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Nov 30, 2013 - The Last Post
1st Dec. Finally arrived home on the 11 th of Nov. after a very cold, wet weather drive down the Hume Hwy. from Camden. First thing was to crank up the heater. We have been so busy with unpacking, clearing the garden of the undergrowth, medical appointments, it's time to finish up after a fantastic trip. Highlights, too numerous to mention. Although special memories of Tully & Tin Can Bay,remain. It was great to catch up with family & friends in Tin Can Bay, Brisbane & Gold Coast. Planning for the next trip will be decided after the new...Jump to full entry
Nov 22, 2013 - Triumphant return home...
Gracie was pleased to see us, didn’t care that she takes up a lot of space…. So we left Mudgee around 0900 and arrived at Binalong around 1530. Why did it take so long? We had 4 stops along the way and got stuck behind a guy with a brand new van doing (at his fastest) 65km/h on the road from Ilford to Bathurst, its not a fast road very hilly and quite windy ( ideal if you had a clockwork car) but supremely scenic especially as you wind down into Sofala so we were held up behind him for a while till I could find a place to pass as he had no...Jump to full entry
We got the call yesterday to tell us the long awaited parts had arrived. But before that we got a call from a car salesman at the place wanting to buy the Kia and sell us a D Max ute. He suggested initially a "Highball" of $15k since moderated to a more reasonable $7k trade in. My cynicism went into hyperdrive, why would anyone want to buy a car that is broken down????? Anyway after looking at some cars yesterday we will keep the Kia for the time being. NRMA has bought us 2 e-Tickets to fly to Coffs to get the car and van back. So we fly...Jump to full entry
Oct 1, 2013 - Canberra
Tuesday, 10/1/13 We went back into the capitol (Canberra) today and started with the Australian War Memorial. This is an INCREDIBLE museum of military history of the Australian and New Zealand Armed Forces (ANZAC). The museum is absolutely huge and would take an entire day if you read and viewed everything in it. There is a section for each of the wars: WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Afghanistan plus several other smaller conflicts that they fought in. They have all kinds of equipment on display (artillery, jeeps, trucks, machine guns and...Jump to full entry
Sep 30, 2013 - Canberra
Monday, 9/30/13 Today is the day! We left the Sydney area to head out with Herb. First stop is Canberra, the Australian capitol. On our way, we passed the world's largest Merrino Sheep. We found a motel in Queanbeyan, a nearby town. We had a few extra hours so drove over to Canberra and looked at the Parliment House and some of the beautiful parks. Then we went back and had dinner at a very nice Italian restaurant.Jump to full entry
Mar 25, 2013 - Days 66 - 72...UPDATE NOTES......
Hi All, Leaving Eden we moved 50 odd kms to Tathra to visit Anne’s brother and sister in law overnight then moved to Cooma to see our daughter Kim, husband Andrew and their kids. We had a couple of days there and went to Jindabyne with them at the base of the Australian Snowfields but its autumn so no snow. Then off to the nation’s capitol Canberra for 7 nights. There is so much to see here you really need to go to just one venue for a few hours and absorb just a small aspect of it, to do that would probably take over a year or so...Jump to full entry
Mar 15, 2013 - OOPS! Water Police again
OOPS WATER POLICE AGAIN! Lake Burley Griffin is where we headed to. We rode our bikes along the lake for a few kilometres. (Not as many as it seemed.) Then we spied a boat ramp and thought "we can put the boat in here" so we high tailed it back to Truk42 and drove to the spot. It was fun getting the boat down and assembled, (don't forget it's a 'Porta Bote'). It took about half an hour. I'm sure we will get quicker as time goes on. I had a quick check about boats on Lake Burley Griffin and the website said you needed a (free) permit for...Jump to full entry
Mar 14, 2013 - The National War Memorial
We said goodbye to new friends and watched the vintage cars leaving the motor village. They were all dressed in 1900's costumes and were going to have morning tea with the Governor General, then on to the War Memorial. It was already our plan to go to the War Memorial and we parked in one of their vast carparks next to another motorhome. We joined a tour but as their was a VIP there, it turns out the President of Mozambique, we couldn't go straight to the garden and memorial of remembrance, but took the tour through the World War I and...Jump to full entry
Mar 13, 2013 - Cockington Green
This morning we did some amazing turning to get out of this spot. David and I have worked out hand signals and we're able to get into and out of spots very well, even so it was very tight. We went to Cockington Green which is a miniature English village. It has many facets to it and definitely worth seeing. The International section has so many miniature replicas of well known sites in the world and many hours have been put into them. The grass was so perfect we actually thought it wasn't real, but it turned out it was. We went chasing...Jump to full entry
Mar 12, 2013 - Question Time!
Seriously, how amazing is this! We rock up to Parliament House just after 10 a.m.as we wanted to park early and get the tickets for question time. we saw our friendly cop who said "you're here again." I guess he couldn't miss us. Then we parked underneath in a spot just the right size. When we went up into the sunshine just in front of Parliament House, we asked a policeman what was going on. He told us that it was the Centenary of the founding of Canberra. We have just arrived at the right time, but we had no idea. There were the military...Jump to full entry
Mar 11, 2013 - Parliament House
We arrived into Canberra and went straight to Parliament House to have a look. It is very impressive. We drove right round the front with the motorhome. David said "jump out and take a photo". I got out as quick as I could as we were not allowed to park there, and went across the road and took a picture of TRUK42 in front of Parliament House. Then we saw a policeman coming towards us on his bike. He was very nice and said we could park underneath. Of course we asked him if anything this size could fit and he told us that buses parked...Jump to full entry
Mar 10, 2013 - Epilogue
Home again. What a week!!!! It will take me some time to recover. Sort of embarrassing to get home to see the state of our public transport, the litter and rubbish at the roadside, the dirty trains, graffiti everywhere. Must be a “western” thing… Fortunately we caught the Express Centrelink Bus that replaced the train from Sydney to Canberra so first stop was Queanbeyan... Had a steak roll from Billy Banks takeaway and fell asleep waking around 10:30 this morning…. Gracie was pleased to see us and had no idea we wanted to sleep in so had to...Jump to full entry