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Flag of Australia  , Australian Capital Territory,
Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Having taught for the last few weeks, Kim suggested we take a trip down to Canberra for the weekend.  I was looking into to getting down to Canberra to meet some friends Will and Kris, so it worked out perfectly!  The drive down is only around 3 hours and we stopped at this huge sheep statue with info on Australia producing wool. 

When we arrived in Canberra we immediately saw signs for the AIS, which I was really keen on visiting.  We had a tour around the site and I was surprised at how old the buildings looked and the fact that only 200 athletes train there full time.  They had an interactive area with reaction times and basketball shooting which was great.

We finished the tour of the AIS and headed into the city centre, I say city centre but it was so spread out and quiet you couldn't really tell.  We had some lunch and then headed to the Telestra tower.  You get a great view o the city and how spreared out it really is.  The roads are massive and there is no traffic at all.  I noticed that the tower had the highest post box in Canberra so I sent a post card to the parents (Kim liked the idea more then me!).

The sun was starting to set so we went for a drive to have a look at the outside of Parliament house and the Embassy's.  All the Embassy buildings are designed to look like buildings from that culture which was cool.  They keep Great Britain, Canada and New Zealand closer to Parliament house.  We went back to the apartment and then headed out to the pub for a beer and some dinner.

The next morning we went to visit Kris and Will (who I met at Fraser Island) and they cooked us an amazing breakfast.  We sat out in the Sunshine and it was a beautiful morning.  Was really great to catch up with them.  We said our goodbyes and made our way to Parliament house which was huge and unique.   You can see the flag rom around the city.  We had a loook at all the history o Australia, it still amaze me that its such a young country compared to England.  The lay out also remineded me off Washington, with parliament house inline with the Australian War Memorial andold parliament house.  We headed to the Australian War Memroial neat and took a look at the memorials beore making our way to the museum.  I was expecting a small area with a few artefact's, but the museum was huge.  It covered all the Wars Australia had been involved in and had a interactive section.  I loved it!!  I could easily spent a whole day looking around and best of all it was free!  ANZAC day is celebrated soon and the Gallipoli campaign is a major part of the Australians and New Zealand rememberance, although the British lost double the amount of men.

We wanted to go to questacon, which had a range of interactive science stations.  We had a play around in there before heading back to Sydney.

Having thought there wouldn't be much to do in Canberra we easily ound enough things to do or the weekend, I wouldn't stay any long however.

Only two more days left of teaching before I head off on the long train journey's to Adelaide, Melbourne, Alice Springs and Perth.
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