Blogs from Australian Capital Territory, Australia, Oceania - page 59


Oceania » Australia » Australian Capital Territory » Canberra December 29th 2006

Hey all, I had sent home the list of emails for my tour group, so I just put them on to the subscription list the other day, but it lookds like I have to update a blog in order to show them how to get here! So for all of you who keep looking at the blog, this isn't really that exciting. And for those looking for photos, I am endeavouring to get them on there, it just takes so long! I just need a day to sit down and put them up so all can see. Probably in the new year. Happy new years to all, and don't do anything I wouldn't do!!!!!... read more

Oceania » Australia » Australian Capital Territory » Canberra December 27th 2006

On the way to Newcastle we figured we could just pop in and check out Canberra - it is the capital city after all!! It was a pretty nice place but had a really bizarre feel to it because it was totally deserted. We checked out Parliament House which was pretty interesting. It has a grass roof (called a "green roof") and you can go up there and check out the amazing views. We also talk a walk into town which was nice until it got a bit black and then started thundering. We were going to make a dash back to the van parked 7kms away but decided to sit the worst out in a little shelter - thank goodness we did as a few minutes later hail was coming down the size of frozen ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Australian Capital Territory » Canberra December 23rd 2006

Hi all. So, I've now been back over a week, back into work and all that comes with that. Nothing exciting to report. Jet lag wasn't too bad (although both Phil and I only got about 4 hours sleep over the two days it took to fly home, so that wasn't very nice), and we ended up getting on the same flight back to Canberra (there are flights every 20 mins it seems, although we were perplexed as to why so many people were flying to Canberra ;p), so that was good. I really didn't want to leave Phil in the airport on his own. But, back to the flight. Monday, after my last entry, we grabbed some lunch, then jumped on the tube to heathrow (except we had to change stations and jumped on the ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Australian Capital Territory » Canberra December 13th 2006

So after another day in Sydney, I had enough of the busy city. I feel that Sydney is like NYC. All the tourists want to go's the place to go. But I'm not a huge fan of NYC, and I'm not a huge fan of Sydney. Especially after the wonderful hike in the Blue was a bit of a shock being back downtown. I spent the last day in Sydney by visiting the Museum of New South Wales, and hanging out with two girls I met at the hostel. And then I was off to Canberra. I've been told by many people, including my roommate in the hostel room in Canberra, that the ACT (Aussie Capital Territory) boring and not worth spending time there. Or I've been told to "spend only a day or ... read more
Lounging Around
In the Wild!
Lake Burley Griffin

Oceania » Australia » Australian Capital Territory » Canberra December 10th 2006

The drive to Canberra was the longest of this road trip, taking me almost 500km south. This part of the world is peppered with corking place names and I saw signs to the towns of Orange, Wee Jasper, Wombat, and Murrumbateman. I stopped at Cowra, site of a Japanese PoW camp during World War 2 from which nearly 400 prisoners had staged a break-out. The escape and ensuing round-up left more than half of them dead. They were buried in Cowra and their graves were tended by the local Returned Servicemen's League, a gesture that resulted in an official Japanese War Cemetery being built in the town and subsequently a memorial garden, paid for by the governments and various companies of both countries. I visited the garden and found it to be peaceful and easy on ... read more
Sculpture at the National Gallery
Roll of honour
Sculpture at New Zealand embassy

Dec 2. Birds of a morning. Spruiked til noon. Drove to Canberra. Dec 3. Woke in my usual spot at the bottom of Mt. Ainslie to a mob of kangaroos, the gravelly chatter of a flock of gang-gang, miner, rosella, mynah, magpei, galah, cockatoo, king parrot. Eastern rosella: red head, breast, back yellow green, scaled black, yellow, blue, green white etc. On top Mt. Ainslie white winged clough almost all black til it flies. Not much to say. No news. Nov 4. Went to all media outlets. Labour leadership grabs all attention. Met bloke in front of ABC with sticker on car from my last visit Canberra. Nov 5. Leaving Canberra last gasp channel WIN tomorrow filming looks likely. Lake Burley Griffin seagulls, ducks, purple swamp hen, coots, black swan. Later chanced upon Canberra Yacht Club ... read more

My first stop after i left Sydney was good old Coffs Harbour which is further up the east coast and took about 8 hours to reach on the train, the train felt really slow but when i spoke to people who did the same journey on the bus it turned out to be pretty much the same. I chose Coffs Harbour only because it was the first place i had heard of, it was a nice little town and the weather was good while i was there, it felt really small after Sydney but also a nice change. As it happened the night i arrived at the Aussietel hostel it was punch night! They had a huge drum thing holding loads of punch and you just kept on filling your mug up again and again, and ... read more
Coffs Harbour
Coffs Harbour
Byron Bay

Oceania » Australia » Australian Capital Territory » Canberra November 24th 2006

Today I got up early to catch the Explorer Bus and took a tour of Canberra. It was a HOT HOT HOT day today!! I first went to the australian War Memorial. It was very cool to see all the planes and guns and stuff. Then I watched a film on World War II. Then I went to the Lake Burley Griffin. Look some pics of the man made lake and the Captain Cook fountain..which shoots 90 metres into the air. Then I went to the Parliament House. I cost over 1 billion Dollars to Build. It was very pretty with marble steps and cool looking rooms. I then went to the National museum of Australia. It was really cool. I did this thing called "k Space" and I got to build my house and car ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Australian Capital Territory » Canberra November 23rd 2006

Well I have arrived in Canberra. The Capital of Australia. and well...there is nothing here. haha So why again did I leave Sydney?? I think I could have stayed there forever. Honestly. I had a nice little life there. It was wonderful. I had a job..friends..and a place to stay...and I called it home and it felt like home to me right from the start. I met awesome people. and I miss them all very was a sad couple of days. but I had an awesome time when I was there. I had to say bye to the people I worked with, which was sad. Amy, Daniela, Joe, Sarah, Manuela, Chloe I'll miss you. But Daniela and I are going to get together on the East Coast and travel together. and do New Zealand together...which ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Australian Capital Territory » Canberra November 22nd 2006

I know you'll all be excited to hear it's only days till we travel!!! Are you as excited as me - probably not, but anyway....... read more

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