Australia trip – one year ago today: Monday 24th November

A year ago today, we were in Australia. Here’s a chance to look back.


Canberra (and back to Sydney)

To my surprise, I had an enjoyable day in Canberra after dropping Rob off to his meetings at the Australian Bureau of Statistics in Belconnen (a satellite town of Canberra).
I stated with a stroll by the local lake (Ginninderra), then I drove back into Canberra for a cruise on Lake Burley Griffin (the one we didn’t manage yesterday). It was very enjoyable, mostly focusing on the (somewhat bizarre) history of Canberra’s development from sheep station to national capital.
I then headed up to Parliament House. It was quite fascinating to see, including going into the Houses of Senators and Representatives (although there were hardly politicians actually there).
After lunch, I went down the hill to the Old Parliament House (now the Museum of Democracy). To say, I was charmed was an understatement. A mere $2 (£1) to enter, and there was absolutely loads to wander round, including exhibitions, the prime minister’s office suite, the original Senate and Representatives chambers (much nicer than the new ones!) and more.
I could have spent even more time there, but needed to get back to Belconnen to pick Rob up so we could get to the airport.
Our flight was delayed by half an hour (given the number of flights we’ve done this month, it’s a miracle that was our first delay).
Back in Sydney, we popped down to Circular Quay for a late tea.

Random Australian birds…

Parliament House, Canberra

Old Parliament House
Inside: old Senators Chamber, former Representatives Chamber, Prime Minister’s office (left as last used by Bob Hawke in 1988)

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