Visiting Australias capital
02.01.2013 - 05.01.2013
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From Sydney we were heading of to Melbourne by car. To make the trip more interesting we decided not to take the direct route with about 1000 km, but plan for a few detours.
Hence we left Sydney to the South, where we already stopped shortly beyond the city boundaries to have afirst walk in the Australian bush in the Royal NP. A late start und some stops meant that our first day would already finish in Wollongong.
From here we went on further South and even picked up German hitchhiker for an hour, who was a travelling carpenters apprentice. When we reached Nowra, we decided to head West through the Morton NP. Our target for the night was Tuggeranong, 25 km south of Canberra, from where we wanted to explore the Australian capital on the next day. Since we had plenty of time left, we could manage to visit the Gibraltar waterfalls and to replenish our food supplies at the local supermarket, because in Australia we have switched to self-supply for food and drinks.
Our tour through Canberra was of course focused on the parliament hill and primarily the new and the old parliament houses. In addition we made a detour to the National library, which we will keep in high regard due to the free internet access. We deliberately skipped the Australian War Memorial, but I had visited it in 2007 and can recommend it. A final view across the city from Mount Ainslie completed our day.
For people with more enthusiasm for museums than us, a second day is certainly wortwhile to visit the National Gallery and of course the National Museum of Australia. For us on the other hand the next days forecast promised 39 degrees Celsius for our trip to the Snowy Mountains.
As usual this post is also available with more pictures on my travel blog.