very impressed with Flint.
“I like little wine bars – places that you can sit
down and relax, where the atmosphere is quiet and
encourages talking, kind of like an extended lounge
room,” she said.
“We (her and her partner, Andrew) like going out
and eating nice foods, experiencing all the different
walks of life coming together.”
For shopping, Danielle said she was always in the
Canberra Centre but also liked to help out the local
community by supporting boutique stores.
“The good thing about Canberra is that there are
a lot of specialty stores and I think it’s important to
help the local stores,” she said.
“Handmade is one and Alice Be Curious is another
As well as keeping in contact with friends,
Danielle loves to be outdoors and often spends her
spare time bike riding and jogging. She even likes
fishing, although she confesses with a laugh that she
probably wouldn’t go without, Andrew.
The bubbly presenter can’t get enough of the city
and wished she came to Canberra earlier.
“It has resources and is proud of being smart. It
has good education and it’s cultural, clean and fresh,
“I should have moved here earlier. I should have
moved here years ago.”
When Danielle Post isn’t working, she is exploring her new favourite city.
BY MELANIE CLARK
Danielle Post is relishing
her new surrounds.
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