Canberra

The drive from Goulburn to Canberra is quite short – only an hour or so.

On the way, you drive past a huge seemingly empty lake. Lake George is 25km long and 10km wide and has a mean depth of 1m. We drove past it and didn’t see any water at all!

Views of Lake George etc at Weereewaa Lookout
Views of Lake George etc at Weereewaa Lookout
Views of Lake George etc at Weereewaa Lookout
Views of Lake George etc at Weereewaa Lookout

We’re staying at an AirBnB about 20 minutes out of the city centre. We dropped our stuff off and had a coffee before heading off to do some sight-seeing.

Our first stop was Parliament House. We did the $25 tour but wouldn’t recommend it. It’s supposed to take you to private areas, but those were just corridors and a cafe and bank that’s not open to the public. You’re not allowed to photograph the private areas but you didn’t really miss much! I loved the tapestry in the main hall, but that was about all. We went up on the roof after the tour to have a look, and that was good.

Parliament House
Parliament House
Parliament House
Parliament House
Parliament House
Parliament House
Parliament House
Parliament House
Parliament House
Parliament House
Parliament House
Parliament House
Parliament House
Parliament House
Parliament House
Parliament House
Parliament House
Parliament House
Parliament House
Parliament House
Parliament House
Parliament House
Parliament House
Parliament House
Parliament House
Parliament House
Parliament House
Parliament House

We had lunch at the cafe – we both had lamb burgers, which came with sweet potato chips. Very nice – though not cheap, of course.

Much refreshed, we headed off to the War Memorial. The roads in Canberra are all roundabouts – so easy to miss your turn and then end up in the exact wrong direction from where you intended to go. Thank goodness for Google Maps!!! It took us twice as long as it should have to get to War Memorial, but we finally managed it. There’s a lot of displays of old war equipment and sculptures outside:

Outside War Memorial
Outside War Memorial
Outside War Memorial
Outside War Memorial
Outside War Memorial
Outside War Memorial

There are a lot of displays inside as well. It’s all quite upsetting and I walked around with tears in my eyes quite a bit.

Inside War Memorial
Inside War Memorial
Inside War Memorial
Inside War Memorial

The last (or first) part you can explore is the tomb of the unknown soldier. This is the domed building you can see from Parliament House. It has gorgeous stained glass as well.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at  War Memorial
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at War Memorial
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at  War Memorial
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at War Memorial
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at  War Memorial
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at War Memorial

We were pretty tired by this time and thought to get a coffee by Lake Burley Griffin, but the only cafe right on the shore turned out to be closed when we got there, unfortunately. So we just headed straight up to the Telstra tower and had coffee there instead. Nice views from up there!

Telstra Tower
Telstra Tower
View from Telstra Tower
View from Telstra Tower
View from Telstra Tower
View from Telstra Tower
View from Telstra Tower
View from Telstra Tower
View from Telstra Tower
View from Telstra Tower

After that, we headed back to our accommodation and had a bit of a rest. Our hosts had arrived with a friend and cooked a barbecue dinner. Needless to say, the smells were making us very hungry so we headed off to the pub and had a really nice dinner there.

Reworked and larger sized pictures from this day are here. Click on the first picture and then move through them at full screen size.

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