Trip Start Mar 03, 2007
Trip End Apr 2009

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Saturday, March 29, 2008

After Melbourne we had a couple of days to get to Canberra in time for the weekend to meet up with some of Canada's friends from the U.K. , which meant that we had enough time to enjoy the high country and the Great Alpine Road. The road itself winded up hill into another sensational drive. By days end we had hit Omeo a cross junction town of sorts and had found a huge campsite just on the outskirts of town. Just after we had pitched our tents the sun fell, it got really cold and a huge storm battered us for the night.

The drive from Omeo only got better as we progressed further over the Great Dividing Range. 75km later and we hit the trendy alpine resort of Dinner Plain. As soon as we got out of the car the cold hit us and there was a quick scramble for the woolies. There wasn't too many people about as it wasn't the ski season yet, still I had a bit of a wander around the eye pleasing mountain architecture. We bailed into a cosy alpine coffee shop and had a brew to warm us up in front of the fireplace, chatting with a few of the 'locals'. This place really seemed like it would go off during peak season.

11km after Dinner Plain was Mt Hothman the stop of point for some serious downhill fun. The peaks were capped with a fresh blast of snow and even at the carpark level there was enough snow to lob of few snowballs. The fews from up here were also amazing. From Mt Hothman we decided to get some serious kms under our belts and continued driving through some intense landscapes. By nightfall we were camped out somewhere near Mt Kosciuszko (Australia's Highest Mountain) and ready for a fairly cold night.

Up early enough we took out time getting to Canberra, stopping off in Cooma for lunch on the way and by afternoon we were driving into the Australian Capital Territory. We picked up one of Canada's friends who we were staying with and she directed us back to her place. After a while we were all showered up and off to the pub and then town for a big night.

The next day we were taken on a little tour of Canberra starting off at the Telstra Tower for a flat panoramic of the surrounding area and a few other spots before again hitting the pub for a liquid lunch. That after noon we decided to go to the Science Museum which turned out to be an absolute blast. The place was brought to life by all the fun and interactive things to do and the fact that 6 of us had smuggled in some goon (cask wine) spiced things up a bit. We kept having to come up with imaginative places to consume the wine, whilst scaring off any kiddies that might let the game away. Later that night we headed out on the town, again as you do.

The last day we didn't really get up to much, but did make the worthwhile trip out to the Imperial War Museum. The museum had an huge selection of displays and relics from Australia's military past and also a decent collection of hardware including tanks, guns, and planes. Its rated as one of the best museums in Australia and its easy to see why. And then that was Canberra ticked.
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