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Oceania » Australia » Australian Capital Territory September 23rd 2015

It was planned to have some quiet time with Catherine and Ben but that was a little tricky as at least one of us felt less than 100% at some stage while we were in Canberra, Day 1 we had a late start and then lunch with Catherine at a local cafe before she went to work. Then we went to the Telstra Tower, Canberra Botanic Gardens (briefly) and then to the Bank (which was next door to where Catherine worked). Great bank - they just keep giving us money when we ask for it! Day 2 was the Library, the Portrait Gallery and National Gallery. The library has "treasures" on display and they did not disappoint. An historic exhibition by William Strutt (including paintings of Burke and Wills as they left Melbourne and Bushrangers in ... read more
Telstra Tower Lookout
Telstra Tower Lookout
Dinner with Catherine and Ben

Oceania » Australia » Australian Capital Territory September 20th 2015

Before we left Cowra, we stopped in to the Japanese Gardens and acquainted ourselves with the history of Cowra and specifically the POW camp at Cowra during World War 2. The POW camp was built to hold 4,000 prisoners and by 1944 was overcrowded. Italians, Koreans, Formosans and Japanese were housed at Cowra at this time but a plan to split the Japanese prisoners by sending lower ranks to Hay seems to be the catalyst for the breakout attempt. Early on 5th August 1944, the Japanese in B compound set fire to their huts and stormed the barbed wire perimeter fence. Over 300 Japanese escaped but they were all re-captured within a few weeks. The breakout attempt cost the lives of four Australian soldiers and 231 Japanese. Many of the Japanese committed suicide as they believed ... read more
Cowra Japanese Gardens
Cowra Japanese Gardens
Cowra Japanese Gardens


We have had a busy final day. We started with a visit to the CSIRO, visited the national gallery, went to the place which told us the background of Canberra design and finished of at Questacon. At 5 o'clock we jumped on the bus for our trip home. All the kids are looking forward to seeing their loved ones in the morning. ... read more


We had a busy day today. We were up early and had a first stop at the AIS. We were broken into two groups and visited the major stadium, the volleyball, gymnastics centre, gymnasium and pool before spending 45 minutes in the activity zone. After that we headed to old Parliament House where we visited the original senate. Here we meet Isaac Isaacs, the first Australian born Governor General and Quentin Bryce, the first female Governor General, played by our students of course. After that we went to Cockington Green, a minute village and went for a walk around there fanatic gardens. We then headed off for the lunch outside the War Memorial. Following lunch we spend 3 hours visiting the wall memorial which finished with the last post ceremony with each school laying a reath. ... read more
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We have had a great day two. Our first stop was the botanical gardens where we had a short tour. We learnt about the different trees and flowers they had planted and even a man made rainforest. We then split into two groups for old parliament house and the high court. At the high court we visited the 3 courts. Court 1 was for constitutional matter where they had 7 judges. Court two was the common court which was the highest court of appeal and the final court was a procedural court. The ceiling of court room one was 17 metres tall. At old Parliament House we did a visit to the Electral Office. Here we learnt about the history of voting and why we vote. We then had a mock vote. Our next stop was ... read more
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We have navigated our first day of camp with some tired bodies at the moment. Our first activity for the day was a bike ride around Lake Burley Griffin. We rode a total of 12km which was a good way to get some exercise after the 14 hours on the bus. we then stopped for a sausage sandwich lunch by the river with some curious swans looking on. We then had an hour to fill before our visit to the National Museum so we got our sports equipment out and had a run around. We arrived at the National Museum and split into groups. The highlight was seeing Pharlaps heart which was significantly larger than a normal horse heart. We stayed for a few hours with a few peoole catching a quick nap on the comfortsbke ... read more
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Good morning everyone. We all had a great night sleep with some cabins needing to be woken up for breakfast. We have a chilly morning but on the upside there was a nice sunrise to look at. We are all ready for breakfast to charge up for a busy day. Our itinery is attached in a photo. ... read more
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Last month, I had the privilege of taking my first ever trip to Canberra . For those that don't know, Canberra is the capitol of Australia and as you can imagine, it lived up to the hype. This particular city had so much to offer to all of its visitors. From couples to singles to families, there was tons of fun and interesting things to do. As a single woman myself, I didn't find that there was any lack of activities to participate in here.When I first stepped foot in Canberra and picked up my car hire from carhirecanberraairport.net.au , I couldn't wait to check out all the national museums, touri... read more
Canberra
Canberra
Canberra


Tuesday 7th April 2015 The rain ensured that we would wake up to a surprise; we were sitting in the only puddle in the parking area! Never mind, careful steps on tip-toe and the unit was moved. We arrived at the Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) just after 1000, only to find that a Folk Festival had been held during the weekend and the tents and stages were still being dismantled. A phone call to the manager informed us that the grounds wouldn’t be opened to caravans until after 1300. Several other caravans joined us in the adjoining carpark during the morning, camping here being cheaper and more convenient to the city centre than commercial parks. One couple, Doug & Nikki, were most friendly and we spent some time talking to them. Doug is a teacher, ... read more
EPIC
National Museum of Australia
The Garden of Australian Dreams' at Aust Nat Museum


Poor My toes were freezing because I was wearing thongs (flip flops), the temperature on the car dashboard says 6 degrees C and when we checked the weather in Perth an hour before it was 17 degrees, oh and just in case I forget to mention later on, it has been snowing in the mountains, so it is fair to say that I am feeling the cold this morning! After a couple of days at Woodstock, enjoying the surrounds, Helen and Roberts company and sorting through our gear that we had stored in the container, we want to take some stuff back to Perth with us, in particular a saucepan that will go nicely in Roobie. We both have a mass session of trying on clothes and creating piles of "taking" and "leaving" amongst the nice ... read more
Poor Stewie!!!, its a Killler.
Poor Stewie!!!, its a Killler.
Poor Stewie!!!, its a Killler.




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