2017 Coastal and Murray River Trek travel blog

Just one bonsai

View from Arboretum

Looking towards Banks. Faint rainbow under snow cloud.

"Backwards Attitude" statue

Honey Eater at Botanic gardens

In the gardens

Red Centre in gardens

Red Centre Lizard!

Beautiful gum tree

Wattle Avenue

Monday 4 September 2017

Monday morning and off to work for Neil.

The rest of us had a leisurely morning, and then set off just after 9am with Judy as our tour guide.

First stop was the National Arboretum in the Molonglo Valley, Canberra City. The Arboretum was created after the area was burned out as a result of the 2001 and 2003 bush fires. The site has been planted since 2005, trees have been planted by visiting heads of government and ambassadors including Princess Mary. It officially opened in February 2013.

What a spectacle this will be in the years to come, and one could dream about revisiting here in 10 to 20 years time.

We enjoyed the great views over the surrounding areas and the Bonsai display which only used to be at Floriade, now has a permanent home at the Arboretum. If only my bonsai looked a little like these!

Next stop was the Botanical Gardens. Both places have interesting shops to browse through.

We followed the Main Path through the different areas before arriving at the Red Centre Garden. Judy told us how good it would be, and we were not disappointed, just beautiful!

By this stage, the threatening clouds decided to catch up with us, and we had to take shelter for a while until the blue sky appeared again.

Back to the car via the Rock Garden and Rainforest Gully. Truly a lovely morning out.

We were really lucky with the weather, even though the winds reminded us we could be at the South Pole and the clouds hanging around appeared to have snow in them.

Back home for lunch in a nice warm house.

Judy took Rosie & Harley to the dog park in the afternoon for a good run, picked Neil up from work and we enjoyed another delicious dinner.

Neil is busy tonight making his famous Anzac biscuits for us to take back to the van on Wednesday.

Thank goodness we decided to go out to dinner last Saturday night instead of tonight. It is very wet and windy outside tonight, not that we can hear much from inside, but it is much more comfy in here than outside.

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