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Hi everyone! So we set off on our journey from Melbourne to Sydney yesterday with an overnight stop with a farming family in the outback. First we travelled to Mansfield Zoo where you can can feed lots of the animals like kangaroos, deer, alpaca and llamas. They also have white lions and an alligator and monkeys! This was an awesome visit and the man who owns the zoo even fed ...
Good Morning from Canberra
I know most of you know that Canberra, like Ottawa, Washington and Brasilia is a specially selected capital for the country. A short refresher while we are visiting today.
In the 1800's the European population in the Canberra area grew slowly with the Gibbs, Martins, Murrays, Johnston, McPhersons and the Campbell's becoming important settler families running sheep and cattle. The Campbell's in particular brought many of ...
Oh boy have we walked today: about 15Km! After breakfast we walked to the waterside path of Lake Griffin and folowed it to the Australian National Botanic Garden. Along the way we watched some very pretty pink parakeets grazing on grass in the park. Not sure what they are but they are definitely prettier than pigeons. (Post publishing note - I have been reliably informed they are called Gallahs!) As we arrived at the gardens a ...
... into caves near
the arch – possibly part of some local burial custom. On the discovery
of the bones, by a local policeman Superintendent Brennan, in January
1874, a coroner from Queanbeyan was called to investigate. What happened
next seems to have been lost in the sands of time.There are
various unsubstantiated versions of the story, including one account
that suggests it took the coroner several days ...
... to the family.
We also had the opportunity to visit the Canberra Zoo, which we had not done before, and it was much more enjoyable because we could share it with Arna, and we also got to watch her swimming lessons, which she loves. Pity we had to go home, but it does get a little tiring being grandparents!
A couple of dinners were enjoyed at the George Harcourt Inn and then pack up time and home again on the 15th September.