Blogs from Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, Oceania - page 46


Well guys, i'm back, except this time i'm not so sure that this entry will be so interesting!! We headed down to Canberra (the capital of Australia), for what we thought might be an exciting visit. We stopped at a campsite called eaglehawk. Just of the federal highway, and about a 20 min drive into Canberra city centre, this was a quiet little caravan park, with nice amenities, a tennis court, a big field within which to pitch our tent, and a caged emu!! Yup, we were actually the only ones to pitch camp on this field, which, as the lonely planet says, has an after-thought for those travellers with tents!! And we had rain.............yet again!! Well, we got our tent up, said hello to Elmo the emu, who just kept biting the lock, but ... read more
view over lake burley griffin
New Parliment, Canberra
uuhhm!! Anyone know where the old parliment is?

An Amazingly Productive Day in the Country’s Capital It’s kinda funny to us that you at home have a view of our lives that is distorted by the fact that we only tell you the interesting things. I have to assume that you must think life on the road is pretty exciting all the time and that we are constantly wowed by everything we see and do. In actuality at least 40% of every day involves mundane tasks that aren’t worth telling you about. So with that in mind I will tell you about our one and only day in the capital of Australia, Canberra. As a quick example of how we bring smiles to the faces of our Australian hosts, I will diverge here to talk about the pronunciation of Canberra. Upon initially seeing the ... read more
Canberra - National Museum
Canberra - National Museum
Canberra - National Museum

My first entry. Its six weeks on Friday until I fly out for VEGAS baby! I've got a heap of things to get organised before I leave, including renting out my unit, storing my personal things, posting things to the UK and organising the fun stuff - the travel part of the journey. Until then, its all going to be boring - work, organising and getting prepared. Of course, there is my farewell party on Friday 4 May, but even thats a few weeks away!... read more

Mar 19. In to city and got another bit of exposure on 'Sunrise'. Camera actually zoomed in on flag and Koshi made a comment. The producer came out and said I'd had good exposure and please that was enough. I said ok and told her I wanted to be on the show proper. Swam off Darling Point. Rain set in in the afternoon. Mar 20. Early spruik Double Bay. Drove to Liverpool. Got copy of Feb 7 'Leader' article. Drove to Campbelltown. Got copy of Feb 8 article 'Macarthur Chronicle'. Same article. Drove to Goulburn. Searched 'Post' files. No article. Mar 21. Spruik Goulburn. Mentions of 'Sunrise' appearance. Drove to Queanbeyan. Got copy of May 14 article in 'Age'. Spruik Kingston and Manuka. Parked up late. Could see illuminated flag atop Parliament House through the trees. ... read more

Wow Canberra is strange! Its incredibley pretty- nice lakes and hills etc but also incredibley yuppie!If you live in canberrra, it seems you have to wear a suit and work for the government...and regularly go to parliament house! Needless to say, there's not much going on apart from people being posh in suits but its nice! THe weather is scorchio which makes a nice change from dull sydney! Spent yesterday morning wandering round the australian national botanic gardens (everything is 'national' here because its the capital). its not the capital in a london type way thoug- that would be sydney! Anyway yes, nice gardens, lots of lovely trees and a smelly eucalypt fave! IN the afternoon i got picked up by a girl who i met at take that! She basically was my tour guide ... read more

Yes, we're in Canberra, Australia's national capital, and a place where most traveller's dare not even venture! We thought that we should come here before we headed to Sydney, the city that most people think is the capital, and give poor old Canberra a chance to impress these two backpackers. A brief history of federal Australia - Australia is a federation of six states and two territories, and it's well known that Sydney, in New South Wales, and Melbourne, in Victoria, have become Australia's two biggest and most populous cities. Thus, when it came to deciding where the nation's capital would be all hell broke lose! To stop this catfight in it's tracks the national compromise stated that a new city should be built, at least 160 kilometres away from Sydney, half way between the two ... read more
Parliament House
View Across to Anzac Parade
Capital Hill

The nothingness of the Outback was so underwhelming that Gina and I decided to power through 900 kilometers to Canberra, the capital of Australia. This decision would narrow our distance to Sydney to a mere two hours. We had spent the previous days wine tasting at some of the finest houses in Barossa and Clare valleys. Unlike the commercialized nature of Napa and Sonoma, most wineries in Australia do not charge for tasting. The one exception was a winery that charged $5 to taste their wines, which ranged in price from $50 to $225. Needless to say, we had an opportunity to taste a wide cross section of winemaker styles and varietals. Wearily cruising into the Australian Capital Territory after an extremely long day on the road, I asked Gina to scrutinize the Lonely Planet for ... read more
Keeping Each Other Awake
Tent Embassy
Flags of Parliament

Jen: We arrived in Sydney airport and took the bus to Canberra. There we spent 3 days with my aunty, uncle and cousins. The first day we arrived was a scorcher and hibernating inside next to the air-con was the only thing to do. We took Brick on a tour of Canberra showing him the wonders of the city, including Parliament house, Black Mountain, Lake, War Memorial etc. Brick and I did a tour of parliament house, which was really interesting. Watched Tim play b'ball in a very close game. Did a walk around the lake with wee Zorro. We headed to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve on our last day and it was a shock for me to see the difference from when I was there in 2001. In 2003 huge fires took out the majority of ... read more

Up before dawn today for a full-on itinerary. We were on our way without breakfast and took 2 and a bit hours to reach Canberra. At some points Ed was doing almost 55mph (remember, van’s condition dictates a max of 50mph) on account of grumbling stomachs. Crazy. Canberra is the capital of Australia, for those of you who don’t know, but most people outside of Oz have never even heard of it. It’s a little like Washington DC in America, in the sense that it’s on land that’s independent of the states and is much less famous than Sydney (New York). It’s also perceived as boring. But we had a really, really good time here. The town’s layout was planned and has the most bizarre and un-navigable concentric circles (roundabouts within roundabouts in Gemma’s more helpful ... read more
Extreme Penalties in the UK
One of many punishments - Could not have an Eygptian themed party in those days then?
War Memorial

Oceania » Australia » Australian Capital Territory » Canberra February 22nd 2007

There isnt much to say about Canberra, but I felt as a stop oin our travels it should be included! It all started with a ten hour overnight coach journey from Melbourne in which I felt really ill (although not cos I was right at the back of the coach, you will be pleased to hear I have travel bands now lol!) and we had a very random stop at a train station at 2am which had a 24hr cafe and not much else! When we arrived to Canberra, we only managed to find the supermarketon our first day! The second day we saw all Canberra had to offer: Old and New Parliament House, (which looks like an 80s bank)! But has a really cool roof garden where you can see all of Canberra which was ... read more
On The Way to Sydney

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