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Mar 7, 2017 - Belanglo forest to Canberra

After a lovely quiet night and a good sleep we were on the road again by about 9.30am. The traffic on the Hume highway wasn't too bad today so we made pretty good time to the Canberra turnoff, then down into Canberra itself. (Unfortunatley, we found out later that night on the news that there had been a horrendous accident on the Hume highway where a mum and her son were killed just a bit further north than where we joined the highway. This would have explained why there was no traffic going our way when we joined the highway). We are...

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Feb 14, 2017 - On to the Capital, Canberra

We decided we could not travel Australia without seeing the nation's capital city, nestled inland across the mountains. Off we go up and over the mountains through mist, fog, light rain and the very occasional patch of sunlight. This section of a secondary highway was well treed until we dropped down into the plains. We felt we could have been driving around Kamloops in the semi arid flat land amidst hills. We booked a historic hotel in Canberra in an older building but very significantly refurbished. The rack rate on the deluxe queen room...

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Nov 6, 2016 - RAN Communications Branch Association National Reunion 2016 in Canberra

Nov 6th. Moved from park to Judy's, loaded up her car, left Pete cheerfully looking forward to a quiet week alone, and off Helen, Judy and I went. Is nearly 1300 kms from Adelaide to Canberra...we went across the Hay-Balranald plains. Spent our first night in Hay, with Judy and me sharing the driving. Helen decided to do a "Gen", sit back and be Miss Daisy!!! A shorter drive on 7th, found our way to our accommodation...pleasantly surprised with our 3 bed/2 bathroom apartment....other than having 30 stairs to climb to the front door, then...

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Aug 4, 2016 - Our amazing trip to Canberra

This summer we finally got to visit Australia. The country has been on our bucket list for a while now and we simply couldn't wait for our holiday to begin. One of our first destinations in Australia was Canberra, an amazing metropolis which houses some of the most important monuments in Australian history. Here's a selection of my favorite spots in Canberra. Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House Located at the base of Capital Hill, the Old Parliament House housing the Museum of Australian Democracy is just stunning. The...

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May 3, 2016 - Off we go into the wild red yonder

Well after a rather bad year (2015) we had 2 deaths in the family, I had a close mate die and one of my followers of the blog passed away as well; we are going to head off to see the Flinders Ranges and the York Peninsular. We have never been to the Flinders before, the closest we managed was Quorn (were I got to cuddle Lisa McCune) and we are looking forward to this, as I told our guide, Felix on our trip to Vietnam and China last year this is the "real Australia". It took me a week to service the van, cleaning and regreasing the wheel...

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Mar 9, 2016 - First Week in Australia

Arrived bright and early on Thursday morning in Sydney. My suitcase was checked in on the first leg of the flight as it was full and everyone had carry on bags. I thought, well it will either arrive with me or I will have to get new clothes! Ha! It arrived and my box of treats for Sandi and Ian as well, in perfect condition!. My flight to AU was not full and I had the entire row to myself, so I was able to use the 3 seats as a lay down bed. Yeah!!! Very little turbulence and excellent landing. Found going thru customs not too bad, those...

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Mar 8, 2016 - Canberra

Tues 8th Mar - we walked down to the National Museum of Australia which was about an hour away. Spent a couple of hours there and then headed back to the city centre shopping mall for an Asian meal. Back to the hotel and then we drove to the Australian War Memorial and Museum. Good galleries with a lot about WW1. We stayed for the daily 5pm Last Post ceremony, there was a bagpiper, bugler and RAAF Squadron Leader. There was a short talk about an Australian airman who died on D-Day and then the national anthem and the bugle ceremony. Glad we...

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Mar 7, 2016 - Onto Canberra

Fri 4th Mar - lovely quiet night in room. Great to load the car with it being just outside the door. Set off down the A48 and then turned off to Fitzroy Falls in the Morton National Park. Short walks to viewpoints looking down into a huge gorge but not too much water as everywhere is so dry. Back onto main road to Kiama and as we entered the town we saw signs for the Sebel Harbourside Hotel. We had lunch while they finished getting the room ready and then walked along the coast to the Kiama Blowhole. Unfortunately the wind and tide was...

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Nov 17, 2015 - Canberra

After many requests from Theo we finally got to see Hamish, his old classmate. We had a great evening with the Grants (all three generations!) and they shared with us the amazing birds in their garden-cockatoos, galahs (?) and some colourful parrot type birds called Rosalias(?)- we need to look them up! We have seen another Bird Bingo too- the Fairy Wren. A night Roo hunt followed up a hill behind their house- we really got to see them up close with some young ones boxing and a large male stretching up to threaten some intruders. There was...

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Our Year Out

Apr 30, 2015 - Home!!!

Epilogue. So here we are in the China Airways VIP (very important peanuts) lounge at HK International awaiting our flight… We did cause some amusement at immigration when we had inadvertently swapped passports at the check in desk, the chap is staring at me then staring the passport and held up the passport for me to see what the problem was, I pointed to Carol and they swapped passports with much mirth, no idea what they were saying but I would suspect along the lines of “stupid bloody Aussie geriatrics”. When we eventually found the...

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Apr 25, 2015 - canberra

24/4 We go to the War Memorial today to have a look around as tomorrow will be far too busy. They have done a lot of work at the memorial since we were there 2 years ago. The displays covering WW1 & WW2 are great. They allow you to have a better idea of what it was like for our men over there fighting. They had it tough. Peter went to see if he could find his Great Grandfather's name in the wall of remembrance but unfortunately he didn't have what section he was in so a job for when we get home. 25/4 Up bright and early this morning to...

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Apr 7, 2015 - Max'n'Me Day 8 - Canberra

Canberra... the glorious capital of a whole continent! We arrived there under a blue sky and with a nice sun warming our skin. I guess the four cyclists from the rest area must have been very thankful for it as it would dry some of their stuff a little bit. Well now what big is there to see in Canberra? To be honest... not that much... Of course we had to visit the Parliament House, a big impressive building where the destiny of the whole Commonwealth is being decided. Australia has two 'houses' – the house of representatives and the house...

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