Whistle stop tour of Canberra...

Trip Start Jul 23, 2010
Trip End Aug 20, 2010

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Friday, August 6, 2010

We're all up & out by 7:30 before breakfast this morning to search for some local wildlife in the nearby nature reserve on the stunning Murrumbidgee River. We have some luck straight away and spot a couple of duckbilled platypus, as well as kangaroos, sulphur-crested cockatoos, kangaroos, rosellas, kangaroos, magpies etc. And somebody forgot their back-up camera battery... yep... it was me...!!! And guess what, my battery ran out just as we saw our first platypus, so it was down to Elaine to get the first photos of the day. 
After this it was back home to Tuggeranong for a late breakfast, before setting off again, just with John this time, for a whistle stop tour of Canberra. We start at Parliament House, and we're able to just park in it's underground car park... no security checks, no restrictions and no charge...!!! We were able to view all around the building including the Chambers, the Great Hall, in fact pretty much everywhere. We certainly couldn't have done that at our Houses of Parliament...!!! Next it was a quick look at the outside of the old Parliament Building, now the Museum of Democracy, then it was on to the Australian War Memorial/Museum.
Here we looked around the memorial including the Eternal Flame, Grave of the Unknown Soldier and the poppy filled Wall of Honour before checking out the museum. This was very interesting with many planes from both the First & Second World Wars among lots of other things. From here John drove us a little way out of town to NASA's Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex at Tidbinbilla, in the Paddys River Valley. This is a tracking station that has been in use since 1965, and at 70 metres across, it has the largest steerable parabolic antenna in the Southern Hemisphere. The best bit here was that they had an actual piece of Moon Rock on display in the museum... ohh... and some very nice looking cakes in the Moon Rock Cafe...!!!
Lastly, as the evening starts drawing in, we head off to the nearby Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve to check out some more locals. Success again, as we see more duck billed platipii, kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, kangaroos (can you see a trend developing here...!!!) as well as many different birds. As it had started to get dark, we headed back to Canberra, to meet up with Anthea & Gareth for drinks and dinner at one of John & Anthea’s clubs. The food and company was great, and my steak was excellent. Somehow John managed to wangle us some free gateau after our meal (probably because it was nearing the end of the evening), and this was much appreciated by all, especially Elise. After dinner John took us to visit the University rubbish bins...??? Yep, that is what I said...??? It was to find some Brush Tailed Possums, they are nocturnal creatures that like nothing more than to raid the bins for food scraps once the sun has gone down, and yet again we had success. A good day all round.

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patty on

I can see your having a great time I'm enjoying the blog and the photos.
luv to you all xx

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