Canberra

Canberra Travel Blog

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View across Lake Burley Griffin to the new Parliament House (the funny triffid looking thing). Canberra is the capital of Australia.

Left Mount Macedon nice and early for Canberra, towing our trailer which we're lending to Melissa's sister and her family - we're sure they'll find it very useful!  Listened to Day One of the first Ashes Test most of the way on ABC Grandstad - most enjoyable when Australia is doing so well!  Just realised we'll be arriving in Brisbane on Day 5 so should be big celebration.

The drive to Canberra is basically straight up the Hume Highway with a coffee break every couple of hours.  We stopped at the Lake Mokoan picnic area - the drought has really affected this once plentiful water area.  No more speed boats, but plenty of flies.

This is HMAS Otway, located in Holbrook (generally don't see submarines sitting next to inland highways!). Great spot for a travel break.
  We didn't last there very long because the flying critters became too annoying.  Stopped for lunch in Holbrook, just north of the Vic/NSW border.  Strange to see a submarine so far inland (see photo attached)!.  The citizens of Holbrook raised money to buy the HMAS Holbrook when it was de-commissioned, along with a very generous donation of Cmdr Holbrook's widow.  A lovely spot to have a picnic, though, with clean tables and a cafe if needed.  There was also a cute little Fox Terrier ambling about - he really wanted to jump on the backpackers bus which was heading south so they had to keep chasing him back across the highway.  Hope he made it home OK, because the road was quite busy.

Arrived in Canberra about 5pm to a great reception from Melissa's sister and our little niece, Sarah (her dad got home a bit later).  Didn't stop at Gundagai this trip so no photos of the Dog on the Tuckerbox.  Sarah (3 yo) did a great job of "looking after us" when her parents had to go out for a couple of hours!

Went down to Lake Burley Griffin for a picnic lunch, from where you can get a great view across the lake to Parliament House, the High Court, Questacon (science centre), the National Library and National Gallery.  Had a quick look at the Gallery, but we were only there a month ago so not much has changed.  The "Egyptian Treasures of the Louvre" travelling exhibition has just started but we didn't pay the $20 to go in because we figure we've probably seen most of them in the Louvre!!  Staying in tonight to have a good Aussie BBQ on this beautiful balmy evening, then heading off tomorrow morning for our next stop.

 

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Canberra
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